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On a recent cool, sunny morning, Meg Caley could be found at Jack’s Solar Garden showing visitors a bed of kale plants. As executive director of Sprout City Farms, Caley has more than a decade of experience farming in unlikely urban spaces in the Denver area. Today, about an hour north of the city, she works alongside researchers on an experimental agricultural method called agrivoltaics.

Agrivoltaics is pretty low-tech. Instead of being placed 18 to 36 inches off the ground, as in traditional solar farms, the solar panels are raised significantly higher to accommodate grazing animals and to allow more sunlight to reach plants growing beneath them.

The approach could be a boon for both energy generation and crop production. Less direct sunlight helps keep plants cooler during the day, allowing them to retain more moisture and thus require less watering. Having plants underneath the solar panels also reduces the amount of heat reflected by the ground, which keeps the panels cooler and makes them more efficient. Farm workers tending the crops also benefit from cooler temperatures, as do grazing animals.

Agrivoltaics can help reduce heat stress in dairy cowsJOE DELNERO/NREL

Wide-scale adoption of the practice could help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the United States by 330,000 tons a year and add more than 100,000 rural jobs without affecting crop yield very much. A 2019 study in the journal Scientific Reports predicted that the world’s energy needs could be met by solar panels if less than 1% of cropland were converted to agrivoltaic systems.

Combining agriculture and energy generation has multiple benefits, says Joshua Pearce, a solar energy expert at Western University in London, Ontario. “The solar energy and the increased land-use efficiency is worth money, and thus increases revenue for a given acre for the farmer,” he says. “The local community also benefits from protecting access to fresh food and renewable energy.”

But researchers are still sorting out the best ways to implement agrivoltaic systems. One variable is height: at Jack’s Solar Garden, for example, scientists are experimenting with panels raised either six feet or eight feet from the ground. There is also the question of which types of plants respond best to the additional shade from solar panels.

Until these questions are resolved, agrivoltaics will remain an experiment. “Farmers aren’t known to be risk takers,” says Allison Jackson, education director of the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center, which conducts tours at Jack’s Solar Garden.

It’s also expensive. While agrivoltaics could save farmers money on irrigation and electricity, or provide an extra source of cash if they sell electricity to the grid, installing solar panels is a significant upfront cost.

Despite the challenges, agrivoltaics projects are being installed around the world. According to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, electricity production capacity from agrivoltaics projects grew from about five megawatts in 2012 to more than 14 gigawatts last year, amid the rise of national funding programs in Japan, China, Korea, France, and the United States.

“More research is needed for dual-use solar practices to scale,” says Peter Perrault, head of circular economy at the renewable energy developer Enel North America. “But we already know the fundamentals are viable.”

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By: Matt Whittaker
Title: The newest crop found on the farm? Solar panels.
Sourced From: www.technologyreview.com/2022/12/28/1064782/farm-solar-panels-crop/
Published Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2022 10:00:00 +0000

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NFL Announces Tiësto As Their First Ever In-Game DJ For The Super Bowl

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Yes, you read that right. Dance music is coming to the Super Bowl. Sport’s biggest party has finally arrived. My favorite day in American culture. The biggest annual sports event. Such a mighty celebration requires nothing but the best in every sense of the word. Teams, commentators, staff, and of course, a proper DJ to keep the party going! Yesterday, the NFL announced that the man in charge of setting fire to the Super Bowl in-game party will be no other than the legendary Tiësto!

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The Super Bowl is the biggest stage in entertainment. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like football. Millions tune in during the first or second weekend of February, even if only for 15 minutes, intending to watch one of the most expensive shows on earth. This year’s halftime show will be performed by Usher. No, I don’t get it either.

A Terrible Headlining Choice

In what might be the most controversial announcement in recent years for the Super Bowl halftime show, the organizers showed they have no clue about the current music scene. Selecting an artist that was at its popularity peak a decade ago is nothing but the ultimate boomer move.

The in-stadium crowd, however, appears to have gotten luckier than us poor devils stuck with this mediocre show. Tiësto, who’s no stranger to performing on big stages for sports events, is sure to set the entire place ablaze. We hope that this will help the halftime show organizers realize that a DJ happens to be the perfect act to book for this specific show. Diplo, David Guetta, DJ Snake. The list goes on and on.

Dance music is known for its unreal production, heavy stages, and amazing stadium shows. What is the NFL waiting to tap this massive market? Hopefully, after next Sunday, all of this we’ll be no more. Tiësto is going to the Super Bowl!

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By: Sebastian Flores Chong
Title: NFL Announces Tiësto As Their First Ever In-Game DJ For The Super Bowl
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Published Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2024 21:12:13 +0000

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EDMTunes New Music Friday – Week 4 (Part One)

Nicky Romero x Jaimes x Deniz Koyu Tomorrow Comes

Listen to the most flavour-packed tracks we discovered this week.

We’re back on our compilations! Music makes the world go round. And in that regard, we’re constantly on the lookout for new, exciting tunes to share with our audience. We’ve found some that cause goosebumps, and make you open your eyes and get up from your chair to dance. So put on your best pair of headphones, or turn up your speakers, and enjoy this week’s New Music Friday.

Here are our top picks for the best music we came across this week, in no particular order.

Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu & Jaimes – Tomorrow Comes

Genre: Progressive House, Big Room

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A collaboration of cosmic proportions is the one in charge of opening the 2024 season of New Music Fridays here at EDMT. Dance legends Nicky Romero and Deniz Koyu meet the powerful voice of Jaimes for a stunning composition.

Tomorrow Comes‘ is pure Progressive House bliss. You know Romero’s sound by now. Pair that melody with Koyu’s groove and you’ve got yourself a very interesting and uplifting piece. Honestly, it couldn’t be any other way with such masters at work.

FLOYD WEST22 – QUEEN OF HEARTS

Genre: Tech House

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Coming your way from Eastside Long Beach is DJ and producer FLOYD WEST22, a talent who is rising fast like the foam on a badly poured beer. Unlike said beer, though, FLOYD’s rise is pretty tasty. Making beats with the heart of Tech House but the energy of harder-hitting genres, this one is one to watch closely.

QUEEN OF HEARTS‘ is FLOYD’s latest journey. Contrasting crowded segments with silence, and pairing dry percussion with tremolo’d vocals, you’d better be ready to try and digest the amount of groove this track contains. Quite the track if you ask us.

Emi Galvan & DJ Zombi – Train Affair

Genre: Organic House

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Songuara, an Organic House record label which saw quite the jump in the charts throughout 2023, is kicking off 2024 with a proper bang. This time, two continents come together, for Emi Galvan & DJ Zombi joined forces for the Frequency Shift EP.

Train Affair‘ is side B of the EP, and to say it’s savoury would be a tremendous understatement. Hypnotic arpeggios, ever-evolving sounds, and spacial textures meet the crispiest percussion to achieve an overall state only properly crafted Organic House can lead you to.

Gigamesh – Holding On

Genre: Chicago House, Old-School House

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Warning, you may be teleported all the way to the 1970s Disco era with this gem! Based in the City of Angels, Matt Masurka, known in the business as Gigamesh, has built quite the career for years now. Having worked on a variety of Billboard 100 singles plus an extensive discography, his creativity knows no bounds.

Holding On‘ instantly caught our eye, and our ear. It’s a track that proves old is gold, by using a plethora of vintage, Disco-inspired sounds over a Chicago House base. From funky guitar tapping to the most thematic vocal possible — raspy and everything —, you won’t want to pause the song once you’ve hit ‘Play’.

Daniel Kick – Hit Me Up

Genre: Future Garage

Daniel Kick Hit Me Up

Daniel Kick is, for certain, a force to be reckoned with. With little following on socials yet an incredible sound quality, we’re certain 2024 will be his year. Born in Ukraine and currently residing in Poland, Kick usually delivers Bass House bangers. Not this time, though: he’s crafted something quite touching we wanted to share.

Hit Me Up‘ is not any ordinary song; it’s an ethereal, airy, futuristic walk in the park. Birds meet smooth leads, neverending chords will soothe your mind, and, to top it all, the drops are gentle but fast-paced, and remind us of a certain guy whose name ends with again

Yannick Mueller – Not Enough

Genre: Organic House, Deep House

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We called it before! If there’s something that characterises the essence of Yannick Mueller, is going against the current. Innovating is his strongest feature, and he makes sure to let that be known. Today, for instance, he’s not coming with a Melodic Techno piece like last time.

Coming in hot with a brand-new Organic House track, Mueller is exploring yet another dimension of sound through a hybrid product of the catchy percussion of said genre and the essence of Deep House, resulting in a warm, soft, yet dynamic tune. Lovely!

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By: Felipe Latorre Cabello
Title: EDMTunes New Music Friday – Week 4 (Part One)
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Published Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2024 04:44:52 +0000

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This architect is cutting up materials to make them stronger and lighter

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As a child, Emily Baker loved to make paper versions of things: cameras, a spaceship cockpit, buildings for a town in outer space.

It was a habit that stuck. Years later, studying architecture in graduate school at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, she was playing around with some paper and scissors. It was 2010, and the school was about to buy a CNC plasma cutter, a computer-controlled machine capable of cutting lines into sheets of steel. As she thought about how she might experiment with it, she made a striking discovery.

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To develop Spin-Valence, a novel structural system, Emily Baker
created prototypes by making cuts and folds in sheets of paper before
shifting to digitally cut steel.

By making a series of cuts and folds in a sheet of paper, Baker found she could produce two planes connected by a complex set of thin strips. Without the need for any adhesive like glue or tape, this pattern created a surface that was thick but lightweight. Baker named her creation Spin-Valence. Structural tests later showed that an individual tile made this way, and rendered in steel, can bear more than a thousand times its own weight.

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Baker in her fabrication
lab at the University of Arkansas.BROOKE BIERHAUS

In chemistry, spin valence is a theory dealing with molecular behavior. Baker didn’t know of the existing term when she named her own invention—“It was a total accident,” she says. But diagrams related to chemical spin valence theory, she says, do “seem to have a network of patterns that are very similar to the tilings I’m working with.”

Soon, Baker began experimenting with linking individual tiles together to produce a larger plane. There are perhaps thousands of geometric cutting patterns that can create these multiplane structures, and she has so far discovered only some of them. Certain patterns are stronger than others, and some are better at making curved planes.

Baker uses software to explore each pattern type but continues to work with cut paper to model possibilities. The Form Finding Lab at Princeton is now testing various tiles under tension and compression loads, and the results have already proved incredibly strong.

Baker is also exploring ways to use Spin-Valence in architecture and design. She envisions using the technique to make shelters or bridges that are easier to transport and assemble following a natural disaster, or to create lightweight structures that could be packed with supplies for missions to outer space. (Closer to home, her mother has begun passing along ideas to her quilting group; the designs bear a strong resemblance to quilt patterns.)

“What I find most exciting about the system is the way it adds stiffness to something that was previously very flexible,” says Isabel Moreira de Oliveira, a PhD candidate in civil engineering at Princeton, who is writing her dissertation on Spin-Valence and testing which shapes work best for specific applications. “It entirely changes the behavior of something without adding material to it.” Plus, she adds, “you can ship this flat. The assembly information is embedded in how it’s cut.” This could help reduce transportation costs and lower carbon emissions generated from

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Title: This architect is cutting up materials to make them stronger and lighter
Sourced From: www.technologyreview.com/2024/04/23/1090915/emily-baker-architect-materials-disaster-zones-design/
Published Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2024 09:00:00 +0000

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