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The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today

The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today
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La plus grande centrale solaire du monde est opérationnelle !!! Chacun sait que la Californie, fait partie des leaders en ce qui concerne les énergies renouvelables et ce statut risque de lui être conservé, car depuis le 18 février 2014 on y a inauguré la plus grande centrale solaire du monde. Désormais dans le désert de Mojave, brille une immense mer de 173.000 miroirs, dont chacun fait environ la taille d'une porte de garage. Leur rôle est de refléter l'énergie solaire captée, vers des tours de 40 étages, soit 140 mètres de hauteur. La centrale électrique Ivanpah s'étend sur 5 hectares et 140.000 foyers seront donc alimentés en énergie propre durant toute l'année. - Récapitulatif du procédé : Ivanpah possède 3 tours, vers lesquelles convergent les rayons solaires émanant des miroirs "héliostat" gérés par ordinateur. Le système permettrait de réduire l'émission de dioxyde de carbone d'environ 400.000 tonnes métriques par an, ce qui est considérable. (Sources Daily Geek Show)

Why recycling smartphone batteries is vital for sustainability | Guardian Sustainable Business Few smartphone batteries end up in a landfill. In part this is thanks to strict UK and EU landfill regulation and directives on battery disposal. But even countries without regulation tend not to throw away the lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones and the majority of portable electronic equipment, due to their reusability and the salvageable metals they contain. The bad news is that the current recycling rate of lithium-ion batteries is poor. Friends of the Earth reports that the amount collected for recycling in the EU in 2010 was an estimated 1,289 tonnes, accounting for only 4-5% of the lithium-ion batteries sold that year. When Sony introduced the first rechargeable lithium-ion battery in 1991, it rapidly replaced the more toxic alternatives on the market such as nickel cadmium. The metals are typically recovered in a high-temperature process that fuses them together as an alloy, sometimes using the plastic casing as a fuel.

EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico An offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Under current Environmental Protection Agency standards, offshore platform operators can dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals mixed with water from undersea wells directly into the ocean. (Photo: Jonathan Henderson / Vanishing Earth) We need your help to stay hot on the trail of injustice and corruption. It only takes a moment -- click here to support independent reporting! Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law. The attorneys claim that regulators do not fully understand how the chemicals used in offshore fracking and other well treatments -- some of which are toxic and dangerous to human and marine life -- can impact marine environments, and crucial parts of the draft permit are based on severely outdated data.

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a concentrated solar thermal plant in the California Mojave Desert, 64 km (40 miles) southwest of Las Vegas, with a gross capacity of 392 megawatts (MW).[5] It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors, focusing solar energy on boilers located on three centralized solar power towers.[5] Unit 1 of the project was connected to the grid in September 2013 in an initial sync testing.[6] The facility formally opened on February 13, 2014,[1] and it is currently the world's largest solar thermal power station.[7][8] The project was developed by BrightSource Energy and Bechtel.[9] It cost $2.2 billion; the largest investor in the project is NRG Energy, a power generating company based in Princeton, New Jersey, that has contributed $300 million. Google has contributed $168 million.;[10] the U.S. government provided a $1.6 billion loan guarantee,[11] and the plant is built on public land. Description[edit] Awards[edit] Power towers[edit]

It's not easy being green: Ivanpah solar plant near Nevada burns a lot of natural gas, making it a greenhouse gas emitter under state law. A solar power plant at the center of the Obama administration’s push to reduce America’s carbon footprint has its own carbon pollution problem. The administration’s initiative, which uses millions of taxpayer dollars to promote green energy, has been a boon for the Ivanpah plant in the Mojave Desert. But Ivanpah uses natural gas as a supplementary fuel, and data from the California Energy Commission show the plant burned enough of it in 2014 – its first year of operation – to emit more than 46,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. That’s nearly twice the pollution threshold at which power plants and factories in California are required to participate in the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions. The same amount of natural gas burned at a conventional power plant would have produced enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 17,000 California homes – roughly a quarter of the Ivanpah plant’s total electricity projection for 2014. The U.S. Gas Limitations Plant and U.S.

Solar bridge unveiled at Blackfriars station 22 January 2014Last updated at 14:17 GMT Continue reading the main story Network Rail said the roof was the world's largest solar bridge The solar bridge will provide up to 50% of the station's energy Continue reading the main story A solar roof with 4,400 panels has been unveiled on Blackfriars Bridge in central London. Network Rail said it was the world's largest solar bridge and would provide up to 50% of Blackfriars station's energy. The roof above the Victorian bridge is part of a £6.5bn programme to increase capacity on the Thameslink route. Network Rail said the panels would "reduce the cost" of running the station. Simon Kirby, the managing director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, said the transformation showed how the route was being enhanced by "using smart, sustainable technology to reduce the cost of running the railway". 'Iconic landmark' The Thameslink route runs from north to south of the capital through central London.

Sustainability Redefined: Setting a Goal of a Flourishing World Sustainability is more important in the business world than ever before. So why isn’t it working? Sustainability — it is on almost every corporate manager’s mind, but few are putting their thoughts into action. These are one of the key findings of the recent MIT SMR/BCG annual report Sustainability’s Next Frontier. This situation hasn’t changed much over many years — the main difference being that, 20 years ago, the very idea of sustainability was foreign to many firms. The context changed in 1987 with the publication of the UNCED report (Brundtland report) that both defined sustainable development and placed it squarely in the public eye. Early corporate efforts built most of their sustainability efforts (the development half became tacit over the years) around eco-efficiency — that is, providing equal or greater value but with less environmental impact. As a result, the world is more unsustainable now than in 1972 in spite of the sustainability programs of firms worldwide.

Thorium, la face gâchée du nucléaire Une énergie nucléaire "verte" ? Au début de la série Occupied, diffusée par ARTE fin 2015, le nouveau chef écologiste du gouvernement norvégien, pour mettre un terme à l'exploitation pétrolière, inaugurait une centrale fonctionnant au thorium. Une hypothèse nullement fictive, selon ce documentaire, qui montre combien ce combustible alternatif, découvert à la fin du XIXe siècle et répandu sur toute la planète, représente une piste sérieuse pour échapper aux dangers et à la pollution induits par l'utilisation du plutonium par l'industrie atomique. Si le nucléaire n'avait pas été inventé pour bombarder Hiroshima et propulser des flottes militaires, nos centrales fonctionneraient sans doute aujourd'hui avec des réacteurs à sels fondus de thorium. La Chine à l'avant-garde ?

À 27 ans, elle fonde HOP pour dire « Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée » ! | AnnabelleBaudin C’est sur Twitter que je découvre HOP *, l’association créée par Laetitia Vasseur dont l’objectif est de lutter contre l’obsolescence programmée. Je décide d’aller à la rencontre de cette actrice du changement dont la démarche m’interpelle. Laetitia me parle de son engagement avec enthousiasme et de ce monde où tout est à réinventer. Rencontre ! Lorsqu’elle définit son métier, son message est limpide : « À l’heure où nos matières premières se raréfient, et où il est de plus en plus difficile et coûteux de les extraire, HOP propose des alternatives positives afin de mettre un terme à cette stratégie économique et commerciale qui n’a plus de sens. » Composée de juristes et d’experts en économie sociale, l’association souhaite sensibiliser le plus grand nombre de personnes au phénomène d’obsolescence programmée. Aujourd’hui, cette pratique nous condamne à des modes de consommation polluant à l’excès et surexploitant les ressources naturelles. Laetitia est déterminée. Bonus des optimistes:

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