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Ikea To Sell Solar And Battery Packs

Ikea and Renewables Ikea, the Scandinavian home furnishing giant, is to venture into the area of renewable energy. In Britain, the company is to begin selling solar panels and home storage batteries. The products include panels that integrated with existing roofing solutions provided by Solarcentury, a UK solar power company, which includes a 25-year guarantee on the panels themselves, as well as s six-year warranty on installation and every aspect of the system hardware. A solar panel on the roof of your home extends a little beyond the usual Ikea affordable price range. The cost of such a unit starts at around $4,000. However, combined with home storage batteries, users could see savings in the long run. British electricity companies have recently announced that they are increasing their prices. British Gas confirmed that they will hike prices for electricity customers by 12.5%. With the rising cost of utility bills for…

Is Tesla (Or Any EV For That Matter) As Green As It Claims?

If you’re planning to buy a Tesla Model 3 today, you’re probably feeling pretty good about yourself. Not only will you have a sweet ride, but you’ll be doing something good for the environment! No gasoline-powered sports cars to get you through your midlife crisis, thank you very much. You care about global warming. But how green is a Tesla, really? Devonshire Research Group, an investment firm that specializes in valuing tech companies, dug into the data and concluded that Tesla’s environmental benefits may be more hyped than warranted. Devonshire isn’t saying that Tesla is pulling a Volkswagen, or that its cars are spewing greenhouse gases from invisible tailpipes. It’s arguing that Teslas (and, by extension, all electric vehicles) create pollution and carbon emissions in other ways. Each stage of an EV’s life has environmental impacts, and while they aren’t as obvious as a tailpipe pumping out fumes, that doesn’t…

India Is Building a City From Scratch

One hot February afternoon last year, I climbed into a small white sedan with three government officials to take a quick tour of 35,000 acres of some of the lushest farmland to be found anywhere in India. The location: Andhra Pradesh, a tropical state on the subcontinent’s eastern coast that is often called “the rice bowl of India.” In every direction, crops bulged — coconut and cauliflower and cucumber and more than 80 other varieties of produce that would be trucked to market for hundreds of miles around, or jasmine and marigold and more than 14 other varieties of flower that would be strung and sold as garlands.The officials wanted me to imagine this land replaced by a futuristic megacity called Amaravati. By 2035, they projected, it would be home to 11 million people and cover 3,322 square miles — ten times the area of New York City. The government…

New Google’s London HQ: Do People Ever Work At Google?

They’ve been a long time coming, but Google has finally laid out its plans for its new “innovative” £1 billion London headquarters located in Kings Cross. This week, the company submitted a detailed planning application to Camden Council, outlining its desire to build an slightly sloped 11-storey building that will sit on a “plinth” of shops and offices, and feature a three-lane 25 metre pool, multi-use games area (hosting basketball, five-a-side football or badminton), a gym and a huge landscaped roof garden. The 80,819 sq/m “Zone A” project, designed by architects BIG and Heatherwick Studio (the team behind its new Mountain View campus), will also host a sprawling events centre that will span its lower ground, first and second floors. The search giant intends to use its 210 seat auditorium for product launches, talks and presentations, but it may also be offered to technology startups, community groups and charities. The…

As It Turns Out, the Unlikely Leaders in a Fight for the Future of the Planet Are, Get This, China and India

Via [Newsofficials]  While the U.S. government is actively dismissing the threat of climate change, eastern countries are doing their best to avoid the potential risks. India and China, who have actually never stayed away from burning coal in the past, are spending more money on renewable energy. That sort of contradicts their previous philosophy. Indian Ministry of Power, Piyush Goyal, even recently said that the country shouldn’t stop using coal. He suggested that it was ‘America and the western world’ that had to cease polluting the atmosphere first. However, it seems New Delhi has changed its approach to the issue. India and China are doing great on the climate front, even better than the U.S. in some aspects. China has been on a solar power binge recently. It aims to drastically increase its capacities in the next several years – sounds great for a country, that is already the leader…