16 results for 'PlanetInspired'
A mechanical arm, guided by cameras, for mounting solar panels faster. Robots are being built in Germany that could help reduce costs and time
Robots are being built in Germany that could help reduce solar panel installation costs and time. The project is currently being developed by two companies, PV Kraftwerker and Gehrlicher, and permits faster and cheaper installations, making it possible to also work in non-optimal weather conditions or at night.
The project provides for the construction of robots capable of working automatically in installing solar power systems... (more)
Record melting of Arctic ice, it had never before dropped below 4 million square kilometersIn less than one generation, we have altered the way in which the planet looks from space and soon the North Pole will be completely ice free in summer, probably within the next 5 years or at the most the next 20, depending on the forecast.
The annual melting of Arctic ice is reaching a level that is reducing the extent of sea ice to the lowest level ever recorded since satellite monitoring began in 1979. Scientists from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) have raised the alarm.... (more)
An American jail's new anti-blackout system combines several renewable energy sources.Thanks to a fuel cell system, solar panels, wind turbines and an energy storage system, the Santa Rita jail's smart grid is considered one of the most reliable in the United States and will enable the jail to save approximately $2.2 million in utility bills over the next 25 years.
Not far from San Francisco, California, the Santa Rita jail, with 4000 inmates, has recently completed an energy system that combines a 1 MW fuel cell system, solar panels, wind turbines and a 2 MW energy storage system in... (more)
South Korea in the forefront on research and innovation also hosts a UN center.
The expo on oceans in Yeosu, South Korea has come to an end. The main objective was to raise people's awareness on the topic of protecting the marine environment and developing technology concerning the sea. Italy was also present.
“The living ocean and coast, diversity of resources and sustainable activities” This was the theme of the international exposition that ended recently in Yeosu, South Korea.
The oceans are in fact indispensable for ensuring the continuity of life on Earth, with more... (more)
The new Frecciarossa 1000 will travel at an average speed of 360 kilometers per hour, saving energy and respecting the environment
Frecciarossa 1000, built by AnsaldoBreda and Bombardier, will be the quietest and lowest-environmental-impact train thanks to its aerodynamic shape that will reduce energy consumption and noise, and to the use of light alloys.
It is called the Frecciarossa 1000, the latest jewel built by AnsaldoBreda (a Finmeccanica Group company) with Bombardier. The new high-speed train will travel at an average speed of 360 kilometers per hour on the high-speed... (more)
The robots designed in Scotland work as a team, like bees, and can dive to depths over 200 meters, unlike scuba divers that now do the job. Thanks to a database in the development phase, they look for coral fragments to be reattached to the reef.
In the last 30 years, coral reefs have severely declined, so much so that they risk extinction within a few decades. A recent study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) showed that less than 10% of the reef in the Caribbean is still alive today, compared to 50% in the 1970s.
According to the World Resources... (more)
The number of residents on the luxury island built off the coast of Qatar is increasing every year. The island is continuing to be built with an eco-sustainability mindset.The artificial island off the coast of Qatar called the "Pearl of Qatar" has many luxuries, but also focuses on the environment, from water supplies to the waste management, to cooling system that copies the the Roman energy model.
Following Dubai, Qatar is now building an artificial island of its own: it covers 400 hectares of surface area, and has nearly 20 kilometers of beaches for 40,000 international residents.... (more)
The London Olympic Games were the first to monitor greenhouse gas emissions and to boast eco-sustainable buildings
London won the gold medal its sustainability efforts, during the recent Summer Olympic Games. The facilities facilities- from the Olympic Park to the Velodrome to the main Stadium - make wide use of recycled materials and follow waste management guidelines. All purchases inside the Olympic Park and all packaging are 100% recyclable while the disposable products are green and made in Italy.
The London Paralympic Games (parallel to the Olympics), now in progress, are... (more)
For more than a year, the Università degli Studi of Milan and the Politecnico of Milan have been cooperating on an ambitious project: the creation of a common sustainable campus.
Through residents, renewable energy, and the environment, Milan is working to build a sustainable campus. At the Politecnico, they have installed dumpsters that measure the weight and volume of the material that is placed in the dumpsters, and send the data online via GPRS for the monitoring and management of waste collection. The idea is also being experimented with in Beijing.
But even Italian universities... (more)
70-80% of water resources used by humans goes to agricultural irrigation: it takes 500 liters of water to produce one kilo of wheat
The growing demand for water is closely linked to the continuous increase in food production, and water pollution that renders enormous amounts of water unsuitable even for industrial uses. But the way to reduce our "water footprint" exists, starting from reducing the amount of fresh water taken from the natural cycle.There are 7 billion of us on Earth today. If we continue at this rate of growth, in 2050, there will be 9 billion people on our planet.... (more)