Inhabitat’s Week in Green: futuristic automation, underwater kites and a floating nuclear power plant

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Twitter’s stock market debut was the big story this week, but it wasn’t the only news out of Silicon Valley. Facebook just announced that starchitect Frank Gehry will design the company’s London and Dublin offices. Gehry is already working on designing Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters.

In other tech news, Apple is opening a new manufacturing plant in Mesa, Ariz., that will be entirely powered by the sun, and the company filed a patent for a futuristic automation system that could remote control your house. Meanwhile, electric carmaker Tesla is contemplating building the largest battery factory in the world to keep pace with booming EV sales. And on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, Kyocera Corporation just launched Japan’s largest offshore solar power plant. The new plant will provide enough energy to power 22,000 households.

We’ve heard of energy-generating kites, and we’re familiar with underwater turbines, but can the two be married? Mechanical engineer David Olinger says they can.

He suggests that “underwater kites” could harvest 64 times more energy than conventional undersea turbines. Elsewhere on the renewable energy front, Australian scientists found that old technology could be used to solve a very modern problem: Steam engine technology could be used to build a better, cheaper solar energy storage system.

New research also showed that playing pop and rock music around photovoltaic arrays makes solar cells more efficient. And despite ongoing struggles at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in Japan, Russia is planning to launch the world’s first floating nuclear power plant in 2019.



Source: Engadget

Author: Daily Tech Whip

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