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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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    Solar powered air-conditioned bus stop shelters in Abu Dhabi

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    Traveling via public buses in Gulf countries doesn’t seem to be soothing suggestion. But that’s not the case if you are a resident of Abu Dhabi. Step out of the air-condition-cool house to board an air-condition-cool bus for your work by waiting in an air-condition-cool bus stop too! The place now boasts of the first of the 550 solar powered air-conditioned bus stop shelters. A look at the prototype and the citizens as well as the tourists can be convinced that the government is bent on promoting the public transport system with ‘cool’ zest. And it’s not only the cooling aspect that will appeal to all the commuters. Folks waiting for their bus to arrive can hang around in a cool, eco-friendly, informative, high-tech environment without fretting.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 24, 2008
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    Solar powered airfield lights for Venezuela’s Airport De Guiria

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    Venezuela’s Airport De Guiria is all set to sport green lights over the airfield very soon. Carmanah Technologies Corp., world’s largest supplier of self-contained solar-powered LED airfield lighting technology recently got an order to supply eco-friendly lights for the airport. For about $700,000, the airport’s field will be trimmed with Carmanah ICAO-compliant A704-5 runway edge lights, threshold lights, handheld radio controllers, A601 taxiway lights.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 21, 2008
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    Solar powered Cardboard compactor recycles to reduce carbon footprint

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    And if you thought that an elementary material like cardboard doesn’t need any thought before chucking it off, you are mistaken. The government and the residents of Cranberry town, Pennsylvania, are eco-smart to understand the need to recycle cast off cardboard. Just recently, their old collecting and recycling units for the same were swapped for a better upgraded greener version. This new commercial-strength, solar-powered compactor was put up to take care of large volumes of cardboard carton waste. And when the days are cloudy, this cardboard churner will still run on the local power supply. This free, 24/7, self-service cardboard recycling compactor will lure people to dispose off the cardboard containers in the green clean manner. Fitted with a surveillance camera, every move of the user will be recorded and any violation of the rules will call for legal action.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 20, 2008
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    Sport Phone gets alternative green energy as you keep fit

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    While playing any sport, even for recreational purpose, it is always advisable to keep our cell phones back at home or in car when in action. But for those addicted to their cell phones, designer Oana Oniga has come up with an all-in-one wearable gadget dubbed, Sport Phone. Exclusively shaped for all the sports person and athletes, this conceptual gadget is an ingenious blend of communicating features along with cannot-do-without sport tools. But the highlight of this sporty doodad is that it sports a green charger along with the traditional battery. The green touch comes from the fact that this phone can also get its juice by harnessing the kinetic energy of the body. As almost all sports involve moment in some form or the other, all the energy expended by the wearer is absorbed for an eco-friendly charge up. Roll over to read more about its sporty features……

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 20, 2008
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    Japan’s Solar City – A perfect testimony from the Land of Rising Sun

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    Many of us would love to swap our current dependence on the electric girds with the free solar energy. However the cost to set up a system big enough to power a whole house with sun’s energy is daunting and cripples the idea of getting liberated. But when the government steps in to assist such a cause, the citizens can boast of solar powered dens without much economical fuss. Located in midst of strawberry fields, one of Japan’s sunniest spots, Ota City’s tiny Pal Town received free solar panels from 2002. The government sanctioned a 9.7 billion yen for a study on how to ensure a steady supply and avoid blackouts. Dubbed as Solar City, about three-quarters of this town’s homes are covered by solar panels.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 12, 2008
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    Gym workouts serve clean electricity with Green Revolution

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    While most of us simply waste the energy that we burn while working out at out local gym, environmentalist, Jay Whelan, chalked out an innovative technology to power up a gym by converting human energy into green electricity. Called as the Green Revolution, this out-of-the-box idea enables the patrons of Ridgefield Fitness Club to juice up their gym with clean energy. Being the first gym to apply such an eco-friendly concept, its cycling studio, comprising of 17 indoor cycles, is connected to the club’s electrical grid through an inverter. This allows the usage of human electricity throughout the whole club. Furthermore, any excess electricity can be tapped for other purposes. It is also estimated that a standard health club could produce enough electricity to light 72 homes for one month.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 7, 2008
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