Elon Musk wins $50 million bet by installing world’s largest lithium-ion battery in under 100 days

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Elon Musk has done it again. In March, the inventor and mastermind behind Tesla, SpaceX and other world-changing ventures made a bet on Twitter with Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes that he could help solve South Australia’s vexing blackouts with a massive Powerpack within 100 days — or provide the $50 million service for free. And he has now officially won. Not only will Tesla receive payment for the 100 megawatt energy storage project, but residents no longer have to sit in the dark during periods… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Switzerland’s NeighborHub wins first place in the Solar Decathalon 2017

This past month, eleven university-led teams designed, built and presented futuristic houses at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon 2017. The competition took place in Denver, near the 61st and Peña Station. Though the challenge was simple it was by no means easy: create a building that integrates solar and energy efficiency technologies seamlessly in the design. Today, the winners of the highly-anticipated event have been announced.

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The Netherlands’ sun-powered Nuna9 race car wins the World Solar Challenge

The Dutch have done it. Nuon, the superstar team from the Netherlands, won its third straight championship in the World Solar Challenge, a 1,860-mile (3,000k) solar car race across Australia’s outback. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Rainforest Solutions Project saves over 12 million acres of forest, wins 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Related: 6 world-changing finalists announced for the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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16-year-old wins Marvel’s STEM challenge with seeing eye robot

Seeing eye dogs make great companions for the visually impaired, but what if there was one that didn’t need to be fed or cleaned up after? Sixteen-year-old Maia Dua created one: a seeing eye robot that can do everything a dog can, without the expensive and lengthy training. Her invention beat out a thousand other entries to win Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War — Girls Performing the Future Challenge.

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