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Inhabitat's Week in Green: The Tesla Model S gets an upgrade

The Tesla Model S is one of the highest-rated electric cars ever, and it just got even better. This week the automaker rolled out an upgrade that gives the vehicle a bigger battery, a refreshed exterior and a "bioweapon defense mode." Meanwhile, the Solar Impulse sun-powered airplane is getting set …

Despite Nuclear Fears, Japan Solar Slow to Catch

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Morihiko Shimamura has a vision for the future, depicted in a cartoonish community map on his partially biomass-powered truck. In the drawing, solar panels sit atop self-sufficient buildings, as waterways generate hydropower alongside wind turbines, and transmission cables are …

Energy

Last-minute maneuvering by utilities could throw a shadow over California's solar revolution

Here's a simple guideline for the California Public Utilities Commission when it votes next week on a new rate scheme for rooftop solar users who also connect to the electric grid: Don't be like Nevada.<p>Last month, public utility commissioners in that super-sunny state put the chill on the …

Solar Power

Panel: Renewable energy tech could eliminate utilities

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this report misstated Heather Zichal's first name.</i><p>DES MOINES, Iowa — Young Iowans could some day drop their power companies like they left behind telephone land lines and cable TV companies, said a panelist at <i>The Des Moines Register</i> and USA TODAY …

Renewable Energy

New tech boosts 3D printing of metal objects

The prospects for 3D printing may have just become a little bit stronger, literally, thanks to a new way of using metallic powders to create …

3D Printing

Solar power 'stickers' you can paste anywhere the quest of Calgary researchers

Imagine a new generation of solar cells so lightweight and portable that you can roll one up, carry it in your pocket, then stick it on a window to …

This safe battery won't burst into flames - Futurity

A new lithium-ion battery that shuts down when it gets too hot and restarts when it cools could prevent fires in laptops, hoverboards, and other …