Electricity

Orbital Marine Power O2 begins grid-connected power generation

Orbital Marine Power O2 begins grid-connected power generation

Orbital Marine Power has announced that the world's most powerful tidal turbine has begun grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Center. O2 is a floating turbine anchored off the Fall of Warness and connected via a subsea cable to the local onshore electricity network. O2 is a 2MW offshore power generation unit.

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Samsung SmartThings Energy can monitor your power consumption

Samsung SmartThings Energy can monitor your power consumption

Global conditions seem to be conspiring to make us use up more energy these days. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to stay at home, consuming more electricity to while away the days. Unusual and extreme weather conditions are also forcing many to fire up their heating or air conditioning more often than usual. In addition to increasing power consumption and carbon footprint, these scenarios also result increased electricity bills. In light of that, Samsung's new SmartThings Energy service wants to help customers reduce their expenses, and it starts by simply knowing how much energy you're using in the first place.

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Bluetti AC300 and AC200 MAX modular portable power stations deliver flexibility

Bluetti AC300 and AC200 MAX modular portable power stations deliver flexibility

There seems to be an abundance of portable power stations these days coming in all shapes and sizes. While the different competing brands offer a wide variety of options, they all come with fixed sizes and capacities, burdening the buyer with making a hard decision upfront. Bluetti, however, has been pioneering different systems that let owners connect two power stations together. It is taking that flexibility to the next level with the AC300 and AC200 MAX Portable Power Station systems that give you the freedom to select how many Battery Packs you want or, if needed, even double the maximum power output to run a whole house off the grid.

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Razor releasing new electric RipStik and their “SUV” of scooters

Razor releasing new electric RipStik and their “SUV” of scooters

There's a new electric movement machine in the mix this week from the folks at Razor. It has a long name: "The New RipStik Rush, the electric RipStik 2.0," and it's the second RipStik produced by Razor. There are other official RipStik products out with Razor, but only one other original electric RipStik. It's "official" because Razor is the only one who holds the patent for Caster Boards as such.

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Razor just revealed 3x new affordable electric scooters

Razor just revealed 3x new affordable electric scooters

Today we're taking a look at a set of three new electric scooters made by Razor. They've got new models called EcoSmart SUP, E300 HD, and C25. So technically there are four new scooters, but two of them have the same base name, so to speak. This collection of devices are all "attractively priced under $500" according to Razor - made for the average citizen looking for an extremely affordable way to roll around town.

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First Dyson EV images show big wheels, reclined seats

First Dyson EV images show big wheels, reclined seats

First announced in 2017, the Dyson electric vehicle range is just today revealed in imagery. As is always the case with patent imagery, the aesthetics you see today may not reflect the final product. However, given that Dyson himself shared the images with the media, we can be pretty sure they've got some connection with the shapes and movement of the car aimed at a 2021 release.

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Dyson wants gas cars banned by 2030 in UK

Dyson wants gas cars banned by 2030 in UK

Critics of gasoline vehicles have been ramping up toward suggestions of an outright ban of gas-guzzling vehicles around the world for decades. For most, it didn't seem realistic until very recently. The idea that any government would be able to ban the use of a certain sort of fuel didn't seem possible when there was no realistic alternative, but with the rise of the electric car, a no-gas law might well be in the making.

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Real T2 magnetic liquid metal means wobbly gadget future

Real T2 magnetic liquid metal means wobbly gadget future

Ever wonder that it'd take to make a Terminator robot out of liquid metal? A study was released with the American Chemical Study that showed the future of MLMD, a magnetic liquid metal droplet. It's not exactly ready to be used as a next-generation super soldier just yet, but it's the next big step. MLMD is created with a multimaterial system including liquid metals, iron particles, and electrolytes, and it's ready to stretch.

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Onewheel Pint is a smaller, more affordable one-wheeled skateboard

Onewheel Pint is a smaller, more affordable one-wheeled skateboard

A relatively compact one-wheeled electric-powered skateboard was revealed today with the name Onewheel Pint. This isn't the first time a personal electric vehicle of this sort's ever been made - it's a sort of refinement of the concept. Like we're a couple iterations in to the idea, and we're getting closer to the sweet spot for size, weight, and cost.

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Research: Here come wi-fi power-harvesting batteries

Research: Here come wi-fi power-harvesting batteries

The simplification of elements having to do with smartphones in their current state seems to be the overarching theme of mobile tech today. The iterating of elements - screen size, shape, amount of cameras, piddly things - seem to be what's most important to smartphone manufacturers. What's it going to take to change the whole industry? Could a battery system that harvests radiation from Wi-fi to charge batteries do the trick?

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Motorola Modular Power System hands-on: Plug and play

Motorola Modular Power System hands-on: Plug and play

Motorola has a new set of devices at CES 2019, and they're not smartphones. They've teamed up with the folks at Schumacher Electric Corp to create the Motorola Modular Power System. We've seen Motorola go modular before - with their Moto Z collection of smartphones, still in production today. Now it would seem that they're going out a whole new door - sort of. This isn't the same sort of situation as Lenovo's Motorola smartphones - it's slightly more about branding - but no less interesting.

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10 reasons for the blue sky explosion in New York City

10 reasons for the blue sky explosion in New York City

We've got the official explanation for why the sky went an unnatural blue last night in New York City. The Con Edison (NYC) electrical company's explanation is the most feasible - that an electrical fire caused the whole mess. In our feature today we'd like to explain what really happened, first and foremost - then we'd like to explore some awesome alternate possibilities. Science fiction sort of stuff - the stuff that would've been much more awesome than a mere transformer explosion in Astoria.

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