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WindTwin digital platform increases efficiency on wind farms and tests maintenance upgrades

WindTwin digital platform increases efficiency on wind farms and tests maintenance upgrades

​Engineers at Brunel Innovation Centre are developing a digital platform that increases efficiency for a fraction of the cost. The virtual mission platform, WindTwin, operates as a control panel, giving live condition checks on wind farms. Data fed from sound sensors will predict upcoming repair needs, allowing maintenance to be conducted before damage is done.… Continue Reading

Solar Challenge 3,000 kilometer “race” tests solar capabilities and technologies

Solar Challenge 3,000 kilometer “race” tests solar capabilities and technologies

​The future of automotive technology is vastly changing. As Toyota makes waves with its Concept-i series and its new tech company, other companies and innovators are following suit and making their own mark on the world. ​The annual World Solar Challenge, which began in 1987, has seen fierce competition. This year, a Dutch family car… Continue Reading

Air-Breathing battery development increases storage capacity with greater longevity at a fraction of the cost of other batteries.

Air-Breathing battery development increases storage capacity with greater longevity at a fraction of the cost of other batteries.

  A team of researchers from MIT have developed an air-breathing battery capable of storing electricity with greater longevity and at a fraction of the cost of other energy sources. The development solves intermittency issues that often keep power sources from connecting to the grid. Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at… Continue Reading

Bill Gates betting we can invent our way to a clean energy world

Bill Gates betting we can invent our way to a clean energy world

One of the world’s wealthiest businessmen and philanthropists hopes to serve as a catalyst in finding speedier solutions to the world’s climate change problems. Bill Gates of Microsoft has teamed with Mark Zuckerberg and a dozen or so other billionaires and high-profile institutions to launch the Breakthrough Energy Coalition. Gates has pledged $2 billion of… Continue Reading

Alphabet’s Chairman praises Toronto technology as Google’s Sidewalk Labs announces living “technology lab” for Toronto Portlands

Alphabet’s Chairman praises Toronto technology as Google’s Sidewalk Labs announces living “technology lab” for Toronto Portlands

Google’s Sidewalk Labs spent two-years scouring North America, Europe and Australia for the best place to develop and test the urban technologies of the future — and decided on the Portlands of Toronto, in large part because of leadership in technology.     Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt actually praised Toronto and Canada’s encouragement of… Continue Reading

Renault’s autonomous float hover car by Yunchen Chai may be the automobile of the future — winner of a design competition from Renault

Renault’s autonomous float hover car by Yunchen Chai may be the automobile of the future — winner of a design competition from Renault

Yunchen Chai’s autonomous float hover car won big with Renault at a contest for innovative design. Could this be the future of the automobile? Conceptually interesting, it’s probably far-fetched to assume this concept could be anything but far-future. The contest theme was “new age of autonomous driving” and clearly, Yunchen Chai took the concept to… Continue Reading

Wind more economical than nuclear: offshore wind turbines in U.K. significantly less expensive per megawatt than planned nuclear

Wind more economical than nuclear: offshore wind turbines in U.K. significantly less expensive per megawatt than planned nuclear

The strong winds offshore in Britain have made deep-water wind turbine power the most cost-effective electricity solution in Britain — more economical than nuclear. Denmark’s DONG Energy recently won at auction to build the world’s biggest offshore wind farm on the coast of northern England, around Yorkshire. In a formal announcement, future planned wind power was… Continue Reading

$25.8 million Low Carbon Innovation Fund aims to help commercialize technologies that reduce greenhouse emissions.

$25.8 million Low Carbon Innovation Fund aims to help commercialize technologies that reduce greenhouse emissions.

Until September 22, Ontario will accept initial applications for funding from the Low Carbon Innovation Fund. The fund is designed to support “emerging, innovative technologies in areas such as alternative energy generation and conservation, new biofuels or bioproducts, next generation transportation or novel carbon capture and usage technologies,” according to Ontario’s Ministry of Research, Innovation… Continue Reading

Forest vertical cities in China: first forest city under construction covered in 1 million plants; produce 900 tons oxygen daily

Forest vertical cities in China: first forest city under construction covered in 1 million plants; produce 900 tons oxygen daily

Architect Stefano Boeri sees green — not necessarily money — but green air cities in China’s future. The first forest city has begun construction in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China. Not only is it beautiful, conceptually, it promises to be a breath of fresh air to China’s toxic cities. Urban density and fast growth have resulted in… Continue Reading

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