The Bio Intelligent Quotient House in Hamburg included glass bio-reactors in its walls to produce algae for biogas fuel and to provide passive cooling via a series of louvered panels.
In a win for the environment, a big anaerobic digester project in Wisconsin will use 500,000 gallons of cheese-factory wastewater a day to produce electricity, heat and fertilizer.
Here is a selection of 10 planned, existing or rebooted data centers that have made some impressive strides in reducing their carbon footprints.
San Diego’s planned La Jolla Commons II complex, powered by biogas fuel cell technology, will become the largest net-zero office building in the United States once complete in 2014.
Apple’s plans for its vast, UFO-like new campus in Cupertino, Calif., have been delayed for a year, but new details were released about the site’s ambitious goals for renewable energy use and waste reduction.
With widening opportunities for renewable natural gas in transportation and cogeneration, analysts see steady growth for the biogas industry over the next decade.
California hands out millions in alt fuel and vehicle development grants, in a program that dates back to the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration.