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Like a UFO landed in the distance, this dome home is deceptively still – nothing about it immediately suggests that it has the secret ability to move. More than just a gimmick, these easy-to-rotate dome homes adjust to balance interior light and heat levels. Naturally, everything in this home is built quite literally around a central pivot point. What is perhaps most remarkable is how little energy it takes to rotate the home slowly to follow the path of the sun – and how silently it moves when it does. Best of all, there is no need to tell your visitors the hidden ability of your house. Won’t they be surprised when they wake up the next day to find themselves facing a completely different direction?
SPOKANE, Wash. - Christmas has come and gone, it's time to deal with all of those empty gift boxes and crumpled balls of wrapping paper, and Spokane's waste to energy plant workers are ready to take in your holiday garbage.
The biomethane project that turns human waste into green gas that we featured in May has now gone live. The project is now converting the treated sewage of 14 million Thames Water customers into clean, green gas and is pumping that gas into people's homes. The new biogas plant – sited next to the Didcot sewage works in Oxfordshire – has been officially opened by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, who said: "It's not every day that a Secretary of State can announce that, for the first time ever in the UK, people can cook and heat their homes with gas generated from sewage. This is an historic day for the companies involved, for energy from waste technologies, and for progress to increase the amount of renewable energy in the UK."
By Amory B. Lovins Since 1982, Rocky Mountain Institute has been hatching gamechanging innovations to help make the world richer, fairer, cooler, and safer. Among other things, RMI has made important contributions toward achieving tripled-efficiency cars, trucks, and airplanes; laid many conceptual and practical foundations for electric and water efficiency, widespread renewable energy, and community economic development; devised profitable approaches to solving climate change, oil dependence, global insecurity, nuclear nonproliferation, and critical-infrastructure vulnerability; and forged (with Paul Hawken) a natural version of capitalism. We feel that all this work has prepared us well for what comes now.
Stirling Energy Systems (SES) and Tessera Solar worked jointly and have come out with their precious device called SunCatchers(TM). They exhibited their four newly designed solar power collection dishes at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) . SunCatchers are the new dishes that will be utilized on commercial-scale by 2010. Chuck Andraka, who is the lead Sandia project engineer, shares his enthusiasm about SunCatchers, “The four new dishes are the next-generation models of the original SunCatcher system.
Built with our patented solid oxide fuel cell technology, Bloom's Energy Server ™ is a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site. Fuel cells are devices that convert fuel into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process rather than dirty combustion. They are like batteries except that they always run.
A living machine . Sounds suspiciously dangerous. Science fiction is full of those confused computers who threaten astronauts' lives and rebellious robots that require Arnold Schwarzenegger-types to save the human race. But at the Penn State Center for Sustainability, a living machine is not a fictional antagonist.
A new office building for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is going to be home to a whole raft of green building technologies that are becoming pretty familiar, along with something a little unexpected: a beautifully disguised “green” sewage treatment plant right plunk in the middle of the lobby. Talk about hiding in plain sight! The installation, designed by the company Worrell Water Technologies , is integrated into the lobby design as well as exterior landscaping. Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment
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One of the busiest border crossings in the U.S. will soon welcome visitors with a stroll through a new wastewater treatment plant. That sounds a bit, well, unfriendly, but there’s a twist. The “treatment plant” will be disguised as a beautifully landscaped, man-made wetland environment that purifies wastewater through natural processes. Visitors using the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry in California will amble to the U.S. through the wetlands on a curved, meandering pedestrian walkway. It’s still sewage, but it sure sounds a lot more pleasant than a TSA pat-down !
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