Solar Decathlon 2014, the international Olympics of the environmental friendly architecture (USA) has chosen the…
Climate change is one of the most current topic of discussion. It has been also the protagonist of the recent historic negotiations between USA and China for cutting greenhouse gas output by 2030. President Obama has pledged to cut the United States’ emissions to 25% below 2005 levels by 2025, while the Chinese President Xi has agreed to cap China’s output by 2030, and promised to increase its use of energy from zero-emission sources to 20% by 2030. These two world powers seem to behave responsibly at last and we want to celebrate this great news with a “green heart” project.
Conergy, one of the largest solar energy company in the world, has decided to build the first and one-of-a-kind heart-shaped photovoltaic plant in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, 750 miles east of the Australian Gold Coast.
The four-hectare site will consist of 7,888 panels able to generate enough electricity to supply approximately 750 homes. Coeur de Voh, an area of nearby wild mangrove vegetation that has naturally taken the shape of a heart, has inspired the unique design of the plant. The Coeur de Voh gained worldwide recognition thanks to the aerial photography of environmental campaigner Yann Arthus-Bertrand, published in the wonderful best-selling book (and travelling exhibit) The Earth from Above. “New Caledonia’s Heart” will save an estimated two million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its projected 25-year lifetime and will be visible from the air when completed in the first quarter of 2015.
A biodynamic life
by Giuliana Zoppis
News, events, products and services for an innovative and conscious lifestyle:
all that can give an ecologic shift to everyday actions with responsibility, curiosity, creativity and the desire of improving us and the world we live in.
This is the section led by Giuliana Zoppis, architect, journalist and expert of ecodesign, biobuilding and socio-environmental sustainability. In 2006, together with Clara Mantica , she founded Best Up the first chain for promoting the sustainable living.