World’s Largest Wave Energy Project Headed for Australian Coast
Apr04

World’s Largest Wave Energy Project Headed for Australian Coast

by Silvio Marcacci Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) and Lockheed Martin have announced they will team to develop a 19-megawatt (MW) wave energy project off the coast of Victoria, Australia. When complete, the project will be one of the largest wave energy generation projects in the world. OPT’s PowerBuoy generator will be used in the project to capture and convert the potential energy of Australia’s famous surf into clean...

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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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An East Coast High Speed Rail Network Is In The Works
Apr04

An East Coast High Speed Rail Network Is In The Works

by Andrew Meggison While hopes for a high-speed rail line connecting California cities seem to be on life support, New England could be the new home of a high-speed rail line. Even though Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) faces a $161 million budget deficit this year and another $100 million budget deficit next year, this project is getting more attention and support. Amid the financial chaos of the MBTA, some people...

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Swedish Wind Energy Developer Will Install GE’s 2.75-Megawatt Wind Turbines on West Coast
Apr04

Swedish Wind Energy Developer Will Install GE’s 2.75-Megawatt Wind Turbines on West Coast

by Glenn Meyers GE has announced that Swedish energy developer Triventus Wind Power AB will use GE wind turbine technology to power a planned 27.5-megawatt wind farm project to be built near Falkenberg on Sweden’s west coast. Through the agreement, GE will deliver 10 2.75-103 wind turbines to Triventus. When operations begin, the wind farm will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 7,500. It will also...

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