Germany is electrifying part of the autobahn to cut freight emissions

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Semi trucks are massive energy hogs – that’s why Germany is helping change that with electric highways. We rely on trucks to get all of the goods we need from one place to another, but all of those semi trucks spew a lot of pollution – at least 12.5 percent of all emissions in the US. So Siemens and the Germany state of Hesse teamed up to create a 10km stretch of eHighway on the autobahn, where trucks can connect overhead electric cables while driving on the road, and move back to diesel power when… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed revolutionary new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings.

Called Solar Squared, the blocks are embedded with an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on tiny solar cells – during the manufacture process. The design ensures… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building