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Tidal energy made waves around the world this week as Inhabitat reported that Verdant Power was awarded the first license for an East River power project in NYC, while across the pond the UK announced plans for a gigantic 27 gigawatt Marine Energy Park and a new SeaRaser tidal power plant that could be the world’s cheapest method of producing electricity. We also watched President Obama set forth a green blueprint for America in his State of the Union Address, despite going on to support oil and gas drilling in his following speech on Thursday. Meanwhile, Scotland made headlines as a new company launched with plans to turn whisky into biofuel, and Google Earth revealed an alarming patch of glowing green sea near a nuclear power plant.
It was also a big week for solar-powered architecture as Deutsche Bank completed the world’s tallest roof-mounted solar array and the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the 2013 Solar Decathlon will be taking place in sunny Southern California. We also took a peek inside a crazy solar-powered billboard house, and we showcased plans for a super efficient Equinox house that tracks the sun. We also brought you the world’s first 1.4 billion Euro home made from shredded bills, and we rounded up the 6 most energy-efficient skyscrapers in New York City.
In other news, this week Apple CEO Tim Cook responded in outrage to New York Times accusations that Apple abuses workers’ rights in Chinese factories, and green transportation blasted off as auto manufacturers unveiled a trio of high-performance vehicles – theTS030 hybrid race car, Toyota’s solar-powered 2000GT, and the sexy Lotus-based PG Elektrus. We also saw researchers developed the world’s smallest train from a strand of DNA, while Mitsubishi developed a way to make ships more efficient by blowing tiny air bubbles. Finally, we brought you the hottest news in high-tech fashion as the U.S. military developed a pair of high-tech undies to monitor soldiers’ vitals and Chanel built a life-size airplane plane for its spring 2012 Paris Couture Week show.
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Exciting energy projects lit up the newswires this week as Inhabitat reported that Desertec will begin building the world’s largest solar project in the Sahara Desert next year. We also saw a West Virginia wind farm use batteries to improve its performance, and we showcased the brand new Eco Whisper wind turbine, which is quieter and more efficient than three-bladed models. Meanwhile, Apple announced plans to build a major solar-powered iCloud data center in North Carolina, architects unveiled plans for a towering wind-energy generating skyscraper in Taiwan, and we shared ten tips for cutting down your electricity bill this winter.
In other news, green transportation took off for the skies as the world’s first manned electric multicopter launched its first flight. We also brought you six sexy electric cars that will be hitting the streets in 2012, plus one awesome compact camper that is a miniature house on wheels. Across the pond, Foster + Partners unveiled a massive Thames Hub plan to update Britain’s energy and transportation infrastructure, and IKEA just announced plans to build a massive 26-acre suburb in East London.
Researchers also brought to light several stunning new forms of energy-efficient illumination as they unveiled the world’s most efficient flexible OLED, Samsung announced plans to launch a bendable OLED cell phone in 2012, and we showcased a luminous netted vest for nighttime cyclists. We also spotted several fresh life-saving gadgets — a spindly 3D printed spider robot that can analyze hazardous sites, and a series of designer gas masks that question our psychological reliance on luxury labels. Finally, you won’t want to miss the awesome tot-sized Dalek costume that is currently tearing up our Green Halloween Costume Contest for kids, and this rock-solid carbonite Han Solo costume from our Halloween contest for adults.
The 71-story Pearl River Tower, described as one of the most energy-efficient skyscrapers in the world, has reached its topping out milestone on the way to its planned completion later this year. (For those not in the architectural know, topping out or topping off is a ceremony held when the last beam is placed at the top of a building.) With a height of 309.6 meters the 2.3-million square-foot Pearl River Tower incorporates the latest green technology and engineering advancements, the most immediately obvious of which will be a pair of openings in the tower’s facade which feed wind turbines to generate energy for the building…
- Self Powered Rotating Skyscraper launched
- Burj Al-Taqa: self-sufficient skyscraper design
- Energy-positive wind powered rotating skyscraper set to begin construction in Dubai
- Tower Hill wins London Award for Building in an Historic Context
- AeroVironment awarded patents for wind-power system
- The world’s highest hotel… but not for long!
Props to Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine
This week Inhabitat took a peek into the future of our built environment by showcasing the most incredible designs from the 2010 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. From water purifying buildings to cities stacked on stilts and self-sufficient underwater skyscrapers, there’s no shortage of futuristic thinking on tap.
Alternative energy was also a hot topic this week as China launched plans to tap “combustible ice” as an energy source and researchers at MIT discovered a new way to produce electricity by sending thermopower waves through carbon nanotubes.
We also saw several exciting advances in efficient transportation as South Korea rolled out an EV that is recharged by electrified roads and researchers at UT Dallas revealed a heat-scavenging tailpipe that may one day help power cars. And if you think your Prius gets good mileage, get a load of this super-efficient gas engine that gets 98 MPG. Finally, if you rely on that morning cup of coffee to get your engine running, you won’t want to miss this coffee-powered car that gets 56 espressos per mile
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