China boasts the fastest growing economy in the world. It is also one of the most populous and also considered to be the most resourceful. So when such a country takes a leap into thinking green, the developed side of the world needs to pay attention and follow the lead. The State Grid Corporation of China and BYD have unveiled what they claim to be the world’s largest battery energy storage station. It combines 40 mega-watts of renewable energy generation, 36 mega-watt-hours of energy storage and a smart power transmission system. The project’s aim is to provide a ‘stable solution for transferring vast amounts of renewable electricity safely to the grid on an unprecedented scale’.
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Let us be honest – a laptop is something that is growing to be a necessity, much more than just a want or luxury. While companies race to develop technologies to meet consumer requirements and comfort, few pay attention to the environment it adversely affects. Non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child has launched its XO 3.0 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, claimed to be inexpensive, use little energy and brave extreme weather conditions. The tablet can be powered by solar power and the like. Its features include the Marvell ARMADA PXA618 SOC processor, Avastar Wi-Fi SOC, standard or Pixel Qi sunlight-readable display, and supports Android and Linux operating systems. The organization intends to ‘get a low-cost, low-power laptop in the hands of every student on the planet’, especially those in developing countries. By March, they plan to ship more than 75,000 units of the XO 1.75 laptop to students Uruguay and Nicaragua.
Looking for a better way to play your music out loud in the open air? This solar powered portable speaker is bound to do the job just right! Unveiled at CES 2012, the Rukus portable speaker system powers up via a solar panel integrated on the top of the device’s body. Streaming music via Bluetooth, the front instrument panel includes a Bluetooth toggle, and buttons for volume, aux, and bass adjustments. And to top it off, the Rukus sports a display that shows battery levels, solar charge levels and the like. Sporting an internal lithium battery that charges up in six hours with direct sunlight, this one also juices up with an AC adapter or via USB and comes for $149.99.
The Kindle turns greener with this latest launch at eh CES 2012, a solar-powered cover for the beloved e-reader. Called the SolarKindle cover, this one turns the Kindle into a renewable-energy-powered device, enabling you to enjoy your e-books in a greener way. All in all, this is an eco-friendly way to get some reading done, given that the Kindle by itself is an environment-friendly mode to literature, unlike paper-made books that require trees to sacrifice their lives! And powering up a Kindle by solar energy is a cherry on top of a pretty delicious cake after all! Also, the cover sports a built-in 800 lux LED lamp that stays lit for about 50 hours on a fully charged battery. Priced at a pocket pinching $79.99, this cover might cost just as much as a Kindle itself, though it sure makes for a perfectly green accessory!
For all those who’ve been dreaming of phones with solar panels hooked on to their backs, Nokia’s recent study is bound to disappoint. The Finnish manufacturer set out to test the practicality and feasibility of harvesting solar energy to power up phones, and the results weren’t really too charming. Five different test phones were used around the globe in different climatic conditions, and those used closer to the equator performed better than the rest, making this form of juicing-up phones pretty impractical to say the least. Also, smaller phones with equally smaller solar panels, the angle of how the light entered the solar panels and a bunch of other shortcomings that Nokia dug up seem to make solar-powered phones a far-fetched dream for now. For now we have to settle for a Nokia Windows phone that can work great as a smartphone and app device
Has your electricity bill begun gently brushing the floor while you read it lately? It’s time to check on your home’s electricity consumption without further ado! To start off with, you could cut short those energy-sucking exploits of your unused appliances by plugging them off! Or, if you’re just too lazy to deal with it all, use the Bracketron GreenZero mobile charger to juice up your phone instead! The charger cuts of standby electricity use once the phone’s completely juiced and helps save up on energy while hand-in-hand extending your phone’s battery life, keeping away the fruitless phenomenon of over-charges. Priced at $22.56, these chargers are expected to show up at CES 2012 too!
Lugging around a suitcase isn’t the best way to travel. And well, if you aren’t one to settle on travelling light, we’ve stumbled on a trolley suitcase that’s bound to leave you smiling wide. Designed by Jung Inyoung, this trolley suitcase charges up your gadgets too! Generating energy by converting kinetic energy from the movement of its wheels into usable electricity, the suitcase juices up all your little gadgets, including your phone and music-player. Available in attractive colors that are sure to make head turns as you drag this one around airport terminals and train stations, this suitcase sure is a better and cleverer way to travel!
What better way to celebrate Christmas than by doing the environment a favor and keeping celebrations eco-friendly! This Christmas tree in UK got greener than just about any tree around, thanks to the efforts put into it all by a British company. The tree, set up in a shopping mall, is hooked on to energy-harvesting paving slabs that generate energy from people’s footsteps. The kinetic energy harvested is then converted into electrical energy, which in turn was used to light up this beautiful tree. Turning the Christmas spirit greener than ever, this tree cares along with it the holiday cheer as well as a eco-friendly message to the world at large.
In a bid to save a bit of energy while making sure the aesthetics of your living space remain intact, designers at the Joon & Jung Studio came up with this beautiful lighting solution called the Living Light. Using energy-efficient LEDs, this pendant lamp literally blossoms and lights up on detecting people nearby. With a programmed microchip working as its brain, this lamp slowly expands out when it detects movement around, and folds back in, switching back to the energy-saving mode, when the room’s empty. A great way to save up on energy, especially for those who just don’t seem to remember to flick the light switch off while walking out of the room, the Living Light is an energy-efficient lighting solution as well as a piece of eye-candy for your living space.
Soon, the source to power up your smartphone or portable music player could be your very own body! With technology like the Tusk system, designed by Jerry Mejia, the energy expelled by the human body could soon be put to better use. Using rotary dynamos, rectifiers and linear regulators, the Tusk system generates energy by using the user’s walking pattern, converts it all into electricity and juices up portable devices like smartphones and music players. Also, this could work pretty well particularly for those who spend a larger part of their time outdoors on foot or on bicycles.Continue reading