Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

From www.achrnews.com | June 11, 2015 The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Monarch power announced it has been granted a U.S. patent for a new turbine that can power, heat, and cool homes and businesses using solar energy or natural gas. The Hui turbine is the invention of Monarch CEO Joseph Hui, professor emeritus at Arizona State University. Hui, aka Solar Man on social media, believes his turbine will be a “game …

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

… its Ecocapsule, “the world’s first truly independent micro-home.” The egg-shaped dwelling for two has a sleeping area, kitchenette, workspace, compostable toilet and shower room. Its spherical form collects rainwater and morning dew, which membrane water filters purify, to make them potable. Solar panels and a silent wind turbine power the micro-house, with a manual water pump for back-up. “There were always caravans with solar cells and small houses with wind turbines, but we’ve …

Organic Food Finds Footing in Growing Chinese Market : News : Yibada

By Alvin Ybanez | June 6, 2015 Organic food is seeing increasingly high demand in China, as the country’s middle class gains stronger purchasing power and awareness of healthy living and dietary concerns increase. Chinese urbanites are seeking alternative options to purchase safe and healthy products, partly spurred by recent food scandal incidents, the China Daily newspaper said in a report on Friday. “Even though imported organic food can be expensive, it’s an investment …

Do you want healthier food? Start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

From www.kansascity.com | June 7, 2015 Can Big Food turn over a new, healthier leaf? Perhaps — if the marketplace demands it. The real power to eat healthily lies in the hands of consumers, but some help from retailers can go a long way. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Subway recently announced they would cut back on the use of artificial flavors, colors and other ingredients “where possible.” No more Yellow No. 6 or Blue No. 1 dye for the taco cheese and avocado ranch dressing. Taco Bell will …

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction – CityLab

By John Metcalfe | April 7, 2015 The bladeless “Windwheel” would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster. Medium-level boosters of ecofriendly living might power their homes with residential wind systems. But for those who want to go all the way, nothing screams “green” more than using wind turbines and residing in one, too. Making this sustainable habitat is the dream of the Dutch Windwheel Corporation, a group of Rotterdam companies that wants to install homes on …

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

… cultivation is very real, the organic food regulation and certification expert said. Even in countries where the chance of cultivation is seen to be low, and the government or regulatory agencies have pushed for bans for several years, Stopes suggests that simply by having the ultimate power to ban or allow crop cultivation many countries have a high chance of accepting them in the long term. Hand in hand So, could organic food production and biotechnologies like GM ever work together? When …

Greenville moms launch organic baby food company

… in organic, locally sourced products that are as nutritious as they are tasty. Never underestimate the power of two moms working together. “The wheels started turning and we thought, wouldn’t it be great to be able to give kids the same level of nutrition that we are all striving for,” Gates says. It’s perhaps easiest to explain Harvest Moon products by explaining what they aren’t. They are not processed, they contain no preservatives or artificial flavors and they …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… captured by the industry. As I outlined in my book Foodopoly, Monsanto’s roots in the biotech game date back decades, and they have a long history of subverting public policy. In effect, the company used its relationship with the Reagan Administration to create a weak regulatory process that would help the company bring its products to market quickly and smoothly. A 1985 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling that allowed for plants to be patented further entrenched Monsanto’s power in …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

By Karl Mathiesen, The Guardian, Posted 3rd March 2015 The company planning to build a series of massive tidal lagoons in the UK claim their project can generate electricity that will be competitive with offshore wind and nuclear power. But experts have urged the government to take a cautious approach to the massive capital investment. The world’s first tidal lagoon power station is ready to begin construction in Swansea, Wales should it attain planning approval. The project has been …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… except for comparatively narrow and strictly defined cases. A developer of vanadium-flow battery storage systems, Imergy power Systems, is taking its case to the market. Flow batteries for utilities and large-scale end users On Feb. 17, Fremont, California-based Imergy announced the introduction of its largest line of vanadium-flow batteries to date: the ESP 250 series. Capable of operating 20 years or more without the need to replace electrolytes and with only a couple of moving parts, …