Friday, August 31, 2012

Logitech Launches Upgraded Solar-Powered K760 Keyboard

Computer accessories manufacturer Logitech has designed a solar-powered keyboard called K760 that will seek to free users from the shackles of energy dependency. The K760 follows in the footsteps of the company’s previously released K750 and the Solar Keyboard Folio designed for the iPad. The latest offering has Bluetooth connectivity and will pair up with Apple products to help improve the way users interact with these devices.

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard has been designed keeping in mind size and aesthetics. Users will be able to pair it up with their devices seamlessly and it wouldn’t look out of place amongst Apple’s products. What’s even better is that the keyboard can be paired with up to three devices, allowing users to easily switch between the trio without needing to reconnect.

The K760 also features Mac-specific keys like Brightness, Command and Eject to give users a familiar feel. The concave key design allows for faster typing and better precision than an on-screen keyboard. The keys are well-spaced and don’t feel cramped either. At the top, an array of solar panels with the Logitech logo lines the keyboard, giving it a unique touch compared to standard products. A power button on the right turns the keyboard on and off.

The K760 can operate for three months on a full charge. Aside from sunlight, it also charges itself using artificial light both indoors and outdoors. Eco conscious users will be pleased to know that unlike the earlier versions, the latest model is PVC-free and is packed in a recyclable box to further reduce its carbon footprint.

The K760 will make its way into the United States and Europe this month and will sell for $79.99 a unit. The non-glossy design is bound to go down well with buyers as the earlier versions sported a glossy finish that users said attracted dust and showed up too many fingerprints.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mitsubishi begins operating the smart grid demonstration project

Intelligent networks have the ability to provide soft food to every commercial establishment or House connected to him. Currently, there are such systems only small-scale nature expensive to configure them. Now, Mitsubishi, the Japanese conglomerate, has completed work on a smart grid demonstration system called Labo M-tech that uses rechargeable batteries for EVs to the electrical demand for leveling on the premises of the factory. The Institute of technology of Toyota plays an advisory role in the project.

EV-Smart grid demonstration project
start of operation of "M-tech Labo," a smart grid demonstration system
Labo M-tech is one of four Japan smart grid initiatives that seek to demonstrate how these systems can make a big difference to ensure smooth and uninterrupted power supply. It will showcase the burden changing by being charged at night when energy demands are low and stored the renewable energy will power be routed to the grid when necessary by the offices and facilities of the factory of rechargeable batteries.

Companies engaged in the construction and the operating system are composed of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. All three are of the opinion that using used rechargeable batteries and those of EVs will significantly lower the cost of establishment of dedicated smart grid instead of battery systems that are very expensive. Companies look to move towards energy systems Greens for a sustainable society in which CO2 emissions are reduced and more easily satisfy the energy requirements.

For this year, the group will seek to demonstrate a reduction of fluctuation of energy in the administration of MMC Nagoya plant building that will use energy of Labo M-tech with a maximum power of kW. The objective is to establish a reduction of 33 per cent of the range of fluctuation of 180kW. Companies will also validate the electric vehicle system integration of EVs adding capacity data download available of each electric vehicle while still letting them be used as a means of transport.

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NASA Engineers develop a new, more efficient airborne wind-power system

Benjamin Franklin uncovered ground-breaking facts about the nature of electricity and lightening by flying a kite in 1752. Two and half centuries hence, NASA is using the lowly kite yet again albeit this time the purpose of the experiment is to change the way the world approaches wind turbines and sustainable energy generation.

Wind-borne power systems may not yet be viewed with the same level of trust as land-based tower-like wind turbines but they may just prove to be just the viable and ingenious alternative that can bring wind energy to the masses.

Airborne wind-power system developed by NASA Engineers
Engineers at NASA are currently hard at work trying to develop the model which explores two facets of the technology. The first is a generator based on the ground which the kite is tethered to and is powered by the reeling motion of the kite as it is activated by the wind. The other part of the project focuses on generating electricity via a set of turbines built into the kite itself.

During the reeling phase, the wind-borne wind power system uses 10 percent lesser energy which makes the model almost 90 percent effective. The model generates more electricity when wind turbine blades are further from its hub and spin faster offer further advantage to the airborne system over the land-based systems. To allow the kites to maintain their orientation and speed, the system comes with a Microsoft Kinect-like pattern recognition software that also helps establish the situation of the kite. The kite is maintained in a figure-eight flying pattern by a flight-control system.

At the moment, NASA is working on a prototype in which the kite will have a wingspan of over 10 feet. The agency is also seeking permission to test the prototype airborne wind-power system at an altitude of 2,000 feet above sea level which is supposed to be the right elevation for such systems. If perfected, the technology would not only provide clean power to people on the planet but perhaps also to human settlers and exploration probes on Mars and other planets in the solar system.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nike’s New green GS Cleats are Made From Recycled Bottles and Beans

In a bid to prove its commitment to creating sustainably produced products, iconic sports brand Nike has created a new football cleat called the Nike GS which is being touted as being the most eco-friendly shoe the company has ever produced. Throughout its body, the boot features renewable and recycled materials. The lightweight shoe weighs just 160 gms which makes it the fastest as well as the lightest shoe made by the company so far.

 Polyester and recycled water bottles were among the reused plastics used to create the tongue, lining and laces of the shoe, over 70 percent of which is composed of these materials. Composed of 97 percent castor beans, a plant-based material called Pebax® Renu is used to create the shoe’s traction plate. This material is over 50 percent renewable.

The production process involved in making Kangaroo leather in the Nike GS also emits 35 percent less carbon that a process that uses traditional materials. Since castor beans require much less water to grow that other natural fibers, the overall environmental cost of making the shoes is also lowered. These cleats are also chemical free.

However, what makes the Nike GS such a great shoe for the average footballer is the fact that they are up to 15 percent lighter than traditional cleats thanks to the use of castor beans. Apart from the low environmental footprint, these cleats can also deliver high performance under the most pressing conditions.

Just 2012 copies of the limited edition Nike GS football cleats will be manufactured and will be available via the company’s online shop beginning August 15th at a price of $300.

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Eco Friendly Rickshaw coined as Eclipse

With the increasing congestion on roads and the resulting carbon footprint, we need next generation vehicles which are environment friendly too. Usage of ecofriendly materials like recyclable polyethylene can help in production of environment friendly automobiles. One such invention of a pedicab is being coined as Eclipse. This has been a great hit on streets of New York to the lanes of Shanghai.

Rickshaw is the primary mode of transportation in many South American and Asian countries. And this also makes it the source of livelihood for many people in these countries. Designed by Kenneth Cobonpue, he is the mastermind behind this high tech version of three wheeler. This vehicle makes its brand owners the trend setters as this is the future.

The innovative three wheeler is made of aluminum and recyclable polyethylene woven together to give it the requisite shape. It has a light weight structure with a curvy top woven in an insulated fabric. What’s more, adding to its green attribute hand stitched weather proof vinyl is used to create comfortable seating arrangements, combined with handlebars and headrests.

Other user friendly and attractive features include bewildering indulgences like a cup holder on either sides or an Ipod docking station, a cooling fan along with cool set of speakers to keep your spirits high at all times and fully closable panels on all side. With elegance taking over Cobonpue’s design, it gives a clean green alternative to its modern day counterparts.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ecological Benefits of Alternative Energy

There are a lot of reasons why alternative energy is favorable despite the big expense that it brings about to the world economy. There are economists who believe that by using this form of energy, a country's financial system will drop off drastically. Based on the on-going studies conducted by several research groups, worldwide, investing for alternative energy may cost a great deal of money: however this belief can be considered as a drawback for only today.

As the fossil fuels, coal and uranium, which are the main sources of energy, fuel, and electricity, are getting used up it is expected that the price that will be spent for alternative energy today will equal the regular price of energy (kwh) in the future.

The Alternative Energy System has invaluable benefits that range from a consistent multitude of societal, ecological and economical advantages. It does not produce toxic waste materials, harmful pollutants and emissions (greenhouse gases) produced by factories and power generating plants that directly affect Mother Nature. Since it is a renewable energy source it will not use up the already limited stock of fossil fuels, coals and some other natural resources that are becoming extinct. This only means that the next generation will have plenty of these resources and the future is never at risk.

Without a doubt alternative energy will surely provide a stable price since it will not be imported from other oil-producing countries anymore. Likewise, there will be an ample supply of power to the neighboring residents since this form of energy will be produced locally. And because the sources are renewable, investing for an alternative energy system today not only guarantees security in energy production for the future but also ensures a fixed price in oil and energy, which nowadays is ever fluctuating.

There is no better time to stop the society's reliance on the conventional energy sources but now. Every thing has its own beginning, though the transition may not start up smoothly but as technology advances, in time, this form of energy will eventually hold us independent from fossil fuels, coals and nuclear power. Nature is life's treasure, thus the resources that maintain its glamour should be preserved.

 Preserving today's natural resources is like preserving the lives of the next generation. We should invest on something that both the present and the future generation will benefit. This way we will be able to sustain the needs of today and the next generation.

Sequías, cambio climático, ¿qué plantas sobrevivirían?

Sequías, cambio climático, ¿qué plantas sobrevivirían?

Durante más de un siglo los científicos han debatido la  manera de predecir qué especies de plantas y cultivos son más vulnerables y cuales más resistentes. ¿Porqué un girasol se marchita de forma rápida si el suelo está seco mientras que los arbustos nativos chaparral de California pueden sobrevivir largas temporadas de sequía con sus hojas verdes?

Sack y su equipo han descubierto algo que resuelve este debate y permite la predicción de cómo diversas especies de plantas y otro tipo de vegetación en todo el mundo puede tolerar la sequía.

Hay muchos mecanismos involucrados en la determinación de la tolerancia a la sequía de las plantas, y además ha habido un intenso debate entre los expertos de qué rasgos son los más importantes a considerar.

El equipo de la UCLA financiado por la National Science Foundation se centro en el rasgo llamado punto de pérdida de turgencia, un rango que nunca antes se había usado para medir y predecir la tolerancia a la sequía de plantas y ecosistemas.

Sequías, cambio climático, ¿qué plantas sobrevivirían?

Una de las diferencias fundamentales entre plantas y animales es que la células de las plantas están encerradas por paredes celulares y en los animales no. Las plantas para mantener sus células funcionales dependen de la presión de turgencia. Esto es la presión producida en las células por el agua salada interna empujando y levantando las paredes celulares.

Cuando las plantas abre las hojas o sus poros o estomas para capturar el dióxido de carbono necesario para la fotosíntesis pierden una gran cantidad de agua por evaporación. Esto lleva a deshidratar las células induciendo a una pérdida de presión y por lo tanto de turgencia.

Durante la sequía el agua de la célula se vuelve más difícil de reemplazar. El punto de pérdida de turgencia se alcanza cuando las células de la hoja llegan a un punto en el que sus paredes se vuelven fláccidas, pierden turgencia. Si las hojas están débiles o marchitas será más difícil que la planta pueda crecer.

Lawren Sack

La sequía puede causar que las células de la planta tengan dificultad para alcanzar su punto de turgencia la planta ha de escoger entre cerrar sus poros o estomas y correr el riesgo de morir de hambre y además dañar sus paredes celulares y proteínas metabólicas. Para poder ser más tolerante en épocas de sequía, la planta necesita su punto de pérdida de turgencia de modo que sus células sean capaces de mantener su turgencia incluso cuando el suelo esté seco.

Sequías, cambio climático, ¿qué plantas sobrevivirían?

Los biólogos demostraron que dentro de los ecosistemas y en todo el mundo, las plantas que son más resistentes a la sequía y el cambio climático son las que tienen puntos de turgencia más bajos ya que pueden lograr mantener su turgencia aún en condiciones de suelos secos.

El equipo de la UCLA ha demostrado de manera concluyente que es la salinidad del jugo celular lo que explica la tolerancia a la sequía en todas las especies. Su primer acercamiento fue matemático al revisar las ecuaciones fundamentales que rigen el comportamiento de porqué se marchitan las plantas. La solución matemática señalo la importancia de la savia de las células saladas, lo que permite a la célula mantener la turgencia de presión durante épocas secas y poder seguir con la fotosíntesis y su propio crecimiento

El equipo recogió datos de especies en todo el mundo, lo que confirma sus resultados. La tolerancia a las sequía se correlaciona con la salinidad de su savia, y no con la rigidez de sus paredes celulares. De hecho plantas con paredes celulares rígidas se encuentran en zonas húmedas y también en zonas áridas.

Christine Scoffoni, coautora del estudio

La sal concentrada en las células de esta forma retienen el agua con más fuerza y permite a las plantas mantener su grado de turgencia durante la sequía. La combinación que hace más resistente a una planta es que tenga una alta concentración de sal para mantener la presión de turgencia y además una pared celular rígida para evitar que pierdan un exceso de agua.

Sequías, cambio climático, ¿qué plantas sobrevivirían? El equipo demostró que el punto de pérdida de turgencia y a savia salada tenían un gran poder de predicción de la tolerancia a la sequía de una planta. Sin embargo algunas de las plantas del desierto más conocidas  como los agaves, las yucas, o los cactus presentan un diseño contrario a esta tesis, paredes flexibles y savia diluía.

Megan Bartelett, estudiante graduado de UCLA

Estamos sorprendidos de ver que tener una pared celular rígida reduce realmente poco la tolerancia a la sequía, al contrario de la sabiduría popular. Muchas plantas resistentes a la sequía también tenían paredes rígidas las células.

En realidad este tipo de plantas son de la especie suculentas, debido a que parte de sus tejidos están llenos de células puede abrir sus estomas mínimamente durante el día o la noche y sobrevivir con e agua almacenada.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

CSR Researchers Work on a High-Speed Carbon-Neutral Locomotive

Is there really any significance for the early steam-powered locomotive in the modern rail industry? Well, the coal-devouring ancient steam locomotive, which was first built in 1937, might be worthless in the modern day. But the Locomotive 3463, which is under development of the U.S. Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR), enjoys a huge prominence in the new era. This locomotive is a high-speed engine with the much-coveted carbon-neutral credential. Instead of the depleting coal, the locomotive consumes bio-coal.

As hyped by the CSR, which is an association of the non-profit Sustainable Rail International (SRI) and the Institute on the Environment of the Minnesota University, it is the first carbon-neutral locomotive. Indeed, it is an attempt to develop trains that can run with zero carbon emission. It is time we should want a return to the old technology of steam engine with bio fuels to achieve the goal, which will only keep up the ecological balance of nature.

The CSR team has been working on the locomotive, called the Project 130 for some time around. Its major aim is to create the world’s most cleanest and powerful passenger locomotive. Of course, the researchers have made a huge advance reworking the Locomotive 3463, which the Great Overland Station Museum donated to them. They have certainly achieved the expected speed target of 130mph with this locomotive that consumes eco-friendly bio-coal.

The high speed green locomotive features no heavy metals and it discharges less ash, off-gases and smoke. According to Rod Larkins of the Minnesota University, the carbon-neutral locomotive will herald the beginning for a technology that will reduce the country’s huge dependence on fossil fuels.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Endesa and Peugeot Allies for Electric Mobility

PEUGEOT LOGOEndesa and Peugeot have signed an agreement in Madrid that merges them into an Alliance that is aimed at the further development of electric mobility as well as energy savings. New merger between Peugeot and Endesa has been signed in Madrid by Javier Uriarte, director general of Endesa energy and by Rafael Prieto Martin, Deputy Chief Executive, Peugeot Spain. This new Alliance of the two leading companies in Spain and in the world aims to achieve greater development of electric mobility and course, to achieve a higher energy saving, contribute to the environment.

The Importance of Using Electric Cars

We therefore believe that this new merger benefit both the manufacturer Peugeot to Endesa, as well as drivers and the planet as it will be an excellent way to cooperate to avoid contamination. Based on this partnership, both Peugeot and Endesa aim to put in place all activities related to the mobility of electric cars or other vehicles.

Furthermore, Peugeot would provide electric cars to the fleet of Endesa, and on the other hand, Endesa shall identify infrastructure charging that the company could install to installations of Peugeot. Of course, all this thinking of the benefit for consumers as well as also on the benefit that involves helping to raise awareness of the use of renewable energy and clean energy.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nissan Eco Carrier

This creation is the responsibility of the company Nissan, which clearly is having a strong commitment to the environment with the Nissan Leaf marketing and integration of clean energy to its factories, and now to a means of transport will also help reduce costs .

This is the Nissan Eco Carrier, a large vessel which has on its cover with an installation of photovoltaic solar panels that not only is responsible for providing electricity for lighting (provided by LEDs, low power consumption) but also its mobility.

Thus Nichioh named Maru, became the first transport ship that would be moved by the energy from the sun, thanks to its 281 either from solar panels and eliminating the need for a diesel engine.

The use of this technology represents a significant cost savings, estimated at up to 1,400 tons of fuel, resulting in fewer tailpipe emissions, considering a total of 4,200 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

It became operational on 27 January, 1380 a car carrying locally so far, being a tool that will last for a long time and make a contribution to protecting the environment.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The WHILL Attachment Turns Wheelchair into Electric Vehicle

Generally wheelchair users do not need electric wheelchairs. However, if one needs to cover long distances or move alone at home, the thought of due to an electric wheelchair must have arrived in their minds.

 However, one does not need to go to buy a fully-equipped wheelchair electric, all thanks to technology WHILL, which has made possible a regular wheelchair, operate as an electric wheelchair, as and when the need arises.

Tokyo Motor Show recently showed a prototype of WHILL technology. The WHILL can be clamped to any existing wheelchair and the wheelchair provides electrical unit.

The concept of technology WHILL is simple. Two circular hub attached to wheelchair wheel outdoor centre. The centres are connected through the curves control section and it is bridge over the waist of the person with the same. Manual adjustment of the angle of that section can be made by the user. Hubs can also block the wheels.

The hub is powered by a lithium-ion battery and each of the hub contains 24 volt motor.
The lithium ion battery help wheelchair rotate and move, helping them to achieve a maximum speed of twenty miles per hour. Battery charge time is two hours under normal circumstances of work and it can run for a distance of 30 km at a stretch.

You can adjust the speed of rotation of the wheels, according to individual needs. Field trials are underway and soon this innovative product that promises to make the lives of people who, because of his physical deformities, will hit the market.

An innovation, in fact WHILL technology promises to revolutionize the world of people with disabilities.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Is The Following: Floating Wind Turbines?

As we know it
Our dependence on fossil fuels and other non-renewable forms of energy has reached a saturation point. With earth no longer able to agitation in the required amounts of conventional forms of fuel to meet our growing energy needs, researchers and scientists are increasingly looking more alternatives are sustainable and clean. Apart from the Sun, the other renewable source is the wind.

Always present, with a potential to feed the demand of almost all the planet's energy, wind power is becoming increasingly more be regarded as a solution to our energy problem. As such, wind turbines are used to replace conventional power generators than ever before. Countries like Portugal, Spain, Italy and Denmark are currently among the forefront of the use of wind energy.

Need for change
While the use of the wind is a great way to get much needed clean energy, there are some problems associated with it. First, establish wind turbine requires large tracts of land. This may not be feasible in areas where space is a problem. Already erect a single single turbine does not meet the requirements of energy from a village or a factory, needs a considerable amount of land to establish one sufficient number of them.
Another factor to consider is the fact that the wind is not coherent. There will be times when there is no wind, so power generation will be minimal or nonexistent. What happens then?

Manufacture of wind turbines is also expensive. Of course, if countries are produced on a large scale commercial, prices would fall. However, this is not the case in the current situation, so the majority occur, can burn a big hole in your pocket.

What is next?
Floating wind turbines are ideal for those areas located near the coast and those who cannot afford to give away large tracts of land for its erection. Here, a turbine is mounted on top of a floating structure that is tied to the bed of a body of water.

Bright above i.e. that does not require allocating land to install wind turbines, leaving room for other development projects and housing. Most people also like spoiling the landscape and views with huge turbines, so if it can be displaced to float in bodies of water such as oceans and seas.

While the concept of a wind turbine is not new, previously it could only be anchored at shallow depths. Now, however, floating wind turbines can be configured in many deeper waters, even at a depth of 70 meters. In all likelihood, floating wind turbines will generate coherent energy as they are always higher speeds of wind on the water.

Here are three concepts which could pave the way for the world to invest capital, time and resources in this ingenious idea.

1 Single floating wind turbines Vestas and WindPlus

Vestas Wind turbine manufacturer is working with WindPlus to create a wind turbine that sits on a floating platform. Unlike other floating turbines, this concept by the two companies will allow the platform controlling the movement of the wind and the waves so that the turbine can be placed in deep waters. Responsible for implementing Costa Portugal, the floating wind turbine called the Vestas V80-2.0MW, if successful, will be the first of its kind to make use of the technology of floating platform.

2 Platform of floating wind hexagonal Hexicon

Conceived by the Swedish company, Hexicon, hexagonal wind floating platform is a central axis that will be able to accommodate about six or seven wind turbines. With a capacity to generate power 40MW Hexicon floating platform will require minimal maintenance, as old and worn-out turbines can be replaced easily.
Wave power plants can also be hosted in the Centre if you need additional power. On the other hand, the set up mounts on the site. The central axis will also be more efficient space as the entire facility is compact.

3 Floating turbine wind power in the North Sea

Floating wind turbine in the North Sea
Areas like the North Sea could soon become floating home wind turbines if it rises through a project by Norsk Hydro. The winds generated at sea guarantee to maintain consistency, which is always a gamble with ground wind turbines. Three modules measuring 60 meters in length will join a turbine that sits on a standing 200 meters high steel tube.

 If successful, the concept of Norsk Hydro will be the first prototype to be displayed on a large scale. The huge structure will be able to reach depths of a staggering 500 meters below the surface of the sea.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Marine Rope Upcycled Into Stylish Woven Rugs

Woven rugs made from recycled materials may not be the freshest idea in the world of floor accessories but few designers have reinvented the lowly rug with as much elegance as Sophie Aschauer.

The designer was inspired to create these intricate looking mats while on a sailing excursion and what makes these mats even more special is the fact that they are woven using marine rope upcycled and repurposed into beautiful floor accessories.

 Aschauer called the series SerpentSea to denote the origin of their basic material as well as the symbolic shape of mythical sea creatures.

Upcycled SerpentSea Woven Rugs
For a material that has little use once it has outlived its usefulness in the original application, the ropes prove to be surprisingly delightful in their new avatar as the basic and only material used for colorful home accessories. Dyed in dynamic colors, the SerpentSea Mats are named after infamous 17th century pirates like ‘Morgan’, ‘Drake’, and ‘Bonnie’ which means that each pieces comes with its own a unique back-story that allows the owner to fashion his or her own anecdote around an otherwise neglected accent piece in the home.

Upcycled SerpentSea Woven Rugs
With different textures and hues, the mats fit in with both modern and traditional home décor schemes. Offered in both round and strip styles, the mats can also be placed on top of both round as well as longer end tables to liven up plain pieces of wooden furniture.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Solar Powered Ice Cream Cart

Have you ever thought of linking Ice Cream with sun’s heat? With everything going green, a dutch ice cream company in association with an Amsterdam based studio has developed a sustainable ice cream cart. This machine can keep your ice cream intact with help of solar energy.

Call it the vending machine or the ice cream cart, it is based on a system that stores solar power in batteries. These batteries supply enough power to the freezer through the day and night, even when the sun isn’t shining

Sustainable Ice Cream Vending Machine
The ice cream cart has a roof that has photovoltaic panel. This panel generates the effective and reliable AGM batteries all day long. What’s more? These batteries can be charged overnight by connecting the system into an external socket.

The roof of the vending machine can be raised whenever required. It can also be extended using four telephoto panels. With green being the latest buzz, this solar powered ice cream cart can be the pick for all the eco lovers. This sustainable and compact vending machine has been created by spring time and surely will be loved by one and all.

 Sustainable Ice Cream Vending Machine Sustainable Ice Cream Vending Machine
Curvy, stylish and sturdy are the words that describe this ice cream cart which is mobile and can be your companion anytime and anywhere.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lower Power Bills With Alternative Energy Homes

How much do you spend per month on your electricity bill? So do you think that it is possible for you to cut costs significantly?

Alternative energy homes are not only the new "in" thing they are the home owner to save money every day while also saving the environment. Homeowners across the nation and in fact the world come to this realization.

Alternative energy houses are either wholly or partly their owners to live more independent of the grid and the ever rising costs of energy generated by non-regenerative resources. Alternative life just adds up to monthly savings for homeowners.

Alternative energy choices
The energy that we use today comes from limited resources such as natural gas, oil and coal. Limited things go, the cost of using them only increase if we reduce the supply.

Luckily for us there are available renewable energy sources. The only problem is that we haven't shown enough initiative and the willingness to use them.

The initial cost of switching to alternative energy systems can truthfully, expensive.   This alternative should be reviewed in the long term. The savings will be realized in monthly increments over time.
Now, unlike these resources mentioned earlier, renewable energy sources are easy to find and can be used by anyone who is willing to invest in systems for collecting energy from them.

Since there is not a fee for the use of sunlight, wind or water then will your alternatives for research to the needs of your family.

For example, if you live in a cold location and are constantly to heat water, instead of electricity to draw from the grid to meet this need you a solar domestic hot water system install.

If you live in a climate where there is an abundance of Sun you might consider a solar energy system. You will convert the Sun to electricity to power your home.

In a climate where the wind is a factor than a wind turbine system would be a consideration. This would be something that you even consider building themselves.
Those who are near a running stream live can research and consider a micro-hydro system in order to generate their own electricity.

There must be at least one viable renewable energy source where your family lives.  And in some cases may you live in a climate or region where you use more than one kind of renewable energy source can make. You may at some point, your monthly utility bills to eliminate the change.

How to save
Of course, you know now that it is quite possible for you to go off-grid with one or two installed renewable energy systems for your home. Please note that although the initial costs can be expensive, the long term savings will be significant and will continue to pay for itself as time goes on.

Another consideration will your willingness to take account of your use of energy. You and your family may be required to see how you use energy every day and some changes. Efficient use of your energy is the key to this all work.

Conservation will be taking care to do simple things each day such as disabling devices when not in use. Just a few changes will go a long way to go.

You can also begin to install more energy-efficient devices. Those who have used for years, you probably have more energy than newer models.

By to put in more energy-efficient appliances and more aware of how you and your family energy use you'll begin to see immediate savings. Add to that a new renewable energy system and you're on your way to saving money and the environment.

The answer to the questions previously presented is easy. With alternative energy homes and your efforts to save energy, great savings are guaranteed in the coming years.

So just dreaming about how to stop and start getting into it.  Sounds like a great family project!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Take Flight for a Cleaner World

The reality is that there are many people interested in renewable energies decide to go one step further and become entrepreneurs putting their bit with its creativity and its plan of action.

Renewable energies are the present and above all, a stronghold for the future because without them we can hardly continue forward.

But life also shows us that to be a good entrepreneur you need to dominate the Administration and direction of companies that have great creativity and awareness that one before this problem, you need to be able to be independent and autonomous to fight for this.

With this mention we wanted to offer a point of view that sometimes we forget, ideas are necessary, awareness of the need for renewable energy is essential but a good training is essential for to carry it out.

Personally, I think that the great achievements are achieved thanks to small steps and on many occasions, unknown, brilliant, people who get great ideas with the possibility of carrying out.

Increasingly we see how get new ways to get fuel without oil, i.e., find new ways of recycling waste that safeguard the environment or new ways to get biofuel unfold.

Increasingly are going to more, new generations born already aware with all the disasters that occur year after year and of which it seems we cannot learn, why they are so important entrepreneurs, from good training a large ideas to start to change things.

It is time to take a step forward, it is time to take flight for a cleaner world.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The First Solar-Geothermal Hybrid Plant in the World Begins to Work in Nevada

Enel Green Power (EGP), a subsidiary of the renowned Italian company, will take over this combination of solar and geothermal in the first hybrid plant in the world.  

The first geothermal power plant and solar is from May in Fallon, Nevada, and is a project that uses the latest technologies to combine solar energy installation and provide 59 MW of combined capacity to power more than 50,000 homes.

 Although he has completed a few months, will now that hybrid technology is launched.

The combined energies will be offset their weaknesses. Solar power only works when there is sun, while geothermal energy is independent of time of day or weather. In 2011 solar energy has grown by 54% to 28 gigawatts

 In addition, solar energy produced at times of increased consumption (when people are awake) but leaves supply the night hours or cloudy days, so the combination of geothermal energy is always interesting as well, its initial cost is considerably less.

Nevada intends to reach 25% of renewable power generation in 2025 and in fact, northern Nevada and is in 24%, while the national average remains at 13%.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Recycled Beer bottles Used to Construct Las Vegas Building

Las Vegas is also known as Sin City for its over the top glitz, the way it appears to promote glamour over everything else and its promotion of the indulgence of one’s senses to the point of being gluttonous.

By its apparent promotion of vices, being eco-friendly is perhaps the last thing on the minds of builders which is exactly why the Morrow Royal Pavilion stands out as a beacon of eco-righteousness in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas’ Morrow Royal Pavilion is made from 500,000 recycled beer bottles

Used as a manufacturing facility, the building is made entirely from recycled beer bottles. All the bottles used in the structure were collected by Realm of Design from hotels located near the Las Vegas Strip. The project was commissioned by Scott McCombs, an entrepreneur, and was inspired by England’s Swarkestone Hall Pavilion.

With a 30,000-square-foot of floor space inside, the structure is already being dubbed the largest building in the world constructed from recycled bottled.

Las Vegas’ Morrow Royal Pavilion is made from 500,000 recycled beer bottles
The building was constructed using over 500,000 discarded beer bottles which could have filled a space as big as 8 football fields. However, looking at the exterior of the building, no one can tell that it’s made from beer bottles or any other recycled materials.

The bricks used in making the Pavilion were given a sandstone-like finish and texture by crushing the beer bottled finely into a grainy material after it was mixed with fly ash. This mixture was then melted and poured into moulds to for the bricks that are called ‘GreenStone’.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Solar Energy for the Survival Market

Paralyzing Blackouts Can Last Weeks...
Even MONTHS After a Catastrophic Event!

And while there are ways to ensure your family won't sit in the dark like the rest of your neighborhood (I'm going to show you my personal favorite method for this in a moment)... 

... there's very little you can do to actually prevent these nasty power failures.
Because when a hurricane or a massive earthquake shatters power plants and collapses miles of power lines... all you can do is sit and watch. 

If you’re lucky, the power gets restored in a few hours. But the more serious the disaster... the more likely it is you’ll be in the dark for weeks... even months. 

It’s happened before – with hurricane Katrina, or with the recent earthquakes in Japan. With many of the Japanese power plants in rubble, people were told they’ll be experiencing "controlled blackouts" for up to 3 months in a row! 

This is serious stuff. A lot more serious that not having TV or your XBOX console for a few months. Because when the lights go out... things get VERY serious, very fast:
  • You can’t cook, boil water or store food in a freezer... so it’s beans, rice and canned beef for a month (or government “instant meals” if you’re lucky!)
  • You can’t use any power tools to rebuild your home faster... and if the damage is extensive, you’ll need to consider your alternatives (like... living in tents, or in “emergency homes”... while your home is unprotected from thieves and looters!)
  • You can’t keep a light on, can’t listen to emergency news broadcasts, can’t charge batteries, and plenty more! (Luckily, there’s a quick, easy and inexpensive way to power up all your essential devices seconds after disaster... and I'm going to give you all the juicy details here)
Fact is, electricity is so important to having a normal life... you don’t really understand how much you need it until you lose it!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Top Alternative Energy Solutions

Do you want to find out about the top alternative energy solutions that can be used to run your home with? One of the best tested and proven methods today is to use wind renewable energy systems such as windmills and wind turbines. With higher electricity prices and increased environmental pollution, there is more focus on the use of alternative energy and how they can be fully harnessed.

1. What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Alternative Energy Solutions?
Their effectiveness tends to be lower in highly populated areas due to more obstacles blocking the free flow of wind energy. The best places to utilize them would be in more rural and suburbia areas, but nevertheless, still can work with very low wind speeds. The best positions to place the wind turbine would be in areas that are bigger than 1 hectare; otherwise the wind power may not be enough to run the windmill properly.

2. How Do Wind Alternative Energy Solutions Work?
They work when the wind power rotates the blades on the turbines, resulting in mechanical energy being produced. This power can then be channelled into the system towards the generator. The generator will then convert this mechanical energy into electricity that can be used to run the lights and various household appliances. Given the fact that wind is a completely free and renewable source of energy, it is a great alternative to traditional energy sources such as coal and fuel.

3. What Are Some Other Considerations When Building Wind Alternative Energy Solutions?
The average wind speed that one should look out for when placing their turbines is about 10 mph to 11 mph. There will be 4 main components needed to assemble it, and you can find out all about how to build alternative wind energy solutions at my website link below.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Buderus - Company Committed to Renewable Energy

We are all aware that the search for alternative energy has increased in recent years because they pollute less than conventional. Renewable energy sources are produced continuously and are constantly regenerated. Currently, there is a growing concern for environmental conservation and renewable energy could help solve many environmental problems.

Many entities are aware of the excessive energy expenditure, have shown their commitment to the environment and have developed products that work from the energy produced by the sun, earth, water and air.

Buderus, a pioneer in heating and belonging to the Bosch Group, is based on solar thermal systems that use the sun's energy to heat hot water and generate heat. A clear example is the new solar collectors evacuated tube Logasol SKR has launched the entity, a highly efficient collector uses the sun's energy. If you are a professional or installer, it will be good for you to know this new solar collector.

Besides this, has created Buderus heat pumps that operate with the energy stored in air, water and soil. Thus, the brand helps to protect the environment, a fundamental aspect of his philosophy.

Geothermal energy is a source of little known among consumers and is below the earth's surface as heat stored. What are the benefits? What can we tell customers to convince them that it is a good alternative? It is a renewable energy source that does not pollute and does not produce gases that can affect the environment. It is also a source of energy. Most characteristic is that its use can reduce CO2 emissions by around 50%. There are many products like heat pumps that run through geothermal energy. Geothermal heat pumps have superior performance up to 70% more than conventional heat pumps.
This type of energy can be used both for the construction of large buildings such as houses, hotels, offices, hospitals ... and also for the construction of smaller buildings. Most characteristic is that it produces gases and, therefore, does not pollute the environment. It is an energy with great prospects for the future.
Of course, knowing well the advantages of this technology and know communicating it to the final consumer is very useful for professionals and installers.
Buderus, a brand of Bosch Thermotechnology division of the Bosch Group, has released its new catalog includes general rates 2012que complete information about hydraulic oil boilers, medium and high power, batteries, regulation and control devices, as well as extensive information on renewable energy.
The catalog is organized by chapters. The boiler section medium and high power, the catalog includes a new range of steel condensing boilers, Logano plus SB745, with an attractive design and high efficiency. Also, the range of self-contained heat generation incorporates the new Logablok Modul Modul GB402 GB312 and.
In the area of ​​renewable energies are introduced as a new vacuum tubes Logasol SKR and incorporated the new generation of solar thermal collectors, Logasol SKN 4.0. Also included heat pumps Logatherm WPL and WPS.
The ACS chapter accumulator register strong expansion that includes new Logalux SU / 5 and Logalux SF / 5, 300 and 400 liter capacity, with inner surfaces termovitrificadas to its chemical behavior is neutral with respect to water. All models incorporate the patented Plus Duoclean treatment Buderus.

Also, within this same section, we have included the new range of high capacity batteries has been renewed since the capacity range of 1,500 liters in models with serpentine CV-M1 introduced a new range of coil accumulators, represented by the C-RB-RB and MVV for up to 5,000 liters.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Research and Documentary "Messages in Water"

For those who do not know to Masaru Emoto, prior research, I will say that is a Doctor of Alternative Medicine by the Open International University and currently is president of the IHM Research Institute.

Masaru Emoto has recently been in Madrid to present his latest research that has resulted in the documentary "Messages in Water". In this documentary shows the different crystals that have water as has been manipulated or not, getting truly different crystals you can see a sample image presentamos. 

To do this research he has drawn water from different parts of Spain with appropriate handling. As you see in the picture, water is taken from an industrial area or near the city of water drawn directly from nature or more specifically, the spring of Ortigosa del Monte, in the Sierra de Guadarrama.Uno of the interesting aspects is we can see how this is handled crystallization water was Bezoya What is your opinion on its crystallization? For those who want to see the whole process you can see it in the documentary.

One of the conclusions of Masaru Emoto about this research is that "water and nature help each other. Therefore, if the nature is beautiful, the water will be, and vice versa "This beauty can be seen through the crystallization obtained in the same way that we can see the memories of the water.

A then we leave the trailer of the documentary so that we may tell what you think about it:

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

1 Liter of Light Project uses recycled bottles to create solar lamps

In The Philippines, like many parts of the developing world, kerosene lamps are the primary source of light for people living in the underprivileged areas. Not only are these lamps dangerous per se they also emit great amounts of CO2 and other toxic gases which cause respiratory problems amongst the people using them as well.

This prompted MIT student Alfredo Moser to come up with an idea for a solar lamp fashioned out of recycled water bottles. This idea was further developed by Illac Diaz, a Filipino student who used it to create the Isang Litrong Liwanag AKA the 1 Liter of Light project. Even though its name may be slightly misleading, the alternative lighting system basically ensures that people are able to utilize natural daylight without having the sun blazing in through a bigger skylight during the day.

Each solar lamp contains one liter of water mixed with bleach which creates the same amount of light as a regular 60 watt incandescent light bulb. What’s ever better is that the bleach keeps the water algae and bacteria-free for over 5 years which gives each installation a longer life.

The I Liter of Light project basically uses discarded one liter PET bottles, fills them up with water and uses it to create a solar lamp/skylight hybrid that captures and amplifies the light of the sun which functions like an electric lamp and floods the indoors with light during the day.

The lamp does not require any electricity to function though it can be a bit less luminescent on cloudy or rainy days. The project is a part of the My Shelter Foundation group who has invited homeowners, students and volunteers to create their own zero-cost makeshift solar lamps and their goal is to have 1 million bottle lamps fitted in homes throughout the Philippines.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

2012 London Olympics Goes Green with Recyclable Basketball Stadium

Hosting the Olympic Games has so far been a privilege bestowed only to a few wealthy countries who could afford to erect massive sports arenas required for the event. Since the Olympics draw a huge number of international visitors, building such arenas is something of a necessity. However, to level the proverbial playing field for countries with a slightly lesser budget, designers Wilkinson Eyre and Sinclair Knight Mertz have created a basketball arena that is not only budget-friendly for the organizers but also a lot greener than most of the permanent structures.

The 2012 London Olympics Basketball Stadium project was created in collaboration with sports consultants KSS and as its name signifies, it would be used to organize the basketball competitions in this year’s Summer Olympics.

Recyclable Basketball stadium for 2012 London Olympic Recyclable Basketball stadium for 2012 London Olympic

Built using 1,000 tonnes of steel, the design is neither very cheap nor 100 percent green but it certainly presents a great case for the incorporation of more sustainable designs for events of the same structure and crown attendance as the Olympics. Clad in white, the basketball stadium is made up of recyclable materials that can be reused.

For now, the 2012 London Olympics Basketball Stadium is a one of a kind project though members of the Olympics organizing committee as well as interested host nations agree that such sporting arenas could potentially bring the Games to nations with a little less spending power and provide a boost to their economies simultaneously making the Olympics greener.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Aerografito The Lightest Material in the World

 German scientists from the Universities of Hamburg and Kiel have created the material, the lightest in the world. One cubic centimeter of aerografito weighs only 0.2 milligrams. This is 5000 times less dense than water and 6 times lighter than air and 75 times lighter than polystyrene foam. However it is very resistant supports up to 40,000 times its weight. It has been disclosed in the journal Advanced Materials.Este mesh material consists of a carbon tube of about 15nm in diameter. These microtubules are interwoven at the micro and nano metric. Due to the lesser curvature and wall thickness greater differ from graphenes, and resemble aerografito vítreo.

El carbon black in color and resembles classical aerogels in many respects are actually similar except that the manufacturing process of aerografito is not conventional. It is ductile, good electrical conductor, it can withstand the high compression and tension loads. The Aerografito can be compressed to 30% of original size greater strength and conductivity obtained in this process. Again, you may return to its size without receiving any damage to its structure.
Rainer Adelung professor at the University of Kiel on aerografito says: It's like a network of ivy that wraps around a tree, then remove the tree. The "trees" in this case were crystals of zinc oxide, the cueles have the form of four sides. The crystals are placed in an oven and coated with a layer of carbon by chemical vapor deposition. While hydrogen gas is added to the furnace. This carries the oxygen away from the zinc oxide. The zinc falls then to the farm from the oven, leaving only the outer shell of carbon. The three possible options aerografito.Hay far: 1 - laptop batteries due to its lightness and its relatively large surface area. The aerografito could allow the creation of much lighter batteries lithium ion battery and super-condensadores.2 nonconductive objects such as plastics which, when covered with this material to make drivers but without

increase peso.3-carbon and is used to filter water, aerografito could excel in the water as it is 5000 times less dense. Scientists report that during the forming process is disturbed aerografito if the oven temperature, or the rate at which hydrogen is added aerografito structure also changes. That is, maybe you can adapt to as the co Mecklenbrug uso.Matthias and students of the TUHH

     Our work is causing much discussion among the scientific community. Aerografito weight is four times less than other material that was the world record for being the lightest. This other material is a nickel material which is also constructed with tiny micro tubes. The main difference is that nickel has a greater atomic mass than carbon.

Prototipo de turbina vertical para lograr energía eólica en las ciudades

Tiene un diseño, que ha sido fruto de tres años de trabajos e investigaciones de ingeniería, que le permite convertirse en una gigante pantalla publicitaria. Lo que ha hecho que sea un “invento” que ha captado el interés de empresarios e inversores desde Arabia Saudí a Alemania.

Uno de lo0s creadores de esas turbinas eólicas, Jacob Jiménez, ha explicado que cubre un espacio nuevo de las energías renovables eólicas porque está “entre los grandes parques eólicos y las pequeñas máquinas de entre uno o diez kilowatios que sirven para pequeños autoconsumos”, las dos opciones que existen actualmente.

Su sistema es capaz de generar 100 kw, suficiente potencia como para alumbrar una gran avenida de una ciudad con luces led o para abastecer una urbanización de veinte viviendas unifamiliares.
El coste de cada turbina es de unos 600.000 euros, tienen fácil instalación, como ha asegurado Jacob Jiménez.


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Photovoltaic Solar Energy

It is increasingly common to see solar panels on the field, especially in sunny areas and begin to appear in homes, but We know it works? Renewables now try to show what lies beneath.

The photovoltaic solar energy is a type of renewable energy that comes from the sun's rays to produce electricity through the photovoltaic effect that is often used for different purposes such as appliances, isolated houses or go directly to distribution networks.

The two main applications given on photovoltaic solar energy is directed to:

     Photovoltaic solar energy directed at isolated installations the power grid is composed of solar panels that capture solar rays, and this energy is stored in batteries. This allows us to enjoy electricity in places that sometimes are inaccessible to the network such as mountain huts, lighting, cottages, etc..

     On the opposite side are photovoltaic systems connected to the network consisting of the same process for the production of energy with the difference of application, in which it is sent to the electricity grid.

Did you know that electric distribution companies in Spain are obliged by law to purchase the energy produced by solar power?

The photovoltaic power plants are one of our options when it comes to enhance and increase the consumption of solar energy to proliferate ever more strongly renewable energy.

It's about time that both the utilities and the general public begins to see solar energy not only as a possibility that now seems out of reach financially but as a cost-effective long-term goals and issues such as environment, economy and quality of life.