Welcome to the Crowdify digest of interesting and important news and views about Cleantech for January 30.
Shimizu has invented the world's first typhoon turbine. A robust, egg beater-shaped wind turbine, designed not only to withstand the incredible force of a tropical cyclone, but also to harness it.
A mature typhoon produces a level of kinetic energy "equivalent to about half the world-wide electrical generating capacity," according to the Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory.
Full story at http://cnn.it/2kkhQzE
The humble fruit sticker may seem an unlikely cause for environmental concern but removing it from produce could create huge savings in plastic, energy and CO2 emissions.
In response to consumer demand for less packaging, Dutch fruit and veg supplier Nature & More and Swedish supermarket ICA have joined forces to run a trial to replace sticky labels on organic avocados and sweet potatoes with a laser mark.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2kkpslx
In concert with the gearing up process for Model 3 production, Tesla will be shifting at least some gearbox and electric motor production to the still under construction Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, going by a recent tweet from Nevada State Governor Brian Sandoval.
The move will free up production space at Tesla’s increasingly crowded (but soon to be expanded) manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, in anticipation of the beginning of Model 3 mass production. The company is aiming to hit a production run rate of 500,000 vehicles a year by the end of 2018, it should be remembered.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2kkiAVA