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The Facility

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Facility:Innovate is a sister company of The Facility Architects, born from our innovative R&D projects. The devices we develop convert the mechanical movement associated with footsteps or transport vibration into useful electricity. Our energy harvesting initiatives have arisen from years of experience in environmental architecture. This includes constructing an entire building from recycled materials and creating a school building that doesn't require heating.
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2022
25 May 2022

GCL

GCL is a well-established company with extensive expertise on renewable energy systems including solar power, wind power, and hydrogen storage. It is one of the only known established companies that is working on perovskite solar cells.
20 May 2022

EV Charging Network Backed by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Electrify America entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement to build a solar photovoltaic renewable energy generation project in California. The new solar project is expected to generate 75 Megawatts at peak solar capacity or an estimated annual production of 225,000 Megawatt hours. It is projected to produce enough 100% renewable energy annually to more than offset the energy currently delivered on an annualized basis to Electrify America's customers charging on its extensive network. The solar project is targeted to be operational by mid-2023.
19 May 2022

Tidal Blade Facility for Green Energy Testing

The world's first rapid testing facility for tidal turbine blades, which researchers say can speed up development of marine energy technologies while helping to reduce costs, has opened for business.
18 May 2022

Microgrid for a Future Lunar Base

NASA's plan for its concept Artemis lunar base is that it will serve as a technology proving ground for the eventual human exploration of Mars. The base camp concept consists of a habitation unit — complete with room for up to four astronauts — as well as the potential for separate mining and fuel processing. Early Artemis missions will include short stays at the base camp with the goal to build up to stays of two months at a time.
13 May 2022

Urban-Air Port — Ground Infrastructure Development for eVTOL

Urban-Air Port is developing infrastructure to accommodate eVTOLs for logistic and passenger applications. IDTechEx visited an Urban-Air Port demonstration airport in Coventry. While there, IDTechEx spoke with Urban-Air Port about its technology and business model.
5 May 2022

Construction Begins on Largest Floating Solar Array in the USA

Floating solar projects offer a solution to the challenge of finding suitable locations to accommodate large scale commercial solar installations. Built mostly on man-made lakes or reservoirs, where tides and saltwater will not impact the panels, floating solar projects turn underutilized space into clean energy.
27 Apr 2022

Kayaku Advanced Materials — New Radar Antenna Coating Technology

Kayaku Advanced Materials has a wide portfolio of products for electronics across many applications. Examples of product areas and services that Kayaku Advanced Materials can provide include printed electronics, conductive inks, and other materials through PriElex, as well as parylene conformal coating, epoxy resins, and acting as a distributor into the US for DuPont. IDTechEx spoke to Kayaku Advanced Materials about a new coating technology aimed at the environmental protection of radar antenna. This area has been somewhat overlooked by the industry, but this new technology could offer a significant improvement in product longevity, particularly in harsh environments.
21 Apr 2022

Toyota Invests $383 Million in US Production

Advancing the company's commitment to vehicle electrification, Toyota will invest $383 million in four of its U.S. manufacturing plants that build the heart of new Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The new investment supports the production of four-cylinder engines, including options for hybrid electric vehicles, at its Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee plants.
1 Apr 2022

Shockingly Fresh

Shockingly Fresh is a UK-based end-to-end site development company applying technology to sustainable farming projects. IDTechEx analyst Brendan Beh spoke with Shockingly Fresh business development director Nick Green on April 1st, 2022.
1 Apr 2022

Moonflower Farms

Moonflower Farms is a US-based agritech company operating the largest hydroponics greenhouse in Houston. IDTechEx analyst Brendan Beh spoke with CEO Federico Marques on April 31st, 2022.
31 Mar 2022

SeaTwirl Floating Wind Turbine Concession Approved in Norway

Wind power company SeaTwirl has obtained an approved concession for installation of the Company's S2x floating wind turbine in Bokn Municipality, Norway. The approval marks an important milestone for the Company.
18 Mar 2022

Saule Technologies

Saule Technologies is a Polish company founded in 2014. The company works on the development of flexible perovskite solar cells for applications such as indoor energy harvesting, Internet of Things, and lightweight photovoltaics for building-integration. This profile is based on an interview with Dr. Dávid Forgács, the director of knowledge management.
17 Mar 2022

Supply Chain Provenance, Emissions Traceability for Lithium Refinery

Circulor announces a comprehensive partnership with Rock Tech Lithium and Fraunhofer UMSICHT to ensure the production of German-made lithium hydroxide with the lowest possible environmental impact.
16 Mar 2022

Ford in Europe: Nine All Electric Vehicles by 2024

Ford has announced significant strides toward an all-electric future in Europe, which will see the company transformed and offering a new generation of seven, all-electric, fully-connected passenger vehicles and vans by 2024.
1 Mar 2022

ACWA Power Breaks Ground on Uzbekistan Wind Project

ACWA Power broke ground on the 100MW Nukus wind project. The Uzbek government has plans to diversify the country's energy mix and is targeting 8 GW of solar and wind capacity by 2026. The Nukus wind project marks the republic's first open, competitive tender in the wind energy sector.
22 Feb 2022

Bentley Expands 3D Printing Capability

Bentley Motors has shared details of the impact of a £3 million investment to double its additive manufacturing capacity at the company's headquarters in Crewe, England, where all Bentley models are built.
11 Feb 2022

Stena Recycling's Major Investment in Battery Recycling

The Swedish Energy Agency gives Stena Recycling SEK 70.7 million in support for the investment in a new battery recycling plant in Halmstad. Stena Recycling's target is to become one of Europe's leading players in the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.
11 Feb 2022

Partnership to Build an Integrated Sustainable Fuels Plant

This partnership will utilize carbon capture and sequestration, renewable energy, and other innovative practices to bring lower-cost, low carbon-intensity sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel, and other sustainable hydrocarbons to the global market and help accelerate the decarbonization of various industries, including the tough to decarbonize aviation sector.
8 Feb 2022

Milvus Robotics

Milvus Robotics was founded in 2011 in Turkey. It has mobile robots for disinfection and research, but the company is focused primarily on autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for intralogistics. Apart from robotic hardware, they also provide a proprietary software platform for fleet management, and a wide range of on-top attachments that can be installed on the mobile robot for different tasks. Milvus now is active in some countries in North America, EMEA and Asia, and has 20 solution partners in these regions. Now the company employs over 50 people.
7 Feb 2022

Ford Motor Company (2022)

The electric era is here, and Ford is in the midst of implementing an ambitious, comprehensive plan to make the transition to an electric future. Ford is investing $22 billion in electrification through 2025 as part of its plan to lead electrification in areas of strength. The company is electrifying its most iconic products - the Mustang, F-150 and Transit - with many more to come in the years ahead. A key part of Ford's goal to drive the adoption of electric vehicles is to target the large market for fully electric commercial vans and pickups. The company has had some initial success while entering the market, but now faces competition from other OEMs and their offerings.