Archinect - News 2014-04-24T05:27:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/70077247/creating-energy-from-noise-pollution Creating Energy from Noise Pollution Anna Johnson 2013-03-26T01:10:00-04:00 >2013-03-26T15:36:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0eam5acqwtiqsxfz.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Soundscrapers could soon turn urban noise pollution into usable energy to power cities. An honourable mention-winning entry in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, dubbed Soundscraper, looked into ways to convert the ambient noise in urban centres into a renewable energy form. Noise pollution is currently a negative element of urban life but it could soon be valued and put to good use.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69735976/flush-with-oil-abu-dhabi-opens-world-s-largest-solar-plant Flush With Oil, Abu Dhabi Opens World's Largest Solar Plant Alexander Walter 2013-03-19T16:45:00-04:00 >2013-03-20T14:01:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/931cc444f9248cf80429ab6f32089f7b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Abu Dhabi, the most oil-rich of the United Arab Emirates, is now home to the world's single-largest concentrated solar power plant. The 100-megawatt Shams 1 plant cost an estimated $750 million and is expected to provide electricity to 20,000 homes, according to the BBC. Why, you might ask? Bloomberg says the less oil Abu Dhabi uses for local consumption, the more it can export.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/18583347/ivanpah-solar-plant-towers-by-rafaa Ivanpah Solar Plant Towers by RAFAA Alexander Walter 2011-08-29T13:48:18-04:00 >2011-08-29T13:51:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/8815h5uppg1pyck3.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss design firm RAFAA has shared with us their entry to the invited competition for Ivanpah, a 392-megawatt solar thermal power facility currently being built by BrightSource Energy Inc in the Californian Mojave Desert. The project - which counts NRG Solar, Google and BrightSource as equity investors - is currently the largest solar plant under construction in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/16635320/1-5-billion-star-trek-theme-park-announced-for-jordan $1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park Announced for Jordan MikeChino 2011-08-12T16:47:56-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjnuc0hm02zchxx7.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>King Abdullah of Jordan, who was once an extra in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, has given the green light to a $1.5 billion Star Trek-inspired theme park that will boldly take Jordan where no Gulf state has gone before. While the theme park will not be powered by dilithium crystals, it will utilize green technology in order to lower its carbon footprint.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> Hanin Fakhriddin, IP &amp; Brand Protection Manager at Rubicon Group, one of the creators behind the theme park, just contacted us from Amman, Jordan and pointed out that "the Theme Park is not a Star Trek Theme Park, nor a theme park revolving around Star Trek. It will be dedicated to our region&rsquo;s history and culture. A section of the park will be dedicated to the future, and this is where the Star Trek attraction will be."</p>