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Photoflow: A solar rainwater harvesting tank?

This is the type of technology sorely needed in developing countries – a practical solor power device combined with a rain water tank – brilliant! A design company called NOS has developed a solution to two major problems facing developing countries: scarcity of drinking water and electricity. The concept is called the PhotoFlow, a combination […]

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Solar energy to become cheaper than Eskom electricity in South Africa

While solar energy was currently cheaper than energy derived from diesel plants and generators that were often used as a substitute to conventional coal-fired power, it remained more expensive than coal-fired electricity generation. “This scenario is set to change,” said energy management consultancy firm PPA Energy South Africa executive director Graeme Chown.

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Eco roof generates solar energy, harvests rainwater

The rise in the cost of energy along with the need to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, architects around the world have started to come up with buildings that either generate energy, save energy or try to conserve freshwater by harvesting rain. With such designs, the future of architecture definitely seems green, but buildings […]

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iShack: Solar-powered home transforms life for slum-dwellers

With the iShack, squatters get a solid dwelling that is fitted with enough solar panels to keep the lights on at night and provide power for important equipment such as mobile phone chargers. It is an initiative from researchers at the University of Stellenbosch, which they hope can allieviate poverty across the country and beyond […]

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How do we conserve energy? By conserving water!

So you got your new compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Now you’re wringing your hands over how to dispose of them so that you don’t unleash toxic mercury into the environment. An improvement? Or just another example of politicians and environmentalists trying to push us around?

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Tips for off-grid living

In a busy world filled with modern conveniences and ever-evolving technology, an off-the-grid lifestyle may seem too challenging to adapt to. The truth is, it is entirely possible to live off the grid, and embracing a green lifestyle such as this can be rewarding in so many ways.

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Green service station piloted in South Africa

Global fuel giant Total has expressed its commitment to investment in South Africa, and has unveiled the first of its new chain of sustainable service stations around the country and the region. Located in Fairland, a suburb west of Johannesburg, the service station is part of a pilot programme running in just two other countries […]

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Israel continues to lead in water innovations

With approximately 60 percent of the already small country taken up by desert, it is unsurprising that Israel has become a center for water innovation. Earlier this summer, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded Israeli agriculturist Dr. Daniel Hillel for his groundbreaking work in micro-irrigation. The award-winning Israeli desalination company, IDE Technologies, has added other […]

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10 Eco-Friendly Winter Warmers

South Africa: In the thick of winter we’re going to want to keep warm and cosy! We’re not going to want to give up any of those winter comforts, and being conservative about using energy won’t necessarily be at the top of our list of priorities. While the temperature is still pleasant, what you may […]

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