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    The Music City of America reduces garbage with solar powered BigBelly

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    The capital of Tennessee, Nashville, will be speckled with BigBelly that will actually reduce the city’s litter to zilch. Trash cans in crowded places are always full and overflowing with garbage much before the garbage truck’s arrival. To put an end to this menace, the authorities are all set to place the solar powered trash compactor called BigBelly. Touted as a smart green way to get rid of garbage, this bin can crush 180 gallons of garbage into a regular 32-gallon bag. powered by sun’s energy, it leaves no carbon emissions too. It can be used year round without any problem. Costing a $3,000 for one belly, it also has panels on the side that can be used to advertise and can help offset some of the initial costs.
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    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 5, 2008
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    Solar-powered ASV Roboat moves ahead in the green race

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    What is green about the first world robotic sailing champion? Dubbed, the ASV Roboat, this autonomous sailboat is making waves in the world of travel and navigation technology. Fitted with sensors, it can easily sail around pre-set race courses or even simply reach any nautical destination without human support. We’ll talk about its techie features after the jump and focus on the eco-friendly element for now. The Solar panels on the Roboat lend a green trait and also make it independent of carbon emitting gasoline. Moreover there’s a direct methanol fuel cell to top up the batteries as a backup.

    Posted in Alternative Energy, Transport on December 5, 2008
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    California’s eco-friendly wineries dole out green wines

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    As you sip down the sparkling wine have you ever wondered that this tasteful, healthy drink also leaves its share of carbon footprint on our planet? A study states that producing one bottle of wine creates more than a pound of waste, and puts 16 grams of sulfur dioxide into the air. California houses over 2,500 bonded wineries and about 192 million cases of California wine were produced in 2008 that accounts to 90% of total US production. Now you can calculate the effect this brew are implicating on our environment. However trust California to take corrective measure to clean their environment. To keep up to the state’s green drift, even the wineries are doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint while still producing great wine. Many of them have turned to alternative energies like bio-diesel and solar panels to power up the whole setup. Also eco-friendly, recyclable and bio-degradable materials are being used for packaging.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 4, 2008
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    Eco-conscious Benedictine Nuns look forward to the eco-friendly monastery

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    After the Pope, it’s the nuns who intend to lead a green lifestyle now. Gaurdian reports that he Benedictine nuns of the Conventus of Our Lady of Consolation are all geared up for a greener location. An environmentally sensitive monastery is being built in the North York Moors national park for the purpose. Powered by solar panels, this monastery will also preach green with other eco-friendly features like rainwater harvesting, reedbed sewage systems, sedum roofs, recycled material, woodchip boiler and responsibly-sourced timber. Such a dwelling is in stark contrast to the current address of Stanbrook Abbey, Worcestershire that boasts of Victorian splendor.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 3, 2008
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    Solar power via Space Solar is out of reach

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    Addressing the need to absorb most of the sun’s energy, Eli Hariton has conceived Space Solar. Thinking out of the box, the designer has realised that the earth’s atmosphere obstructs the penetration of all of the solar rays. And since solar crafts and satellites (almost) run on sun’s energy, why not deploy them to direct the abundance of unhindered solar power to earth? About ten to twenty football field sized solar arrays can be used to generate thousands of kilowatts per hour! This energy will see its way down to every corner of our blue planet via microwaves. And since these satellites are orbiting around the earth, they never stand a chance to be in dark. So earthlings can enjoy the liberty of unlimited solar energy all through the day as well as night.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 3, 2008
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    Red fire fighting trucks flaunt a green solar roof in Pennsylvania

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    Emergency service vehicles go Green! Last month I wrote about the solar powered ambulances from Mumbai, India. But today, I am back with solar powered fire trucks that are driving up and down the town of Shawnee in Pennsylvania, United States. Intending to cut down their carbon footprints, the Fire department worked on a trial project to gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of solar powered fire trucks. Solar panels fitted on the roof of these trucks are expected to power up the necessary equipment like firefighters’ battery-powered flashlights, portable radios, thermal imaging cameras and the Mobile Data Terminal, within the trucks when the ignition is turned off. Also these cool red beasts are left running to keep the hoses from freezing when the temperature drops.
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    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 2, 2008
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    DIY 10 foot axial flux wind turbine kit for eco-friendly energy

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    Since living on alternative energy sources is deemed to be the latest trend, allow me to bring to your attention to the Axial Flux Wind Turbine. Harnessing the wind’s energy with its large 10 foot (diameter) fan blades, it is a complete kit for $1,750 from OtherPower. Though it doesn’t seem to fit the urban scenario, people living on farms, ranches or other wide open airy locations can find a place to fix this DIY wind turbine kit. Inspired by Hugh Piggotts designs, the kit contains the assembled alternator, blades, tail vane, and all necessary hardware to assemble the machine. More importantly, a users manual is also shipped along, without which it can be a daunting task. Custom designed to charge up the batteries of 12, 24 and 48V, this is 10 foot diameter turbine is conservatively rated at 800 Watts. However the alternator has proven to withstand sustained output of 1000 Watts in bench testing.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 2, 2008
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    Pope goes green with the solar powered Paul VI Hall in Vatican

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    And you thought that priests only pray to God for well being? Allow me to correct this myth. In a move to make Vatican more clean and green, the current leader of the Roman Catholic Church and head of state of Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI held his first green audience yesterday. About 9,000 attended the green service under the solar roof of Paul VI Hall. In all, 2,400 solar panels on the roof above the Pope’s head converted sun rays into electricity to light and heat the hall.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 27, 2008
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    Solar Panels on the graveyard power up the homes of those alive

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    Though acres of graveyards only provide a peaceful accommodation to all the dead bodies world wide, a small town outside Barcelona, Spain begs to differ on that trend. The city council and the authorities of the Santa Coloma de Gramenet cemetery are wise and green without doubt. They have installed 462 solar panels on top of the grave niches which in turn power up the local energy grid. The energy generated is equivalent to the yearly consumption of 60 homes. Started about three years back, this project saw day light last week. Such a location provides an ideal solution for towns and cities that crib about lack of space to install such eco-friendly projects.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 24, 2008
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    Solar powered Fusion Messenger Bag juices up gadgets with green energy

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    These days, most of us need to run through a list of must-have gadgets to be carried before stepping out of the house for work or even a simple stroll through the park. A few to name are cannot-do-without cell phone, laptop, MP3/iPod, gaming console, a pedometer for fitness freaks, GPS unit and lots more, I’m sure. However the whole geeky persona fizzles out if your doodads aren’t charged to be at your service at the end of the day too. For such times, a Fusion Messenger Bag is the savior. Fitted with flexible solar charging module, these bags can juice up all the dead batteries with a 12V auto adapter. Crafted out of recycled materials along with durable 1680D, 800D nylons and natural heavy canvas, a leather trim gives a chic look to the other wise green bag.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 24, 2008
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