Tesla Motors released its financial results today for the quarter and the full year ending December 31, 2011. Revenues for the quarter were $39.38 million, up from the $36.29 million during the same period last year, while full year revenues reached $204.24 million, up from $116.74 million from the year before.
A lot of folks would like to go green and practice better energy conservation but so far the costs of doing so have been prohibitive. Lemnis Lighting is hoping to ease that transition by offering efficient LED lightbulbs at a price that may get more consumers to make the switch.
Hertz announced this week that it will be the first rental car company to implement a wireless charging system for its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). The company will be participating in Plugless Power's pilot program, a first of its kind in the world.
Over in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory there's a robot that's capable of not only running on organic matter it consumes, but of pooping out the waste as well. This robot has been created in the never-ending quest to create a robot that's able to sustain itself, of course, and may well be the next step to a human poo-powered robo-maid if they don't gain a conscience before they learn to clean our houses. As it stands now, the "Ecobot-III" can consume masses of its own food and water from its environment, including human feces if you let it, and "craps" out what it can't use into its own litter tray..
It's a great day when you find that though your old scooter has been busted beyond repair, you're able to turn it into a place where you can sit in the house comfortably and take a typing on your laptop without trouble. What a brilliant cut and sew artist and industrial designer has done here is to cut up a 1968 bright red Vespa and use it twice: once for the workstation, and once for another seat entirely. What this technological marvel consists of is nothing more than cutting apart and soldering back together!
Here's an interesting green concept gizmo that can be useful on your next camping trip. It's a wood-burning stove by BioLite that can cook your s'mores and double as a charging station for your iPhone or any other device chargeable by USB. The first version aptly called the CampStove is already set to launch in spring of 2012.
Researchers and scientists are working around the globe to find new and novel ways to generate the power needed to operate sensors and devices for all sorts of needs. Researchers at Georgia Tech including professor Manos Tentzeris, Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering professor, have developed a very interesting new way to harvest electromagnetic energy using a wearable sensor printed using common ink jet technology.
Google is big into things outside of its traditional purview of search technology. One of the categories that Google has invested heavily in is solar power. Google purchased 49% of a German solar power plant in April of this year and is working hard on solar initiatives at home too. One of the initiatives for solar with Google is the new partnership with SolarCity. The partnership allows a discount to Googlers for the installation of the solar panel tech on their homes.
Generally when we most of us think about green methods of transport electric and hybrid cars come to mind. There is also a big green push in the aviation industry as well to get aircraft that are more efficient and produce less pollution. A new green aircraft called the eGenius electric airplane has taken its maiden voyage. This aircraft looks more like a glider than a Cessna and has a propeller mounted on the tail in the back of the plane.
The summer is here in many areas of the US with temperatures already reaching into the mid to upper 90 range or more. That means in many places around the country the AC is on and people are already looking at ways to keep cool. A green pavement coating called Emerald Cities Celadon Green solar reflective permanent cooling coating has been demonstrated in Phoenix, Arizona. This coating is designed to reduce the temperature of the asphalt in parking lots and on streets on hot days.