India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited has received its first shipment of Tigor electric vehicles from Tata Motors, which eventually will produce 10,000 of the vehicles for the state-run organization. "This tender has effectively paved way for connecting our aspirations in the e-mobility space with the vision of the government," said Tata Motors CEO Guenter Butschek.
The need for cost-effective mobile laboratories during the Ebola outbreak in South Africa has produced FieldLab, a solar-powered, portable lab-in-a-box developed by two Rhodes University graduate students in South Africa. The device is contained in a briefcaselike box and can perform DNA analysis, centrifugation and visual analysis of results.
Dense tissue can thwart conventional mammograms when trying to detect breast cancer. A new 3D ultrasound technique promises more accurate readings with a bonus of no exposure to radiation.
ASME and Engineering for Change recently launched Impact.Engineered, which calls attention to the innovations of industry, engineers and entrepreneurs striving for social impact in underserved communities the world over. Several individuals and companies were recognized for their contributions to the technology during an evening reception at the inaugural event, which was held Oct. 18 at the Centre for Social Innovation in Manhattan. Learn more.
US installations of solar panels are expected to fall 22% to 11.8 gigawatts in 2017, with third-quarter installations falling 51%, according to GTM Research. Reduced residential demand and concerns of potential tariffs on panel imports are holding back growth.
Monroe County, Fla., commissioners want to require the use of metal to replace all damaged or deteriorating roofs instead of shingles. While Florida law allows for upgrades to building standards, it prohibits discrimination "against materials, products or construction techniques of demonstrated capabilities," which could derail the county's efforts.
The demolition of a former Hahman Drug Co. building in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif., was made more difficult by the location of 10-inch-thick concrete walls between two buildings that will be preserved. The concrete walls were included in the building's construction to guard against earthquakes after the 1906 disaster destroyed much of the downtown.
Construction has begun on what will be Detroit's tallest building, a 58-story residential tower that represents the downtown's recent resurgence. Bedrock Detroit's $900 million project also includes a second building with 12 floor of retail and conference space.