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Solar-Wind Tower Said to Rival Hoover Dam in Power Output

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Aug 22, 2014 2:32:00 PM

As the globe warms, the hottest places may be able to generate the most power through solar—particularly solar-wind tower electric-power-generation plants, providing the hot places have water.

San Luis, Ariz., describes itself as the “gateway to the Sea of Cortez.” Located southwest of Yuma, between the Mexican border and the Colorado River, it will break ground on a solar wind tower power plant in 2015.
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Hydration Stations in National Parks Allow You to Refill Water Bottles

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jul 21, 2014 7:40:00 AM

Hydrations stations on the National Mall allowed visitors to refill their water bottles for free over the Fourth of July weekend and during the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which overlapped with Fourth of July festivities.

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Drought Brings Water Profiteers

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jul 14, 2014 9:12:00 AM

It had to happen. Amid reports that the huge, mostly hidden Ogallala Aquifer is drying up and Lake Mead has reached its lowest level and will likely keep going down, profiteers are entering what will become the water wars, and it is legal for them to do so.

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"Missing" Plastic Pollution in World Oceans Alarms Scientists

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 4, 2014 9:54:00 AM

SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN AWARE for years that giant floating "islands" of plastic debris called gyres are polluting our oceans--not just the Pacific--but most of the world's major seas.

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Geothermal Makes Celestia Kitchen of the Future Even More Efficient

Posted by Jay Egg

Jun 24, 2014 12:14:00 PM

IN THE HOME OF THE FUTURE, appliances will be linked like hardware on a computer.  Just like a new wireless keyboard, printer or touch screen monitor, you need only place the new appliance into service and it will communicate on a machine to machine basis (M2M), providing useful data for energy and performance optimization. But electronic communication is one part of the equation.  There is also the concept of “Thermal Communication”.

The household appliances in our “Celestia Home of the Future” will prompt, "Do you really want to start the washing machine now, while the shower is on and the dishwasher is running? Please allow me [the smart M2M system] to start this for you later, when energy and water consumption can be optimized, saving 1.3 kWh of peak load energy consumption."  This simple logic and communication between machines, homes and communities will defer infrastructure costs for building of power plants that could be averted.

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