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WOW – OSVehicle is gaining traction as an open source DIY electric car – check it out:

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The OSVehicle, which comes in both two seat and four seat versions, can integrate a fully electric drivetrain, an integrated hybrid engine, or an internal combustion engine

They have a robust career page available here which lists some tech/engineering jobs that would put you on the leading edge of this great new technology!

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February 10th, 2015
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  • First façade system in the world to cultivate micro-algae to generate heat and biomass as renewable energy sources.
  • Structural glass photobioreactors used as external cladding elements and dynamic shading devices.
  • Fully integrated in the house´s building services system to harvest, distribute, store and use the solar thermal heat on site.

Since commissioning the innovative SolarLeaf façade in April 2013, it has been monitored for its technical and energy performance as well as for its acceptance with users. The intermediate results are promising: the system is generating a net energy gain. Additional research programs are investigating the viability of a full integration of the system on a larger district scale, as well as the creation of a way that the high-value biomass may be converted into pharmaceutical and food-supplement products.

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SolarLeaf façade is based on the idea to utilise bio-chemical process of photosynthesis for the design of energy efficient buildings and building clusters.

 

If, as a graduate or an experienced hire, you seek a rich culture that is naturally curious and always stimulating, check out the career opportunities at Arup.

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New ideas keep surfacing for capturing and storing energy available right now for future use.  Because we must continue to find ways that plan ahead for sustainable life on earth, this is a really hot topic.

Batteries can store electricity generated by solar and wind power when conditions are favorable, so it can be used when they are not. Electricity storage is the second part of the renewable energy solution. By investing in new battery systems, Germany is continuing down the path it started on to shift away from nuclear power.

 

30 MW Storage Battery

 

To Be Built In Germany

 

 

There are a batch of links in the article to other stories relating to the savvy Germans and the strides they are making.  Jobs in energy – renewable, non-carbon based, solar, wind, etc., are plentiful.  What are you going to do with your future?  (Remember to bring a flashlight – efficiently powered of course!)

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November 26th, 2014
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While reading through some of the articles on LinkedIn, I came across some of the newest thinking about how to present yourself through a resume.

In a job market where creative confidence, collaboration, and storytelling are valued across sectors, it would make sense for your first impression to be a showcase for those qualities. Rather than standard, it should be exceptional.

Below are some of the winning resumes that caught the CEO at IDEO‘s attention, and subsequently, led to hiring. Granted, IDEO is a global design consultancy company.

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I especially liked the simple video resume that was submitted:  clever video

How creative are you when building your resume so that stands it out from the thousands received?

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The 2014 Sustainia Awards, chaired by Arnold Schwarzenegger, attracted more than 900 submissions for projects and technologies representing 10 different sectors from food, fashion, city development, transportation, and healthcare. Collectively, these projects are deployed in more than 84 countries. You can submit your winning ideas for 2015 – see the bottom of this post.

Nigerian Pedal-Powered Recycling Initiative Takes 2014 Sustainia Award for Best Sustainability Solution

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Here are the 9 runners up:

1. Food finalist: Netafim (Israel) – gravity-powered irrigation

This irrigation system increases and secures yields while saving water and cutting costs. It drips precise quantities of water and nutrients right at the root zone of crops while an elevated tank distributes the water using gravity.

2. Transportation finalist: 8D technologies (Canada) – bike sharing app

The Spotcycle app from 8D technologies aims to make bike-sharing more convenient and smartphone-friendly.

3. Buildings finalist: Advantix (USA) – air-conditioners which use saltwater

Advantix’s air conditioning system uses saltwater which means it needs 40% less energy than normal systems.

4. Fashion finalist: I:CO (Switzerland) – textile recycling

Through an advanced take-back system, I:CO works to keep apparel, footwear and other textiles in a continuous closed-loop cycle.

5. IT Finalist: Fairphone (Netherlands) – A smart-phone with social values

Through development, design and production, social enterprise Fairphone works to create positive social impact in the consumer electronics supply chain – from responsible mining, decent wages and working conditions to reuse and recycling.

6. Health finalist: We Care Solar (USA) – solar suitcases giving life

The Solar Suitcase provides solar electricity for medical lighting, mobile communication and essential medical devices for rural areas and humanitarian settings. This enables safe and timely obstetric care, which ultimately improves maternal and neonatal outcomes.

7. Resource finalist: Newlight Tech (USA) – carbon-negative plastic

With its novel technology that converts greenhouse gases into plastic material, AirCarbon has disrupted the market by replacing oil-based plastics with a sustainable product that is competitive in both price and performance.

8. Education finalists: Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha (Bangladesh) – school boats combatting climate change

By building a fleet of solar-powered school boats, the Bangladeshi initiative Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha has secured year-round education in flood-prone regions of Bangladesh.

9. Energy Finalists: Opower (USA) – personal energy-efficient expert

The software solution combines cloud technology, big data and behavioral science to produce data analyses and personalised information on how to save energy.

Read all about these sustainability innovations here.

Do you have a great new idea on sustainability – find out how you can submit for the next round of finalists to be announced in the fall of 2015 – you may even take home the top prize!

 

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