Glider Yacht, Electric Fabric and a Solar Car: Photos

This week's Tasty Tech slideshow shows just how fast renewable energy can glide.


style="text-align: left;">Seven lucky clients are on deck to buy this high-powered luxury vessel from London's Glider Yacht. The 18-m (60-foot) SS18 has a unique design that is neither a catamaran nor what's known in yacht circles as a SWATH -- a small waterplane area twin hull. But, the Glider Yacht is stable and glides over the water at a steady 55 knots (102 km/h). The company is seeking additional funding to support a more powerful Sports Limousine model. Basic package starts around US $1.3 million. Credit: Glider Yacht

style="text-align: left;">This swatch of fabric is actually capable of generating electricity from two different sources: motion and sunlight. To create it, scientists woven strands of solar cells made from lightweight polymer fibers with fiber-based triboelectric nanogenerators that produce a charge when rotated, vibrated or slid back and forth. A 4-by-5-centimeter piece of the hybrid textile charged a commercial capacitor to 2 volts in one minute. Credit: Georgia Tech

style="text-align: left;">German startup company Sono Motors just raised more than $200,000 via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to develop a self-charging, solar-powered car they call the Sion. The company hopes to sell two versions of the Sion -- an Urban one that sells for $13,000 and goes 75 miles on a single charge and an Extender version that goes 155 miles on a single charge. Credit: Sonos Motors

style="text-align: left;">Danish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm want to give gardens back to the people. To that end, they developed Growroom, a globe-shaped pavilion filled with vegetables and herbs that surround a sitting space in the middle. The urban farm dome is meant to show how gardens could exist in city places, reducing demand for factory farms. Credit: Space10

style="text-align: left;">This small electric catamaran called Waste Shark was designed by South African entrepreneur Richard Hardiman to skim the water's surface and collect floating trash. It also amasses data such as water quality, depth and weather conditions, sending the details to port authorities via a wireless connection. Credit: RanMarine

style="text-align: left;">The Øvre Forsland power station in Norway is so beautiful that it's become a tourist destination. Located in the forested mountains of Helgeland, south of the Arctic Circle, the 30-gigwatt-hour plant draws visitors from around the world. Credit: Bjørn Leirvik

style="text-align: left;">NASA awarded a six-month, $2.9 million contract to Manassas, Va.-based Aurora Flight Sciences to develop a version of the military X-plane for commercial use. The Aurora D8 would be a subsonic airliner capable of flying at Mach 0.764 (582 mph, 936 km/h) with 180 passengers onboard. Credit: Aurora Flight Sciences

style="text-align: left;">The Proterra Catalyst E2 electric bus is in it for the long haul. In recent tests at the Michelin proving grounds in South Carolina, it covered 600 miles on single charge. Credit: Proterra

style="text-align: left;">A plan to renovate the Botanic Center apartment block in Brussels calls for lots of greenery and a rooftop structure that looks like a docked UFO. Dubbed the Chrysalis by designers at Vincent Callebaut Architectures, the structure is really a large solar array combined with 42 wind turbines. Combined, the renewable energy tech would produce enough electricity for the building for the entire year. Credit: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

style="text-align: left;">This week, Uber rolled out a fleet of self-driving cars on the streets of Philadelphia. A year ago, the company partnered with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh -- known for their advances in self-driving tech -- and created the Advanced Technologies Center, which will head up efforts to develop mapping, vehicle safety and autonomous driving technology. Credit: Uber