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Rooftop Mounted Wind Turbines That Make Homes Self-Sufficient

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When it comes to renewable energy, wind turbines are certainly one of the greener and more sustainable options. Their biggest drawbacks is that they have to be large to produce enough energy, and that they make a lot of noise, which is why they haven’t yet been widely adopted by homeowners. However, The Archimedes, a Holland-based renewable energy start-up is currently working on a solution to this problem. They are designing a wind turbine small enough to be mounted on the roof of a typical home, but which is still highly efficient at converting wind to energy and does so nearly soundlessly.

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New High-performance Supercapacitor Developed in California

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A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) has developed a new graphene-based supercapacitor, which is based on a nanoscale architecture. This breakthrough supercapacitor offers double the energy and power performance over today’s available competitors. Supercapacitors like this could one day be used for charging high-performance electric cars and personal electronics by effectively replacing batteries.
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Ekocenters Made of Shipping Containers Bringing Clean Water to Areas in Need

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In late 2013, Coca Cola in partnership with several global and local organizations, began deploying so-called Ekocenters, which are primarily mobile clean water sources. These Ekocenters are build out of shipping containers and their main aim is purifying water and delivering it to developing communities across the world with a special focus on groups within the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP), which is the largest, and also poorest socio-economic group in the world, comprised of about 4 billion people living on less than $2 a day.
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Clinic Built From a Repurposed Shipping Container

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Building Trust International recently announced the winners of the 2014 Moved To Care competition. The competition called for a solution for providing healthcare in rural areas of Asia, and the student winner of the competition was Christopher Knitt of the University of Wisconsin for his design of Reflex, a clinic made from a repurposed shipping container that can easily be deployed anywhere. Apart from being upcycled, this clinic can also operate off-the-grid and invites the participation of the local community in its deployment.
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Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully

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It has now been a year since the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) in Washington DC has been built and its energy harvesting capabilities began to be monitored. The home was built on the campus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists and researchers conducted a computer simulation that replicated the energy consumption of a family of four. The results showed the home to be a success, since after a year the home generated 13,577 kWh of energy. This is about 491 kWh more than was needed.
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The First European LEED Platinum Home

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The LEED Platinum for homes rating is quite rare. In fact, the recently completed Italian BioCasa 82 is the first home in Europe to receive this high rating. BioCasa82 was designed by the Italian firm Rosario Picciotto Architects and constructed by Welldom, a company that specializes in green building. It is located in Montebelluna, a town near Venice, Italy.
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