Deepwater Wind’s U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Proposal Stores Powers using Tesla Powerpack Batteries

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According to a story from Bloomberg, energy supplier Deepwater Wind issued a proposal (one of many from other bids) for a new offshore renewable wind power plant near Massachusetts that would use Tesla’s commercial storage batteries, called Powerpacks, to store energy until it’s needed. Their plan includes the construction of a production facility with 144-megawatt capability build off the coast with the Tesla Powerpacks storing wind-generated energy with a 40-megawatt storage capacity at peak production times, and hold it in reserve for peak demand hours. Continue reading “Deepwater Wind’s U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Proposal Stores Powers using Tesla Powerpack Batteries”

India Debuts its First Solar-Powered Train…

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The Indian Railway (IR) system, the largest rail network in Asia and typically filled with diesel-powered trains, has just introduced its first solar-powered train, named the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU). The DEMU, which has solar panels placed on the roof of the unit, will operate in the city of New Delhi. It will be pulled by one of IR’s diesel-powered locomotives, with the solar panels powering only the passenger comfort systems (including lights, info displays, fans, etc.). According to IR, one train with six solar-panel equipped cars will save 21,000 liters (or 5,547 gallons) of diesel fuel every year, all while saving approximately Rs12 lakh (almost $20,000) in operating costs.

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You’ll Need to Head to Sweden to Ride the First Electric Highway…

Scania and the Swedish government have taken a huge step toward renewable energy with the opening of their first stretch of Electric-Highway, also known as the e-Highway.  After working for years on hybrid tractor-trailer trucks, Scania finally developed a WORKING system.  This was accomplished by attaching a pantograph on top of the trucks, allowing the trucks to be easily attached/detached to electricity lines running along one lane of the highway. Continue reading “You’ll Need to Head to Sweden to Ride the First Electric Highway…”

The Hyperions, an Eco-Neighborhood that Produces Energy in India

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Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures teamed up with Agroecologist Amlankusum to create Hyperions, a vertical, energy positive eco-neighborhood proposed for Jaypee Green Sports City in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) in India. The project’s goal is to “reconcile urban renaturation and small-scale farming with environment protection and biodiversity,” the project combines low-tech and high-tech elements with the “objective of energy decentralization and food deindustrialization.”
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Interior Huts Apple-Cycling DiabloGB MC Angle – WIRed #98

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It’s time for Episode 98 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses common area huts, Apple recycling, Diablo III on Game Boy, and Kurt Angle battle raps John Cena! Continue reading “Interior Huts Apple-Cycling DiabloGB MC Angle – WIRed #98”

Watch Old-School Camping Slowly Die/Get Awesomer with Solar Charging Tent

Remember when people went camping to get away from the cities, life’s hustle-and-bustle, and technology?  Well, with the a newer, smaller and mobile gadgets available and being used by campers is at least diminishing that latter claim, which is good for those of us live connected lives.  When camping, you’re of course out in the sun, and if you wish to make use of all that free solar energy, then the Power Katabatic tent by Eddie Bauer is right up your alley!
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Forget Solar Panels!! I Want this Awesome Solar Energy Generator!!

Solar panels are a great way to generate sustainable, renewable electricity; if only the image of an entire group of them together didnt; look uglier than sin.  Thanks to André Broessel, who designed the spherical-lens solar generator you see above (the thing you were asking yourself “what the HECK is that, a crystallized Death Star?”) that –unlike solar panels — is very stylish and sleek.   Continue reading “Forget Solar Panels!! I Want this Awesome Solar Energy Generator!!”