Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: 3D-printed suites and a brand new Prius
Every week our pals at Inhabitat recap the week’s most fascinating inexperienced developments and clear tech information for us — it is the Week in Inexperienced.
Researchers on the College of Michigan are making waves in photo voltaic panels — actually. It seems that their undulating photovoltaic strips can gather as much as 30 % extra power than flat arrays. In different power information, China and Pakistan simply introduced plans to construct the world’s largest photo voltaic farm within the Punjabi desert, and Aspen, Colorado, simply turned the third metropolis within the US to be powered completely by renewable power. Heads up college students — we’re making a gift of three photo voltaic power-producing Voltaic backpacks and you may win one right here. Voltaic additionally simply launched a new photo voltaic-powered mild that shines for 30-plus hours on a single cost. And designer Pauline van Dongen debuted a photo voltaic parka that retains you charged whenever you journey off the grid.
The Toyota Prius is the world’s greatest-promoting hybrid — and this previous week we caught a primary take a look at its successor. The all-new fourth-era Prius options sportier seems to be, pumped-up specs and 10 % higher fuel mileage. In the meantime, Nissan simply upgraded the Leaf electrical car with a brand new battery that permits it to drive 107 miles on a single cost. Russia simply introduced a serious dedication to inexperienced automobiles: By November 2016 each fuel station within the nation should set up an EV charger. Everybody is aware of that gasoline-powered automobiles produce poisonous emissions and smog, however an image’s value a thousand phrases: You will not consider what Beijing seemed like earlier than and after the town pulled lots of its 5 million registered automobiles off the street. And within the craziest transportation story of the week, a group of architects proposed reworking London’s Underground into a big shifting walkway.
3D-printing know-how continues to shake up the sector of structure — final week a lodge within the Philippines unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed suite. It took simply 5 days to create the suite, which comes full with a printed concrete whirlpool. Air-purifying buildings sound like science fiction, however one simply turned reality within the Netherlands. Designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a tower that may purify 30,000 cubic meters of air in a single hour. Might people inhabit Mars within the close to future? Elon Musk thinks we will — and this week he proposed dropping nukes on the pink planet to organize it for terraforming.