May 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • GTM Research projects 24¢/W solar panels and utility scale fixed-tilt systems costing 70¢/W by 2022. This would open up new possibilities for ultra-cheap power. The cost of electricity from such systems could fall to 1.5¢/kWh or lower. Trump’s solar panel tariffs may delay that goal, but they are set to phase out by 2022. [pv magazine International]
Solar array (Soltec image)

Solar array (Soltec image)

  • Two utilities, Vistra Energy Corp and Dominion Energy Inc, which serve about 5.5 million electricity customers in more than a dozen US states, both say they are done building combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plants. Instead, they are building large solar plants, which offer them plentiful and inexpensive electricity. [Reuters]
  • General Electric’s shares plunged 7% on May 23, their worst one-day decline since an 8.4% slide in April 2009. The economic health of GE and other the large power equipment makers may hinge on how utilities handle the expected wave of power plant retirements. Mitsubishi said it expects orders for steam and gas turbines to run dry by 2020. [Utility Dive]
  • A partnership between Honda Motor and Chinese battery conglomerate Contemporary Amperex Technology to develop a next-generation electric vehicle for the motor company with at least 300 km (186 miles) of range. Based on the Honda Fit, the car would have a price of just over $18,000, and it is expected to be available in 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • The New Orleans City Council signed off on an investigation into the use of paid actors to support an Entergy plan for a new power plant in New Orleans East. The council vote to release a request for proposals for a third-party consultant to look into the matter was unanimous. The council also plans to look into earlier similar incidents. [The Advocate]

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A 1940s home gets a modern update with reclaimed materials

Australian studio Porter Architects has sensitively restored and updated a 1940s dwelling in Lake Wendouree, Australia into a modern and light-filled family home. Large windows, contemporary furnishings and finishes breathe new life into the Ballarat property, but the clients and architects were also careful to preserve the home’s original historic elements as well. As a result, recycled and reclaimed materials were used throughout the renovation.

Renovations can often be stressful…

from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/a-1940s-home-gets-a-modern-update-with-reclaimed-materials
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Foster + Partners turn an office tower into Hong Kongs newest luxury hotel

Foster + Partners transformed a former government headquarters tower into a luxury hotel in Hong Kong that has just opened its doors to the public. Located on the southern edge of Central with sweeping views of The Peak, the 336-room hotel—named The Murray—not only includes a striking interior overhaul, but also features a new street frontage and green space to reconnect the 25-storey tower with the urban fabric. The adaptive reuse project preserved the existing self-shading facade to maximize…

from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/foster-partners-turn-an-office-tower-into-hong-kongs-newest-luxury-hotel
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Man plans to swim the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness for plastic pollution

You’ve heard a lot about the ocean plastic crisis, and may even know a fair amount about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But for many us, the issue can still seem far away when we drink out of a plastic bottle or carry groceries home in a plastic bag. Swimmer Ben Lecomte plans to offer a new, up-close perspective on ocean health as he swims 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean. During his potentially record-setting trek, he’ll collaborate with 27 science institutions and gather over 1,000 samples…

from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/man-plans-to-swim-the-pacific-ocean-to-raise-awareness-for-plastic-pollution
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UNStudio designs cocoon-like pavilion made of 100% recyclable materials

If you’ve ever dreamed of cocooning yourself in nature, this woven prefabricated pavilion may be right up your alley. Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has unveiled the Ellipsicoon, a digitally developed and handwoven pavilion that can pop up anywhere as a sculptural and meditative retreat. The curvaceous Ellipsicoon was created as part of the pavilion series for Revolution Precrafted, a collection of limited-edition prefabricated homes and pavilion designed by the world’s leading architects,…

from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/unstudio-designs-cocoon-like-pavilion-made-of-100-recyclable-materials
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Scientists at the San Diego Zoo find some hope for saving the nearly-extinct northern white rhino

Only two northern white rhinos remain on Earth — two females, Najin and Fatu. But scientists have hatched a scheme to save the subspecies, and recently published a new study revealing preserved cells could hold enough genetic diversity to seed a viable population.

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from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/scientists-at-the-san-diego-zoo-find-some-hope-for-saving-the-nearly-extinct-northern-white-rhino
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