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”
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.
Just to answer to that claim, Luke and Tina — both of whom work as engineers — designed a 204 sq. ft. solar-powered tiny home on wheels themselves and hired a contractor (from Daystar Tiny Homes) to build it. The home, which resides on a 40 acre farm on the foothills of Mt. Hood, features a living area, two lofts, a bathroom, kitchen, and plenty of storage throughout, while the rooftop balcony accessible via a small hobbit door from the sleeping loft. Continue reading “Who Says ‘Tiny Homes’ CAN’T Have Roof Decks? Not Luke & Tina, THAT’S For Sure!”
Tesla’s battery-focused “Gigafactory” hasn’t even completed construction yet, and they’re already expanding its plant’s territory. The company announced that it has nearly TRIPLED its Nevada land purchases and added 1,893 acres to the 1,000 acres it received just last year. Continue reading “Tesla readying its ‘Gigafactory’ by tripling its land in Nevada”
While the solar industry is currently doing really well in the US, the White House is aiming to broaden people’s access to solar energy even more. The Obama Administration has launched a new initiative aimed at giving more people access to solar energy, which should result in creating more jobs in the solar industry. First, the government hopes to install 300 megawatts of solar and other varied types of renewable energy in areas with federally subsidized housing. There is currently a number of organizations in over 20 states that are to create 260 solar projects to assist low-income families. Continue reading “White House Aims to Expand People’s Access to Solar Energy”
This week’s 24-hour-delayed & vacation-themed episode of WIRed brings forth a twisted cabinet that brings inspiration in other avenues (that may or may not be Star Wars), upgrade your camping experience with a solar-powered tent, how bad the WiiU is doing and why I want it to succeed, and family-friendly professional wrestling in the NYC! TAKE THAT, Galveston!
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!
Continue reading “Watch Old-School Camping Slowly Die/Get Awesomer with Solar Charging Tent”
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you the Stone Spray project, an eco-friendly robot three-dimensional printer that exploring the viability of utilizing soil as a building material. Stone Spray is a new construction method which uses soil as the base material and a liquid binder to solidify the soil granules. It uses a jet spray system to deposit the mix of soil and binder, for constructing architectural shapes. Currently, the ability to erected actual buildings is out of the robot’s reach, its team has managed to print a series of scaled sculptures (from stools, pillars and load-bearing arc structures) made from sand, soil and their solidification compound. Continue reading “An Instant Stone-in-a-Can Robot Powered by the SUN?!?”
BEHOLD!! THE POWER OF THE SUNNNNN!!!!!!!! Hey, see what I did there in the title? Nice, huh? Anyway, for anyone (and I mean “ANYONE” with an loud echo) who own a laptop or netbook, this should be a very interesting product and hopefully a sign of things to come. Here comes more green and energy-efficient technology headed to our computers. YAY SOLAR ENERGY!!! This is … Continue reading Put A Spotlight on Samsung’s NC215S Solar-powered Netbook.