#NASA4Earth Tools – App to Combat Mosquito-borne Disease

For this Earth Day, NASA is highlighting technologies that the public can use to understand and improve the planet. One of these technologies is the GLOBE Observer app.

The app enables citizen scientists to report mosquito breeding habitats and larvae. This type of information is what experts use to map the range and density of mosquitoes in an area. The app is available in the App Store and Google Play.


Clean Air Council to Host 37th Annual Clean Air Run on Earth Day

Presented by Toyota Hybrids, The Clean Air Council will host the 37th annual Run for Clean Air on Apr 22 on MLK Drive next to the Philadelphia Art Museum. Taking place from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, over 2k runners will participate in the event.

Run for Clean air will include four races — 5K Run, 10K Run, 3K Walk and Kids’ Fun Run. The celebration is Philadelphia Region’s largest Earth Day celebration. The event will also feature a Virtual 5K.

Registration and other information about the event are available here.


Rainforest Connection Launches Largest Student-Driven Program To Protect The World’s Rainforests

From yesterday until Earth Day 2018, hundreds of students from Los Angeles STEM science programs are participating in NGO Rainforest Connection’s “Planet Guardians” program, one of the largest student-driven programs ever for protecting the world’s rainforests.

The students will create “Guardian” devices using old, upcycled smartphones which are transformed into solar-powered listening tools through Google’s open source machine learning framework, TensorFlow.

The Guardians built in March 2018 will be installed in trees in April in Brazil, Indonesia, and Peru to capture any sounds of illegal logging and alerting forest rangers in real time. The devices are expected to protect nearly 100,000 acres through the year 2020.


New Report on Growth Estimates for the Global Gas Insulated Switchgear Market

The global gas insulated switchgear market will reach USD 28.09 Billion by 2023, according to a new report by ResearchAndMarkets.com.

The “Gas Insulated Switchgear Market by Type, Voltage, Installation, End-User and Region – Global Forecast to 2023” estimates a CAGR of 8.73%, from an estimated USD 18.48 Billion in 2018.

The driving factors for this growth include renewable power generation, increasing investments in the transmission & distribution infrastructure, the rise in energy demand and limitations of space availability in densely populated urban areas, and government initiatives towards improving electricity access. More information is available here.

Environment, Solar

Jinergy Shares Plans for its HJT Solar in CellTech 2018

Speaking yesterday at PV CellTech 2018 in Penang, Malaysia, GM of PV manufacturer Jinergy, said that this year the company will focus on cost reduction. For high-cost materials, such as Ag paste, N-type wafer, and TCO target, the company has cost-reduction plans including developing a new conductive Ag paste and constantly optimizing the use of consumables, he added.

Jinergy is the first PV manufacturer to mass produce HJT solar modules in mainland China. Currently, their average cell mass production efficiency is over 23.27%. The bifacial design of the HJT modules leaves room for a 10% to 30% increase in power generation in different applications, such as concrete floor, grassland, and reflective cloth. The overall generating capacity of these modules is 44% higher than that of regular ones. The power output of HJT 72-cell bifacial modules has exceeded 400W.