Smart Solar Greenhouse Grows Healthy Crops

Step aside, fossil fuels — everyone is going solar. With eco-houses and trains now on the market, we might as well redesign as much as we can into solar. This is where electricity-generating greenhouses are stepping in.

Electricity-generating solar greenhouses utilize Wavelength-Selective Photovoltaic Systems (WSPVs), a novel technology that generates electricity more efficiently and at less cost than traditional photovoltaic systems… WSPVs absorb some of the blue and green wavelengths of light but let the rest through, allowing the plants to grow.

In testing a variety of plant species, researchers at UC Santa Cruz found that 80% remained unaffected by changes. The remaining 20%? They actually grew better under the building’s bright magenta windows.

“If greenhouses generate electricity on site, that reduces the need for an outside source, which helps lower greenhouse gas emissions even more,” said [professor Michael] Loik. “We’re moving toward self-sustaining greenhouses.”

The greenhouse uses 5% less water — a success, taking into account that greenhouses occupy 9 million acres of land. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, the system costs 40% less than traditional means. Clearly, percentages have demonstrated a win-win situation for these buildings, which will hopefully bring users 100% satisfaction.

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London Taxis Are Now Electric-Powered

Nowadays, electric vehicles are all the trend. In the past year, we’ve witnessed a change in buses and bicycles. Now, London taxis are following suit, running on gasoline and electric batteries.

The new cab runs on an electric battery for the first 70 miles of its journey before switching to a fuel reserve for the next 400. The London Taxi Company… plans to have as many as 150 cabs on the road by next year, with the first vehicles debuting in November.

London is requiring all new cabs to be emissions-free by 2018, and retiring old cabs by the age of 15. If my math isn’t as terrible as I think it is, London should be diesel-free by 2032.

In 2016, Transport for London launched its inaugural fleet of all-electric double-decker buses, vehicles the agency claimed were the first of their kind.

Looks like London is getting pretty ambitious with its sustainable goals!

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