We’ve long been flag-bearers for portable charging systems, and the news of yet another prototype in the works has left us smiling graciously. At the Colorado State University, a bunch of designers are at work, toiling hard to develop solar-powered clothes from natural fibers that could in the near future be the best way to power up on the go. Be it mobile phones, media players or GPS devices, these clothes could pretty much trickle in solar juice and have just about any portable device powered up and ready.
America’s first offshore wind energy turbine will show up at Chesapeake Bay off the Eastern Shore town of Cape Charles. Approved by the Virginia Marine Resources Corporation, the 479-foot-tall turbine generator will soon begin pouring in renewable juice in the grid. To be completed by the end of next year, the turbine is expected to serve for a good 20 years or more. Also, the submarine cable system that will hook this turbine to the grid is expected to sport a lifetime of 100 years. The 5MW turbine will use 15,219 feet of submerged power cables to hook up to the electricity grid.
Electronics giants around the globe have discovered Africa to be an exploitable market to sell a range of eco-friendly and energy-efficient electronics these days. Manufacturers including South Korean electronics bigshot Samsung are now considering Africa as a great market to sell products including solar-powered lighting systems, energy-efficient televisions and appliances and a lot more. Also, given the fact that the African market contains a variety of consumer-types including those belonging to lower income groups and the brand-conscious middle class, manufacturers now have this continent in the spotlight.
At first look, we thought this one to be an art gallery. On closer inspection, we figured this amazingly unconventional structure to be a boat-charging station! Called the Elektrobotenhuis, this beautiful structure in the Netherlands was designed by Groosman Partners. Sporting 72 solar panels, the building was designed to be durable, recyclable and sustainable. A warehouse with all the know-how and tools to build electric boats packed inside, this one also sports an indoor exhibition space where boats can float and awe onlookers. With the solar array generating a good 11,072 kWh each year, enough to juice up 1,385 electric boats, the
We’ve been following the exploits of the sugary green Solar Impulse since quite a while now, covering test flights and benchmarks set by this marvel of modern day technology. Now, the evergreen air traveler will land in the Kingdom of Morocco. For the first time ever, the Solar Impulse will be flown for a good 2,500km by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, each taking turns to fly this solar-powered airplane without using any fossil fuels whatsoever. With a round-the-world flight planned for 2014, this flight to Morocco crossing the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean will prove to the world the usability of solar energy in the aviation industry today.
Bamboo is probably one of the best building materials modern man can put to use to have a roof above his head. Given the fact that bamboo is bio-degradable and grows quickly, it works as an efficient eco-friendly building material. To study the benefits of bamboo building, the Bamboo Wing project was chiseled into being near Hanoi, Vietnam. Made purely from bamboo, this building structure is an aesthetic treat to say the least. Sporting a 12 meter open space without any vertical columns, this structure can be used for outdoor events such as wedding parties, live music concerts, ceremonies and the like.
Planning to toss those plates of leftovers from yesterday away in the waste? Give this a thought. Leftover food could very well be used to generated energy with technology company SeaB’s newest brainchild, MuckBusters. Basically mobile recycling units nestled in shipping containers, the Brit folks from SeaB are currently trying to gain public interest around the Bay Area. According to claims made, the MuckBusters system can very well generate enough electricity to power up 150 computers from half a ton of unwanted leftover food.
Compared to the contemporary conventional means of transport, bicycles are always considered slow. Bicycle manufacturer Specialized decided to change this mindset of the masses and has pulled the veil off its spectacular and drool-worthy machine, the Turbo. Termed as the fastest e-bike today, the manufacturer concentrated on having this one go faster, without punching holes in the environment. Capable of reaching speeds of up to 28 mph (45kmph); this one uses an electric motor powered by a 342Wh capacity lithium ion battery that juices up in just 2 hours!
Looking for a better way to type with your Apple iPad? This spectacular design we came across is a perfectly green peripheral for your tablet, making typing documents and data on the iPad a lot easier. Also, given the fact that the iZen Bamboo Keyboard is made from an eco-friendly source i.e. bamboo, this iPad accessory is environmentally gracious. Complete with specific iPad keys that mimic the home button, search and slideshow functions, this portable keyboard comes with a li-ion battery and is made from 92% bamboo.
MIT has come up with an innovative way to up the scales of solar energy production. By simply ditching the conventional flat solar panel design, MIT plans to use three-dimensional solar energy harvesters shaped as cubes or towers. These according to the MIT could result in higher power generation as compared to flat solar panels.