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GM to put solar panels at its transmission factory generating 800-kilowatts

GM to put solar panels at its transmission factory generating 800-kilowatts

GM has announced that it plans to go green at its Warren Transmission plant and will install a large solar panel array near the facility. GM is teaming with DTE to install the solar array and it will be the largest solar installation that GM has in Michigan. The solar panels installed will be able to generate 800-kilowatts of power.

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Google invests in Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind farm project

Google invests in Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind farm project

Google has announced that it will invest in Northern Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, making it the company’s second investment of its kind in Africa. The Internet giant previously invested in Africa’s largest solar project; this latest project, a wind farm, will produce 310 megawatts of energy for powering homes in Kenya. The benefits from that are numerous, spanning beyond the environmentally-friendly aspects to include additional capacity, improved energy stability, and more.

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Zero Motorcycles unveils 2016 line including FXS supermoto

Zero Motorcycles unveils 2016 line including FXS supermoto

Zero Motorcycles is a company that builds electric motorcycles powered by battery packs. The company has unveiled its 2016 lineup of bikes including the FXS that is supermoto inspired and the DSR expanding the firm's dual-sport fleet. The updated line now gets motivation from an updated Z-force motor that has better performance and efficiency.

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Paris climate accord to test UN’s promise-keeping abilities

Paris climate accord to test UN’s promise-keeping abilities

This December the United Nations climate summit in Paris will once again test countries' abilities to keep promises on emission reductions. Another "pledge and review" approach will be taken, despite large lacks of follow-up executed by nations such as Japan, Canada, Russia, and New Zealand in the past. Researcher David J. C. MacKay and crew have published a paper showing how promises aren't enough for a project as important as this one, and that nations "must agree on a common goal in everyone's self interest."

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Los Angeles to lease fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles

Los Angeles to lease fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles

Departments in the city of Los Angeles will be leasing a fleet of both electric and hybrid vehicles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced. Under this commitment, the LA Police, Fire, General Services, Water, and Power departments will lease a total of 160 battery-powered electric vehicles. Joining this will be another 128 plug-in hybrids that will be used by the General Services Department and the LADWP.

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Miniwiz RE-view is a Sunglasses created from recycled DVDs & CDs

Miniwiz RE-view is a Sunglasses created from recycled DVDs & CDs

It’s easier said than done that you want to recycle or up-cycle waste to productive use. Techniques and innovations are required to make your DIY project sustainable, demandable and more importantly – financially viable. A Taiwanese company Miniwiz, under the wings of designer Arthur Huang, seems to have got a hang of things, given that their RE-view pair of sunglasses are constructed from trash and yet look trendy.

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Ilumi smartbulb chooses the light color to match your space

Ilumi smartbulb chooses the light color to match your space

LED light bulbs have been around for a while now and are a great way to go green to save electricity and money compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. The other cool thing about LED bulbs is that they can be fitted with multiple color LEDs allowing the user to control the light color. With hundreds of color choices, choosing the right color of light for your space can be a challenge, but not for the Ilumi smartbulb.

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Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

It doesn't matter where you live in the world, if you have ever driven a car or rode a bus; you have traveled on pavement at some point. Typically, pavement is made using asphalt and as we all know asphalt makes a super smooth surface, but that surface can break down over time leading to serious potholes in the road.

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New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

Indoor farming is taking off, and the benefits of it are becoming increasingly apparent. The ability to grow all year rather than being limited to growing seasons is one big reason, and the other is efficiency. Indoor farms use less electricity and water and produce more crops without as much plant wastes. Soon New Jersey will be home to the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. Estimates say it will produce 2 million pounds of herbs and leafy greens every year.

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Solar Paper is a paper-thin solar charger

Solar Paper is a paper-thin solar charger

Small solar chargers for your gadgets are nothing new, but the most modern batches are only vaguely similar to the first chargers on the market. Solar Paper is perhaps the best example of this -- it is a solar charger ranging from 2.5 watts to 10 watts, and it is thin enough to slip between the pages of a book, hence its name. The charger features a USB port for charging USB devices, and is scarcely larger than a dollar bill.

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United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

Remember the poo bus? Now meet its high flying cousin from across the pond. It doesn't have the same somewhat scandalous artwork of the UK Bio-Bus, but it will be running, or in this case, flying, on the same principles. Or the same waste materials, for that matter. United Airlines is planning to make a flight starting from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco running on fuel produced from farm waste and animal fat. Which is just a more sensational way of saying "biofuel".

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How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

General Motors is one of the auto makers working to reuse old electric car batteries, and in its case it is doing so with Chevrolet Volt batteries with one of its IT buildings. Using a handful of old Volt batteries from the model’s first generation, General Motors is powering an administration building in conjunction with wind and solar energy. This is due to the remaining capacities of the batteries after they stop being useful for the Chevy Volt electric cars.

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