Panasonic investing $256M in Tesla’s Buffalo solar manufacturing plant

December 29, 2016 by  
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Following Tesla ’s recent acquisition of SolarCity, the California-based company just scored another big win. Panasonic will invest more than $256 million in Tesla’s New York solar cell factory. The Japan-based electronics company is already partnering with Tesla to build electric car batteries at its Nevada Gigafactory, and this investment, announced December 27, positions Panasonic more firmly in the automotive industry than ever before, marking the fulfillment of the company’s’s gradual shift away from consumer electronics. Tesla’s production facility in Buffalo is expected to be up and running within just a few months. According to Tuesday’s announcement, production of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules will begin in the summer of 2017. By 2019, the two companies expect to be churning out the equivalent of one gigawatt of solar power modules each year. Related: Tesla taps Panasonic to build solar panels for their Powerwall and Powerpack systems The news of Panasonic ’s hefty investment in the Buffalo manufacturing plant is the first development since Tesla first named the electronics company as its partner in mid-October, which was contingent on the completion of Tesla’s merger with SolarCity . While that initial announcement came with very few details (in part because the merger wouldn’t be finalized for another month), this update illustrates the enormous scope of Panasonic’s commitment to the solar power market. The PV modules Panasonic produces at Tesla’s facility will be used primarily in the Powerwall and Powerpack systems, Tesla’s off-grid power solutions. While Tesla’s “solar roof” is still on deck, there is no word on when production on that line might begin. SolarCity previously promised the creation of over 1,400 jobs at the Buffalo facility and Tesla’s announcement Tuesday reaffirms that commitment and elaborates that the figure includes more than 500 manufacturing jobs—an important footnote for a city that once relied heavily on blue collar industries like steel and automotive manufacturing. Via Reuters Images via SolarCity and Panasonic

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320-square-foot tiny container home packs a surprising suite of amenities

December 29, 2016 by  
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A tiny home owner and California-based designer combined their expertise and experience to design and build a stylish 40-foot long container home . The resulting structure is a 320-square-foot oasis for those who value both mobility and good design, and it is packed to the gills with every amenity you could possibly need. The Intellectual Tiny Home includes one bedroom with a queen-sized bed, lots of storage space and a closet that can be customized. A full-sized bathroom has a washer and dryer combo and a shower, while the kitchen has a full-sized fridge, induction cook top, convection microwave oven, dishwasher and a countertop extension. Related: KODA is a tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners The living room features an electric fireplace , which brings both real and aesthetic warmth to the space. The tiny house, available on Tiny House Listings for $62,000, is currently located on a plot of land in Longmont, Colorado , where it was built, and needs to be relocated. Via Tiny House Listings

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Obama creates two new western national monuments in last minute effort

December 29, 2016 by  
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The clock is ticking. Before the United States and the world is snapped by political whiplash on January 20, 2017, the Obama Administration is working quickly to secure its environmental legacy by creating new national monuments in environmentally sensitive areas of the Western United States: Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Gold Butte National Monument. As usual, the land on which these new public resources have been created has been fiercely contested for their political and economic significance. President Obama has nonetheless pushed forward with the national monuments to cap off an ambitious and sometimes controversial environmental agenda that his successor will likely seek to dismantle. The establishment of Bears Ears National Monument in the Four Corners region of Utah , a state where two-thirds of the land is owned by the federal government, represents a victory for the American Indian tribes that have called the region home. In an historic first, an inter-tribal commission composed of members from the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Pueblo of Zuni will be established to provide management input of the national monument, which contains sacred sites, ancient petroglyphs, and remnants of Pueblo structures over 3,500 years old. Most elected officials in Utah are opposed to the site’s protection, though the state’s congressional delegation had supported a scaled-back plan. “The midnight move is a slap in the face to the people of Utah, attempting to silence the voices of those who will bear the heavy burden it imposes,” said Republican US Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz intends to seek assistance from President-elect Trump in abolishing the national monument. Related: President Obama establishes controversial new National Park in Northern Maine The Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada is similarly packed with politics. Supported by retiring Democratic Senator Harry Reid but opposed by Nevada’s Republican Representatives, the national monument outside of Las Vegas will preserve 300,000 acres of ecologically sensitive, pristine land that contains important archaeological sites and rare fossils. Gold Butte carries special significance because of its proximity to the site of the armed standoff led by rancher Cliven Bundy in 2014. The establishment of these national monuments “protect some of our country’s most important cultural treasures, including abundant rock art, archaeological sites, and lands considered sacred by Native American tribes,” said President Obama in a statement. “Today’s actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes.” Through authority granted under the 1906 Antiquities Act, President Obama has protected more land than any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His successor and his supporters seek to use the Act, which allows for the creation of national monuments without congressional approval, to unilaterally remove protections, a policy that has not been attempted in modern times. Via the Guardian  / Washington Post Images via Ron Reiring   (1)

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

July 5, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , eco design , FSC certified plywood , green design , irvine , locally sourced materials , low energy footprint , Middlebury College , passive design , prefabricated design , pv cells , Reclaimed Materials , SD 2013 , smart homes , solar decathlon 2013 , Solar Power , sustainable design        

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Green-Roofed Villa L Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in the Netherlands

April 3, 2013 by  
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Edible Sweeeeet Tableware is Made From a Traditional Korean Confection

April 2, 2013 by  
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Designer Jiwon Choi has created a line of edible “ Sweeeeet Tableware ” made from a traditional Korean confection called yeot. Yeot is made with various kinds of grains without any artificial additives, and it’s usually served in stick form. It has been enjoyed as a traditional dessert for centuries, and today it’s found mostly in tourist attractions in Korea. Choi sought to make Yeot into a playful and enjoyable set of tableware that glorifies the traditional snack. The set includes petite-sized bowls and plates to serve various kinds of traditional Korean desserts in the sweetest way. The line is part of the Seoul Utopia Project (SUP). + Sweeeeet Tableware The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: edible products , edible tableware , green design , green kitchen , green packaging , Jiwon Choi , korean cuisine , korean desert , Seoul Utopia Project , sustainable design , Sweeeeet Tableware , yeot

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MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

June 22, 2012 by  
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Currently 40% of the solar energy that reaches Earth lies in the near-infra-red region of the spectrum, and while most photovoltaic devices are unable to harness this energy, a team at MIT has created an all-carbon solar cell that absorbs this infra-red heat radiation .  The team believe that their all-carbon solar cell will lead to the development of combination solar cells, that use both traditional silicon-based cells and the new all-carbon cells to generate even more energy! Read the rest of MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , carbon nanotubes. solar cell efficiency , carbon solar cell , infra-red energy , infrared energy , MIT , pv cells , silicon solar cell , Solar cells , Solar Power

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: The PUNCHouse Is Santa Monica’s First Energy-Neutral LEED Platinum Home

June 22, 2012 by  
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