Help-to-Buy Scheme Shifts New Homes
Apr01

Help-to-Buy Scheme Shifts New Homes

The Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ Scheme was extended in the recent budget, and a package of measures designed at allowing young, first time buyers to get on the property ladder if they choose to invest in new homes has certainly been a roaring success. At the moment, first time buyers are able to purchase new homes with as little as a 5% deposit, as government are prepared to loan up to 20% of the value of a house and mortgage lenders...

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Tesla’s Next Car: An Electric BMW 3-Series Fighter
Apr05

Tesla’s Next Car: An Electric BMW 3-Series Fighter

by Christopher DeMorro Unlike many other also-rans, Tesla Motors is succeeding where other electric car companies have failed. And by succeeding, we mean Tesla is actually selling cars, with the Model S sedan reportedly receiving over 10,000 $5,000 deposits to date. At $50,000 after tax credits though, the Model S is still well beyond what most people can afford. So what is Tesla planning to build next? From the sounds of it, an...

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Hospital of the Future Opens in San Diego
Apr04

Hospital of the Future Opens in San Diego

The largest construction project in California is the "Hospital of the Future," incoporating best practices in healthcare and green design. It’s one of just two hospitals in the US that bring natural light into operating rooms, for example. Located in San Diego County and designed by CO Architects, the 288-bed Palomar Medical Center opens in August. Some of the design innovations in this 11-story, 740,000-square-foot...

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Electric Airplanes Could Fly Forever on Laser Beams
Apr04

Electric Airplanes Could Fly Forever on Laser Beams

by Tina Casey Lockheed Martin has been collaborating with a Seattle-based company called LaserMotive to “refuel” electric aircraft in flight using laser beams that charge batteries wirelessly, and the latest round of testing not only met but beat expectations. The test took place indoors but if wireless laser battery charging can prove successful in the field, it would lay the groundwork for a new generation of electric...

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U.S. Identifies Zones for Solar Development on Public Lands
Apr04

U.S. Identifies Zones for Solar Development on Public Lands

The Obama administration has identified 17 sites on public lands across six Southwestern states that officials say are most suitable for utility-scale solar projects. In a report, federal officials vowed to expedite applications for solar projects on these sites – located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – which were targeted because of access to existing or planned transmission lines, minimal...

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Turbines Ready to Turn at First U.S. Commercial Tidal Energy Plant
Apr04

Turbines Ready to Turn at First U.S. Commercial Tidal Energy Plant

The first commercial tidal energy project in the US was dedicated last week in Maine, and turbines will begin turning in mid-September. It’s the first grid-tied tidal project in the US and the first to sell the electricity through long term power purchase agreements. Portland, Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. will soon lower a generator to the sea floor as part of a network of 20 underwater turbines. "Tidal energy has...

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