We’re using more solar power and wind power now than at any point in history. The United States Department of Energy wants us to use solar power for 27% of the country’s electricity needs by 2050, as it were - but we need a better way to store it. Today the prevailing means requires a mountain to function.
Power Japan Plus has unveiled its new battery dubbed the Ryden Dual-Carbon, which boasts being both more durable and safer than currently used lithium-ion cells. Among the new battery's various features, it is nearly completely recyclable.
A number of publications being distributed across the UK this week are carrying an Apple-made advertisement coinciding with Earth Day. As Apple’s ongoing court case with Samsung rolls on in the background, these ads run right out in public, suggesting one very pointed issue. "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," it says, suggesting that their eco-friendly initiatives are not under copyright like their patents.
A new solar-powered aircraft is being shown off called the Solar Impulse 2 that plans to make a flight that will take it around the globe. The aircraft was unveiled on April 9 in Switzerland. Pilots of the aircraft's circumnavigation of the Earth using no fuel will be Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Solar Impulse 2 will be used to fly around the globe in 2015.
Japanese EV firm SIM-Drive has been producing prototype electric vehicles for a while and previously rolled out the SIM-LEI, SIM-WIL, and SIM-CEL. The company has now unveiled its fourth EV prototype called the SIM-HAL. Yes, the car is named after the murderous computer that refused to open the bay doors.
Today it’s time to get a vision of what it’ll be like to be rolling alongside a 2014 BMW i8 on the road. This machine has been subject to countless videos and in-car test drives thus far, but today a group by the name of FrequenShowss have dropped a bunch of B-roll video from a slightly more unique perspective. This is what it’ll feel like for everyone else around you when you drive the 2014 BTW i8.
If you have ever seen the movie Transformers, you are familiar with the notion of something innocuous changing into something else. In the movies, most of the transforming is of robots into cars. You won't ever own a car that can turn into a robot, but you can own an electric scooter that turns into a briefcase.
China is one of the most polluted countries in the world. The amount of pollution in the air in major cities is so bad that it can cause illness for people. Pollution in some major cities is bad enough that a fog often sits over the city, blocking out the sun.
We've seen environmentally friendly washing machines in the past, such as the HydroDrive with a 12-minute cycle. Xeros has taken the wraps off its own similarly-efficient offering, except with one big difference: the use of polymer beads largely in the place of water that results in a far more efficient and green way to wash clothes.
Ericsson and Philips have announced that they have teamed up on a connected smart LED light program that will bring green lighting and mobile broadband to cities. The connected street lights solve two issues at the same time for cities with green lighting to meet sustainability goals and the lights allow network operators to roll out better city-wide mobile broadband coverage.
Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new plug-in hybrid Golf GTE compact car. The GTE has an all-electric driving range of 31 miles. The car is rated for combined fuel economy of 157 mpg in the European Driving Cycle. In addition to being green, the car should offer nice performance as well.