General Electric launched its ecomagination initiative in May 2005 as part of the company’s commitment to build innovative, environmentally friendly technologies. GE has now delivered 45 energy-efficient and environmentally friendly products and services. In the transportation area, GE has developed the world’s first hybrid locomotive in partnership with Union Pacific. The locomotive is capable of recycling thermal energy as stored power in on-board batteries.
GE also produced the Homebuilder Program that offers a package of energy-efficient appliances, lighting, advanced building design and even an “energy-efficient” mortgage from GE Commercial Finance. The company is also working with Los Angeles on a wind energy system expected to eventually meet the energy needs of 120,000 residents. Other ecomagination programs include smarter lighting for Wal-Mart, seawater desalination in California and green entertainment policies at NBC.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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