Toyota is testing a new Prius model that runs on solar power

July 26, 2019 by  
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Toyota has announced that the official testing of its solar-powered Prius will begin in late July 2019. Trials set to take place in the Tokyo area will test the cruising range and fuel efficiency of the car model, which has been equipped with high-efficiency solar panels . Teaming up with Toyota for the testing is the electronic products manufacturer Sharp Corporation and NEDO, a Japanese government agency focused on promoting the research of environmental and energy technology. The demo car produced for public road trials will include a solar battery panel created by Sharp and developed for a NEDO-led project. Thanks to the thin design of the efficient panels, Toyota was able to install them on the roof, hood and rear hatch door of the new model to enhance the efficiency. The new and improved utilization of these panels means that the car will be able to achieve a conversion efficiency of over 34 percent and capable of delivering an impressive 860 watts of power. Related: Toyota’s ultra-customizable, self-driving vehicle can transport people, goods or services Apart from the obvious environmental advantages of using solar power in cars , the supercharged Prius can also provide consumers with an improved range. According to a study conducted by Volvo, 65 percent of electric vehicle drivers experienced “range anxiety” after purchasing an EV , making it one of the leading reasons why potential electric vehicle buyers hesitate on buying one. The anxiety is understandable — what if you run out of power in the middle of nowhere with no charging station in sight? The application of solar-powered cars has the potential to lessen those worries, as this Toyota Prius demo model aims to charge both while parked and while being driven. Toyota will evaluate the test runs on the number of times the car needs charged and the reduction of carbon emissions and share results with NEDO and Sharp as the collaborative group continues to work toward improving the sustainability of transportation. + Toyota Via Popular Mechanics Images via Toyota

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Tokyo’s Olympic medals will be made from recycled phones

July 26, 2019 by  
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Next Summer, the top athletes in the world will compete in the Tokyo Olympics and those who come out on top will receive the ancient game’s first 100 percent recycled medals. The gold, silver and bronze medals will all be made from metals recycled directly from old cell phones, computers and other electronic waste . The Olympic Committee selected Japanese artist Junichi Kawanishi’s design out of over 400 entries. They then spent the next two years collecting almost 79,000 tons of gadgets, including more than 6 million cellphones. Their “Everyone’s Medal” collection campaign gave ordinary people the opportunity to feel proud that their old phones would be reborn as Olympic medals. Related: Prada jumps into the sustainability realm with six Re-Nylon bags made from recycled plastic waste “I never dreamed that the design I submitted, only as a memorial to this lifetime event, would be actually selected,” said designer Kawanishi. “With their shining rings, I hope the medals will be seen as paying tribute to the athletes’ efforts, reflecting their glory and symbolizing friendship.” Olympic medals have not been made of solid gold since the Stockholm games in 1912, but Olympic regulations do dictate the minimum quantity of each precious medal. The Tokyo medals will feature six grams of gold plating with a silver interior. The silver medal is indeed pure silver and the bronze is a blend of copper and zinc. Regulations also mandate standard design features: the Olympic rings, the Greek goddess Nike and Panatheniac stadium, and the official name of the games. Brazil led the way in 2016 with mercury-free gold medals, but Tokyo’s design is an unprecedented emblem of sustainability both around the world and within the Olympic games and village. Over 5,000 medals will be produced and used for both the Olympics and the Paraolympics. Via Tokyo 2020 Images via Tokyo 2020

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Why we have to learn to embrace volatility and change

October 19, 2016 by  
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Leith Sharp of Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health provides an insightful new framework for carrying out effective change.

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Can upscale chocolate uproot deforestation in Haiti?

October 19, 2016 by  
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Dandelion, Raaka Chocolate and Valrhona are among the chocolate makers eyeing ways to combat poverty and renew the land.

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Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

June 14, 2013 by  
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About a year ago, Sharp achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% by using a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. Now, Sharp has done it again . This time, they’ve created a concentrator triple-junction compound solar cell that offers conversion efficiency of 44.4%…all in a tiny package that’s only 4mm x 4mm! Read the rest of Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , efficiency record , fossil fuels , high efficiency solar cell , satellites , sharp , Solar Cell , Solar Power        

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Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

September 26, 2012 by  
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Rooftop solar installations are great for homeowners, or those with eco-conscious landlords – but what about the rest of us? Sharp recently announced a break-through in home solar technology that could begin to answer that question. The company unveiled a transparent solar panel that can be mounted on balcony railings or high-rise windows without obstructing the view. Read the rest of Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Japan , renewable energy , see-through solar , sharp , solar panel , thin film solar , Urban Environment

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USC Libraries Unveils Amazing 3D Fractal Model Made of 49,000 Folded Business Cards

September 26, 2012 by  
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The art of origami is serious business, especially when involves folding over 49,000 business cards as part of a three-dimensional representation of an enormously complex mathematical object. On September 20, USC Libraries unveiled an enormously intricate model of a newly discovered fractal called the Mosely Snowflake Sponge , designed by MIT-trained engineer Jeannine Mosely. At an enormous six feet tall, the thousands of cards making up the Sponge have been fashioned into cubes and paneled with USC’s red and gold school colors. This marks the first time that this object has been represented into the real world as an actual physical piece. Read the rest of USC Libraries Unveils Amazing 3D Fractal Model Made of 49,000 Folded Business Cards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D , business cards , fractal , jeannine mosely , margaret wertheim , MIT , mosely snowlfake sponge , origami , usc doheny memorial library , usc library , Wired

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