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Tesla Unveils Revolutionary Solar Battery For Homes

The company branches out from car manufacturing to energy innovation.

Tesla Motors unveiled Tesla Energy on Thursday during a press conference, where Elon Musk assured that it is “within the power of humanity” to change the way we use and produce power. The entire presentation and party, Musk revealed, was being powered entirely by stored solar energy and Tesla’s new line of cutting-edge batteries.

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We have a problem with our wastewater because it contains high levels of nitrates and phosphates that are difficult to remove. Enter our friend—algae which absorbs both from the water and ultimately can be used as a sustainable biofuel.

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Fuel Gets Fruity: Converting Produce Scraps into Gas

Composting isn't the only socially responsible way to manage food scraps.

The compost pile and worm bin are no longer the only appropriate resting places for peach pits, banana peels, and apple cores. The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Europe's largest applied research center, announced last week that it will begin turning old produce into bio-gas at a pilot site in Stuttgart, Germany. Conveniently located next to the city's wholesale vegetable market, the facility will use microorganisms to transform food scraps into methane gas, which can power a car once compressed and emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than gasoline.

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