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Alberta lagging in wind power generation
Lethbridge Herald
If there's one thing southern Albertans have in abundance, it's wind. So much of it, that power-producing wind farms were built here long before most other parts of Canada. In a province that's increasingly prone to power shortages, those wind turbines have become part of the solution to issues of supply and reliability. But Alberta's electrical power strategy still focuses on natural gas and coal, industry observers say.
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How climate change, equipment demands affect electrical power plant risk
Canadian Underwriter
Most insured losses to power plants are caused by machinery breakdown, but extreme weather, an increased reliance on wind and solar and a push for high-specification material is also affecting risk, suggests a new report by Marsh. "Weather-related events, while comparatively rare at only 12 per cent of the losses sustained, accounted for 22 per cent of the total cost in US dollars," Marsh stated in the report.
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Scientists use 'wired microbes' to generate electricity from sewage
Science Daily
Engineers at Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage using naturally-occurring "wired microbes" as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal waste. In a paper published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers call their invention a microbial battery.
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A.M. Agencies is a manufacturers agent servicing Alberta, North Eastern & South Eastern British Columbia, the Yukon Territory and Nunavut. We represent a diverse range of LED lighting, Lighting controls and electrical products for use in both the commercial and residential markets.

How solar sails could propel the first starships
Sail ships might be the spacecraft that first take human technology to distant stars. Giant sails propelled by the sun's or a laser's energy could be the most viable option for interstellar spaceflight in the not-too-distant future, James Benford, a physicist associated with Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit group devoted to finding a way to travel to another star system, said during a panel at last month's Starship Congress conference.
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LEED standards are going mainstream
Crain's Cleveland Business
Once viewed as a passing fad by small and mid-market companies, businesses of all sizes now recognize not only the environmental justification but also the financial payoffs that going green can have for their company. LEED, in its simplest form, is a rating system that now is used in 135 countries. After 10 years in the marketplace, LEED is now the leading standard for green building best practices worldwide.
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Scotland approves Europe's largest tidal energy project
The government of Scotland recently gave the green light to develop Europe's largest tidal energy project and the first commercial tidal turbine array in Scottish waters. MayGen was awarded the 86 megawatt wave power project located in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, between Orkney and the Scottish Mainland. When the first phase of the project is completed in 2020, the array is expected to generate enough electricity to power 42,000 homes.

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This funky-looking LED bulb could be the future of lighting
Venture Beat
NliteN launched a campaign recently for its LED light bulb that uses 80 per cent less energy than 60 watt incandescent lightbulbs. Andy Turudic, who invented the bulb, said it uses lower toxicity, saves energy, lasts longer, and is ultimately cheaper than traditional bulbs. It is the first LED lightbulb to hit the market at prices competitive to mainstream bulbs.

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Rooftop solar panels become new enemy of firefighters
Canadian Safety Reporter
Putrid air hung over a luncheon meats warehouse long after a blaze consumed the building where frustrated firefighters met their enemy: rooftop solar panels. Loved by the green movement, solar panels pose a growing threat to firefighters, who may suffer electrical shocks from panels that typically cannot be turned off, said John Drengenberg, consumer safety director for Underwriters Laboratories.

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Green roofs aren't just for buildings — Now they're for buses, too
Greener Ideal
Green roofs are one of the latest trends in sustainable building, and for good reason: they substantially improve energy efficiency, and also clean the air through photosynthesis, by absorbing CO2 and producing oxygen. It only seems natural that someone would take the green roof concept beyond the buildings, and now a landscape artist from Spain has done just that.
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Spider silk wires could power tomorrow's electronic applications
Science World Report
Spider silk may seem fragile, but it could be a material that could have major implications for electrical conductivity and more. Scientists have wrapped spider silk in carbon nanotubes, which resulted in environmentally friendly wires. In order to make an environmentally friendly option, the researchers decided to work with spider silk rather than plastics. They adhered the carbon nanotubes to the spider silk with a drop of water, creating wires from the materials.
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Optical touchscreens benefit from compact, high-power infrared LEDs
LEDs Magazine
You can swipe, you can press, you can pinch, and you can expand — touchscreens are the input media of the future. Up until now, optical-based touch-sensing solutions have been preferred for large displays. With the development of high-efficiency infrared LEDs, this technology has become attractive even for small touch panels, such as those on notebooks and tablets
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Solar-powered scarecrow helps increase harvests in Taipei
Taipei Times
Taipei's Council of Agriculture recently introduced a solar-powered scarecrow that has helped farmers increase harvests by about 30 per cent. Taitung County is the nation's largest producer of foxtail millet, a traditional crop planted by Aborigines. However, if farmers are not careful enough to drive away the birds that feed on the plant about a month before harvest, crop losses can reach as high as 95 per cent.
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