Solar Energy in Morocco: DW documentary examines how the transition to renewables is impacting rural communities

Morocco is leading the change to renewables in Africa, as the country sets out to end its dependency on imported fossil fuels. With 3,000 hours of sun a year, Morocco is increasingly turning to solar power to provide its energy needs, installing one of the world’s largest solar plants in Ouarzazate. This energy is also transforming life in remote villages. In the below documentary, German … Continue reading Solar Energy in Morocco: DW documentary examines how the transition to renewables is impacting rural communities

Solar Cat: The cool cat in town helping to make renewable energy accessible to all

Solar Cat, a giant cat-shaped solar panel, is changing the perception that “renewable energy is a boring utility purchased by the most privileged”. Designed by NYC-based tech company, Grouphug, the Solar Cat is a 140-watt cat-shaped solar panel that is mounted to a window at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The energy harvested by Solar Cat powers an adjacent interactive pedestal that … Continue reading Solar Cat: The cool cat in town helping to make renewable energy accessible to all

How we can Power the Earth by Solar alone [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

As the world continues to strive to lower its carbon footprint and explore sources of energy that we can turn into power as efficiently and cleanly as possible, it turns out we may have undervalued the number one resource available to us, the sun. Solar is by far the largest, most reliable source of energy available all around the world and yet we are not … Continue reading How we can Power the Earth by Solar alone [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

S-PARK: Amsterdam cyclists could generate sustainable energy via their bikes

An Amsterdam-based design duo have envisioned a way that enables cyclists to generate sustainable electricity in Amsterdam via their bicycles. The innovative project, entitled S-PACK, is a bike rack which turns the energy produced by people on their bikes, into electricity for their own neighbourhood. The idea. which was conceived of by designers and cyclists Guillaume Roukhomovsky and Blaž Verhnjak, involves placing a special front wheel on people’s bikes. Once … Continue reading S-PARK: Amsterdam cyclists could generate sustainable energy via their bikes

Multidirectional, micro wind turbine could soon be powering city apartment blocks worldwide

A micro wind turbine – designed to capture wind travelling in any direction – could soon well be hanging off the sides of high-rise buildings or balconies in cities, transforming how consumers in urban areas generate electricity. Nicholas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani, two masters students at Lancaster University, have won the international James Dyson Award for their O-Wind Turbine – a sphere with geometric vents that spins when … Continue reading Multidirectional, micro wind turbine could soon be powering city apartment blocks worldwide

Westmill Wind Farm Co-op: Putting power back into community hands

Westmill Wind Farm Co-op – the first 100% community owned onshore wind farm in the south-east of England – has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors to its site since it first began operating in 2008. Located in Watchfield, Swindon, Westmill Wind Farm attracts both locals and people from further afield. The brainchild of Adam Twine – a third generation farmer, who has worked 1200 acres … Continue reading Westmill Wind Farm Co-op: Putting power back into community hands

LA Dodgers baseball legend, Dusty Baker, sets his sights on renewable energy

Former LA Dodgers baseball legend, Dusty Baker has set his sights on solar energy bringing renewable energy to a wide range of consumers. Dusty Baker’s new startup, Baker Energy Team – based outside Sacramento, California – is developing, pitching and working on large projects for historically black universities, cannabis-growing operations, tribal reservations and commercial businesses. In an interview with Bloomberg, Dusty Baker told of how he got … Continue reading LA Dodgers baseball legend, Dusty Baker, sets his sights on renewable energy

Route Del Sol: Solar powered road trip raising awareness of sustainable transport

Changemakers Route Del Sol are on a mission to drive a solar powered electric camper van from Alaska to Argentina, while raising awareness of sustainable modes of transport. Navigating the longest network of roads in the world, the team of two – Australians Joel Gregory Hayes and Keegan Taccori – are aiming to be the first to drive a solar powered, 100% electric camper van from Alaska to … Continue reading Route Del Sol: Solar powered road trip raising awareness of sustainable transport

Swedish company develop modular wooden wind turbines to extend reach

Swedish startup, Modvion is developing a wooden tower for wind turbines that can be taken apart into smaller pieces and assembled on site. The Gothenburg-based company say its modular windmills can cut costs and help solve the logistical challenge of transporting giant masts to wind farms. The wood towers are said to lower the cost of a turbine by 30% compared with conventional steel and concrete versions. Taller … Continue reading Swedish company develop modular wooden wind turbines to extend reach

The solar grandmas of Madagascar

A group of grandmas are leading the renewable energy revolution in rural Africa, having successfully brought solar panels to more than 200 families in their village in Madagascar. Not having access to electricity, life in Ambakivao, Madagascar was dark, and so the resourceful group of grannies decided to change that by becoming the village’s first solar engineers. By swapping petroleum lamps for solar panels, the … Continue reading The solar grandmas of Madagascar