Towards a more urban world

Urban areas in developing countries will absorb most of the global population increase, with 67 % of people living in cities by 2050. Most of the growth is expected to be in megacities, particularly slums. Compact cities are the most Read More …

August 13, Earth Overshoot Day 2015

Yesterday, August 13, was the day in which the yearly humanity´s demand of natural resources, as of January 1, exceeds what the Earth can regenerate within the whole year (biocapacity). I.e., yesterday was the 2015´s Earth Overshoot Day. The Earth Overshoot Day -an initiative by Global Footprint Network– Read More …

Tesla, a paradigm of disruption and a threat to weak states

Tesla´s home battery released last April 30 gathers many features to become a disruptive milestone from several points of view. From the product´s point of view, the Tesla batt provides an added value out of the reach of the existing Read More …

Tesla, a disruptive milestone in the use of the energy

Last Thursday, April 30, this happened in Los Angeles, USA: It´s the official launch event of the Tesla´s “Powerwall” home energy storage system. “Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates Read More …

Conclusions of the thermal confort assessment of enclosures in winter and summer

My latest post in the PI&ORP site (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) is titled “Confort térmico en invierno: cálculo y variables más eficientes sobre las que actuar” (“Thermal confort in winter: calculation and the most efficient factors to act on”) and is all about Read More …

Aragon Valley Classic: 1972, when scientists dreamed of sheep in energy plants

In November 1972, National Geographic released its official magazine nº 142/5. This was the magazine´s cover: One of the edition´s articles was entitled “The search for tomorrow´s power” and is about the progresses happening, at that time, in the field of Read More …

Last august 19 was the Earth Overshoot Day 2014

Last tuesday, august 19, was an important day in the Earth´s history. It was the Earth Overshoot Day of the year 2014. The Earth Overshoot Day is released by the Global Footprint Network and shows the date in which the yearly Read More …

How to assess the thermal comfort and how to address the most efficient factors

One of the works in which I am currently involved, for the Research Centre for the Development and Innovation in Enterprises, of the Technical University of Catalonia (CERpIE-UPC), consist of testing applications for diverse uses. Afterwards, we draft a review Read More …

#ActOnClimate: Benefits of a cleaner, more efficient power sector

On August 3, President Obama and the EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and Read More …