Tesla Creates a Futuristic ‘Tiny House’ to Show off Its Energy Products

Tesla Creates a Futuristic ‘Tiny House’ to Show off Its Energy Products

00 Tesla’s energy division is touring around Australia to educate the public on how to be self-sufficient in producing sustainable electrical power for their homes. The ‘Tiny House‘ mobile unit, towed by a Model X, is aimed to showcase Tesla’s renewable energy solutions to the vast Australian market. Tesla is attempting to provide an effective and reliable power storage system to the country’s domestic sector as well as on a national grid level. [Image Source: ArchiBlox]…

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These New Flexible Batteries Can Be Printed Directly on to Textiles

These New Flexible Batteries Can Be Printed Directly on to Textiles

00 Researchers are working on flexible batteries that can be printed directly on to fabric. Their research was motivated by the problem of how to power wearable devices. The small gadgets often need significant power sources, but cumbersome battery packs are not an option. The new technique allows the person to literally wear flexible batteries that will power their device. Nazmul Karim, Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Manchester, who co-authored the research paper on the…

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UK’s Newest Fusion Reactor Just Generated Its First Plasma

UK’s Newest Fusion Reactor Just Generated Its First Plasma

00 The United Kingdom switched on its newest fusion reactor last week, and the ST40 has already hit a milestone. The tokamak reactor already generated plasma within the core. [Image Source: Tokamak Energy] The reactor, created by Tokamak Energy, should heat plasma to 100 million degrees Celsius (or 180 million degrees Fahrenheit) by 2018. That’s seven times hotter than the Sun’s core temperature. It’s at that temperature that fusion can occur — where hydrogen can fuse…

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These Three Solar Plants in Chile Could Change the Solar Energy Game

These Three Solar Plants in Chile Could Change the Solar Energy Game

00 Chile could be the next major world leader in solar power. The government recently approved three solar thermal plants from SolarReserve, a US-based company. Combined, these sites are expected to produce electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s 450 MW of continual power. It could generate up to 2,600 GWh each year. Rather than using traditional solar panels, thousands of solar mirrors concentrate heat into one central point called a thermal…

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World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Breaks 24 Hour Power Generation Record

World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Breaks 24 Hour Power Generation Record

00 A wind turbine unveiled in Denmark is setting the bar high for wind energy. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind group debuted its V164, an 8-megawatt turbine that can hit 9 MW under specific conditions. It generated almost 216,000 kWh in just 24 hours during its testing phase. That’s enough power to sustain roughly 7,200 US homes for an entire day, or one American home for nearly 20 years. The massive level of output parallels the…

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Google to Go Carbon Neutral By 2017

Google to Go Carbon Neutral By 2017

00 By 2017, the processing power it takes for your search of cute cat videos on the internet will now be carbon neutral. In a recent press release, Google announced it will reach 100 percent renewable energy and carbon neutrality by next year. Google started taking steps toward this goal in 2010, according to Urs Holzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure. The company’s first step included purchasing energy from a 114-megawatt Iowa wind farm….

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Scotland holds the largest oil reserve in the E.U. but proved they don’t need it

Scotland holds the largest oil reserve in the E.U. but proved they don’t need it

00 Scotland’s wind turbines [Image Source: Dorli Photography] Scotland continues to lead the frontier for the battle against global warming by pledging to reach100% renewable sustainability for energy production by the year 2020, a reasonable goal after producing 100% of the energy demand through wind generation alone. The ambitions plan, however, is already well under way. Scotland currently utilizes 39% renewable energy, with nuclear at 33% and fossil fuel generation at 28%. However, recently the…

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MIT Creates Battery from Genetically Engineered Virus

MIT Creates Battery from Genetically Engineered Virus

00 MIT created a battery from a genetically engineered virus to pick up carbon nanotubes to create and grow the components required to make a battery. Engineers at MIT discovered genetically altering a viruses enables it to collect the materials required to make the positive and negative ends of a lithium-ion battery. The new batteries’ characteristics almost exact the performance of state of the art rechargeable batteries currently being used in hybrid cars and personal…

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There Won’t be Enough Power for Computers by 2040

00 Moore’s Law may soon be dying, and researchers project that by 2040, the world will not have enough power supply to meet the needs of the processor industry. In theory, Moore’s law could continue on forever, but a growing problem will soon derail it. As manufacturers continue to pack transistors closer and closer together, managing the thermal output effectively is becoming hard to do, according toScience Alert. Statements about running out of power were first…

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Scientists Synthesize Liquid Fuel from Solar Energy

00 Scientists have just discovered a way to directly convert solar energy into a synthetic fuel using carbon dioxide. Current solar technologies operate in either photovoltaic solar or thermal solar. Photovoltaic solar energy is generated through solar panels, which are typically seen on the roofs of houses and many solar plants. The other method of thermal solar is typically only used in large-scale energy plants, as it used mirrors to focus solar energy to heat a liquid…

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