Blue Green Solutions: a Systems Approach to Sustainable and Cost-Effective Urban Development

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Imperial College London, with the support of Climate-KIC, have been pioneering an innovative framework to systematically unlock the multiple benefits of city natural infrastructure; thus producing resilient, sustainable and cost-effective solutions. The framework is applicable at a building, neighbourhood and city-scale and is suitable both for new and retrofit developments.

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How artificial intelligence can build a sustainable future

Article | March 6, 2020

In 1956, the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was formally proposed, marking the birth of artificial intelligence. The main goal towards the development of AI is to give robots the ability to perceive, learn, think, make decisions and act. After more than 60 years of development, artificial intelligence has made breakthrough progress in our society. It has been widely used in various fields of economy and society and has formed a trend to lead a new round of industrial transformation, pushing human society into the intelligent era. And, the strategic significance of artificial intelligence has been embraced by all business sectors

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The Next Renewable Energy Source Could Be Rain

Article | March 6, 2020

The quest for the next source of renewable energy is well underway, with no natural phenomenon overlooked. We have already harnessed the power of flowing water, wind, and sunlight, and the search for the next clean source of energy is far from over. The latest potential breakthrough in renewable energy comes in the form of rain. The rain has not been getting a lot of attention in renewable energy circles perhaps because it would be challenging to harness its electricity-producing potential. Yet attempts are being made, and in the latest breakthrough, U.S. and Hong Kong researchers have managed to produce 140 volts of power from one single raindrop. That’s enough to light 100 LED lights for a short while.

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OPTIMIZING COGENERATION POWER PLANTS TO MANAGE RENEWABLE ENERGY EFFICIENTLY AND ECONOMICALLY

Article | March 6, 2020

A cogeneration, or Combined Heat and Power (CHP), plant uses a heat engine or power station to produce electric and thermal energy simultaneously from a single fuel source. A primary benefit of using a cogeneration system is that it can capture thermal energy for heating that is otherwise wasted in a conventional power plant. Utility companies today face the challenge of transitioning to the utilization of renewable energy for both electricity production and district heating systems.

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Electric vehicles could turn solar households into autonomous energy units

Article | March 6, 2020

Many discussions abound on how Australia can reach renewable energy targets of 50 per cent and much more. Many experts believe achieving this goal will depend on the availability of a low cost, bulk energy storage infrastructure. Pumped hydro has received much attention in this regard. While technically feasible, bulk storage still requires transmission and distribution infrastructure that is not only costly but will take considerable time to implement. A far simpler and cost effective route is the bottom-up approach of turning each house into an autonomous energy unit. The use of solar panels in homes and small industry has proven to be remarkably successful.

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Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving approximately 4.8 million customer accounts across nearly half of the state of Florida.

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