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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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