IKEA teamed up with Solarcentury to start selling and installing solar panels and batteries in homes in the UK. Prices start at around $3900. Customers will save up to $450 per year with just the solar panels, and up to $730 when paired with batteries.
Taiwan’s Miniwiz has devised a portable, solar-powered recycling plant which transforms plastic and fabric waste into architectural tiles. Junk is washed, shredded, melted, and molded on the spot. They plan on bringing Trashpresso to tourist areas where trash is left behind.
EcoCapsule’s bubble-shaped off-grid living spaces contain a small bedroom, work area, kitchen, storage, and bathroom. Solar panels on the roof and an external windmill supply electricity, and its shape is designed to maximize rainwater capture. (Thanks Linda!)
Florida-based Saltwater Brewery came up with an edible, compostable and biodegradable alternative to plastic drink can rings which can harm animals. Made from byproducts of the company’s brewing process, the edible rings are just as strong as their plastic counterparts.
When you’re outdoors, you always want plenty of water. But carrying around a huge pack can be a pain. Fontus is developing water bottles that can capture condensation at a rate up to 0.8L per hour. The Airo goes anywhere, while the Ryde grabs water while you ride your bike.
While taking up Environmental Studies, Lauren Singer realized she was being a hypocrite by producing lots of trash in her daily life. Through judicious reusing, composting, purchasing bulk products, and DIY, she’s accumulated only one jarful of trash in the past two years.
The Yamaha PES2 is an electric motorcycle concept that has two electric motors – one under the tank and another one inside the front wheel – for two-wheel drive. It also has a crazy augmented reality helmet that overlays data from the bike’s cameras and other sensors.
Audi’s all-electric SUV is slated for release in 2018, and just might give the Tesla Model X a run for its money. Using three powerful motors to produce 496 hp, it can hit 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, 310+ mile range, and can juice to 80% in 15 minutes. Inside, it’s packed with tech.