The American concern Tesla is increasingly involved in renewable energy projects. One of the latest ideas is being implemented in Hawaii and is to be a combination of a solar farm and a PowerPack battery.
The advantage of solar farms is the production of cheap energy. The problem is that it can be used only in the day, since storing electricity for later use is quite difficult and expensive. But Tesla wants to change that, so in the experiment, Hawaii is carrying out a project called Kapaia, which aims to ensure the usefulness of the solar farm 24 hours a day.
The project is a combination of a 13 MW SolarCity solar farm and a 53 MWh PowerPack battery pack that will store the current generated by the cell by allowing it to be used at night. The whole complex will be built on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i.
By combining with other green energy production methods, such as windmills and biomass incinerators, it is unlikely that the islands will completely free the use of fossil fuels, but will certainly reduce their consumption significantly. It is estimated that, thanks to this, annual fuel consumption will decrease by 6 million liters.
The Internet giant has been trying to invest in modern technologies for years, and soon the scope of its activities will go beyond the planet. Google is working with NASA on a project to grow plants on the silver surface.
As part of the joint project, NASA builds a small, weighing just a kilo, self-sufficient habitat for growing plants. The device, on board the Moon Express lander, will be delivered to the Moon.
The whole venture takes place within the framework of a Google-nominated competition, the Google Lunar X Prize. Its purpose is to construct a robotic ship that would be able to land and land on the surface of our planet’s natural satellite.
When the lander reaches the moon, water will be added to the habitat of the plant seeds, and the next 5-10 days will be observed and the data sent to Earth. The device will hold 10 basil seeds, as much turnips and a hundred small Arabidopsis flower seeds.
In a few years, the car production process will become unrecognizable. New cars will no longer be built using currently used production lines, but will use the 3D printer. Several such projects are already being implemented, and one of the most promising is LM3D Swim.
LM3D Swim is a project implemented by Local Motors, which has won the competition for designing a road car made using 3D printing technology. Auto will hit the market in 2017 and will cost about $ 53k.
So far the project is still at a very early stage of development. The manufacturer has not yet selected suspension and power supply suppliers, as one might guess, not all cars will be printed, but only some of its components, including the bodywork and interior.
It is known, however, that the buyer will have a lot of opportunities to customize the vehicle according to his own preferences. Unfortunately, they will only be available at the client’s design stage. Once it is done, there will be no such possibility and the manufacturer does not foresee, for example, interchangeable panels of the car body, as is the case in Smarta.
It is not known exactly when the first car from the printer will go to the salons. The manufacturer claims that the first crash tests to assess the strength of the construction will begin no earlier than at the end of 2016. In the spring of the same year the pre-sale of the vehicle will begin, while the finished copies will be delivered to customers a year later.
A team of American scientists has developed a new type of robot that can increase the chance of survival in the event of a heart attack. The device surrounds this organ and helps to pump blood into the body.
Implants supporting the work of the body are nothing new. For many years, pacemakers and cochlear implants have been implanted to help patients hear them. Technological advances in the field of medicine are very fast, but perhaps soon in our bodies will begin work robots performing various tasks.
One such machine has been created by scientists from Harvard University and the Boston Children’s Hospital. They have developed a soft robot that, in the event of a heart attack, can increase the patient’s chances of survival. Unlike typical valves, this design surrounds the entire heart from the outside. With the help of a special system, in the event of a sudden situation can still stimulate his work.
The inspiration for creating this machine was a true heart, and it consists of a silicone case, powered by pneumatic actuators evenly distributed. Pumped to the air system causes expansion and contraction of the actuators, thus imitating the movement of the true heart.
Technology has now been tested at the heart of the pig, whose drug capacity has been reduced by 45 percent. When the robot was set up, its efficiency reached 97%. Healthy heart.
Doctors say the new technology could help 140,000 patients who suffer from a variety of heart conditions. It would also allow the survivors to expect transplantation and support the rehabilitation process.