The Energy Dome
The Energy Dome

Though combating carbon dioxide emissions is a key concern in the fight against climate change, one Italian start-up has found a way to turn CO₂ into a weapon against global warming. On Wednesday, Energy Dome launched its first CO₂ battery facility in Sardinia and entered the commercial scaling phase.

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The company has been developing an emission-free storage method that stores power generated from the sun and wind. CO₂ plays a useful role in the process as it has properties that can help to store electricity from renewable energy sources when it is converted from gas to liquid.

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This method of storing energy has never been used before. It uses pressure and heat to store CO₂ gas in a big sealed dome. When energy is fed into the system, the gas is compressed into a liquid. The heat from this compression is captured and stored. When it is time to release the energy, the stored heat is used to evaporate the liquid CO₂. The expansion of the CO₂ as it turns into gas drives a turbine that generates energy.

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The Dodo Van
The Dodo Van

Adraga

Adraga is a tiny home that features a variety of sustainability elements, including solar panels, rainwater collection, and composting garden beds. It is home to a retired couple who just want to disconnect from the busyness of the world. The Madeiguincho team designed their tiny home with a rectangular, flat-roofed silhouette. They incorporated movement through windows and doors, with a single farmhouse-style door leading into the bathroom.

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The Dodo Van

The Dodo Van was designed for a young couple who wanted to live in a smaller place. The 1993 Chevy van was actually purchased for work and travel. Inside the van, there is a full-sized mattress and a kitchenette with a fold-up dining table. The Dodo Van was designed with transformation, limitations, and spatiality in mind. The designers considered the needs of a young pair who work with local communities and are frequent travelers. They only take their essentials with them, so a small mobile home is just right.

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Hudson

Tasked with the idea of remodeling a vintage 1948 Vagabond travel trailer, the Darlin Trailers team recently shared the images of the reworked 23-foot travel trailer, aptly called the Hudson after the original trailer's birthplace. The travel trailer has been fully renovated to meet the needs of modern life, starting with the eye-catching exterior. The trailer is finished in a striking matte black, with a contrasting white roof, and the wood accents on the windows and door add to the curb appeal. You step right into the hallway, where you are greeted by the luxurious white interior, which complements the exterior.

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The Route Del Sol vehicle
The Route Del Sol vehicle

Joel Gregory Hayes is continuing his journey to prove that 100% solar-powered vehicles are feasible, despite a setback. He plans to spark conversation about climate and the future of technology with his journey.

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After extensive research, Hayes decided to work with Solarolla Electric Vehicles to convert a 2010 International EStar electric delivery truck. This truck now has 120KWHs of battery power and can be charged on solar-only power for a range of up to 200 miles.

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The 24,330W rooftop solar array can be tilted up to 45° to track the sun, using winches. The main roof of the van protects the array while driving, and the array slides out when parked. Two satellite panels on the rear of the van can be detached and maneuvered to track the sun.

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