Spaceport America, the world’s first (purpose-built) commercial spaceport broke ground recently in New Mexico and thanks to design winners Foster and Partners, we have some concept images representing just what the giant 110,000 square foot facility may look like. The project is expected to cost $200m and if all goes according to plan, is expected [...]
A Sainsbury’s supermarket here in the UK has installed a power-generating parking lot, that aims to use kinetic energy produced from the motion of customers’ cars to power the store’s checkouts.
Tesla Motors yesterday officially unveiled a new prototype electric sedan that the company hopes will hit the market in 2011, priced at less than half of the base cost of the company’s troubled Tesla Roadster.
Toyota are apparently developing a new version of their great little MR2 sports car, that ended production back in 2007. This comeback model will be in the form of a compact coupe, rather than the roadster style of its predecessor and will feature a specially developed version of the hybrid powertrain from Toyota’s Prius.
Using rechargeable batteries is a great way to cut down on the waste we produce and to save money at the same time, but you need to be organized and keep a charger on hand. Well, inventor Knut Karlsen has come up with a clever solution that crosses a solar charger and a rechargeable cell [...]
What’s not to love about a gadget that can provide free electricity to your portable devices on-the-go? That’s the thinking behind these solar panel-packing sunglasses. Called the Self-Energy Generating Glasses, or confusingly SIG, this alien-eyewear will supposedly collect energy from sunlight and transfer it to a cellphone or iPod via a power jack at the [...]
Scientists in Israel have apparently been hard at work engineering a stretch of road with embedded piezoelectric crystals, that will generate electricity from cars rolling across its surface. The road will be unveiled in a few weeks by Israeli company, Innowattech.
Japan is experimenting with an interesting method of generating clean and inexpensive electricity. They are essentially harnessing the power of pedestrian footfalls with a piezoelectric electronic mat, which is capable of generating an impressive 0.5W every time someone weighing around 60kg (132lbs) steps on it.