After 13 years of planning, the Solar Impulse SI2 took off last night from Al-Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi at 7:12 a.m. local time. This initiated the first leg of its historic attempt to be the first solar-powered airplane to fly around the world.
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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab have developed a wireless sensor network platform that could revolutionize urban planning, development and management.
“It really does represent this big leap forward for renewable energy as a whole, to have this technology to the point where it can be easily adopted by consumers like the Eiffel Tower,” said Jan Gromadzki, an engineer who oversaw the project. “And I think that was something that, five years ago, no one would’ve been ready for. It demonstrates that we’ve come this far to create renewable energy technologies that can be easily integrated into the daily lives of people around the world.”
SunEdison’s acquisition of Solar Grid highlights growing interest among VCs and leading energy, industrial and solar companies in stationary energy storage. Along with SunEdison, corporate-backed VCs, as well as Tesla and SolarCity, are spreading seed capital across a variety of advanced energy storage startups.
This week ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, released a list of the top 10 friendliest metropolitan areas for EV drivers. Curious to see how your city stacked up? Catch the full list after the jump.
A new approach to bridge the digital and energy divide is required to enable the convergence of the public and private sectors to maximise resources in a systemic and sustainable fashion at price points that meet the needs of a developing rural society.
Ford recently announced that it’s teaming up with Georgia Tech to develop a Parking Spotter app. As the name suggests, this app will help users locate a parking spot more quickly and directly. Sounds helpful, but will it have an impact on emissions and urban gridlock?
Renewables in Colorado have grown tremendously since the state implemented its Renewable Energy Standard in 2004 — creating 22,000 jobs. But the standard still faces attacks.
Part of the Rocket Internet Group, Brazil-based e-commerce company Dafiti touts five Latin American cities as emerging hubs for Internet startups. Skeptics question Dafiti’s business strategy and the billions of dollars of capital it has raised.
Used widely in nature, lamination – the deposition of fine layers of materials on top of one another – has long been known as a means of manufacturing stronger, more durable and longer lasting metals. Founded in 2006, Seattle’s Modumetal is applying the process of lamination at nano-scale, enabling engineers to design and fabricate metals with superior performance characteristics and at lower cost than conventional methods.
Ford’s new e-bike prototypes do just about everything but steer the bike and serve you coffee. The two models, which were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress this week, are designed for commutes that rely on more than one mode of transport. Riders type in the destination and the preferences, and the bike figures the route. Getting to work sustainably just keeps getting easier and easier…
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, a think tank based in Freiberg, Germany, sees solar energy on track to become cheaper than coal- or natural-gas fired electricity in many countries by 2025.
It’s been said that necessity breeds ingenuity. In this case, that accolade also belongs to the pesky mosquito — the inspiration for the Mozzie Box. The pesticide-infused box is the latest brainstorm for warding off mosquitoes in Papau New Guinea, where malaria at one time sickened one in five residents. SP Lager and the marketing firm GPY&R have come up with an ingenious way to introduce a mosquito repellant to outside gatherings, where mosquitoes often lurk. And the best part is the repellant is naturally produced.
San Francisco’s RE-volv has raised over $120,000 via three Indiegogo campaigns to finance solar installations among community nonprofits and cooperatives.
Forward-thinking retail chains are accepting energy as a strategic asset. And, as such, they are finding ways to manage their energy consumption intelligently to minimize overconsumption.