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Jan 4, 2017

Costa Rica Went 250 Days in 2016 Without Burning Any Fossil Fuels

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

READ THAT. It can be done.

A round of applause for Costa Rica: the small Central American country ran solely on renewable energy for 250 days of 2016, and over the whole year used renewables for 98.12 percent of its electricity needs.

The republic uses a mixture of renewable sources to generate its electricity including hydro, geothermal, wind, biomass, and solar energy, which meant it didn’t need to touch fossil fuels for two-thirds of the year.

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Jan 4, 2017

Germany has so much renewable energy that people are being paid to consume electricity

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

Germany had so much renewable energy last week that customers were briefly being paid to consume electricity, it has been reported.

As spotted by Quartz, who cite data from German think tank Agora Energiewende, fair weather and high winds on Sunday 8 May saw wind, solar and hydroelectric power plants producing 54.6GW of power, roughly 80 per cent of the 68.4GW of power being consumed across the country at that time.

As a result, the price of power plummeted, and went negative from 7AM to 5PM, bottoming out at -€130 per MWh at 1PM. Energy providers were essentially being paid by producers to take the electricity off their hands.

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Jan 3, 2017

Tomorrows’s mobility ELECTRIC

Posted by in category: sustainability

Convinced by the awesome performance of electric motor technology Kreisel Electric is developing various projects for aerospace, marine, road and terrain.

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Dec 31, 2016

Solar Panels Now So Cheap Manufacturers Probably Selling at Loss

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Solar manufacturers led by China’s Trina Solar Ltd. are probably selling at a loss after prices fell to a record low this week.

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Dec 27, 2016

Tesla Autopilot’s new radar technology predicts an accident caught on dashcam;

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

The video of an accident on the Autobahn in the Netherlands caught on the dashcam of a Tesla Model X shows the Autopilot’s forward collision warning predicting an accident before it could be detected by the driver.

With the release of Tesla’s version 8.0 software update in September, the automaker announced a new radar processing technology that was directly pushed over-the-air to all its vehicles equipped with the first generation Autopilot hardware.

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Dec 27, 2016

Mini Farm In Your Home

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Imagine farming your very own greens in a mini farm, inside your home!

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Dec 27, 2016

The colossal African solar farm that could power Europe

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Good Morning, People of the Page. Thanks to fellow writer Bruce P. Grether for this story about solar power. And also, thank you, Bruce, for all your wonderful posts to the page, especially in the last few days…the posts you’ve been making in your travels. Much appreciated.

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Dec 25, 2016

China Wants to Build a $50 Trillion Global Wind & Solar Power Grid by 2050

Posted by in categories: climatology, solar power, sustainability

In Brief The company that is tasked with running China’s power grid just proposed a $50 trillion global electricity network to help us tackle pollution and climate change.

It seems that China likes building big things. Take the Great Wall of China. The country has been constructing bigger (and sometimes better) things than the rest of the world for centuries.

Now, the Chinese are at it again, but this time it’s on a global scale. China wants to build a $50+ trillion power grid. For the entire world. And they want to have it in operation by 2050. Talk about ambitious.

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Dec 21, 2016

Artificial leaf could make a medicinal mini-factory

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, internet, sustainability

Leaves are kind of like nature’s power plants, converting incoming sunlight into energy for the plant to thrive on. Inspired by the real thing, scientists have previously created artificial leaves that function in much the same way as their natural counterparts to produce electricity and even liquid fuels. Now a team at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is using a similar system to produce chemicals, which could one day lead to solar-powered “mini-factories” that can produce drugs, pesticides and other chemicals almost anywhere.

To mimic the light-capturing molecules in leaves, the researchers turned to luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs), materials seen in solar-harvesting window technology and used to catch and amplify laser beams carrying data in Facebook’s drone-mounted internet projec t. These LSCs absorb incoming light, convert it to specific wavelengths and then guide the photons to the edges of the device.

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Dec 21, 2016

China Dominates Solar Energy

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

(Credit: (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)) China is currently domiating in terms of Solar Energy and in here you will find out how they manage their solar industry. China Dominates Solar Energy

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