Masdar’s 2016 Blogging Contest: Envision a More Sustainable Economy

This article was originally published on Clean Technica We’ve partnered again for Madar’s 2016 blogging contest in which you can win a trip to Abu Dhabi’s famous Sustainability Week. Masdar’s humongous Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) — which includes the Zayed Future Energy Prize; the IRENA General Assembly; the World Future Energy Summit; the International Water Summit; EcoWaste; The Women in Sustainability, Environment & Renewable Energy (WiSER) Initiative; and “The Festival” — is just around the corner, and the mega clean energy…

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BE-Wind Turbine Comes In Multiple Sizes for Small-Scale Wind Power

BE-Wind* of Carollton, Texas manufactures an innovative new wind turbine that comes in three sizes. The smallest windmill is called the EOW 100. It produces 1 to 3 kilowatts of electricity and is ideal for powering portable trailers, remote pump locations, surveillance equipment in remote location, or small cottages. The EOW 200 produces 2 to 4 kilowatts of electricity while the largest wind turbine, the EOW 300 can generate up to 10 kilowatts of power. All models use the same basic…

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Can BE-Wind’s New Windmill Provide More Wind Power?

BE-Wind* is taking what you think you know about small wind technology and turning it on its head. It has improved performance and made its windmills quieter by blocking the wind! How does the company do that? The Science of Wind Power Generation Current vertical wind generation systems are inherently inefficient because the wind that powers the unit also works against it, as equal amounts of force are applied to both sides of the generator’s blades (see diagram below). So,…

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Our 7 Favorite Examples of Innovative Airport Tech

Not every airport is equal. Even airplane passengers who will barely see a dozen airports in their lifetimes know that some airports are dramatically better than others. Yet, for pilots, attendants, maintenance professionals, and other aviation experts, it isn’t necessarily the availability of outlets that makes one airport superior to another — it’s the efficacy of the technology. Aviation tech continues to become cheaper and more efficient, but oftentimes airports get mired in their old, bungling ways. Here are a…

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13 Redwood Refinishing Tips

Redwood is a wonderful material for outdoor structures like decks and fences, but not everyone is in love with its gray, weathered look.  Refinishing redwood is actually quite easy and can be done by novices and professionals alike. Cleaning The first step, of course, is to remove any debris from the structure.  This can be done easily with a broom or scraper (for harder to remove substances).  Or, you can skip right to the big guns and use a power…

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The Redwood Deck Solution

For homeowners, architects, and remodeling companies, the redwood deck has long represented an attractive materials choice to consider. First, this material has passed the time-tested standard as a beautiful, long-standing, cost-effective option. For those in the midst of selecting what material to use for a new or remodeled deck, here are things to consider: Material sustainability Strength Material availability Durability Maintenance Aesthetics Cost Material sustainability Because this material is a tree, it places at the top of the list for…

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Home & Business Solar & Wind Power Systems From Pika

Pika Energy* makes renewable energy systems for homes and businesses that can use solar and wind power combined, or each one individually. Phillip Swanson, an application engineered there, answered some questions for us about its technology. How long does the installation process take? A typical Pika installation will be conducted in 2 phases. The first phase is when the ground work takes place, this process can vary slightly depending upon the tower selection and the topography at the site location.…

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3 Inspiring Constructions Stories of 2015

Green construction refers to a sustainable building process that is both environmentally friendly and resource responsible. Although it may sound like the most logical way to approach construction, it has rarely been the first choice. When faced with a growing population in need of housing, it has been more convenient for developers to rely on the tried and tested methods that use concrete, steel and machinery. These outdated but reliable methods are responsible for shocking environmental statistics: buildings in the…

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Red Is The New Green — In Terms of Decking Material, That Is

When it comes to adding value to your home one of the best things you can do is either add on, or upgrade your existing deck. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine, the return on investment for adding a deck to your home is nearly 81% of the cost of the deck. Not bad. But while the decision to add or upgrade your existing deck might be an easy one, actually going about it is a whole other story. After…

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Cleaning Your Appliances Could Save You Money

When you sit down and think about your dream kitchen/home what do you see? I think it’s safe to assume for many people they envision having every home appliance known to man. Things like toasters, blenders, refrigerators, freezers, ovens, KitchenAid™ KFIS29PBMS*, washers and dryers likely come to mind and whose to blame you, my kitchen/home is currently stocked with all of those home appliances and it sure makes cooking and day to day tasks that much more enjoyable. But did…

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Keep Your Green Home Safe, Sound – and Dry!

We’re all about innovative “green” homes here at GBE. From inexpensive Hobbit homes to low-cost concrete bubbles to million-dollar technological showcases, if someone’s building an Earth-friendly structure, we’re there. What’s most surprising about all these varied buildings isn’t how different they are, however – it’s what they have in common: they all need water-proofing. The need to keep water out of human shelters – from the primitive to the future-iffic – is something that, maybe, we should have noticed earlier,…

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Infographic: Boiler Room Safety

Commercial and residential boilers may be old heating technology, but they’re still a big part of life in American cities- popping up in factories, warehouses, and apartment buildings throughout cities like New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and others. Most of the time, these boilers do their job safely- helping to keep their building residents warm by heating water into steam. As the steam expands, the pressure behind it forces the steam through a series of pipes and radiators throughout the structure.…

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SunPower Sweepstakes is Making it Easy to Go Solar

There are plenty of things that can make a regular building into a “green building”. And, whether we’re talking about a white roof, a green wall, a heavy use of recycled materials, or just some new, energy-efficient windows to help homeowners save some money, the one thing that almost everyone thinks of when they think of “green” buildings is solar power. Despite the cost of going solar plummeting in recent years, however, many homeowners and site managers still think of…

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When is it Time to Think About Emergency Lighting?

Whether you’re designing a school, a large hospital, a public courthouse, or even a simple utility shed, having well though-out lighting is critical for the people who are going to use your building. Proper lighting allows people to read warning signs, follow instructions, and- most basic of all!- see what’s around them. That’s important in any situation, but in a heavy industrial setting, an unexpected blackout could have fatal consequences for workers. So, as you design your buildings, are you…

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