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    Solar powered sunglasses nurses your eyes as well as gadgets

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    Inline with the changing trends, designers Hyun-Joong Kim and Kwang-Seok Jeong have conceptualized dual purpose sunglasses. Along with its primary function to keep out the harmful sunrays from entering your eyes, these shades are designed to charge up your gadgets on the go. Christened as Infinite Energy: SIG, these modish glasses look no different as they sport solar dyed lenses. Except for the wire jutting out to plug in to your music players, cell phones, gaming consoles and more. Tweaked to block as well as harness the harmful-to-eyes solar rays into much essential electrical energy, the lenses are caked with “cheap organic dye [used with] nano technology [providing] cheap but high energy efficiency.”

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 19, 2008
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    World’s first power generating glass window opens up to greener horizons

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    Roll up the solar powered blinds to expose the photovoltaic glass window! Watch out for such solar windows at Hollywood and Las Vegas as Rainbow Solar, the company behind these green windows is already working on integrating them in signature projects. RSi PV-Glass Window uses the sun’s light and heat, to generate electricity, reduce heat, and provide a semi-transparent display. These energy efficient transparent windows are capable of generating 80 to 250 watts and at the same time cut down on bills by 50%.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 16, 2008
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    Fuel cells sans platinum promises affordable green energy

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    Fuel cells are an expensive green alternative to the internal combustion machines for the auto-industry. Though they can produce water and electricity from hydrogen and oxygen, it’s the essential presence of platinum that makes them unaffordable for mass production. Playing the role of a catalyst, platinum has so far been the metal of choice because of its ability to create acidic environment and non-corrosive nature. To defeat this precious metal’s reign, Lin Zhuang’s team at Wuhan University, China, has come up with a new alkali (non-acidic) nickel membrane that serves as a much cheaper catalyst.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 16, 2008
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    Turn back the clock- The first solar power plant was built almost 100 years ago

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    Most of us are harping about the solar power and its advantages in today’s day and age. Do you think the current generation is brighter (than their ancestors) as they are resorting to the sun’s energy for powering up almost everything under the sun? Nah! it is reported that almost 150 years ago, in1861 Auguste Mouchout developed the first steam engine powered entirely by the solar energy. And about a centaury ago, in 1913, European scientist experimented on the first solar power plant in the world in Maadi, Egypt. It was in operation for less than a year but has disappeared from history since then. At present, sand and houses cover the former location in Maadi, south of Cairo.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 15, 2008
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    2008 Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship is 100% carbon free

    PGA1.jpg Down Under, golf champions are brushing their skills for the Australia’s first Carbon Neutral Golf Championship. It is now official as the PGA of Australia has declared that the 2008 Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship was to be totally CARBON NEUTRAL event. With the vast acres of greens to be immaculately maintained, the game of golfing doesn’t carry a green tag. Hence this eco-friendly move is supposed to be a perfect shot in the green world. Touted to be the first major golf championship to be taking this step, PGA will work in conjunction with two companies to ascertain and tidy up the championship’s carbon footprints.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 12, 2008
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    Times Square will glow with bike-powered lights to ring in 2009

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    This year end, Times Square will bring in 2009 with a green style as all the energy used to power up the New Year’s Eve lights will be free of grid connections. Liza Minnelli, the wheelchair-bound showbiz veteran set the wheels rolling as she pedaled on a snowmobike to demonstrate the eco-friendly arrangement. In fact any body can walk in to hop on these bikes and contribute their bit to the energy required to light up the Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Since this celebration on New York’s Square is watched by folks all over the world, it will not only greet people with New Year’s wishes but also demonstrate our potential to live and celebrate in green style!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 12, 2008
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    Revolving door churns out green energy to light up the station

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    Following closely in footsteps of Tokyo’s human powered electric board, here is one more example of how humans can be free of the grid if they intend to. You will follow what I am trying to put across as you read about the world’s first energy-generating revolving door. Located at Natuurcafe La Port in the Netherland, this kind of door revolves around people to give out power to light up all the LEDs in the ceiling. Built by Boon Edam, the fundamental application is simple as it harnesses kinetic energy out of all those folks who pass through it. Estimated to generate about 4600 kWh each year, it is part of a larger sustainable refurbishment of the railway station.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 11, 2008
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    Power generating mat at Japan’s station brings the green energy to light

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    Human powered energy isn’t new as we have seen discos and gyms being powered by the energy exuded by people dancing or working out at such places. The latest to be hit by this green trend is Tokyo’s Shibuya station. Commuters traveling via this station walk over the thin mat that is placed at the ticket gates. This 90-square-centimeter 2.5-centimeter thick or thin piezoelectric mat generates energy as people step all over it. This in turn is used to power an electronic LED board which continuously displays updates of the amount of power generated. Also a small holiday light feeds on this energy to add a bit of green color to the whole setup.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 11, 2008
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    Aviation industry’s only solar-powered airport hangar opens up in America

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    Though flying across countries and continents on solar powered planes still seems to be a distant dream, the aviation industry of U.S. is moving ahead with a green objective for sure. America can now boast of the greenest airport hangar as the 60,000-square-foot structure at Bob Hope Airport opens its doors today. Believed to be the world’s greenest aviation facility, this hangar is capable of powering a Boeing 757 jetliner with solar energy while the aircraft is on the ground for maintenance. Known as Hangar 25, its roof is caked with photovoltaic panels that provide enough juice to operate the building’s lights. This green energy can also recharge electric-powered ground equipment such as forklifts and tow vehicles.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 9, 2008
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    Harvard and IBM aim to fabricate cheaper organic solar power cells

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    Time to find an affordable alternative for silicon-based photovoltaic solar cells and trust our scientists at Harvard and IBM to come up with such green solutions for a clean future. They are up on a revolutionary project that will enable them to harness the power of a million idle computers to develop a new, cheaper form of solar power. Based on the IBM’s World Community Grid project, Havard guys are hoping that the project will allow them to discover a combination of organic materials that can be used to manufacture more efficient, affordable, and flexible plastic solar cells. Intending to harness the sun’s energy from every corner, such a technology could be used to coat windows, make backpacks or line blankets which in turn can turn out electricity.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 9, 2008
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