Sharp presents transparent solar panels

To Engadget : ” Sharp has announced an unusual photovoltaic panel for the Japanese market that collects energy from the sun while still allowing the light to shine on through.“ ” Though it’s rated at a lowly 6.8 percent efficiency, the glass-like properties make it useful as a construction material (as shown in the balcony… Continue reading Sharp presents transparent solar panels

Wood is reaching new heights in buildings

What if we used wood as a construction material for high buildings ? Given how many trees we are planting to fight climate change, we are not going to lack from it any time soon if we manage it sustainably. Back to June the New York Times published an interesting article on how this is… Continue reading Wood is reaching new heights in buildings

European Union to tackle housing insulation

I have been advocating housing insulation back to 2006 when I was writing my Master’s thesis at Audencia Nantes Management School. Then I discovered the huge potential of insulating French buildings. Since then I have been dreaming that one day politicians, leaders, and other people in charge would finally understand that weatherizing the million of… Continue reading European Union to tackle housing insulation

Towards sustainability, reloaded

Back to 2009, I had started – but not finished – a series due to help you going towards sustainability. I am proposing you to re-publish it this year and finish it. This series’ goal is to help you cut your carbon and environmental footprint. I must have four times more subscribers, so hopefully this… Continue reading Towards sustainability, reloaded

More efficiency, wind power and nuclear for China

As the world’s first energy consumer and greenhouse gases emitter, the People’s Republic of China is under closed scrutiny from energy analysts. Last week, not one or two but three different news caught my attention on this country. The climate situation there is dreadful as according to CNN massive floods forced 1.6 million people to… Continue reading More efficiency, wind power and nuclear for China

Green concrete made of rice husks

If you are an early reader of this blog you perhaps remember my article on how aerogel, a fantastic material could be made of rice husks. Now comes another great use of this by-product of the most consumed cereal. To Discovery Channel: A new way of processing rice husks for use in concrete could lead… Continue reading Green concrete made of rice husks