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U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed bold new actions to addres...

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

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Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

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Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

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Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

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Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

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Technology

More ethanol-tolerant yeast for more biofuel production

More ethanol-tolerant yeast for more biofuel production

Thursday, 09 October 2014

Yeast is an important component in the ethanol production process; however, high concentrations of ethanol are toxic to yeast. In order to improve the...

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Politics

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A state-wide poll commissioned for the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that New Yorkers oppose fracking and support clean, renewable energy....

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Living Green

Kitchen green-over: Seven easy steps to an eco-friendly kitchen

Kitchen green-over: Seven easy steps to an eco-friendly kitchen

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

According to a World Health Organization Report, the global temperature has gotten warmer at about 1 degree Celsius over the 20th century. Although th...

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Renewables

Low-Carbon

Sony Pictures Entertainment installs 60 E.V. chargers for employee use

Sony Pictures Entertainment installs 60 E.V. chargers for employee use

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A total of 60 charging stations have been installed at Sony Pictures Entertainment’s lot and offices in Culver City, California. The installation is s...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Solenza announces the development of a new integrated solar energy roof system


Solenza’s process integrates its solar panels directly with the structure’s roof.

New Zealand-based Solenza has recently announced the development of a new solar PV water-heating system that has been designed to do away with costlier traditional bolt solar panels.

Instead of using a standard bolt-on system that most of today's systems use, Solenza's process enables the company to directly integrate the solar PVs to the house's roofing iron, cutting down on costs and payback time, as well as increasing overall efficiency.

The panels will use the gathered solar energy to generate electricity for the home, as well as for heating water. Trials indicate that up to 70% of the received sunlight is converted by Solenza's design into useful energy.

“We’re very excited about the market potential of Solenza’s solar roofing technology. Solar energy is receiving a lot of attention as cost-cutting, self-sufficiency, and environmental concerns are boosting the uptake of alternative energy solutions globally," said WaikatoLink’s Chief Executive Mark Stuart.

"Solenza is a great example of how we can leverage world class research from the university to produce products that meet real market needs."

Solenza, which was set up by WaikatoLink, the commercial arm of the University of Waikato, plans to continue researching improvements for its experimental system.
However, inquiries from the US and India have already been received regarding possible partnerships that will allow the solar system design to be used in these countries.


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Antonio Pe Yang III


Sources:

1 http://www.solenza.co.nz/News/news.htm
2 http://www.imageforum2.afp.com/ImageForum/themes/ShowTheme.aspx?ThemeID=2133488&chgCtx=1

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