Record-high 70-story wooden skyscraper planned for Tokyo | River below meets all energy needs for new Dublin hotel | Report: Renewables close to matching nuclear output
February 19, 2018
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Record-high 70-story wooden skyscraper planned for Tokyo
Plans are afoot to take wood construction to new heights, specifically 1,148 feet. That's the planned height of a 70-story timber skyscraper proposed in Tokyo, which will extend the natural theme with a vegetative roof and greenery along its exterior.
New Atlas (2/19) 
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River below meets all energy needs for new Dublin hotel
An underground river flowing through turbines will supply all the energy for the Iveagh Garden hotel that opened Friday in Dublin. Owned by the McGill family, the property is touted as the first fully sustainable hotel in Europe.
The Irish Times (Dublin) (2/16) 
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Spotlight on Energy
Report: Renewables close to matching nuclear output
The amount of electricity generated from renewables in the US is almost as much as output from the nation's 99 nuclear power plants, according to a report from the Business Council on Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Nuclear power provides about 19% of the country's electricity, while renewables make up 18% of the country's energy mix.
The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (2/15) 
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NASA pursues nuclear propulsion for deep-space travel
NASA is working with BWXT Nuclear Energy to develop a reactor and fuel for a nuclear-thermal propulsion engine that would enable deep-space exploration.
Bloomberg (free registration) (2/15) 
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R.I. offshore wind farm acts as artificial reef
The wind turbines comprising the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island have formed an artificial reef supporting a thriving marine ecosystem filled with mussels and fish, according to new footage shared by the American Wind Energy Association. Deepwater Wind Vice President of Permitting and Environmental Affairs Aileen Kenney said the company worked closely with local fishermen to ensure the project would enhance the industry.
Rhode Island Public Radio (2/15) 
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Global installed wind capacity hit 539.581 GW in 2017, says GWEC
The global wind industry added 52.6 gigawatts of new installed generating capacity in 2017, bringing the world's total to 539.581 GW, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. "The numbers show a maturing industry, in transition to a market-based system, competing successfully with heavily subsidized incumbent technologies," said Secretary-General Steve Sawyer.
S&P Global Platts (2/14) 
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Statoil: Floating offshore wind pilot is a success
Statoil's Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm pilot project fared far better than expected during its first three months in service, suggesting the technology could be useful in other deep-water applications, according to Statoil. "Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources globally are in deep waters where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, we see great potential for floating offshore wind, in Asia, on the west coast of North America and in Europe," said Statoil New Energy Solutions Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff.
United Press International (2/15) 
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Innovations & Trends
Programmable 2-qubit processor for quantum computer created using silicon
A programmable silicon-based two-qubit quantum processor has been developed, moving quantum computing a step closer to reality, according to findings published in Nature. Researchers aligned a pair of electron particles suspended in silicon using microwave energy, a step toward scaling up the number of qubits needed to create the larger and more stable qubit processors needed for quantum computers.
BBC (2/14) 
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CEO: Take chances on people with promise but not the resume
Frederic Laluyaux, CEO of Aera Technology, says some of his best decisions resulted from taking a chance on people. "Someone that doesn't have the necessary pedigree on paper, but has the grit, the talent, the energy, the intelligence, and you give those folks a chance to move up very fast and take more responsibility, you get rewarded so much with that," he says.
Enterprise Times (UK) (2/15) 
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