$14 Million From DOE For Plug-In Hybrids

This week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will provide up to $14 million in funding plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery development. This research aims to find solutions to improving battery performance so vehicles can deliver up to 40 miles of electric range without recharging. This would include most round-trip daily commutes. Plug-in hybrid electric car …

275 Homes With Solar Tiles Opened

One of the nation’s biggest home builders, Lennar Homes, has announced the completion of 275 solar powered homes in Windemere community of San Ramon (near San Francisco). The homes will be powered by solar tiles integrated into their roofs. The tiles are PowerLight “Sun Tiles” made by a company called SunPower. In its promotional video and related materials, SunPower boasts …

Plug-In Cars That Power Your Home

Soon, in California, you may be able to power your home with your car during a blackout, or even have the utility company pay you for the power that your car produces. San Jose Mercury News reports that PG&E, a Californian utility company will showcase a converted Toyota Prius in Sunnyvale, CA. (Update: See a video of the prototype cars …

Wind Turbine Art: Portable, Wind-Powered Lights

Young Dutch designers demakersvan have created a wind-powered outdoor light inspired by windmills. Called Light Wind, the freestanding design is topped by a 2m-diameter propeller. The blades are made out of sail fabric, so there’s no possibility someone will have their head taken off by one of these. Here’s how the designers describe the turbine: An outside lamp drawn from …