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    World’s biggest solar powered ship circumnavigation

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    France’s PlanetSolar is planning to design the biggest solar run ship in the world. The solar-powered catamaran or a multi-hulled ship is on the drawing board of a project taken by PlanetSolar using Autodesk’s digital prototyping technology. The ship will travel around the globe beginning in 2010. It is still in design stage but the project’s goal is to navigate around the world at an average speed of 10 knots. The vessel will be built by the Knierim Yacht Club of Kiel, Germany and will be operated by two sailors. The boat will also be able to accommodate more than 50 people during the planned publicity stops at various ports.

    Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2009
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    Liv Inizio by EV Innovations readies for New York Auto Show

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    An all-electric sports car Liv Inizio will make its debut entry at the 2009 New York auto show. Made by EV Innovations, formerly called Hybrid Technologies. The new car has a 200-mile range and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds. The top speed is 150 mph. The car also uses a lithium ion battery pack for power and has a recharge time of about 8 hours. A touch-screen LCD in the cabin displays trip information such as remaining range. The smart car uses battery management technology that the company uses to offer electric conversions of existing cars including Toyota Yaris, Smart ForTwo, PT Cruiser, and Mini Cooper, and original cars and two-wheelers.

    Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2009
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    Romag’s PowerPark to use solar power to charge electric cars

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    Romag Holdings has discovered a solar powered canopy that will be a recharge bay for electric cars in open-air car parks! They use a system called the PowerPark that will have a panel of PowerGlaz photovoltaic modules standing above a car parking bay which will generate electricity to charge electric vehicles. Places the company is going to target are air ports, stations, supermarkets, shopping complexes, offices and public buildings that will encourage people to use electric vehicles and hence save the environment from collapsing under the hands of tech-thirsty humans.

    Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2009
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    Sharp to introduce improved new solar power generating systems

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    Sharp will soon release in Japan the Residential Solar Power Generation Systems compatible with the Rooftop Design. Means as compared with the current model of solar power generators, this new one will be able to adjust to flexible roof tops hence acquiring more power. They will also offer more designs, cost variations and installed system output.

    Posted in Uncategorized on March 4, 2009
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    Piaggio’s latest hybrid three wheeled scooter is all set for Europe

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    Green is in and so are three wheeled scooters! And folks in Italy as well as Spain can zip past their cities from summer onwards on Piaggio’s latest hybrid scooter with three wheels. This new hybrid version of its MP3 three-wheeled vehicle can run for 12 miles by feeding on electricity only. However the single cylinder, 250cc gas-powered engine will render the necessary support in dire times. Rider can squeeze out 40 miles per gallon at low speeds. Also more green power will be juiced out of the regenerative braking system. The lithium ion battery pack can charge up full within four hours only.

    Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2009
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    Recycling oil rigs into hotels and spa

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    Morris Architects took home the first prize as well as $10,000 for the concept of adaptive reuse for converting oil rigs into hotels and spa. To understand this innovation, a background understanding of oil rigs is necessary. There are about 4000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico which are of various sizes that will be decommissioned sometime in the next century. The primary method of removal is explosion. But this method poses a serious threat to the aquatic life. Morris Architects saw an opportunity in this. The Houston office of Morris Architects conceived this plan for a high-end, self-sufficient, eco-friendly hotel experience.

    Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2009
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    Warning Bulb to warn you on lost energy and empty pockets

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    Designers Ga-Ye Kim, Young-Duk Song and Yoon-Sun Yang have invented something that can help you save electricity and money on bills. This is the Warning Bulb which does just that – warns you when you spend more than your given quota of electricity. How? By the use of a pre-paid card. What you do is, insert the card into a fuse box and that will allow you to know how much balance you have which is determined by electricity per minute. That in turn reflects how much money you will end up paying for your bill.

    Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2009
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    Interflush to help you save water

    interflush.jpgInterflush water saving device is… hilarious. Something about this product makes me want to laugh out loud. It’s not that it isn’t useful – it will help save you 20 per cent water than the normal flushes. According to research 150 litres of water, a person uses each day and 60 of this goes to flushing but with Interflush only 30 is used. The repercussions of this are gory, but I am sure it has some sort of technique to actually clean up the waste. It is easy to install to your WC siphon. You needn’t ask a plumber you can do it yourself with the right tools. I am sure it comes with a manual as it definitely comes with some handy tools.

    Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2009
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    Solar ChumAlong charger to face the sun on all sides

    solar_chumalong.jpgAlways to improve our life, researchers have again discovered a very useful component to derive solar energy. The Solar ChumAlong charger differs from the conventional charger in just one useful way. It reorients itself according to where the sun shines the brightest so that when the sun is moving in its trajectory the charger needn’t sit idle and be useless. This charger has four optical sensors which helps increase efficiency up to 30-50% from the conventional ones.

    Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2009
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    Solar powered SunBeat MP3 soaks sun to dole out music on the go

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    Sometimes products with less frills and more practical features are appealing as they are to-the-point. Focusing on being user-friendly as well as earth-friendly, Italian company Kiwie has come up with SunBeat solar powered MP3. This green music player is bound to lure all the eco-music-lovers who need their music players charged up on the go. Solar panels dress up part of this player and provide non-stop juice to keep the tunes rolling. Operating it cannot get any simpler as it turns on by connecting the headset. And simply press the corners to adjust the volume or change the tracks. This compact device also supports the MP3, WMA and U-DISK music formats stored within the player’s 2GB of built-in flash memory. Connect it to your computer via USB 2.0 to transfer files at speeds of up to 480 Mbps. Measuring only 40.3 x 40.3 x10mm, it weighs just 32 grams. At this point the only sad feature is that there is no word on pricing or availability.

    Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2009
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