New solar design concept concentrating light to maximize sunlight and thermal capture is idea that can open the door to much greater energy system design efficiency. Read more: Solar Concentrator Design Enables Reduction of PV Surface Area by Factor of 1000 : TreeHugger.
A very useful design idea: Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief | Video on TED.com.
The 100 Watt LED Bulb illustraits the innovative thinking around the current revolutionary changes in lighting infrastructure: GE Launches First 100 Watt Equivalent LED Bulb Cooled by an Air Pump | Inhabitat
As a native New Yorker I have often looked at Roosevelt Island and asked why isn’t that space being used better, until now. The plans for converting the island into a technology innovation center are very exciting and with ideas emerging from the hub it could benefit not just New York city’s green design evolution but help revitalize the surrounding Queens neighborhoods as well. Morphosis Wins Competition to Design First CornellNYC Tech Building on Roosevelt Island | Inhabitat New York City.
This type of DIY energy solution is exactly the type of innovation that will turn home energy challenges around. It will only get better as solar cells and storage batteries become more efficient. Let’s not forget integrating solid state lighting which will reduce power needs significantly: This DIY Solar Appliance Could Shave Serious Cash Off Your Utility Bills – Business Insider.
I’ve always been interested in solutions that will help homes have lower to off-grid demand. I’ve worked with many data center battery power systems where I’d wondered when this technology would be applied to houses. Tesla has been looking into alternative uses for the technology that it has developed during its car research. This is an excellent example: Teslas Electric Car Battery Tech Could End Up Powering Your Home : TreeHugger.
We’ve been tracking this technology for some time now and it provides a powerful resource in a disaster zone that has no critical resources: clean water, electricity, communications as well as serving other purposes. Since it is designed to leverage mass transportation systems (shipping containers, rail, road and possibly helicopter) the solution can be rapidly deployed to the most remote and inaccessible areas: Solar power to the rescue: life, water after disasters | SmartPlanet.
Fuel cells run by biogas at the source is being tested at Microsoft and Apple. This source of power for a data center is a very creative approach to accessing sustainable and clean power for a data centers. There are other approaches being explored like hydroelectric and solar generation for data center clean power. Microsoft Designing Landfill-Fueled, Off-Grid Data Center : TreeHugger.
Disaster response has historically focused on using strategies developed for rural regions to aid people impacted by disaster. With the increase of natural and man made disasters effecting urban areas (Fukushima, Hurricane Katrina…) organizations are looking to adapt and develop best solutions to the urban environment. Using sustainable strategies can also make a significant contribution in making a built environment more resilient. Sustainable solutions already look to mitigate impact as well as designing to last. With many major cities (New York City, San Francisco…) already working to lead in sustainable solutions, disaster organizations should look to take advantage of both efforts to optimize and hasten preparation: How Is Disaster Aid Being Retooled to Meet Catastrophes That Strike Cities?: Scientific American.
This idea has fascinating potential as it could change batteries in several areas: Introducing an air-breathing battery that could power a breakout electric car — Cleantech News and Analysis.