Technology to watch the sea in 3D
Looking at waves in the open sea with 'electronic eyes', so as to reconstruct it in 3D, scientists at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Institute of Marine Sciences of the National Research Council (Ismar-Cnr) found that exceptionally high waves are more common than previously assumed by theoretical models. The study, published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography, has been carried out in the Adriatic Sea, but the result is of glob...
Electric vehicle charging interface welcomes partnership
The Charging Interface Initiative e. V. (CharIN), and STMicroelectronics, have announced that ST has become a member of the initiative.
Electricity generator mimics trees
Money doesn't grow on trees, but electricity might someday. Iowa State University scientists have built a device that mimics the branches and leaves of a cottonwood tree and generates electricity when its artificial leaves sway in the wind.
Pedelec: a mobile electric motor for bicycles
Engineers at TUMCREATE in Singapore have developed an electric motor which can be easily attached to almost any bicycle, turning it into a pedelec (pedal electric cycle). The drive device is so light that it can be taken along easily before and after use. The TUMCREATE researchers have already tested an initial prototype of their product, which they've dubbed "ease". Commuting to work by bike is particularly common in major cities.
Sale of solar farms is BayWa r.e’s largest single transaction
BayWa r.e. has sold three British solar farms to Allianz Renewable Energy Fund II („AREF II“) managed by Allianz Global Investors. This represents the largest single transaction to date for BayWa r.e.’s project business. Combined, the three solar farms have a total output of around 100MWp. BayWa r.e. has now successfully sold all of the solar projects which it completed in Great Britain in the spring of last year.
Conservation centre diesel consumption reduced by 55%
Misool Eco Resort, a resort and conservation centre located in remote southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia, has awarded an implementation project contract to Singapore-based renewable energy microgrid service provider, Canopy Power, and Berlin-based smart energy storage provider, QINOUS.
Phone-charging park benches power cities worldwide
Equipped with high-tech versions of common city fixtures — namely, smart benches and digital information signs — and fueled by a “deploy or die” attitude, MIT Media Lab spinout Changing Environments is hoping to accelerate the development of “smart” cities that use technology to solve urban challenges.
MIT and CI announce collaboration on climate adaptation
MIT and Conservation International (CI) will participate in a multiyear collaboration to develop and advance nature-based solutions to global climate change, through research, education, and outreach efforts, the organisations announced.
Potting junction box handles power outputs from solar panels
TE Connectivity offers the SOLARLOK PV Bar, a new potting junction box for solar crystalline panels. Designed with improved robustness and reliability for handling increased power output, it is TUV and UL approved for voltages of up to 1500 V and has been engineered to maximise lifetime with three times the IEC standard aging tests. The four precisely shaped contact rails are arranged in an extended 3D layout to optimise thermal balance.
High-tech maps identify conservation targets
Remote sensing maps of the forest canopy in Peru test the strength of current forest protections and identify new regions for conservation effort, according to a report led by Carnegie's Greg Asner published in Science.