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OBQ: Do electric cars really harm the environment less than gasoline-powered cars?

Electric vehicles are often touted as a more environmentally friendly than cars powered by gasoline. But all that electricity has to be produced …

Phase 3 of world's largest solar park slated to begin this month

Work on the world’s largest solar park is set to move forward this month. Phase 3 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai will add …

Renewable Energy

Tesla's Powerwall 2 can pay for itself in six years, then its electricity is free

Michael Vorstermans ran the numbers on Tesla's Powerwall home battery when it hit the market last year, and it didn't add up.<p>The 6kWh battery could …

Interview with WOHA: “The Only Way to Preserve Nature is to Integrate it into Our Built Environment”

<i>Driven by the hyper-density of the city-state from which they operate, WOHA have emerged as Singapore's quintessential architects. Combining a</i> …

Tesla powers a whole island with solar to show off its energy chops

Tesla completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity this week, and, to celebrate, the company has announced a major solar energy project: wiring up the whole island of Ta’u in American Samoa. Previously, the island ran on diesel generators, but over the past year Tesla has installed a …

13-Year-Old Wins Top Prize: Makes Wind Energy Device That Costs Just $5

A 13-year-old student from Ohio won the top prize at the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Tuesday for developing a …

Renewable Energy

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Why Apple and Google are moving into solar energy

Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are investing in renewable energy in a serious way – a sign, perhaps, of rapid changes in the energy market.<p>Most people think of Apple as a company that makes phones, computers and smart watches – not an energy provider. But in August all of that changed when the …

Record for perovskite/CIGS tandem solar module

Thin-film technologies can dramatically reduce the cost of next-generation solar modules. Whereas their production cost is low, it is in particular …

Europe's offshore wind industry prepares for Atlantic crossing | Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Yield-hungry investors in the offshore wind market are switching their sights to the United States as future support for the industry in Europe remains uncertain, leaving billions of euros looking for a new home.<p>A view shows windmills of several wind farms at the so-called …

Obama is Helping Homeowners go Solar

The White House recently announced a package of Solar incentives specifically for lower income homeowners<p>There is no question that adoption of home …

A New V-Shape Roof Can Collect Solar Power, Wind Power and Rain Water

Scientists have been busy designing a roof that uses not just solar power, but wind and rain power as well, to generate energy. There is a total of …

Start-Ups Aim To Turn All Windows Into Solar Power Generators

Three companies in the US and the UK are working on coatings that turn windows into solar generators of electricity, saving building owners money and …

Obama administration’s offshore wind plan would power 23 million homes

The federal government on Friday unveiled its vision for wind farms off of nearly every U.S. coastline by 2050, in an effort to generate 86 gigawatts …

Airbus Officially Unveils Thor, the Fully 3D Printed Plane that Flies Beautifully

The first 3D printed plane is making its debut, and nope, it’s not another one that’s been made in miniature by a hobbyist. And while it’s not …

Mattel's new ThingMaker is a $300 3D printer for toys

We've been waiting years for 3D printing to finally be simple enough for mainstream consumers -- and now, it looks like Mattel might be the first company to make that happen. At NYC's Toy Fair this weekend, Mattel unveiled ThingMaker, a revival of its 60's era toy maker using modern 3D printing …

How 3D-Printed Maps Are Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired

Engineers and designers are just starting to explore the potential of 3D-printed maps for the visually impaired.<p>The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a state-funded facility that teaches vocational skills to the blind and visually impaired. Old wooden maps help students …

Adidas uses plastic ocean waste to create a 3D-printed shoe

Back in June, Adidas revealed a shoe made almost entirely from recycled ocean waste. That product marked the beginning of a partnership between the sportswear firm and Parley, an organization trying to combat ocean pollution worldwide. Now, Adidas is taking this one step further: its new design …

Shoes

Amazing industrial 3D printer fits in a truck, can print an entire building in 24 hours

Created by Russian engineer Nikita Chen-yun-tai, the new Apis Cor 3D printer is powerful enough to print a building in one day, yet small enough to …

3D Printing

3D printing hair is as easy as using a hot glue gun

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised an ingenious method for creating lifelike hair fibers the only requires a common, inexpensive fused deposition modeling (FDM) printer. The technique is surprisingly simple: the printer squeezes out a small dollop of molten plastic and then …

Hair

You can buy this 3D printed car next year for $53,000

Local Motors recently held a contest to build a roadworthy car using (mostly) 3D-printing techniques, and the winner, crowned in July, is the vehicle you see above. We now know that it'll be called the LM3D Swim and cost $53,000, with pre-sales launching in spring of 2016 and retail sales later in …

DARPA

Custom circuit board printer takes out 2015 James Dyson Award

"If you need a custom circuit board, just press print."<p>That's the sales pitch behind the Voltera V-One, a tabletop machine that takes 3D printing one step further, printing out customised circuit boards.<p>Designed by a team of four engineering students from the University of Waterloo in Canada, the …

Product Design

The Electron 3D Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit - Great Package Deal

The Prusa i3 (iteration 3) is the newest and most current 3D Printer design by RepRap Core Developer Prusajr. This printer is fully open source, easy …

3D Printing

Crowds Roar as 3D Printing Filament Goes Electric!

F-Electric, a highly-conductive plastic 3D printing filament, has just hit the market. This new functional 3D printing filament is courtesy of …

This 3D Printed Pen Can Do Anything... Well Almost Anything!

Have you ever stepped back and thought about how much further advanced our society would be right now, had 3D printing technology been introduced 200 …

3D Printed Apple Watch Bands Soon Available from 3D Systems and FreshFiber

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) has been known for their ability to stay ahead of their competition when it comes to 3D printing. It’s not just the 3D printing …

Stratasys Introduces New Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer

If you have ever had any major dental work done, you know how important quality and fit are to the experience. After all, a poorly fitted bridge, for …

MakerBot makes it easy for schools and businesses to start 3D printing

MakerBot has just launched a new initiative called Starter Lab, which makes 3D printing more accessible to more people, particularly students and employees. It's a bundle of MakerBot products, including several printers and other hardware, plastic filaments and training guides to help organizations …

3D Printing