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The Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has teamed up with Shenzhen Daimler New Technology Co to expand China’s electric vehicle charging network to be the largest in the world. Over the next six years, the company hopes to supply enough wall-mounted chargers to make the new DENZA electric car a practical, sustainable alternative to traditional vehicles in the world’s most populous country.

Green Halo - China Expanding its Electric Vehicle Charging Network to World's Largest

The chargers are expected to roll out in urban areas first, allowing for easy and rapid adoption of the new vehicles. Owners would be able to quickly charge their DENZAs at home or at readily-available public charging stations. With a lengthy battery life of about 200 miles, the network should allow consumers to travel freely within populated areas of the country. This is just the latest attempt to stir up local interest in electric vehicles since 2009, after attempts to entice buyers with government rebates failed to sell as many cars as initially planned.

The news makes sense, coming from one of the most heavily-polluted areas in the world. Air quality in parts of the country is so bad that it can be seen from outer space. The nation is doing everything it can to curb industries that release noxious chemicals into the air, from shutting down coal-fired power plants to banning outdoor barbecues and New Year’s fireworks in Beijing. Hopefully as more people transition to emission-free vehicles, the air quality will start to improve.

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Charging your laptop may soon be as easy as sitting in the sun, as Apple has been awarded a patent for a new solar-powered MacBook. Still just a novel idea, a small solar panel affixed to the back of the laptop, where the Apple logo is currently placed, could generate the energy required to run the machine. If the company runs with the new patent, Apple fans could soon use their laptops in remote locations without plugging into the grid.

MacBook users around the world are just about powerless without an outlet – unless they live in solar-powered homes. U.S. patent no. 8,638,549 could change all that.

Green Halo - Apple Awarded Patent for Solar Powered MacBooks Green Energy

The dual display MacBook would look like regular MacBooks, except it would be backed with a plate made up of laminated layers similar to the dual-glass technology used in the iPhone 4. The layers could either house touch panels accessible when the laptop is closed, or host solar cells.

The photovoltaic cells could be used to produce green energy for the laptop. Working for an just an hour in the sun could produce sufficient energy to keep the MacBook running. Although still merely a patent at this stage, a solar-powered MacBook or even iPhone would be an amazing step in sustainability that would also allow Apple’s customers even more freedom.

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