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    Indian Government invests $4.13 billion to promote the manufacturing and sale of green vehicles in India


    India was termed as the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2009, and in a desperate attempt to reduce its carbon footprint, this quickly developing country has now began promoting the use of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Spending nearly $4.13 billion on an ambitious project with which the Indian government hopes to bring at least 6 million green vehicles on road by 2020, 5 million of which are expected to be two-wheelers, the country has now realized the need for eco-friendly modes of transport and a need to decrease reliance on fossil fuels. Fuel prices in India have been soaring over the past decades and using energy efficient plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles could indeed prove to be a better way to travel if all goes as planned.

    Posted in Other Stuff on August 30, 2012
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    Japan plays home to world’s first coin-operated EV charging station


    And just when we though coin-operated machines had met their doom with the dawn of the smart-card, the Japanese pulled the veil off the world’s first coin-operated EV charging station! Unlike its peers that usually require smart-cards and credit-cards to function, this charging station in all its retro-likeliness requires drivers to drive up to it, pop in coins and juice up their cars. Designed to blend in with the current wave of EV chargers across Japan, this charging station costs a whopping $7,317 more than its peers, a hefty price for a step-down in technology. Also, a system like this is bound to receive negative feedback in European countries and the United States, given that people there now depend more on cards than loose change!

    Posted in Other Stuff on August 28, 2012
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    The Hula Washer does your laundry as you exercise


    We’ve been constantly exploring ways to complete everyday chores in an eco-friendly way and designer Sang-soon Lee’s brainchild, the Hula Washer is one of them. A hula-hoop that doubles up as a washing machine of sorts, enabling you to do your laundry as you exercise, without the need of electricity, the Hula Washer is indeed a well-conceived idea that pretty much makes sense in modern day scenarios where people look forward to shortening electricity bills and keeping fit! All you need to do is use this clever washing machine as a regular hula-hoop after tossing your clothes inside and have them spin as you exercise! A 2012 Electrolux Design Lab entry, the innovative Hula Washer is an answer to physical fitness and laundry woes.

    Posted in Other Stuff on August 22, 2012
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    New carbonized lithium-ion batteries charge nearly 120 times faster than usual!


    Lithium-ion batteries might be the answer to powering up our electrical needs away from the grid, though these are known to take typically longer hours to charge up. Recently, a group of researchers from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have come up with a new battery manufacturing technique that helps decrease the time taken by these to charge to a few minutes! These batteries are predicted to charge 30 and 120 times faster than normal li-on batteries and are densely interwoven with conductors. A development like this could help boost the electric-car industry and subsequently make our everyday gadgetry quicker to juice up!

    Posted in Other Stuff on August 17, 2012
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    Green Sky Growers are all about eco-friendly farming


    All we’ve known about our whole life is that plants and veggies grow on the soil and die when they’re uprooted. But the Green Sky Growers have uprooted the notion itself by employing a completely novel technique called Aquaponics. The farms are all around the roofs, pillars and walls of the place, making for an interesting watch. It is a mutually-beneficial farming technique involving fish culture and vegetables. Green Sky Growers are the breath of local restaurateurs who count on them for their weekly veggie supplies. Aquaponics is a combination of “aquaculture”, the farming of fish and “hydropinics” the raising of vegetables in soil-free, nutrient-rich water solutions.

    Posted in Other Stuff on August 9, 2012
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    Siemens builds world’s longest wind turbine rotor blades


    Global powerhouse Siemens has recently developed the world’s longest wind turbine rotor blades measuring a massive 75 meters each. They are set to install the rotors off the coast of Denmark at by Autumn 2012. The rotors will be installed at the local landscape at Osterild, which is Denmark’s national test centre for large wind turbines in a prototype six-megawatt offshore wind power system. The unit is designed to maximize energy yield at offshore locations such as inland waters with moderate wind resources to the most exposed offshore sites. The commendable feat is achieved through the mammoth B75 blades that are manufactured in one, smooth piece with no joints, using its IntegralBlade process.

    Posted in Other Stuff on August 3, 2012
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    EDV-01 Disaster Response Unit is an energy-efficient, self-sufficient emergency pad


    Only a land battered with emergencies on a frequent basis would administer the will and resources to create a functional combat. The EDV-01 is a disaster response unit developed by Daiwa Lease and it is kitted out with the basic infrastructure that could allow two people to live comfortably for a whole month, with supplies to water, electricity and communication equipment. It is a two-storied structure, with kitchen, bath and toilet on the first floor and living space on the second. The system uses solar power system on the roof and fuel cells underneath to store energy during night. In the event of communication network failure, the satellite linkup is established to keep contact with the outside world.

    Posted in Other Stuff on July 31, 2012
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    Denmark opens first bicycle superhighway between Copenhagen and Albertslund


    The Danes love their bicycles, so much that a 11 mile bicycle superhighway built between Copenhagen and Albertslund faces regular two-wheeler traffic every day. Uninterrupted by busy main streets and gas-powered traffic, this superhighway passes through nature’s very best and is the first of the 26 bicycle routes to be built connecting Copenhagen, encouraging people to choose their bicycles above gas-guzzlers. As fossil fuels quickly near extinction, the world’s been looking for cleaner and greener ways to get around, and the good old bicycle still remains an unbeaten mode of transport for many. All said and done, we applaud the Danes and the authorities in Denmark for this spectacular and visionary project being undertaken and hope that these bicycle superhighways show up around the globe too!

    Posted in Other Stuff on July 20, 2012
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    BMW and Toyota join hands to develop better fuel cell and EV technology


    We’d got wind of BMW and Toyota planning a joint venture lately and speculations have been put to rest as the two automobile giants have officially announced the collaboration. As per reports, the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop low carbon technologies including a fuel cell system, architecture and components for a new sports vehicle, electric car drivetrains and fuel-saving, lightweight technologies! Together, the manufacturers look forward to developing better, cleaner and more eco-friendly vehicles for the world to drive in future, in an attempt to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and pull down carbon emissions in the air.

    Posted in Other Stuff on July 2, 2012
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    Energy-efficient vending machine by Coca Cola cools during the night time


    Vending machines that pop out chilled cans of soda are essentially refrigerators that more often than not suck in considerable amounts of energy. Throw in a few hundred of these and scatter them around a city and you’re bound to strain the electricity grid more than ever. Coca Cola, the cola company that has one previous account taken initiatives to move towards greener practices, has come up with a groundbreaking innovation, a vending machine that keeps drinks cool without using power for up to 16 hours! Being developed in partnership with Fuji Electric Retail Systems, the A011 vending machine uses energy at night instead of the day-time and continues to keep the drinks cool inside during the thereafter. Using vacuum insulation and an airtight design, a vending machine like this could save soft drink manufacturers millions and could very well lead to a more eco-friendly tomorrow!

    Posted in Other Stuff on June 29, 2012
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