by Cat DiStasio, Engadget
From the US to Dubai, and some places in between
In the race to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, cost is a huge factor. It’s taken years, but advances in technology and increases in both efficiency and output have helped bring down the expense of renewable energy, which has in turn increased demand. Globally, fossil fuels are still cheaper than these alternative sources, but there are a few places around the world where clean energy is winning, dollar for dollar. Continue reading Six places where renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels
by Tom Mendelsohn, arsTECHNICA
It’s not about maintaining a public image—“We are convinced this is good for business.”
Google has announced it will power its entire global operations using energy from renewable sources next year.
In a move that the search and advertising giant is hailing as “a huge milestone,” 100 percent of the 2600 megawatts or so that Google’s parent company Alphabet needs to power its data centers and offices around the world will be acquired by solar or wind energy. Continue reading Google says it’ll be fully powered by renewable energy in 2017
by Cat DiStasio, Engadget
Think: Las Vegas streetlights powered by footsteps
When it comes to discussions about renewable energy, solar and wind power often take center stage. To a lesser degree, other forms like geothermal energy and hydro-power also get some attention. But many people may not be aware that there are many other sources of renewable energy currently in use around the world, all helping to counterbalance the enormous carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. Small projects are turning to dirt and microbes, underground stores of liquid magma and even pedestrian footsteps to harvest energy that would otherwise be wasted. Continue reading Six unexpected sources of renewable energy
by Robert, SciTechBee
The Ecocapsule is an egg-shaped, mobile dwelling designed to produce more electricity than it consumes and harvest more rain water than its occupants use. It was developed by Nice Architects, a firm based in Bratislava, Slovokia.
“Ecocapsule” packs everything you need into one very efficient, compact design. Replete with rather luxurious amenities, including a double bed, kitchenette, storage space, and bathroom with a shower,climate control,and a toilet that collects bio waste. Continue reading World’s First Off Grid “EcoCapsule” Runs Entirely on Renewable Energy
by Zayan Guedim, EDGYLABS
As the data Cloud grows, so do the energy-thirsty data centers that support its ocean of digital information. Trendsetting companies are going green to address concerns over how these centers are powered.
Microsoft recently announced it would step-up its efforts towards going green completely. It starts by powering its data centers with cleaner energy. By 2018, the company claims that it will depend on 50% renewable energy from wind, solar and hydroelectric sources. Data centers will be their largest energy consuming facilities over the next five years. While Microsoft uses 44% renewable energy today, it seeks to surpass 50% on its way to 60% renewable energy use at the beginning of the next decade. Continue reading Microsoft, Apple and other Tech Giants Compete to Go Green