Renewables in Colorado have grown tremendously since the state implemented its Renewable Energy Standard in 2004 — creating 22,000 jobs. But the standard still faces attacks.
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Part of the Rocket Internet Group, Brazil-based e-commerce company Dafiti touts five Latin American cities as emerging hubs for Internet startups. Skeptics question Dafiti’s business strategy and the billions of dollars of capital it has raised.
Used widely in nature, lamination – the deposition of fine layers of materials on top of one another – has long been known as a means of manufacturing stronger, more durable and longer lasting metals. Founded in 2006, Seattle’s Modumetal is applying the process of lamination at nano-scale, enabling engineers to design and fabricate metals with superior performance characteristics and at lower cost than conventional methods.
Ford’s new e-bike prototypes do just about everything but steer the bike and serve you coffee. The two models, which were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress this week, are designed for commutes that rely on more than one mode of transport. Riders type in the destination and the preferences, and the bike figures the route. Getting to work sustainably just keeps getting easier and easier…
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, a think tank based in Freiberg, Germany, sees solar energy on track to become cheaper than coal- or natural-gas fired electricity in many countries by 2025.
It’s been said that necessity breeds ingenuity. In this case, that accolade also belongs to the pesky mosquito — the inspiration for the Mozzie Box. The pesticide-infused box is the latest brainstorm for warding off mosquitoes in Papau New Guinea, where malaria at one time sickened one in five residents. SP Lager and the marketing firm GPY&R have come up with an ingenious way to introduce a mosquito repellant to outside gatherings, where mosquitoes often lurk. And the best part is the repellant is naturally produced.
San Francisco’s RE-volv has raised over $120,000 via three Indiegogo campaigns to finance solar installations among community nonprofits and cooperatives.
Forward-thinking retail chains are accepting energy as a strategic asset. And, as such, they are finding ways to manage their energy consumption intelligently to minimize overconsumption.
A new program from renewable energy development company SunEdison and nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives aims to build a more diverse solar workforce. Last month, the organizations announced the launch of the RISE (Realizing an Inclusive Solar Economy) initiative, which will provide women and members of underserved communities with solar job training and job placement through GRID Alternatives’ workforce development program.
Jordan has numerous challenges, but it is rich in one resource: sunshine. Now the kingdom is accelerating the adoption of solar, starting with the country’s 6,000 mosques.
KFC diners in the U.K. apparently love their desserts — and their coffee. That’s why the bustling fried chicken chain plans to serve Seattle’s Best Coffee — complete with edible, chocolate-rimmed coffee cups. With another 100+ stores planned for the U.K. and Ireland soon, the new confection will get lots of visibility.
California’s forthcoming mobile kill-switch law will impact businesses positively, and, moreover, the planet as a whole is better off with this technological implementation.
A new portable system can purify dirty water — including sea water — using solar-powered distillation: the simple process of boiling the water and then condensing the steam back into a liquid.
Famed yacht designer Christian Grande of Italy has proposed AbiFloat, which combines modular building and luxury in a floating village setting.