The grid as we know it typically operates by tapping several different power sources and by keeping some back-up on the side just in case. Oddly enough, it runs with virtually zero storage capacity, but that’s only because large amounts of electricity are difficult to store. This is a technological challenge, to be sure, but that’s only because it’s never been seriously addressed. Until now.
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An estimated 140 million cell phones end up in landfills each year. With those cell phones go 4.7 tons of gold (worth $56 million) and 49 tons of silver (worth $8.4 million). And don’t forget the 80,000 pounds of lead, a known neurotoxin, that leach from landfilled electronics into drinking water each year. If we get into certified pre-owned gadgets like we’re getting into car sharing, what could the impact be?
The U.N. Environment Program’s 2015 report is chock full of facts and figures testifying to ongoing growth in global renewable energy investment. Following two years of lower totals, investors plowed over $270 billion into renewable energy in 2014, just 3 percent lower than the record high in 2010.
An embryonic corporate social responsibility (CSR) narrative is glimmering within the mining industry – one with seismic possibilities for international investment to turn the tide against global climate change. As glaciers ebb and crops wither, miners in the Americas, Australia and Africa are beginning to economize with solar, wind and geothermal power where grid electricity is expensive – or non-existent.
“80 percent of the market value of companies is contained in relationships with its stakeholders,” John Friedman, author of “PR 2.0: How Digital Media Can Help You Build a Sustainable Brand,” told TriplePundit. Therefore it’s vital to build a “strong connection between your digital communications strategy and your sustainability efforts.”
Before you pick up the keys to a new electric vehicle, you may want to check where you live and where you get your power. In Canada, a new report is throwing a monkey wrench into efforts of several provinces to convince residents to junk their gas guzzlers and go electric. The findings aren’t apt to make everyone happy, least of all those provinces that have invested in EV-buying incentive programs — and still rely on carbon-powered electricity grids.
South Africa is testing unmanned aerials vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, to stamp out rhino poaching in Kruger National Park, its “crown jewel” wildlife refuge.
The utility and fossil-fuel industries continue to spread a crude canard against the growing popularity of rooftop solar across America. The truth is this: Rooftop solar provides substantial benefits for everyone, regardless of who installs it.
SAP’s latest integrated report tracks its longstanding initiatives on sustainability, social programs and financial performance.
The Department of Energy is zooming in on U.S. military veterans and Native Americans as the Obama administration continues its effort to spur green job creation and deployment of solar energy.
One in 9 people across the globe lack access to safe water. For others, clean water comes plentifully from the tap. Can digital channels address the disconnect?
An innovative solution on the horizon in New York, called community net metering, may allow low-to-moderate income residents to benefit from the cost savings of distributed solar energy projects.
“Battery and other system component costs have been falling rapidly, allowing energy storage to become an economical alternative to traditional power generation for certain applications,” Navigant highlights in its latest Energy Storage Tracker report.
Hawaii has the highest solar photovoltaic penetration of any state in the country. Yet, between 2012 and 2014, the number of solar PV permits issued by the city and county of Honolulu declined by over 50 percent. Meanwhile, a massive logjam of permit applications built up in the state. Learn about the cause of the problem and the innovative solution here.
Puretergent wants to turn the conventional plastic bottle on its head. The company has come up with a bottle-less method of dispensing “green” laundry detergent. There’s just one hook: getting it recycled.