After many years of getting extremely cheap oil and gas from Venezuela, Cuba is now having to consider paying realistic international prices for fuel. As the majority of the country is powered with Diesel generators, renewable energy is becoming more and more interesting and they are getting into this stuff in a big way. They have all kinds of technology spread over the country including hydro, biogas, biomass, wind and solar. As there are often cyclones in Cuba wind can be a complex supply technology for the cigar smoking legends. There are a number of foreign investors starting to invest in renewable energy in Cuba, one of the main players is the British company Havana Energy (www.havana-energy.com). The most interesting renewable resource that they have going on is an African thorny bush called Marabu, it is growing at a crazy rate, they have so much of the stuff they might even need to export it as biomass pellets. Here is more info on the thorny bush called Marabu: http://tinyurl.com/lowh9khAnd here is more info on generally what is going down in Cuba and renewable energy: http://tinyurl.com/lsvclrx
Startup FlyKly just raised cash for a new product that converts any old bike into an electric one. Genius.
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Germany is investing big cash in battery storage to help push the limits on renewables on the grid. More info here: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/germany-finances-major-push-into-home-battery-storage-for-solar-58041
The neighborhood of Malmö in Sweden is probably the most advanced neighborhood in the world in terms of transitioning to self-sufficiency, especially the way they deal with waste.
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Algeria is working in their adventure towards infinity.
More information here: http://www.irena.org/REmaps/countryprofiles/africa/Algeria.pdf
The most styling glasses brand in the world right now made us a special pair of glasses with biodegradable frames in the shape of our logo. They just released their new website and features us under collaborations/projects. Design Hotels. WEBSITE: https://mykita.com/en/collaborations#
"in the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now," Steve Howard - IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer. More info: http://goo.gl/8NTRaS
Check out the 1957 toy designed by Charles and Ray Eames that is powered by the sun.
More info: http://goo.gl/N25049
While only 41% of the population has access to electricity, we still think this is quite an interesting fact.