Deutsche Bahn, the German national rail service, are planning on testing drones to see if the autonomous flying vehicles can help lower the number of incidences where their property is hit by grafitti-artists. And people just equipped with spraycans and a massively inflacted idea of their street art potential.
According to a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn, the drones will take to the air ‘soon’.
Cleaning away grafitti supposedly costs the company around $10 million every year.
The Germans have set a new record for power produced by harnessing the sun’s rays into electricity. According to the German government, the power produced reached 22 Gigawatts of electricity through the the midday hours of Friday and Saturday.
The 22 Gogawatts equals the output of 20 nuclear power plants. The power produced equalled roughly half of what Germany needed on Saturday and about a third of what was needed on Friday when the country’s factories and offices were full.
The 22 GW is about twice of the record from last year which was 14 GW.
The market for solar power is going through a bit of a crunch lately, with many of the companies that opened less than five years ago, all thinking that solar power was the next big thing, poised on the edge of bankruptcy.
Strangely enough, the market for solar power has been growing over the last five years. Unfortunately, the growth hasn’t been smooth, but marked by start-stop growth that has made it impossible for companies to predict what way the market was going. Coupled with a massive over capacity on the production side – especially in China – has meant that many companies have fallen on hard times.
Another problem has, according to this article from Reuters, been that the world’s energy markets are currently flooded with very cheap natural gas.
One of the latest casualties was the German company Solar Millennium. The fact that several German companies are currently struggling it particularly worrying for the industry, as Germany remains the biggest market for solar power in the World.