Innovation Design: Energy and Sustainability - for iPad/Mac/PC

Innovation Design: Energy and Sustainability - for iPad/Mac/...

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When you switch on a light or turn the heating on in your home, do you think about where that power has come from? In most of the world, we’re still burning harmful fossil fuels to create energy. However, throughout Europe a growing number of householders have decided to put the environment first, by switching to a “green tariff” with energy suppliers who can guarantee renewable, fossil fuel-free energy. This album explores the various ways in which innovative technologies - such as wind-farms, heat exchangers, photovoltaic panels and combined heat and power plants - provide the opportunity to revolutionise energy markets and turn whole communities and districts green. One town in Holland is a good example of a “suburban energy island”, where the solar-panelled buildings act as energy providers back to the main grid when they generate extra to spare. Altogether the tracks in the album inspire a new way of looking at designing modern living using a mix of technologies to ensure a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future. You can find out more about innovation in design by exploring the albums "Design and Sustainability" and "Sustainable Communities". This material is taken from The Open University course T307 Innovation: designing for a sustainable future.
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When you switch on a light or turn the heating on in your home, do you think about where that power has come from? In most of the world, we’re still burning harmful fossil fuels to create energy. However, throughout Europe a growing number of householders have decided to put the environment first, by switching to a “green tariff” with energy suppliers who can guarantee renewable, fossil fuel-free energy. This album explores the various ways in which innovative technologies - such as wind-farms, heat exchangers, photovoltaic panels and combined heat and power plants - provide the opportunity to revolutionise energy markets and turn whole communities and districts green. One town in Holland is a good example of a “suburban energy island”, where the solar-panelled buildings act as energy providers back to the main grid when they generate extra to spare. Altogether the tracks in the album inspire a new way of looking at designing modern living using a mix of technologies to ensure a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future. You can find out more about innovation in design by exploring the albums "Design and Sustainability" and "Sustainable Communities". This material is taken from The Open University course T307 Innovation: designing for a sustainable future.
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Innovation Design: Energy...

26 Mar 2010 | 01 min 42 secs

Innovation Design: E...

26 Mar 2010 | 01 min 42 secs

What makes customers choo...

19 Jul 2009 | 07 mins 24 secs

What makes customers...

19 Jul 2009 | 07 mins 24 secs

The uptake of green tarif...

19 Jul 2009 | 01 min 15 secs

The uptake of green ...

19 Jul 2009 | 01 min 15 secs

Living in a power station

19 Jul 2009 | 02 mins 28 secs

Living in a power st...

19 Jul 2009 | 02 mins 28 secs

Power generation in Wokin...

19 Jul 2009 | 13 mins 28 secs

Power generation in ...

19 Jul 2009 | 13 mins 28 secs

Green technologies that a...

19 Jul 2009 | 02 mins 09 secs

Green technologies t...

19 Jul 2009 | 02 mins 09 secs

What drives innovation in...

19 Jul 2009 | 01 min 08 secs

What drives innovati...

19 Jul 2009 | 01 min 08 secs

Government: actor in the ...

19 Jul 2009 | 01 min 09 secs

Government: actor in...

19 Jul 2009 | 01 min 09 secs