Scotland is a leader in wave power projects, and the nation just kicked off the world’s largest tidal energy plant, complete with 49-foot-tall underwater turbines. In other energy news, Blue Planet Energy launched a modular home battery with more storage than Tesla’s Powerwall. Solenica debuted a solar-powered gizmo that reflects sunlight indoors to brighten any room, while researchers at Georgia Tech created a new fabric that harvests solar and kinetic energy. And the US government temporarily blocked the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
Denmark is making a tremendous investment in the future of food by hiring some of the world’s leading architects to build the “Silicon Valley of agriculture.” In other design and technology news, Designnobis unveiled a pop-up emergency shelter that collapses down to 2.5 feet for shipping. Airstream launched a tiny house on wheels that can go practically anywhere. Sweden announced plans to open its ICEHOTEL all year round with the help of solar energy, and Space10 created a spherical farm pod that brings agriculture to city streets.