New ideas keep surfacing for capturing and storing energy available right now for future use. Because we must continue to find ways that plan ahead for sustainable life on earth, this is a really hot topic.
Batteries can store electricity generated by solar and wind power when conditions are favorable, so it can be used when they are not. Electricity storage is the second part of the renewable energy solution. By investing in new battery systems, Germany is continuing down the path it started on to shift away from nuclear power.
There are a batch of links in the article to other stories relating to the savvy Germans and the strides they are making. Jobs in energy – renewable, non-carbon based, solar, wind, etc., are plentiful. What are you going to do with your future? (Remember to bring a flashlight – efficiently powered of course!)
The FlyKly Smart Wheel fits practically any bicycle or lifestyle. And turns any bike into an electric bicycle and any commuter into a joyrider in no time. Just start pedaling and Smart Wheel delivers a boost up to 20 mph and a 30 mile range on a single charge – more than enough to power your every day. And it can be recharged in just 2-3 hours.
In combination with a smart phone app, this technology encompasses all aspects of bike riding: setting your top speed, locking the bike, GPS tracking if the bike should happen be stolen and saving and sharing your favorite routes. There are plans to manufacture a glow-in-the-dark version in the near future.
While the cost of the FlyKly Smart Wheel isn’t inexpensive, it looks like a great product for cycling enthusiasts.
FlyKly products are exclusively available online. They ship orders on a first come, first served basis. Your credit card will be charged when your order goes into production; FlyKly will confirm with you before the charge.
This looks like just the incentive I need to get out my old bike and go for a ride!
What does it mean to live lightly? A community in Ithaca, NY is a testament to the benefits of this lifestyle and demonstrates how sustainable this lifestyle is.
EcoVillage was started in 1991, as a demo community to show how people can live “more lightly” in the world. Each phase employs new technologies to make each successive phase of the community more sustainable and efficient.
The latest neighborhood is using the passive house method of construction which is designed to naturally control the temperature and humidity in the house by constructing the house more “tightly”.
Imagine sub-zero degrees outside and nice and warm inside without having the hefty heating bill arrive in the mail!
You may ask, what is a drone degree? More universities are offering engineering degrees in the fast-growing field of drones.
Professors are combining robotics and computer science with engineering to provide these degree programs. Nevada is hoping to be the next Silicon Valley in this field.
The US Army just granted a $150 thousand grant to engineer drones to detect radiation and other toxins.
The drone industry is expected to generate over $89 billion over the next few years.