The Moss Backyard Office Is a Tank You Can Work in
A few years back we gave a Best of Green Award to the Office Pod, a lovely design for a garden office that was leased by companies for their employees as a way to reduce costs, CO2 emissions and attract and retain staff. Now designer Victor Vetterlein brings the idea to America with the Micro Office Systems Space, or MOSS.
Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells
London-based Baharash Architecture was recently selected to design the phase 2 of the Dubai Sustainable City development – the first green residential community of its kind in Dubai. Master-planned by Stringa Planning Studio, the 46-hectare city will produce 50 percent of its own energy with solar panels and it will offset its carbon footprint by introducing alternative modes of transportation.
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A Generator That Harnesses Energy From Ocean Currents
A working model of the estimated $5-million device could be ready within a year. The magic of ocean currents is that they surround every continent on Earth and they run all day, every day. That’s what sets this energy source apart from wind, solar, tidal, or wave—all of which are cyclical, meaning that during certain periods they don’t produce power.
Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem
Australian engineers might have solved one of the biggest obstacles to scaling up solar energy — the lack of affordable storage technology that allows solar to be used at peak demand after the sun goes down. Their California-based startup Terrajoule is applying an older technology, namely steam engines, to build a storage system that could lower the cost to under $100 per kWh, which is less than 20 percent of what it costs for current battery storage systems. This new system will also last longer (it has a 25 year lifecycle), thereby eliminating use of the toxic and rare materials contained in batteries.
World’s first hybrid wind/current generator could generate double the power
Combining a three-bladed Darrieus turbine on top, a Savonius turbine underneath, and a generator in between, the SKWID power generation concept is claimed to be the world’s first hybrid system “capable of maximizing the harvesting of ocean energy from wind and current”.
135-passenger electric bus that can be flash-charged in 15 seconds to be deployed in Geneva.
Maybe the future of electric buses will look something like that…
There’s no doubt that electrifying buses is a great idea in theory, but in practice, it’s been challenging to figure out the best way to do it with current battery technology. Many variables have to be balanced out to get the best performance (battery pack weight & price/how often you charge for how long/etc). One intriguing approach comes from Europe: ABB, a Swiss company that specializes in robotics, has developed a “flash charging” method that it says can recharge a 135-passenger electric bus in 15 seconds during regular stops to allow passengers to get in and out.
CES 2013: The First Practical Personal Fuel Cell
It’s not going to replace your home outlet, but for campers or anyone who wants to venture a little bit off the grid, the Nectar fuel cell looks like a solid option.