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Automotive

BMW rips the battery out of the i3 and hangs it on your wall

Electric vehicle manufacturers are eager to give their cars another selling point by using them to put electricity back into the home and grid, not just pull it out. Tesla has the Powerwall and Nissan Leafs have been used in car-to-grid programs in the US and UK. BMW is continuing its own efforts by developing a system that could repurpose old i3 batteries for home and business energy storage.Read More

Energy

Landmark Gibraltar station is just the start for Eco Wave Power

Last month, Gizmag was on the ground in Gibraltar as Eco Wave Power (EWP) inaugurated the first ever grid-connected wave power station in Europe. It was a big moment for the company, but only hinted at its plans for the future, with much larger efforts on the horizon. With the Gibraltar station off to a good start, Gizmag sat down with EWP's co-founders Inna Braverman and David Leb to discuss the present and future of the company.Read More

Environment

Latest bionic leaf now 10 times more efficient than natural photosynthesis

Over the last few years, great strides have been made in creating artificial leaves that mimic the ability of their natural counterparts to produce energy from water and sunlight. In 2011, the first cost-effective, stable artificial leaves were created, and in 2013, the devices were improved to self-heal and work with impure water. Now, scientists at Harvard have developed the "bionic leaf 2.0," which increases the efficiency of the system well beyond nature's own capabilities, and used it to produce liquid fuels for the first time.Read More

Environment

Gibraltar to suck up 15 percent of its power from waves

While world leaders meet in Paris to discuss reducing carbon emissions believed to contribute to climate change, the government of Gibraltar is putting its own renewable energy plan into action. The iconic British territory has inked a deal with Eco Wave Power to install a 5-megawatt wave energy power station to harvest electricity from the rising and falling waters of the Mediterranean. Read More

Environment

World’s first floating wind farm to be built off Scottish coast

In a deal between the Scottish government and Norwegian oil company Statoil, five wind turbines with a capacity of six megawatts each will be set on floating structures some 15 miles (25 km) off the northeast coast of Scotland near Peterhead. The Hywind pilot park, as it's named, is claimed to be the first floating wind farm in the world, and will generate enough power for 20,000 homes with operations expected to start in late 2017.Read More

Automotive

World's largest second-use battery storage unit prepped for grid connection

As electric cars come towards the end of their life, they create a set of problems that you simply don't get with petrol cars - namely, getting rid of the batteries. Automotive giant Daimler is doing its bit to tackle the problem by partnering with The Mobility House, GETEC and Remondis to create a 13-MWh battery storage unit out of second-life battery systems from electric and plug-in hybrid cars.Read More

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