Toyota and SunPower Corp., a manufacturer of solar cells and solar systems, have completed a large single-roof solar power installation at Toyota's North American Parts Center in Ontario, CA. Toyota expects the installation will provide nearly 60 percent of the total electricity needs for the 760,000-sq-ft center. The solar system covers more than 242,000 sq ft of the center's roof and includes 10,417 solar modules, enough to cover more than four football fields. SunPower expects the installation will avoid about 6.4 million lb of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of emissions from the energy use of 255 homes in a year. SunPower representatives say the installation is the single largest solar installation in North America.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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