BMW i, leading innovation in electromobility since 2011, has announced a stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery, making them the first automotive manufacturers to make use of a complete automotive high-voltage battery for energy storage. This system seamlessly integrates with charging stations and solar panels. This helps customers offset energy costs and also enjoy the added security of an available backup energy supply during power outages.
Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi performed a momentous concert on a barge in the Arctic Ocean. This world renowned artist gave a historic performance against the icy backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway. Einaudi played his original ‘Elegy for the Arctic’ for the first time. The barge, that is the floating a he performed on an artificial iceberg made from more than 300 triangles of wood, on which a grand piano sits.
President Obama to deliberate upon the fate of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the coming months!
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was the largest marine reserve on the planet about ten years ago. It is uninhabited, and situated in north-western Hawaii, and has been overshadowed by nine larger protected areas. However, that may change if President Obama decides to expand Papahānaumokuākea from its present 140,000 square miles to 625,507 square miles, which is four times larger than California!
With over 400,000 flowering plant species across the planet, it’s obviously difficult to keep track each one of them. Most people can recognize and name just a handful of plants. If you’d like to increase the expanse your of knowledge in the realm of botany, now there’s an app for that too! PlantNet is the Google Goggles or Shazam for recognizing plants, and is available for iPhone and Android devices.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French space agency Centre National d’études Spatiales (CNES), along with over 60 nations possessing earth-observing satellites have agreed upon sharing collected data, for studying and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions because of humans, in a meeting on Friday in New Delhi. ISRO released a statement on Saturday, which states “The world’s space agencies decided to establish ‘an independent, international system’ to centralize data from their Earth-observing satellites through the ‘New Delhi Declaration’ that officially came into effect on May 16, 2016.”
Going green is everyone’s endeavor today. Joining this endeavor is Timberland. In a partnership with Thread, a manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, Timberland is creating a footwear and bags collection from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The collection will be launched next spring. It’s by far the biggest opportunity for Thread, a certified B Corp trying to create economic prospects in developing countries such as Haiti and Honduras, from where the bottles are collected. Every yard of Thread is spun in the United States; the fabric can be traced from “bottle collection to fabric creation to the delivery of the fabric bolt to the manufacturer,” according to Ian Rosenberger, the firm’s CEO.
National Geographic is set to feature supermodel and environmental activist Gisele Bündchen, in their docu-series ‘Years of Living Dangerously’, based on the destruction of the Amazon and the efforts to save it. Gisele announced this on Instagram, just like she did for her involvement in the United Nation’s Wild for Life campaign.
Think about it. If open land across the world were used to harness solar energy, we wouldn’t require to pay for it. This ideology is yet to be adopted by most governments from across the world and Chile has proven to the world just why. The country’s central grid has increased to 770 megawatts, which is four times the power it harnessed in 2013. An additional 1.4 Gigawatts will be added to the same this year. With a total of 29 solar farms and 15 still in development Chile has more power than it can leverage, as a result, it is giving a free, clean energy out. The northern grid is the one that will be benefitting the most from this while the southern regions are yet to experience the benefit of this power distribution. This is on account of a bifurcated power grid.
Soon, sitting down on a park and reading your favorite novel will be a lot more fruitful for you. Especially, if you have a phone that tends to juice-out sooner than your patience for reading. Due credit for this should be given to the minds at MIT Media Labs. They have devised a bench that solar charges phones and New York City will be benefitting from five such installations. The benches aren’t a new deal for the rest of the land though. They were first launched in Boston but soon spread to 12 states and five countries. The benches can seat up to three people and also includes an environment sensor that keeps you update with conditions outside. It is made from sustainably-sourced materials to be a truly eco-friendly means of charging your phone and taking some time off.
Formerly known as the Eurocopter X3, Airbus’ patent-pending X3 hybrid helicopter could be the fastest forward moving helicopter in history. It took its first flight back in 2010 but has been a piece of work for the company as it battles out challenges to make the X3 the world’s fastest at speeds of up to 239 mph. This is made possible by a combination of a traditional motor for take offs and wing rotors that can be fired up during flight to give it the forward thrust it needs. The speeds far surpass the fastest helicopter today, which does a modest 160 mph. The patent has been filed for a new design that sees the motors placed behind the wings resulting in lesser noise and vibrations. This also boosts passenger safety and does a word of good for the aerodynamics of the flight.