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    Mint Hotel near the Tower of London boasts Europe’s tallest living green wall

    The recently opened Mint Hotel located near the Tower of London is already stealing the limelight from the good old landmark, with its eye-catching façade, the tallest living green wall in the whole of Europe! Unveiled last month, this vertical garden covers 1,025 square meters of the building. And the visual-treat isn’t limited to observers from the outside. Owing to the hotel’s large floor-to-ceiling windows, the beautiful greenery can also be viewed from the hotel’s lobby. The wall boasts forty different species of plants. In all, the wall has growing 184,000 single plants divided between 4,100 planting modules. To feed this, an automatic-irrigation system is used which also disperses liquid fertilizers to keep the plants healthy.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 19, 2011
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    US Postal Service unveils 16 Forever Go Green stamps

    The US Postal Service is doing its bit to help spread green awareness amongst citizens, with the help of green postage stamps that carry environment-friendly and inspiring messages. As part of the Go Green initiative, these stamps, 16 of them in all belonging to the Forever series include messages such as “Plant Trees”, “Adjust the Thermostat”, “Use Public Transportation” and a lot more, giving you subtle but effective reminders every time you decide to write and post a letter. Given that the snail-mail service is slowly losing its edge, due to the ever-increasing use of the internet, mailing portals like Yahoo.com and Gmail.com could also probably help spread the green with similar messages appearing on a user’s screen, while composing an email!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 19, 2011
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    Solar powered helipad kit unveiled in Brazil

    brazil.jpg The Brazilian’s sure know how to land their choppers in an eco-friendly way in some otherwise- inaccessible locations. Very recently, the first solar-helipad kit was unveiled at the Latin American Aero and Defense International Exhibition and Conference on Aerospace and Defense Technology. Using solar energy to power up, this stand-alone wireless helipad light and navigational aid is the first of its kind in the world and was produced jointly by Carmanah Technologies and ADB Airfield Solutions. Packed with ADB wireless solar engine power systems, visual navigation aids and Carmanah wireless solar-powered airfield lighting technology, the system will help defense forces in Latin America access remote and isolated locations, fighting illegal immigration, drug trafficking and other organized crime activities.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 18, 2011
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    Quebec green-on-wheels buyers to get $8000 rebate

    Prospective car buyers in Quebec have a reason to rejoice now, if they’ve been dreaming of an electric car that is. The province of Quebec is now offering a rebate of up to CA$8,000 for electric car and plug-in hybrid purchasers! The sum depends on the type of vehicle you opt to buy, its range and efficiency. Electric cars powered with nothing else but electricity, are favoured upon a lot more than hybrids are with the rebate value. With this initiative, the province hopes to have as many as 300,000 electric vehicles and hybrids on streets by 2020, 25% of Quebec’s vehicle population.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 13, 2011
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    Green energy powered LED lighting could extend play-time for NYC kids

    It just seems wrong growing up in a city with nothing but skyscrapers. And kids in cities like NYC do have a hard time scooping out places for some outdoor fun! Designer Andrew Burdick decided to give the kids hailing from the Big Apple a better play time experience by simply extending the hours during which existing fields can be used, instead of constructing new ones, a cheaper and time saving strategy. Using solar power and wind energy, Burdick proposes to set up LED lighting that will help illuminate these play areas during dark hours too, enabling them to be used 24 hours a day. Now we aren’t really sure about just how many kids would prefer playing a soccer game at night, but the proposal seems economically practical!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 8, 2011
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    Cleaning up flood water and making it potable, the Health Light

    3.jpgCities today have turned into concrete jungles. The amount of green and open land is slowly diminishing in our urban areas. It’s no wonder that cities around the globe keep flooding over and over again. Once the waters flow out into the streets, it proves to be extremely hazardous, giving rise to diseases and mixing up with toxic waste from drainage systems. So, designer Liu Yun came up with this innovative technique to purify this water to some extent. Termed the Health Light, the solar powered device gets rid of the contaminating bacteria in water and detoxifies it, filtering it in the process.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype, Recycle on March 30, 2011
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    The $11 million solar canopy for the Cincinnati Zoo

    Besides the exotic wildlife that usually takes a visitor’s breath away, the Cincinnati Zoo now has yet another “exhibit” of sorts that’ll leave guests marveling and awestruck. One of the largest public urban solar displays in the country, the zoo now plays home to an $11 million solar “canopy”. This structure will keep the zoo’s electricity bills short and keep the elements away from the visitors too. Using 6,400 photovoltaic solar collection panels assembled on more than 100 metal arrays, 15 to 18 feet high, the canopy covers 800 of the 1,000 parking spaces at the zoo’s main entrance and is capable of generating 1.56 megawatts of electricity, enough power to lighten up 200 homes, fulfilling 20% of the zoo’s annual need.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on March 28, 2011
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    United States Marine Corps Base Camp goes green with 1.4MW solar panels

    us-marines-solar-energy.jpg The United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton located north of San Diego, California, has just got an added touch of green. Kyocera Solar, Inc. and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest teamed up to set up a 1.4 megawatt (MW) solar electric system at the base camp with 6,300 KD235 modules , all produced locally at Kyocera’s San Diego facility. This one’s one of the largest solar installations in the San Diego County and will help generate about 2,400 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually. That’s enough energy to light up 400 average homes. The installation will help the Marine Corps save $336,000 on a yearly basis.
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    Posted in Awareness and Hype on March 17, 2011
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    Plants in future to help detect toxic substances in the air

    5.jpgA few years in the future, we’ll have our little green buddies warning us of toxic gases in the air! Biologist Dr. June Medford at the Colorado State University (CSU) is currently busy working on plants that change color when toxins show up in the air. The plants simply stop producing chlorophyll on detecting explosives or pollutants in the air. Perfect for a scenario where chemical warfare could just break out, these plants will go white on detection. Tobacco plants work best for these and easily detect airborne substances. And the best part, these being plants require no external source of energy and do all the detecting and informing services free of cost! Just a little bit of water, and sunlight is all they need.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on February 18, 2011
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    HabiHut solar powered water kiosks in Kenya

    Kenya now plays home to three new HabiHut solar water kiosks installed by HabiHut, LLC. These water kiosks installed in cooperation with Umande Trust, a Kenyan based NGO were set up quickly in just a single day. Water kiosks usually take a good 6 months to install, and cost three times more than the HabiHut. Also, the new HabiHut units use renewable energy to power up, and with the help of solar panels, bask in the glory of the sun and generate energy that can also be used to charge mobile phones. On an average, each of the HabiHut kiosks serves 2,600 customers per month and operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The HabiHut works perfectly for far flung places like regions in Africa that are disconnected from the grid and have no access to clean drinking water, let alone mobile phone chargers.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on February 15, 2011
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