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How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

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The United States has been doing a good job of cutting carbon in recent years. Emissions are down 12% in the last 5 years, and half of those cuts have come in the power sector where natural gas, wind and solar have been replacing coal. But when it to comes to electricity emissions from the home, we still have a lot of work to do. In a comparison of sixty countries, we found only Saudis have bigger electricity footprints. The average American uses 4,700 kWh in the home each year, costing them $600 and generating almost three tons of carbon emissions. Getting smart about tackling your electricity use can slash both your power bill and your carbon footprint. Learn more at Shrink That Footprint.

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Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

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Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels. Rayton Solar’s new solar panel manufacturing technology that uses 50 to 100 times less silicon than other technologies, cutting out large amounts of the most costly component of solar panels. The company says its patent-pending process uses just four microns worth of silicon, leaving no waste – while boosting efficiency to 24 percent. That’s 25 percent higher than industry standard efficiency, according to the company

City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

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This week the city council in Palo Alto, California voted in favor of sourcing all the town’s energy needs from clean, renewable sources. Effective immediately, the city will use 100% carbon-free electricity. And best of all, the move towards 100% clean energy won’t cost Palo Alto residents much; The town estimates that the switch will add just $3 per year to the average homeowner’s energy bill

Creative Lamp Design by Silvia Ceñal Idarreta

Sometimes simple designs inspired by everyday things may prove as functional as the more sophisticated ones, and with a high aesthetic value if you are a fan of handmade-looking objects and creative lighting design. The latest project of Spanish designer Silvia Ceñal Idarreta is an eye-catching hanging lamp, simply called Macaron Lamp.

Discovering everything that could be done with fabrics and laces and fascinated by the traditional French pastry called macaron,  Silvia Ceñal Idarreta imagined this interesting pendant lampthat once established in a certain decor, it’s likely to grab all attention due to its colorful and unusual design. She originally combined wood with wires, which transmit a feeling of three-dimensional.

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The bulb was subtly added in the middle of the design, the overall look inspiring playfulness creating an interesting optical illusion by making you believe its body isn’t supported by anything and levitates around the bulb. But in fact body is upsholded by a round wood top, invisible when viewed from the front. Creative, isn’t it?

Portland’s water pipes are the city’s newest source of clean energy

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Portland residents can now generate green electricity simply by turning on their water taps and flushing their toilets. Fast Company reports that the Oregon city is using a state-of-the art system to capture energy from water flowing through the city’s pipelines. Small turbines installed inside the pipelines are turned by the flowing water, sending energy into a generator and off into the power grid.

South Africa :The Challenges of a Smart Grid

It is no secret that South Africa’s national power grid is under severe pressure, and the country’s energy supply is unreliable and insecure.  In Winter months the grid at times gets alarmingly close to the brink of shutdown.  Power utility, Eskom, is faced with ongoing crises, and at the back of peoples’ minds is the ever prevailing possibility of a recurrence of rolling power blackouts with which the country was beset in the later months of 2007.  

A solution that can contribute to overcoming this situation is the ‘smart’ grid.  The smart grid combines ICT and leading edge intelligence capabilities with existing electrical infrastructure to deliver real-time energy information and knowledge.  It empowers smarter energy choices, and has the potential to transform the energy business and use of electric power throughout the world.  It can without a doubt help support energy needs, significantly enhance electricity distribution, and generally create a more comfortable future.  

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Winds of change: Global wind energy production nearly doubled in 2014

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It seems the answer to the world’s energy woes could actually be blowin’ in the wind, as worldwide wind power production nearly doubled last year. In 2014, 51,477 megawatts-worth of wind capacity was installed around the global, which amounts to a 44 percent increase over the previous year’s totals.

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Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Now Online in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia recently unveiled Africa’s largest wind farm! Just one part of a greater plan to boost energy production from 2,000 MW to 10,000 MW within the next five years, the 120 MW Ashegoda Wind Farm cost the French firm Vergnet SA $290 million to build. Its completion was made possible with the help of concessional loans from BNP Paribas and the French Development Agency (AFD). Not only will the facility help to reduce the occurrence of blackouts in Africa’s second most populous country, but it will also help to diversify away from hydropower and bolster Ethiopia’s role as a key exporter of energy within the region.

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Pavegen’s kinetic walkway in South African mall will power rural villages

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Last month, we reported how clean tech company Pavegen had installed six people-powered kinetic energy tiles in the middle of a corridor in SNCF’s Innovation & Research office in Paris in order to illuminate the corridor’s LED strip lighting. Now, they are going slightly bigger by placing a 68-tile walkway in Sandton City shopping mall in Johannesburg, as part of Samsung’s ‘What If I Can’ campaign. The kinetic energy system not only powers an interactive data screen, displaying real-time footfall data and providing an immediate visual payback, but the energy collected will be used to provide deprived communities in South Africa with lighting, heating and basic everyday amenities.