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Jul 29, 2016

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Pokmon Go players are rescuing real animals in the wild

Jul 29, 2016: Unless you've been living under a Geodude, you've seen, heard, or read something about Pokémon Go. You may have noticed crowds of people swarming towards the location of a rare Pokémon.

Study: Overall automotive aluminum recycling rate above 90%

Jul 29, 2016: New research from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling calculated an overall recycling rate of 91% for automotive aluminum. The peer-reviewed study, funded by the Aluminum Association, examines how much aluminum used in the United...

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the world's first all-electric big rig truck

Jul 29, 2016: Related: This tiny shape-shifting sideways-driving car could mark the end of parallel parking…

US releases Federal alternative jet fuels R&D strategy

Jul 29, 2016: The Obama Administration has released the Federal Alternative Jet Fuels Research and Development (R&D) Strategy (FAJFS), which maps out a unified federal plan to advance R&D as well as science and technology solutions to support deployment of alternative jet fuels...

BMW provides some insight into Dingolfing eDrive competence center; motors, battery packs and more

Jul 29, 2016: During its Innovation Days 2016 event in Munich, the BMW Group provided some insight into its Dingolfing competence center for the manufacture of electric drive systems (eDrive). Dingolfing supplies the high-voltage batteries and other chassis and powertrain components for BMW...

Formula E gets a new look for third season with new two-tier front wing

Jul 29, 2016: The Formula E car will feature a new look for the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship, with the introduction of a new two-tier front wing. Formula E aims to be different, and this new front wing creates a look that’s...

Eco-conscious Port Melbourne Football Club building shows off the beauty of sustainably sourced timber

Jul 29, 2016: The Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility is a contemporary building sensitive to its surroundings. The building’s location was informed by the requirement to preserve and protect all healthy trees on-site. Low-grade contaminated soil was reused and relocated to avoid landfill impacts. Its modern facade is reflective of its raw industrial surroundings and is constructed from double-glazed thermally broken glazing and sustainably and locally sourced timber. To minimize...

BMW unveils latest Efficient Dynamics 3- and 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines

Jul 29, 2016: At its Innovation Days 2016 event in Munich, BMW unveiled new versions of its three and four- cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Like their predecessors, the new power units are based on the modular system that enables the application of...

Ekaterinensky Congress Center glows like a lantern on the Kuban River in Russia

Jul 29, 2016: Piuarch's proposal for the new Ekaterinensky Congress Center in Krasnodar, Russia, envisions a three-story cultural complex that offers scenic views of the river bay and includes a pedestrian plaza connecting the city to the river. The complex reconciles the city's geometric urban grid with the organic quality of the natural landscapes that dominates the river bank. The building combines orthogonal and curved surfaces with a glass curtain facade that follows the sinuous plan of the building volume...

Federal Government Aims to Develop a 500 Wh/kg Battery, 350 kW Charging System

Jul 29, 2016: New initiatives of the Obama Administration to advance electric vehicle adoption include the development of a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 watt-hours per kilogram and a 350 kilowatt DC fast charging system. If accomplished, the battery’s specific energy would be more than two-and-a half times the 170-200 watt-hours per kilogram in today’s […] The post Federal Government Aims to Develop a 500 Wh/kg Battery, 350 kW Charging System appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Elon Musk Puts Funding Towards a Robot Maid

Jul 29, 2016: Not all of Elon Musk’s money goes towards Tesla, Solar City and SpaceX. Musk is one of a set of Silicon Valley types who have invested in a company called OpenAI. OpenAI performs research into artificial intelligence, and part of that work includes reprogramming robots from Fetch Robotics. Fetch Robotics builds hardware for warehouse automation. […] The post Elon Musk Puts Funding Towards a Robot Maid appeared first on HybridCars.com.

EV Charging Corridors Coming to U.S. National Highways

Jul 29, 2016: The federal government is continuing its encouragement for consumers to buy battery-electric vehicles with a plan for a network of EV charging corridors along the national highway system. As part of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) signed into law last December, the Department of Energy has unlocked $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to […] The post EV Charging Corridors Coming to U.S. National Highways appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Efficient "ice battery" provides 24/7 cooling for your home

Jul 28, 2016: The eco-friendly and cost-effective “ice battery” method of residential indoor climate control has been around for more than a decade, but one company still believes it is the answer to inefficient air conditioning units. California-based Ice Energy is the company that makes Ice Bears for both residential and commercial installations. The cooling units promise to save home and building owners a ton of money, while providing reliable cool air with a smaller environmental impact than traditional...

Brick-laying robot stacks 1,000 bricks an hour to build a house in 2 days

Jul 28, 2016: A new automated, truck-mounted robot can build a house in two days, moving four times faster than human construction workers. Hadrian X by the Australian company Fastbrick Robotics Limited can reportedly lay as many as 1,000 bricks per hour and, because robots don’t need lunch breaks, Hadrian X can work around the clock. The company’s impressive prototype demonstrated its abilities on a small-scale build inside a warehouse, which you can see in a time-lapse video after the jump. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YcrO8ONcfY Hadrian...

Insane video shows Siberian ground bubbling like a "wobbling waterbed"

Jul 28, 2016: Siberia is no stranger to weird geological phenomena. Adding to the list of the area’s vast holes and craters is a bubbling tundra on the island of Belyy. Environmental researchers found a site where the Earth wobbles like a waterbed when stepped upon. Their best guess to explain the mysterious quivering is methane released by melting permafrost just below the surface. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=06Xc3LtZRWo Researchers Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich...

RM Passive House in Spain is a zero-energy Mediterranean dream home

Jul 28, 2016: The Zero Energy RM Passive House by Barcelona-based architecture studio Calderon Folch Sarsanedas looks like a cluster of elegant pavilions connected with a central wooden terrace. The house, located in Spain, functions as a single-family residence that provides privacy for each member of the household. The 198-square-meter (2,131-square-foot) house is located on a beautiful site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. its volume is broken up into several smaller volumes that share a 409-square-foot...

Someone built a tiny wall around Trumps Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Jul 28, 2016: Someone finally listened to the passionate “build a wall” chants of Donald Trump supporters, but it’s not exactly what the Republican presidential nominee requested. A tiny, six inch tall wall was constructed around the billionaire’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, on the very day his nomination was secured, by a provocative street artist. The artist Plastic Jesus posted a photo to his Instagram account of the sight, stating, “Hollywood sight-seers on the famous...

Handsome House XL is constructed almost entirely from cross-laminated timber

Jul 28, 2016: Located on the outskirts of a new residential area, House XL comprises two gabled volumes that lie parallel to one another and are connected by a third gabled volume perpendicularly placed. All three volumes extrude past the slatted timber and glazed facades to provide shade from the sun. The two parallel volumes are clad in black panels while the third connecting volume is clad in light gray paneling; the colors and matte texture provide a striking contrast to the light-colored timber façade installed...

16-year-old activist demands US gov end fossil fuel use by 2026

Jul 28, 2016:   An online petition by 16-year-old climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has attracted over 100,000 signatures demanding that the 2016 presidential candidates commit to ending the use of fossil fuels in the next decade in an attempt to avert catastrophic climate change. In his video letter to the candidates, Martinez speaks out on behalf of the millions of members of his generation who will be affected by the new president’s climate policies, but who are too young to participate in the...

What does Hillary Clinton need to do to win over climate hawk voters?

Jul 28, 2016:         This is big. Last night, the Democratic Party adopted a platform that includes the strongest environmental protection policies we’ve ever seen. This is major news for our climate. The platform pledges to: ✓ Power the country with 100 percent clean energy by 2050 ✓ Institute a “Climate Test” on federal infrastructure projects ✓ Uphold President Obama’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement These are important steps and we need your...

GM Reveals More on its Electrified Vehicle Batteries During Brownstone Plant Tour

Jul 28, 2016: While Tesla’s Gigafactory has been grabbing attention this week, reporters also learned more about electrified vehicle batteries while touring General Motors’ Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant. General Motors had invited journalists to visit the battery assembly plant located in Brownstone Charter Township, Mich., just south of Detroit. Six different battery packs that GM makes at the […] The post GM Reveals More on its Electrified Vehicle Batteries During Brownstone Plant Tour appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Elio Sees Driver Licensing Process Streamlined in 41 States for its ‘Autocycle’

Jul 28, 2016: Elio Motors says that 41 states have allowed for an easier licensing process for its three-wheel fuel efficient “autocycle.” Buyers of the Elio vehicle are benefiting from the new laws including the “autocycle” category, which means that Elio vehicle owners in 41 states don’t need a motorcycle license to drive the three-wheeler. With New Jersey […] The post Elio Sees Driver Licensing Process Streamlined in 41 States for its ‘Autocycle’ appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tesla Hits ‘Pencils Down’ Goal for Model 3 Final Designs, Musk Says at Gigafactory

Jul 28, 2016: The Tesla Model 3 did hit the “pencils down” mark, CEO Elon Musk said during the Gigafactory media tour. Musk told reporters that the final designs for Tesla’s $35,000-and-up electric Model 3 were locked up two weeks ago. Tesla is moving forward on schedule to start producing them next summer, he said. Speaking at the […] The post Tesla Hits ‘Pencils Down’ Goal for Model 3 Final Designs, Musk Says at Gigafactory appeared first on HybridCars.com.

North Carolina home embodies the spirit of Raleigh's first progressive street car neighborhood

Jul 28, 2016: The design doesn't aim to mimic the architecture of the surrounding buildings, but tries to embody the spirit of the place. Four levels of living spaces are framed by two board-framed concrete walls that stretch from the public sidewalk into the site and the private service access area. A multi-level circulation gallery hall flows through the house and the site, establishing a strong connection between interior and exterior spaces. Related: Net-zero passive home in North Carolina can power...

Researchers improve aluminum-air battery performance by using flax straw extract as corrosion inhibitor

Jul 28, 2016: In a paper in ChemSusChem, a team from Israel and Russia reports substantial improvements in the performance of aluminum-air batteries by adding flax straw extract (3 vol %) to the alkaline solution to act as a mixed-type aluminum corrosion inhibitor....

DOE issues Request for Information on hydrogen infrastructure RD&D

Jul 28, 2016: The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has issued a request for information (RFI) (DE-FOA-0001626) to obtain feedback from stakeholders regarding deployment of hydrogen fueling stations, delivery infrastructure, and barriers and activities to pursue in both...

Exclusive: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Postponed To Next Summer

Jul 28, 2016: The long-anticipated Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid was expected later this year but has once again been postponed for the U.S. and Canada. This is at least the fifth time it’s been delayed to North America since its 2013 Japan-market launch, and speaking for the U.S. market, Alex Fedorak, manager, Public Relations, today confirmed the latest […] The post Exclusive: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Postponed To Next Summer appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Branching addition cuts through existing Swiss farmhouse to increase structural integrity

Jul 28, 2016: To give more structural stability to this traditional farmhouse in Switzerland's Emmental region, design studio Freiluft Architektur designed a concrete structure that cuts through the entire existing building. Beside its structural role, the addition forms various spaces, shelving and storage areas. The concrete structure branches inside the old barn, allowing it to be easily converted into two residential units. Made up from board-marked concrete and extending across all three floors of the...

Genovation’s GXE breaks street-legal all-electric land speed record: 205.6 mph

Jul 28, 2016: Genovation broke the land speed record for a street-legal all-electric vehicle with the Genovation Extreme Electric car (GXE). The GXE reached 205.6 mph (330.88 km/h) during supervised tests with Johnny Bohmer Racing at Space Florida’s Shuttle Landing Facility in Kennedy...

BMW introducing fully-automated, optical measuring cell in pilot plant; digitalization for production

Jul 28, 2016: The BMW Group has introduced a fully-automated, optical measuring cell in its pilot plant in Munich. Freely moving robot arms use sensors to create a three-dimensional image of an entire vehicle and generate a 3D data model from the data...

Chevy Bolt Assembly Plant Is EPA’s 8th Ranked Greenest Power User

Jul 28, 2016: General Motors’ Orion Assembly plant which will begin producing the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV in as soon as two months from now has been ranked by the U.S. EPA as 8th among green power users. The assembly plant which is an EPA Green Power Partnership Partner is powered by 54-percent renewable energy and was recently […] The post Chevy Bolt Assembly Plant Is EPA’s 8th Ranked Greenest Power User appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Sony to sell battery business to Murata

Jul 28, 2016: Sony Corporation, the company that in 1991 commercialized the world’s first lithium-ion battery, and Murata Manufacturing have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding that confirms their intent to negotiate the transfer of the Sony Group’s battery business to the...

Basecamp tiny home boasts a large rooftop deck for mountain-climbing couple and 3 dogs

Jul 28, 2016: + Backcountry Tiny Homes Via Treehugger Images via Backcountry Tiny Homes Facebook…

$20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize aims to turn CO2 emissions into useful products

Jul 28, 2016:   A new contest launched in September 2015 aims to fund projects that convert carbon dioxide waste into useful technologies and products. This year, 47 entrants from seven countries around the world are competing for the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize to develop their product. The competitors include university students, startups, and unlikely contenders such as from a father and son team and a high school group. The products they’ve managed to create from CO2 thus far range from concrete...

Musk And Straubel Talk Model 3 Ramp And Solar Power

Jul 28, 2016: Elon Musk and JB Straubel talked about the ramp up to production of the Model 3 and solar energy at the Gigafactory on Tuesday. Read what they had to say. The post Musk And Straubel Talk Model 3 Ramp And Solar Power appeared first on Gas 2.

Subaru starts pre-orders for XV Hybrid tS in Japan

Jul 28, 2016: Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the motorsports division of Fuji Heavy Industries, has started to take pre-orders of the Subaru XV Hybrid tS. The model will go on sale this fall through Subaru dealerships in Japan. Taking the Subaru XV Hybrid...

Amazing solar cell printer makes energy-generating photographs

Jul 28, 2016: Researchers in Finland have developed a unique method for creating personalized solar cells that can be printed with any desired image or text, like a photo of your loved ones or a special message. Using photovoltaic ink and dye-sensitized solar cells, the technique results in a custom image that can be framed and enjoyed while it generates clean energy from the sun’s rays. The inventors of the printed solar cells also have suggestions for how their special process could be incorporated into product...

Forge Hydrocarbons awarded $500K from Alberta toward lipids-to-hydrocarbons pre-commercial plant

Jul 28, 2016: Edmonton, Canada-based Forge Hydrocarbons has been awarded $500,000 from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) (earlier post) to support a $1.26-million project optimizing a pre-commercial plant for its Lipid to Hydrocarbons (LTH) process. Forge Hydrocarbons, led by Tim Haig, one...

The Gigafactory Is Really, Really Big!

Jul 28, 2016: Elon Musk, JB Straubel, and Yoshihiro Yamada gave a joint press conference at the Gigafactory on Tuesday. They talked about how large the factory is, the new cell format that will be made there, and their business relationship. The post The Gigafactory Is Really, Really Big! appeared first on Gas 2.

Electric car drivers: Do you lend out your car?

Jul 28, 2016: I'm off overseas on my vacation. But my car is still cutting emissions.

Alberta approves nearly $13M for 61 biomass-based projects

Jul 28, 2016: Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has approved nearly $13 million ($12,708,525) in funding for 61 projects by researchers and companies. The grants are for the development of new industrial bioproducts or technologies using Alberta agriculture and forestry byproducts or...

Medieval village ruins converted into an art school unveil past secrets

Jul 28, 2016: Once the stomping grounds of Celtic tribes, Roman armies, and famed painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, this tiny village made from stone has enjoyed a colorful history thanks to its location along the ancient La Via Domita, the first paved trade route that passed through the Luberon Valley to link Italy and Hispania. The cluster of stone structures clings to a hillside overlooking spectacular valley vistas of lavender fields and the Luberon ranges. Like an open-air museum, the village...

smart launching in-car-delivery beta tests in Germany

Jul 28, 2016: Daimler’s smart recently established the smart lab as the brand’s think tank to accelerate the development and implementation of creative urban mobility projects. “smart ready to drop” is the first innovation to emerge from the lab. In cooperation with DHL...

Silicon/soft-carbon nanohybrid as high-performance anode for Li-ion batteries

Jul 28, 2016: A team from Samsung R&D and Shinshu University has developed a silicon/soft-carbon nanohybrid anode material for high performance lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). The material, which is composed of micronized silicon coated with “soft-carbon” dispersed in soft-carbon matrix at nanometer level, is...

Nissan Engineers Hack Leaf EV, Get 150-Mile Driving Range

Jul 28, 2016: Working in their spare time, a group of Nissan engineers wanted a prototype Leaf electric car for a local motorsport event. The engineers, from Nissan’s Innovation team at the Nissan Technical Center (NTCE) in Barcelona, Spain, worked on the car for six-months and created a Leaf with a 48-kilowatt hour battery pack good for driving […] The post Nissan Engineers Hack Leaf EV, Get 150-Mile Driving Range appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Some of this Year’s Top Developments Pushing The Plug-in Car Market Forward

Jul 27, 2016: There have been significant way markers on the road toward an electrified automotive future, and 2016 has seen more than its fair share. The U.S. plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) market was essentially kicked off in 2008 with Tesla’s Roadster if one discounts prior attempts including GM’s late-90s EV1. To make up for abandoning that project, […] The post Some of this Year’s Top Developments Pushing The Plug-in Car Market Forward appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tesla opens the Gigafactory's doors for a first look

Jul 27, 2016: Tesla opened its sprawling Gigafactory to members of the press on Tuesday for an exclusive tour, as well as a chat with CEO Elon Musk. Reporters got a sneak peek at the factory’s progress, now two years in construction, just two days before the facility’s official grand opening party on July 29. The factory, just outside Reno, Nevada, is around 14 percent complete, with some sections already bustling with robotic assembly machines. Once the plant is up and running at full capacity, Musk says...

The Rio Olympic Village is unfit to live in with exposed wires and blocked plumbing

Jul 27, 2016: The preparations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games have been anything but smooth. The city has suffered a financial crisis and a police strike, contributing to major setbacks in the enormous construction project of the Olympic Village. With less than two weeks remaining before the opening ceremonies, the 31-building complex opened Sunday to welcome athletes from Australia, but the Olympic hopefuls found the conditions unfit for occupancy, with exposed wires and blocked...

Norway to build world's first floating underwater traffic tunnels

Jul 27, 2016: An ambitious new plan in Norway would install a series of "submerged floating bridges" to help travelers easily cross the nation's many fjords. At present, the only way to travel across the bodies of water involves taking a series of ferries, an inconvenient and time-consuming process. Each of the submerged bridges could consist of a large tube suspended under around 100 feet of water, and will be wide enough for two lanes of traffic. Each submerged bridge would be held up by pontoons...

Zero-carbon Nanjing Green Lighthouse is a beacon for sustainable design in China

Jul 27, 2016: The 5,500-square-meter Nanjing Green Lighthouse takes on a spiral form and is centered on a light-filled atrium that funnels natural light and fresh air to all floors. “We would all like to produce more ‘green’ buildings with lower energy consumption or low carbon emission,” says Archiland International. “The challenge is at the same time to make this necessary new buildings even more attractive than buildings of today and not just making engineering technology driven machines. With this...