Electricity

Morocco turns on the 1st part of epic solar power plant

Morocco turns on the 1st part of epic solar power plant

Morocco is a name usually associated with exotic getaways and clothing, but by 2018, it will also be knowns as a super power, almost literally. By that time, its sprawling solar power plant complex will be in full operation to provide electricity for as much as 1.1 million people. But while that dream is still two years away, the country has already started the important first step in that journey, turning on the switch for Noor 1, the first of three sections that together will make up the world's largest solar plant.

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Researchers make rechargeable energy-storing paper

Researchers make rechargeable energy-storing paper

Researchers at Linkoping University have created a new type of paper they call “power paper” that is able to store energy. In addition to storing energy, this paper — which is made from nano cellulose and a conductive polymer — can also be recharged. Power paper, despite its abilities, is made from polymer said to be “easily available”, and the cellulose itself is renewable. This could lead to more sustainable, environmentally friendly ways of storing energy that are safer than existing battery technology.

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Researcher: a penny will buy about 3 hours’ worth of thoughts

Researcher: a penny will buy about 3 hours’ worth of thoughts

The term a penny for your thoughts inspired a researcher to look into what duration of thoughts could actually be purchased with a penny. Quantifying something like this isn't exactly easy, so the researcher decided to base the calculations on energy costs in the United Kingdom, looking at how much energy the human brain uses and how much thinking can be done on a penny's worth of electricity. As it turns out, it doesn't cost much at all to power your epiphanies.

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BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

If you're a BMW i3 owner and live in California, you could get paid over $1,000 directly from BMW to not charge your electric vehicle during peak hours. It's part of a trail program that sees the car company teaming up with PG&E, California's utility provider, to try to offset heavy demand on the power grids. i3 drivers can basically be compensated for putting off their charging by an hour or more.

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Volta offers free electric car charging, supported by advertising

Volta offers free electric car charging, supported by advertising

While electric cars are slowly becoming more and more common in the US, easily accessible charging stations are taking even longer to catch up. While manufacturers like Tesla are working to build more stations across the country, Honolulu-based Volta is looking to make a contribution as well. The startup offers to build charging stations that are free to use for drivers, and are supported with advertising. They already have over 100 stations set up in five different cities, and have plans to increase that to 400.

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Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Today there are a number of wind turbines placed around the US and around the world. These turbines all have some sort of blades that spin like an airplane's propeller to create electricity without having to burn coal. The turbines are so common that many people no longer even notice them as they go about their daily lives. A big change may be coming to the design of wind turbines of the future and the future may have no blades.

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Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Electric vehicle owners in San Francisco now have a new option to charge their rides thanks to some good old solar power. Making it even better than charging from your home power outlet is that it's completely free. Thanks to company Envision Solar, three Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Chargers have been installed in San Francisco, allowing completely off-the-grid charging. The solar powered units each generate 3.3 kilowatts of electricity, and are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack capable of storing 22.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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iPad stays strange with INKO: electric ink and tatooed leather

iPad stays strange with INKO: electric ink and tatooed leather

Straight from the crew at Appropriate Audiences, the iPad cover/keyboard known as INKO uses electric ink to create a unique approach to tapping out sentences. This piece of equipment functions as a cover for the iPad as well as a full-functioning keyboard and is made primarily of leather. Standard ink was applied to the inside to create a keyboard with a 3D printer hacked to be a tattooing machine - a marvel in and of itself. Under the hood, electric paint makes circuits and sensors on leather to make for a truly odd piece of work.

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Chainmail dress with plasma balls lets wearer take on 500k volts

Chainmail dress with plasma balls lets wearer take on 500k volts

We've seen some interesting creations from Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht before, none of them quite as (literally) shocking as her new metal plate dress -- complete with plasma balls on the shoulders -- that she wore between two big, potentially deadly Tesla coils.

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VW announces pricing for 2015 E-Golf

VW announces pricing for 2015 E-Golf

Today, Volkswagen has announced pricing for their 2015 E-Golf, an all-electric version of their already popular Golf. The fully-loaded SEL Premium version will set you back $35,445, placing it in-line with other electric cars in its class. What sets it apart are a few key features that those in the market for an electric car will want to take note of.

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Tesla’s charging stations will cover USA by end of 2015

Tesla’s charging stations will cover USA by end of 2015

Tesla’s plan to mass-produce batteries will jumpstart their overall production of electric vehicles, that much is certain. the $30,000 Model 3? That’ll help, too. Rounding out those ambitions, Tesla is also going to bring more charging stations to the world, and will be blanketing North America in enough chargers to get you through almost any trip.

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tinyTesla: the tiny coil that sparks, sings and teaches

tinyTesla: the tiny coil that sparks, sings and teaches

A lot of things today are about building things on your own, with things like Raspberry Pi and MakerBot. But how about building your own Tesla coil right at home, or preferably in school? tinyTesla is trying to deliver just that, but, instead of shipping something educational but boring, oneTesla, the startup behind it, will be helping you build a Tesla coil that can sing.

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