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.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
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