Archinect - News 2017-08-22T15:05:33-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150016755/google-s-dandelion-startup-wants-to-make-geothermal-energy-more-affordable-for-homeowners Google's Dandelion startup wants to make geothermal energy more affordable for homeowners Alexander Walter 2017-07-10T14:49:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T09:23:18-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/zp/zpdscfcovqjlygqn.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. [...] Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had been working for several years "to make it easier and more affordable to heat and cool homes with the clean, free, abundant, and renewable energy source right under our feet," and that the efforts culminated with the creation of an independent company outside of Alphabet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In the U.S., buildings account for 39% of all carbon emissions, mostly from the combustion of fossil fuels for heating and cooling," <a href="https://dandelion.co/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dandelion</a> CEO Kathy Hannun explains on the company's <a href="https://blog.x.company/introducing-dandelion-2706eded169a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blog</a>. "In the Northeast, heating and cooling is particularly carbon-intensive due to the relatively high use of fuel oil or propane as a heating fuel.&nbsp;This also leads to unpredictable costs for homeowners; if fuel prices rise during a particularly long and cold winter, their wallets take a hit."</p> <p>Hannun describes how designing a better drill was the key to reducing cost, time, hassle, and environmental impact of the drilling process: "After months of testing, we hit upon a design for a fast, slender drill that hit our objectives. It could drill just one or two deep holes just a few inches wide, and compared to typical installation rigs, it produced less waste and took up much less space as it operated. It left a typical suburban backyard relatively undisturbed, so we could minimize landscaping costs ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals Justine Testado 2015-04-10T21:13:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:07:15-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/yu/yuh2r7zhnriwgi79.jpg" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver has become the latest city to commit to running on 100% renewable energy...The city&rsquo;s ambition is to be the world&rsquo;s greenest city by 2020 despite the fact Canada has had one of 'the most environmentally irresponsible national governments' for the last 10 years, [said Vancouver deputy mayor Andrea Reimer.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Which city will be next? Which will pull through? According to The Guardian, Vancouver is one of the latest to join the more than 50 cities that have already announced their plans to run on 100% renewable energy, including San Diego, San Francisco, Sydney, and Copenhagen.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124142218/first-texas-town-makes-longterm-plans-to-switch-to-solar-and-wind-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Texas town makes longterm plans to switch to solar and wind energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123750335/french-parliament-orders-new-buildings-to-switch-to-green-rooftops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120350994/burlington-vt-first-u-s-city-to-hit-100-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burlington, VT first U.S. city to hit 100% renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a></li><li><a title="Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109579284/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-new-spaceship-campus-will-be-greenest-building-on-the-planet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/124142218/first-texas-town-makes-longterm-plans-to-switch-to-solar-and-wind-energy First Texas town makes longterm plans to switch to solar and wind energy Justine Testado 2015-03-30T20:45:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:29:12-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/2p/2pbhfwsxr8qmw6ez.jpg" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because of its size and intense radiation, Texas leads the nation in solar energy potential, but the solar industry has long struggled to get a foothold in the state... and solar energy currently makes up a tiny percentage of the state&rsquo;s energy portfolio. That&rsquo;s beginning to change. Improving technology has driven down the price of solar power, making it more competitive with other resources&shy; &mdash; even without incentives, developers say.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The municipal utility of Georgetown, a Texan city of about 55,000, recently signed a 25-year contract with SunEdison to buy 150 megawatts of solar power as well as 144 megawatts of wind power from the EDF Renewables wind farm through 2039 -- reportedly being the first city-owned utility to take action on such a plan (and not long after the end of former Texas governor Rick Perry's tenure). While eco-conscious benefits were taken into account, Georgetown signed the deal primarily for financial reasons.</p><p>Related posts:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123750335/french-parliament-orders-new-buildings-to-switch-to-green-rooftops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124127720/walker-art-center-goes-green-in-75-million-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Art Center goes green in $75 million project</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113894090/solar-paneled-roads-open-in-the-netherlands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Solar energy that doesn't block the view" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107406810/solar-energy-that-doesn-t-block-the-view" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar energy that doesn't block the view</a></p></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/107406810/solar-energy-that-doesn-t-block-the-view Solar energy that doesn't block the view Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:09:59-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/83/830f20a87af8a3f32bf1ef3cc27412cb.jpg" width="650" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.</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> https://archinect.com/news/article/87532474/why-solarcity-and-tesla-are-going-to-replace-your-utility Why SolarCity and Tesla are going to replace your utility Archinect 2013-11-27T15:00:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T18:13:11-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/28/28d4e7b3562bc519290858af2bdfe97b.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar installer, has quietly begun to offer some homeowners a lithium-ion battery pack made by electric carmaker Tesla to store electricity generated by their rooftop photovoltaic arrays. Stem, another Silicon Valley company, will sell or lease a $100,000, 54-kilowatt-hour battery pack to businesses so they can arbitrage the grid by storing electricity when rates are cheap and then using that energy when they&rsquo;re high.</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> https://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush L.A. to S.F. in 30 Minutes: Tesla's Hyperloop Would Make CA's High-Speed Rail Blush Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T12:40:32-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/jx/jxnri9f66stjd5v0.jpg" width="640" height="220" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that seeks to change this [transit] paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods. Hyperloop is also unique in that it is an open design concept, similar to Linux. Feedback is desired from the community that can help advance the Hyperloop design and bring it from concept to reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p> CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, posted on the Tesla blog his proposal for an alternative to the <a href="http://www.hsr.ca.gov/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rai</a>l plan, the Hyperloop. The solar-powered transportation system is proposed to function somewhat like a pneumatic tube, where capsules of up to 28 passengers on air-bearings are transported between Los Angeles and San Francisco in about 30 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p> Read Musk's entire proposal <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> Feedback and contributions to the Hyperloop design should be directed to:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:hyperloop@spacex.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@spacex.com</a> or <a href="mailto:hyperloop@teslamotors.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@teslamotors.com</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/71967742/german-building-uses-algae-for-heating-and-cooling German building uses algae for heating and cooling Archinect 2013-04-25T17:54:00-04:00 >2013-05-08T17:48:18-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ee/ee4bd8eb772c8c9a0ddf67a8bc514fc0.jpg" width="600" height="524" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new apartment complex in Hamburg, Germany, intends to generate heat, as well as revenue, from growing the micro-organism. The five-story Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building, which was expected to become fully operational on Wednesday, has a high-tech facade that looks like a cross between a Mondrian painting and a terrarium but is actually a vertical algae farm.</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> https://archinect.com/news/article/53759034/powering-mumbai-with-magic-mushrooms Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms Paul Petrunia 2012-07-18T14:52:00-04:00 >2012-07-25T01:46:04-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8u/8ugcwt09jn00d237.jpg" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure - providing heat, light and building material for the refugees. Dharavi rapidly evolved it's own micro-economy based around the mushrooms.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6um7le8jvmei8ylf.jpg" title=""></p>