Energy Flies High

Wind turbines are getting to be a pretty common sight these days with hill tops, farm fields, and shorelines being some of the most common locations to see them. A company called Altaeros Energies is looking to change where we see wind turbines. They don’t want to take down the existing ones, but rather, they want to build new ones . . . in the sky. The company, which got its start in an MIT laboratory, has built a long donut shaped wind turbine that rides the wind 1000 ft. above the ground on two wings and two tail fins. In the center hole of this donut blimp is a large, three bladed wind turbine. The turbine stays aloft thanks to its helium filled shell.

The Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), as it’s called, seeks to improve on the design of existing wind turbines by harnessing the faster,

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Earth Day

Tomorrow is the 44th annual Earth Day. Since its start in 1970, people from numerous cultures, beliefs, and ideals have united for the common goal of preserving our home planet. Today, more than a billion people participate. The Earth Day Network (EDN) includes more than 22,000 partners from 192 countries.

The EDN promotes green policies and helps schools become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. They help raise awareness for and actively engage in many different movements, including: climate change initiatives, saving the whales campaigns, and improving drinking water for local communities. They also promote green jobs to help grow the economy with a more sustainable future.

Buildings are at the heart of green initiatives. They represent the single largest source of carbon emissions. The EDN helps increase public awareness about energy efficiency using social networks, education programs, and other campaigns. They utilize communication platforms, demonstrations, and

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Tips for Saving Energy in Areas of Your Home

Each area of our home uses different amounts of electricity. Some areas use very little electricity during the day, but considerably more at night while some areas use it throughout the day, even though many of the appliances or electronics are inactive. Here are some ways to conserve energy use in each area of your house and lighten the load on your energy bill.

Starting on the outside of your home, you can conserve energy and water by installing a rainfall cistern. You can use a large barrel as your cistern and have it fed by the gutters on your roof. This will give you a good supply of grey water so you’re not using fresh, town, or well water to water plants and grass. These cisterns can be hooked up to automated irrigation systems, or you can install a hand pump to pressurize the water and

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Energy De-stress

Stress is a part of our everyday lives, but it can lead to a lot of complications and negative health effects. Some studies have shown that it can also negatively affect memory recollection. One such study in Germany showed that when afflicted by emotional and situational stress, it took “10% more time to recall recently learned information” in women. Guess what? High energy bills can be a factor in creating stress, so it’s important to get rid of the worries that plague you regarding your energy bill.

So, to help put yourself into a positive mood about your energy bill, there are some ways to make your home more energy efficient. Weather-stripping seals gaps in your windows, doors and walls, preventing your climate controlled air from escaping. Window films can also help seal in your conditioned air. Switching to energy efficient lighting, like LEDs, can drastically reduce

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Google’s Clean Energy Pays Off

Tax season is nearing its climax with taxes due tomorrow, and Google will be claiming big numbers on their tax breaks this year. Since 2010, the search engine and overall internet giant invested $1.4 billion in renewable energy systems through 16 different projects. All of Google’s investments into renewable energy — a market many investors do not like to touch — has made them the largest investor outside of utilities and financial institutions.

The cost of solar panels has dropped 58% since Google started making these investments, allowing them to invest more heavily in them. While other tech giants like Facebook are investing in renewable energy sources to power their own facilities, none of them are investing as much as Google. In 2013 alone, Google invested $400 million in renewable energy projects, not just for their own services and needs, but to help spread electricity to the

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Renewable Energy Growth in the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region of the world is well known for its fields of fuel. Oil is one of the most widely exported commodities from this region, and it fuels much of the world. However, thanks to a Munich based trade association known as Dersertec, solar and wind power will be growing in the region. The current systems in place generate about 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, but Desertec looks to expand this to 3.9 GW by 2015.

Paul van Son, CEO of Desertec, claims “The demand is here”. The production cost in the MENA region is lower than it is in Europe, but Paul van Son believes that Europe and MENA will eventually be connected by power grids. The Middle East and Africa are relatively new to the renewable energy scene, but they are viable places for widespread expansion. Ethiopia is home

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The Bahamas to Get Electric Vehicles

The Bahamas see 5 million tourists each year, resulting in a lot of carbon pollution from vehicles as people navigate the small islands. To help counter this, EASY Car Sales in Nassau has decided to start selling electric vehicles (EVs), specifically the Wheego LiFE. The coupe features rear cargo space, a top speed of 65 mph and a 100 mile range per charge. This is the first EV to be sold in the Bahamas and will be the source of many changes among the islands.

To help propagate the use of EVs, Sun Country Highway will be implementing EV charging stations that will likely be solar powered, thanks to the high level of sun the region typically receives. One other major incentive is the savings on fuel costs. Gasoline is priced at a premium on islands and stands around $3.70 per gallon as of this writing. With

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Life Hacks, Pt. 2

Click here for Part 1 of this series.

Moving — When moving into and out of a house, take photos of each room: walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors and any additional features that came with your rental property, such as lighting and appliances. This can help if you get charged for damages that weren’t caused during your residency

Trick Candle Lighters — If you’re going camping or plan to have a bonfire in your yard or on the beach, bring trick candles. Light the candle first, then use it to light the actual fire. If there is any wind, the trick candle will relight itself if it gets blown out.

Vacuuming — When you start vacuuming your house, vacuum up two or three tablespoons of cinnamon first. The heat in your vacuum will release the cinnamon scent all throughout your cleaning.

eManuals — After purchasing a

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Life Hacks, Pt. 1

Life hacks, pro tips, good ideas . . . they go by several different names, but all in all, these tips and tricks are just little ways to make your life a little easier. They range from simple to complex, and some of them can help you cut back on wasted energy (the physical and electrical kind) and money.

Protect Charger Wires — Frayed wires are a problem we face in the world of mobile technology. By wrapping an old pen spring around the wire by the small end of the plug, you’ll keep it protected from bending and fraying.

Wire Management — Bulldog clips (the strong, black, metal clips that fold up) can be used to organize wires, like cell phone chargers and USB cables. Attach them to your desk with the silver metal strips pointing away from the desk. Thread your cables through the silver

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Nuclear Fusion Takes Over

Nuclear fusion is the process by which the sun functions, fusing hydrogen atoms into helium atoms, which in turn releases tremendous amounts of energy. The sun continues to do this, giving us the light and heat we experience here on Earth. Scientists have tried for decades to recreate this process, as nuclear fusion would be an excellent way to generate electricity. The problem they have faced is that it takes more energy to start the nuclear reaction than the reaction released. But for the first time ever, scientists have accomplished this in an experiment.

Researchers at the National Ignition Facility of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have successfully triggered a nuclear fusion reaction. This was done with the use of 192 powerful lasers that were concentrated on a single capsule coated with deuterium and tritium that caused the heavy forms of hydrogen to fuse. While the hydrogen absorbed

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