Solar-panel roads to be built on four continents next year

Electric roads and sidewalks that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you.  Rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, are now being built into road surfaces, after nearly five years of research and laboratory tests.  A unit of Colas SA  is constructing 100 outdoor test sites …

Plug & Play Microgrid Systems

October 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Solar Love. On October 10th, ABB, a pioneer and world leader in microgrid technology, announced a new range of microgrid solutions to enhance and promote distributed power generation. These modular and scalable “plug and play” products are designed expressly to address the needs of remote areas that are not tied to the …

Bamboo – for buildings, bikes, and more!

By Aisha Abdelhamid, August 29th, 2016, originally published on GreenBuildingElements.com Bamboo is a truly remarkable green building material. It’s twice as strong as concrete and slightly stronger than steel. It’s also a renewable resource that needs little energy to grow, prevents soil erosion, provides biomass, offers wildlife refuge, and produces a healthy food supply for both wildlife and humans. Offering significant …

Enterprise software injected with machine learning for asset management, predicting traffic jams, redirecting deliveries and more

By Adit Singh, Cross-posted from ReCode.net Diego Schtutman / Shutterstock Born of the innovations of Big Data and possessed of a new net intelligence layer, self-learning software will have huge impacts on productivity across all departments of an enterprise.Imagine a set of smart sensors placed throughout a city that feed data to deep-learning systems. The systems then predict where traffic …

New tech words and acronyms

http://www.recode.net/2016/8/3/12346758/dao-ethereum-blockchain-naming DAO – Wikipedia says that a DAO is a “decentralized autonomous organization,” which means it’s kind of like a corporation based on the P2P principle. As for the organization that’s actually named “The DAO,” Wikipedia defines it as “a form of investor-directed venture capital fund.” Putting it all together in plain English, The DAO is akin to a crowd-sourced …

NASA’s green aviation plan and next set of 5 concepts for exploration

By Tina Casey, Cross-posted from Clean Technica NASA announced last Friday that it is funding a new set of five cutting-edge “green” aviation concepts for two years of study and evaluation.  If everything pans out for NASA’s green aviation plan, in a few years you could be flying in a plane with wings that shape-shift in flight. Pop the hood …

Steps to creating a Net Zero Energy (NZE) district

Cross-posted from RMI – 3 Aug 2016   Net zero energy (NZE) buildings—those that are responsible for the production of as much (or more) clean energy as they use annually—have been gaining momentum around the world. And now, there are even net zero energy districts being contemplated, like Fort Collins’s Fort ZED, Arizona State University, and UC Davis’s West Village. …

Plugless starts second-generation wireless EV charging for the US

By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica The wireless electric vehicle charging technology company Evatran — the firm behind the Plugless brand of consumer wireless charging stations — has formed a new joint venture with Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession. The new joint venture (JV) was formed with the …