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Origami Robot Folds Itself Up, Crawls Away

Think 3D printing and origami robots. Very interesting technology here from an MIT and Harvard team. For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots — reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold themselves into arbitrary shapes. In the August 7 issue of Science, they report their…

TED Theater in Vancouver

“TED celebrated its 30th anniversary by moving the annual TED Conference from Long Beach to Vancouver. For the relocation, Rockwell Group design a temporary theater installed within the Vancouver Convention Centre. Crafted from locally harvested timber, the portable, 1,200-seat theater was designed to enhance the speaker and audience experience, and will be re-installed in the…

UNH Names Innovative Composting Facility after Sustainable Agriculture Pioneer

The University of New Hampshire has named its high-tech composting/energy capture facility at the Organic Dairy Research Farm in honor of the sustainable agriculture pioneer who advanced the technology — the Joshua Nelson Energy Recovery Compost Facility. The facility is the only one of its kind at a land-grant university. Recently members of Nelson’s family…

Hybrid and Pure Electric Car Technology 2014-2024 — Webinar

EV Webinar Hybrid and Pure Electric Car Technology 2014-2024 Free webinar by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx: Tuesday 10 June This webinar shares some of the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, “Hybrid and Pure Electric Cars 2014-2024”. www.IDTechEx.com/cars. It encompasses hybrid and pure electric on-road cars, golf cars, neighbourhood electric vehicles NEV and…

Emerson LA Grand Opening

A week-long series of events—starting with a ticketed gala on Saturday, March 8—will celebrate the grand opening of Emerson Los Angeles (ELA), a spectacular new academic and residential facility that will enable the College to significantly expand its contribution to the city and to the entertainment and communication industries. Guests scheduled to attend the gala include…

Japan Smart City Operational Experiments in Four Regions

(Yokohama, Toyota, Keihanna [Kyoto], and Kitakyushu) Steadily Yield Results; Japan Smart City Portal Reports from the Front Lines The next-generation energy and social operational experiments that are being promoted in four regions in Japan (Yokohama, Toyota, Keihanna [Kyoto], and Kitakyushu) toward the realization of smart cities and smart communities are steadily yielding concrete results. The Japan…

Integrys Energy Services Partners with Clean Power Finance for First Residential Solar Investments

Leading Energy Supply and Services Company Uses the CPF Market to Further Invest in Distributed Solar Clean Power Finance (CPF) and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), a leading Midwestern utility holding company, today announced the creation of a residential solar finance fund through the CPF Market®, an online platform that…

CA’ FOSCARI IS THE OLDEST LEED BUILDING IN THE WORLD

VENICE UNIVERSITY EXCEEDED HARVARD AND US TREASURY The Venetian Gothic palace overlooking the Grand Canal received the prestigious certification from the U.S. Green Building Council Ca’ Foscari, Venice University’s headquarter, is the oldest LEED-certified building on the planet. The Venetian Gothic palace, built in 1453 on the Grand Canal, exceeded two American buildings, Fay House…

GE Infusion LED Modules Deliver Maximum Flexibility in an Energy Efficient Lighting Solution

LED lighting plays a vital role in today’s retail environments, maximizing shopping experiences and making merchandise appear its best. GE’s Infusion LED Module product line offers a versatile LED lighting solution that provides highly flexible LED lighting options critical for retailers who want to highlight certain products or create emphasis through a display. “As LED…

Can Solar Energy Help Save Greece?

What happens to renewable energy programs in a country that gets whacked by a full-scale debt crisis, like the one that struck Greece beginning in 2009 — do the programs whither and die in the winds of austerity? And how do people view such programs when many of them can’t afford to heat their houses?

Enphase Energy Announces New Commercial Solar Initiative in Europe

“Commercial solar projects are becoming more widespread in Europe. In France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland and United Kingdom, small commercial systems up to 100kW represent a fast-growing, addressable market for our microinverters,” said Olivier Jacques, Managing Director for Enphase Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “Enphase offers installers and users a technology solution with a modular architecture, integrated intelligence, lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and increased project profitability.”

Southern Africa Development Community Targeting Renewable Energy Strategy

Meeting in Maseru, Lesotho, the 33rd SADC Energy Ministers meeting said the development of a renewable energy strategy will, among other things, ensure that the Southern African Development Community is able to effectively manage and exploit the natural resources that are in abundance in the region.

Green Building Materials Will Reach $254 Billion in Annual Market Value by 2020

Future market growth for green buildings and the commensurate use of green materials will be driven by a combination of policies and regulations that prioritize energy efficiency and green design, the expansion of voluntary certification programs for green buildings, cost reductions for green materials, consumer demand, and growing evidence that green buildings confer quantifiable market advantages.

Bonded Logic & The Home Depot: Green Ways To Insulate Homes and Absorb Sound

UltraTouch Denim Insulation offers ultimate thermal performance and creates a 30 to 50 percent increase in a room’s acoustical performance. The insulation does not contain formaldehyde or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). It is easy to use: a portion of the batts in each package contain perforations similar to paper towels that allow consumers to tear the insulation with their hands to get the size they need.

Guest Post: Stadium Tech and Making Green Giants

Even though stadiums are only used periodically for games, the reality is with tens of thousands of fans at games massive water, trash, sewage, and energy usage can leave a huge carbon footprint. Owen Glubiak reported about the Cowboys stadium in an article for the EE Times online and he cites, “the stadium averaged about $200,000 a month in utility bills” which comes to about “2,036,560 kWh per month or roughly 24,439,918 kWh per year”. He goes on to reveal that it is equivalent to the same amount of energy that the entire city of Santa Monica uses per year.

Water Purification Tablet for Developing World: U.Va. Nonprofit Organization – PureMadi

The design allows a user to pour water from an untreated source, such as a river or well, into the pot and allow it to filter through into a five-gallon bucket underneath. The pot has a flow rate of one to three liters per hour, enough for drinking and cooking. The filtered water is accessed through a spigot in the bucket.

Guest Post: Five of The World’s Most Sustainable Hotels

As people become more and more conscious about their own impact on the environment they begin to adopt a more responsible approach towards travel which has led to a greater demand for more sustainable accommodation regardless of budget.

National Grid Teams with Best and Brightest to Deliver Northeast’s Largest, Most Comprehensive Smart Grid Pilot

National Grid’s smart grid pilot, which was developed in partnership with customers, the city of Worcester and other key parties, is designed to provide participating customers a new level of choice and control over their energy use through advanced technology, with the goals of empowering customers to save energy, increasing electric service reliability and improving response to power outages.