Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Aug27

Tesla-powered buildings

Tesla

 

The symbiosis between solar energy and energy storage technology is driving an emerging market.  Analysts predict a multi-billion dollar market will evolve in the US over the next several years, dominated by residential solar systems that use storage to provide power when the sun isn’t shining or during blackouts. (more…)

Aug25

A solar landfill

Example of Solar Array

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When landfills have reached their capacity, their contents are capped in order to isolate the wastes and contaminants within.  Hazardous waste landfills utilize specialized liners in order to prevent leakage and once they are capped off, they are monitored for decades for any gas or leached materials.  Sometimes the sites can be reused for such things as parks or parking lots, but all too often they become no-mans-lands that serve no purpose. (more…)

Aug21

Tides in the Bay of Fundy

Bay of Fundy

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The Bay of Fundy is on the Atlantic coast on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada.  It is the site of several national and provincial parks as well as the location of major ports for the pulp and paper industry.  But the Bay of Fundy’s greatest claim to fame is that it may have the largest tidal range in the world. (more…)

Aug15

No energy bills

Passive House in Colorado

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A net-zero energy house is one that creates as much energy as it uses over the course of the year.  It is a home that doesn’t pay any energy bills. (more…)

Aug13

Galapagos green

Iguana in Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands are famous for inhabitants like giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.  Nearly the entire archipelago is a national park that carefully preserves this unique environment.  But the Galapagos is also home to over 30,000 people living on four of the islands and involved in the tourist trade, in farming and fishing, and in local businesses.  The human inhabitants need electricity and, like most islanders, have mostly gotten it from diesel generators. (more…)

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