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How Sustainable is Stored Sunlight?

Driven by better battery technology and the disincentivization of grid-connected solar panels, off-grid solar is about to make a comeback. How sustainable is a solar PV system if energy storage is taken into account?

How Sustainable is PV Solar Power?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems generate "free" electricity from sunlight, but manufacturing them is an energy-intensive process.

Heating People Not Places: How to Keep Warm in a Cool House

If we rely solely on insulation, solar energy and sustainable architecture, it would take too much time to address the high energy use of buildings.

Heating People Not Places: Radiant & Conductive Heating Systems

Restoring the old way of warming would not make sense without new technology.

Restoring the Old Way of Warming: Heating People, not Place

It would make a lot of sense to restore this old way of warming, especially since modern technology has made it so much more practical, safe and efficient.

The Revenge of the Circulating Fan

Cooling people by increasing local airflow is at least ten times more energy efficient than refrigerating the air in a given space, and it also adds the benefit of a personally controlled thermal environment.

If We Insulate Our Houses, Why Not Our Cooking Pots?

In the early twentieth century, fireless cookers were common additions to western kitchens, similar to the refrigerator or cooking stove.

Well-Tended Fires Outperform Modern Cooking Stoves

Despite technological advancements since the Industrial Revolution, cooking remains a spectacularly inefficient process.

Modular Cargo Cycles

N55's cargo cycles are open source concepts which you can modify yourself.

How Sustainable is Digital Fabrication?

Digital fabrication is praised as the future of manufacturing. While CNC machines have been embraced by many...it's important to consider the very high energy use of digital machine tools.
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