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Smart Grid Will Cost a Ton But Save More

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Costs of planned upgrade are massive, but benefits are bigger

You have to spend money to save money. That's the tune being sung by energy industry experts, who this week announced that revamping the national power grid will cost $474 billion over the next 20 years but will save consumers $2 trillion. The new grid would enable two-way communication between power sources, allowing renewable energy projects to operate more effectively. "The average electric......read more

Smart Highway: The Sustainable, Interactive Road of the Future

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Dutch designer presents a plan to reinvent the highway

It's strange to think of how far cars have advanced since being invented, while the roads we drive them on have barely changed. With his Smart Highway concept, Rotterdam-based designer Daan Roosegaarde aims to move road technology deep into the future.  The proposal, selected as "Best Future Concept" this week at the Dutch Design Awards, outlines a plan for......read more

The Skysphere

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A Futuristic Treehouse Controlled Via Smart Phone

Jono Williams, who designed and built The Skysphere in Linton, New Zealand,  calls it 'not the ordinary treehouse'. It not only features a 360-degree window, but can be set up virtually anywhere. Its main characteristic is the futuristic- shape of the 33-foot tall tower and includes cool features such as: a fingerprint entry motorized door, high-speed internet, a rooftop stargazing......read more

The Grid House

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Modular Brazilian home settles into its natural surroundings.

We normally associate the grid with two-dimensional design, like print. With the Grid House, a home in Serra da Mantiqueira, Brazil, Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Architects apply a structural grid to the third dimension. The Grid House was developed according to the topography of the land; it sits within a valley, providing privacy and protection from the elements. Because of high......read more

On Tuesday, March 24, an overturned fish truck turned Seattle into a parking lot, giving residents of this traffic-clogged city yet another reminder of the pitfalls of a transportation system built almost entirely around automobiles. The truck was headed south on State Route 99 carrying a load of frozen cod when it tipped, blocking all southbound lanes of one of just two main north-south......read more

A Net Zero House in Holland Redefines the Smart Home

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Say hello to the home of the future

Adele Peters for Co.Exist: We still don't have flying cars (not quite, anyway, despite some works in progress). But the 1950s vision of the futuristic home is fairly close to reality. Inspired in part by mid-century designs like the flying saucer-shaped Futuro house and a "home of the future" designed for the 1956 Ideal Home Show, a new house in the Netherlands is remote-controllable,......read more

Smart Web Platform Diverts Energy Waste to Charity

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Ohmconnect offers users cash or charitable donations in exchange for saved energy during peak hours

From writer Rachel Signer and our friends at Collectively: Maybe you've heard of smart homes, where devices and appliances are connected so they can "talk" to each other. Well, they're getting smarter, and greener.  Imagine: it's around 6pm, and people are arriving home from work. Everybody turns on their lights, stoves, and heating or air conditioning all at once, placing demand on the......read more

Threatened Cities Hold Key in Addressing Climate Change

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Smart choices by coastal cities are key to reducing emissions, says IPCC report

The third and final installment of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change's (IPCC) "working group" reports was published Monday and the take-home message was crystal clear: "The high-speed mitigation train needs to leave the station very soon and all of global society needs to get on board," said the chair, Rajendra Pachauri. Decades of foot-dragging by political leaders has pushed......read more

Flick the Switch, and Smart Glass Blocks Heat and Light

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Spray-on smart windows could ignite an energy efficiency revolution

US Department of Energy scientists have engineered a spray-on nanocrystal window coating that uses electricity to control how much heat and light passes through it. The "smart glass" coating, which can be controlled to respond to changing weather conditions, could represent a major leap in energy efficiency technology for buildings. The technology, described in Nature, makes use of conductive......read more

Smart Herb Garden by Click & Grow

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Sensor-equipped hydroponic garden plot turns to Kickstarter for version 2.0

Last year saw the successful launch of Click & Grow, the hands-free, idiot-proof indoor planting device, and now it's back in a second iteration. And this time the Palo Alto-based founders turned to the crowd to develop it. Specifically designed to grow herbs at home, Click & Grow 2.0 is dubbed the Smart Herb Garden, and comes equipped with seeds for basil, thyme and lemon balm. Don't......read more

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