Solar Roads to be Built and Tested Next Year

Bloomberg reports four continents - North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia - will be building and testing solar roads next year.  A 1-kilometer span being built in France is expected to generate “enough to power all the public lighting in a town of 5,000 for a year” according to Wattway.  The testing will include data on power generation, durability, and costs. 

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Tesla’s Solar Panel Roof

Tesla’s battery storage system, Powerwall 2, will now be able to be used with Tesla’s newly developed line of solar panels.  The roof solar panels come in different varieties and look like a conventional roof from the ground.  The solar panels are made with textured glass that are hydrographically printed, according to the article on The Verge.  Tesla is on the move to provide solar solutions in solar panels, batteries and transportation.  The future is here.

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Tech and Food

via  Wired

via Wired

In a Wired Article (from the November edition that is co-edited with President Barack Obama) on how to address agriculture issues of low yield, extreme weather, food waste, and data drought with technology can be found here. 

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Raspberry Pi weather station.

The Raspberry Pi has many uses, people, myself included, have been using them for weather forecasting for a while now. However, the National Weather Service is wanting to utilize the Raspi's to help gather weather data in remote areas where a commercial weather station, which can cost $10,000+, is financially unfeasible to install and maintain. They are planning to use the Raspberry Pis with off the shelf parts and some parts made with 3D printers to create weather stations that can be made for around $200. This would make it affordable enough to have them in remote locations, including Africa, which up to now is a weather data desert. If these little kits work out, it will make it possible to better forecast the weather, and gather data on weather trends. You can read more about it here. You can learn how to build your own Raspberry Pi powered weather station by going here.