New paper batteries can be discarded with zero ecological impact

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Forget lithium – this Barcelona-based company is creating batteries with paper. Fuelium is developing paper-based batteries designed for disposable diagnostic devices, OZY reported. The company says their product doesn’t create toxic wastes requiring complicated recycling processes like some batteries do.

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Nissan to start selling rooftop solar panels and batteries

Tesla’s model of selling electric cars and solar panels seems to appeal to other automakers too – now Nissan is getting in on the game with Nissan Energy Solar. They recently launched the service to sell rooftop panels along with their xStorageHome battery storage products. Their press release says United Kingdom residents equipped with their products could save as much as 66 percent on their power bills.

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These wirelessly-powered AA batteries pull energy from thin air

The Cota Forever BatteryTM is the world’s first wirelessly-powered AA battery, offering a more sustainable, convenient alternative to traditional disposable batteries. Through this technology, any device that requires AA batteries to function can be recharged from a distance through the air. Designed by Ossia, the Cota AA battery retrofits old devices by connecting them to a digital, wireless network. This means that an owner could remotely connect to and affect devices, even those not originally… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down

Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down. But Enphase Energy could offer inverters that allow a home to continue to be powered by solar if the grid crashes. According to Electrek, Enphase’s Chief Product Officer Raghu Belur even suggested the inverters could let solar energize a home without a grid or batteries.

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IKEA is now selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK

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New solar panels with built-in batteries make off-grid living easy

Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere. Developed to “democratize” renewable energy for all consumers, the 25-pound invention has built-in battery storage and output power that exceed any other portable solar device in its class. Additionally, it is capable of providing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Australian company lands $12M to print batteries on solar panels

Because solar energy benefits the environment and reduces electricity costs, many consumers are already keen to invest in the technology. The issue is, the cost of installing solar panels remains high — even if prices for the technology are plummeting in the Middle East. This issue may no longer persist in the future, as the Australian company Printed Energy is on a mission to print out ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries, which can then be applied on top of super-thin flexible screen-printed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Hyundai reportedly working on next-gen solid-state batteries for electric vehicles

Major car companies have toyed with both hydrogen- and electric-powered cars, but now it seems Hyundai may be taking a major step towards improving technology for their electric cars in the form of solid-state batteries. An April 4 report from the Korea Herald says the car company has pilot-scale battery production facilities in which they’re developing the battery technology that could store more energy. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New super batteries could charge phones in seconds and electric cars in minutes

A scientific breakthrough at the University of Surrey could completely change how we charge our devices. Researchers developed a new material that could be used to create supercapacitors 1,000 to 10,000 times more powerful than conventional batteries. The new super batteries would also be safer, greener, faster charging and more efficient.

The breakthrough is made possible by a special type of polymer that is, surprisingly enough, adapted from the principles used to make soft contact lenses…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building