Totem Power Envisions Smart Cities Of The Future. Totem, Power, a New York start-up company, calls itself “The Future Of Smart Power.”
Totem proposes to build a network of devices that will bring zero emissions power, internet access, street lighting, energy storage, and EV charging stations to the smart cities of the future. Looking like a cross between a large concrete lily pad and the Martian armada that invaded earth in The War Of The Worlds, the structures Totem imagines would have solar panels on top, energy storage batteries in the center supporting stalk, and integrated 4G wifi, street lights, and EV charging stations on the outside. The central focus of the Totem system is reducing carbon emissions in cities.
Now that the Trump pseudo-administration has declared war on environmental regulations and embraced fossil fuels as the pathway to making America great again, cities, which account for over 70% of all emissions, may have to look inward for ways to combat climate change. Source: Joshua Hill/Cleantechnica. Tesla offers to buy SolarCity for $2.6 billion - Aug. 1, 2016. Tesla (TSLA) has made a $2.6 billion bid to buy SolarCity.
Musk is the CEO of the electric automaker and the chairman of SolarCity (SCTY), which is the leading solar panel seller in the country. He owns 22% of SolarCity. Musk says he wants the companies to combine in order to create $150 million in cost efficiencies. Tesla said the combination would create the world's only "integrated sustainable energy company. " For example, Tesla is developing an energy storage solution called Powerwall, in which people can power up a battery and go off the electric grid.
As part of Musk's Tesla "master plan" published two weeks ago, he said Tesla needed to buy Solar City to combine those offerings. "Now that Tesla is ready to scale Powerwall and SolarCity is ready to provide highly differentiated solar, the time has come to bring them together," Musk said. The offer price of $2.6 billion is lower than than $3 billion that Tesla initially announced. Guardian Environment Network: Taiwan's solar stadium 100% powered by the sun. Taiwan recently finished construction on an incredible solar-powered stadium that will generate 100% of its electricity from photovoltaic technology!
Designed by Toyo Ito, the dragon-shaped 50,000 seat arena is clad in 8,844 solar panels that illuminate the track and field with 3,300 lux. The project will officially open later this year to welcome the 2009 World Games. Building a new stadium is always a massive undertaking that requires millions of dollars, substantial physical labor, and a vast amount of electricity to keep it operating. Toyo Ito's design negates this energy drain with a stunning 14,155 sq meter solar roof that is able to provide enough energy to power the stadium's 3,300 lights and two jumbo vision screens. Spotlight Solar Adds Beauty & Visibility To Solar Installations. Clean Power Published on September 27th, 2015 | by Kyle Field September 27th, 2015 by Kyle Field Walking out of Solar Power International into the soft afternoon light bathing the Grand Plaza surrounding it, a graceful orange structure called to me from across the space.
As my eyes adjusted to the sunlight, I could tell that this beautiful tree was not topped with palm fronds or billboards but gorgeous glass-laminate solar panels. So effectively luring me across the plaza like the smell of fresh ground coffee pulls me from my slumber each morning, this artistic creation by Spotlight Solar achieved exactly what it was designed and built to do – to put a spotlight on solar. Spotlight Solar installations are designed to help owners of large solar systems that might not otherwise be visible — like on top of a hotel, library, or school — call attention to their system and/or other sustainability efforts with a front and center attention-grabbing installation in a high-traffic location. Running Out of Precious Land? Floating Solar PV Systems May Be a Solution - Renewable Energy World. San Diego, Calif. -- In June, a 1.18-MW PV system floating on a water reservoir became operational in Japan.
The system called “Solar on the Water Okegawa” in Saitama prefecture is currently the biggest system of its kind in Japan. It was developed by Ciel el Terre (France), which has been developing large-scale PV systems mainly in France since 2006. Having recognized the issues of land shortage and of protecting natural and agricultural lands, the company noticed many inland water reservoirs, which are located near grid-connection, but under-utilized.
Figure 1: Photo of Solar on the Water Okegawa via Ciel el Terre (Copyright © Ciel et Terre International All rights reserved) Ciel el Terre began the R&D process for floating PV systems now marketed under “Hydrelio System. " The company conducted several durability tests to prove that the systems can withstand up to 118 mph winds and changes in water levels of up to 20 feet. Figure 3: Image of PV system on Kotani Dam via Hyogo Prefecture. Singapore's Solar-Powered Supertrees: I Want One : Ecorazzi. Introducing Project Sunroof. Introducing Google Nose.