Katsushika Ward in Tokyo, Panasonic and Katsushika Full-of-flowers Urban Development Promotion Council have concluded an agreement on technical cooperation concerning the “Flower Merry-Go-Round” three-dimensional (3D) flower bed, which automatically waters followers by using solar electricity. The Flower Merry-Go-Round is a cylindrical 3D flower bed and is equipped with an automatic sprinkler that powers a pump with solar electricity. This technology enables to maintain and manage a flower bed at low costs. The flower bed has a 12W solar panel on its top and a programmable timer for adjusting the watering time in accordance with season and plant. The capacity of the water tank is 200L. The flower bed is developed mainly by Katsushika Full-of-flowers Urban Development Promotion Council along with local companies,
For the flower bed, 104 flower pots (13 rows x 8) can be installed, and sunlight can be evenly applied by turning the flower pots by hand (they can be turned by 360°). The height and diameter of the pot are 1,880 and 900mm, respectively. Panasonic’s mist generator will be used to the Flower Merry-Go-Round as a cooling measure so that people can stay in public spaces with comfort in summer. The power supply of the mist generator is not powered from the solar panel of the Flower Merry-Go-Round. Katsushika Ward aims to install the flower bed at the sites of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games.
A group of South Korean researchers on Tuesday said they have developed a simple and efficient process to make clean energy from carbon dioxide (CO2), which is cited as a major cause of global warming.
Nissan Energy and OPUS Campers have collaborated on a smart camping concept that uses second-life Nissan electric vehicle batteries to deliver up to a week’s worth of remote power for “off-grid” adventures. The Nissan x OPUS concept integrates the recently unveiled Nissan Energy ROAM, a portable, all-in-one, weatherproof power pack harnessing Nissan’s EV battery technology for convenient, emission-free and silent power on the go.
In 2014, India’s solar power generation capacity was 3,000 megawatts (MW). In less than three years, this figure has risen three-fold and India now boasts of an installed capacity to churn out 10,000 MW of solar energy.
Two ingenious Indian brothers, Arun and Anoop George, decided to ditch conventionality and embrace atypicality – On a micro level to power homes with sustainable energy, and on a macro level to achieve their goal of eliminating ‘energy poverty’. Goodbye rooftop solar panels, hello wind power! In their start-up called Avant Garde Innovations, these two brothers have begun working on leveraging wind energy to generate power, resulting in the development of a ceiling-fan-sized, residential wind turbine that they aim to launch in the second quarter of 2017. The turbine is expected to be priced at approximately USD 750.
Subject to implementation of the plans announced in India’s 2017 Union Budget, pretty much all railway stations in the country will soon be powered by solar.
In the Union Budget speech made on February 01, 2017 by India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, it was announced that the 7,000 railway stations will run on solar power very soon, across India. This is in line with the Indian Railways’ mission to implement solar power capacity to the tune of 1,000 megawatts (MW).
In Tyer Wind’s opinion, scientists’ ability to precisely apply human and animal movement understanding to the working of machines has not met with much success so far. Ordinary and not so effective turbines have therefore dotted the wind energy sector. By leveraging his self-pioneered 3D Aouinian kinematics, Anis Aouini therefore decided to disrupt and revolutionize that space with a unique wind turbine, modeled on articulations of the hummingbird, a bird that exhibits ‘sustained hovering’. The final outcome is an impressive new breakthrough – an ingenious flapping wind turbine from Tunisia.
One kilometer and 2,800 square meters of solar panels in French village Tourouvre-au-Perche was officially inaugurated by Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Ecology, on December 22, 2016. Marking the launch of the world’s first solar panel road, this is also part of France’s ultimate aim to cover 1,000 kilometers of roadways with solar panels. Royal stated that she’d like to see solar panels installed on one in every 1,000 km of French highways.
Solar power and its associated technologies have traditionally been expensive, inefficient and difficult to maintain. Nevertheless, since its early years it has been vastly improved by innovators who are finding new ways, and improving old ways, of harnessing the power of our sun. The following are a few of these innovations that are giving this renewable energy source a bright future.
Winning over the title of the world’s largest solar plant at a single location from California’s Topaz Solar Farm, is India’s Kamuthi Solar Power Project in Tamil Nadu. Having been completed two years ago, the former has a capacity of 550 MW, while Kamuthi augments our country’s generating capacity by a whopping 648 MW, and is expected to be powerful enough to provide electricity to 1,50,000 homes.