A perfect world would be one where we wouldn’t depend on an electric socket to charge our mobile phones. As this is too much of a hypothesis, we can instead focus on creating more charging solutions that use renewable energy sources. Which is why we applaud the becoming of the Candle Charger by Stower. This unique contraption needs only water and a candle to charge smartphones. This amazing idea can save lives and cure anxiety in trying times. The Charger effectively offers 2.5W USB power to charge devices. It employs Peltier cooler or thermoelectric modules to convert temperature gradients to electricity. A single candle can charge a phone for up to six hours, which should ideally cover charging of two batteries. Adam, the co-founder of the company said, “The Candle Charger is an emergency preparedness product, which means that you don’t know that you need it, until you really need it”.
While many vouch for wind energy, the problem with deploying windmills is that they are difficult to port, make a lot of sound and need a lot of place. In a country like Japan that is ravaged by constant natural calamities, it would even be a poor investment decision. Which is why the country is innovating the way they harness power. They have just introduced the world’s largest floating wind turbine, 12 miles off the Fukushima coast. The turbine has been sponsored by the Japanese government and is one of three such government-funded projects. It comprises of a 344-foot tower that can withstand waves of up to 65 feet, thus leaving most tsunamis out of its threat list. Four 20-ton anchors secure the turbines to the sea bed.
President Barrack Obama may have well initiated the nation’s most influential and powerful Climate Action Plan. Called the Clean Power Plan, this strategy will most likely enforce reductions of emissions from power plants by at least 32 percent in the next 25 years. The focus of the initiative will be towards creating renewable energy and is dubbed as the most significant step taken to combat climate change, in the history of the US. This would be the equivalent of taking 166 million cars off the road! States will have until 2022 to meet emission cut requirements. It goes without saying that the plan will not be applicable to all states with the same norms. They may be some concessions and flexibilities that will have to be worked out through the project.
Cleaning up power generation sources has always been the effort of the eco-conscious. The power sector alone accounts for a total of 30 percent of all emissions in the US.
[Via – Inhabitat]
Making beer sure involves a lot of residue that is discarded in the noblest means. But nothing compares to driving cars. The large amount of beer manufactured and consumed in New Zealand leads to plenty of leftover matter that can now serve as a brilliant substitute for fossil fuels, which are depleting soon. The matter is a slurry of yeast that wasn’t used in the fermentation, which can be further distilled and refined to result in the creation of ethanol. This matter, when treated well enough, is good enough to power your vehicle.
It isn’t fair for erstwhile skateboards to spend the remainder of their existence, planted on walls as showpieces. They’ve known action and they should continue to see the light. Nick Pourfard, a 22-year old artist, musician and skateboarder managed to find his calling in creating a wonderful use for old skateboards. He converts them to retro-packed, brilliant guitars. Nick is a San Francisco-based Industrial Design student and the mastermind behind Prisma Guitars. Each guitar is 100% handmade and created using former skateboards. His greatest achievement till now is creating a guitar for legendary bass player, Steve Harris (up the Irons!) from Iron Maiden.
Telling someone that they’d have a chance to live surrounded by beer bottles would make them gleam with delight. Li Rongjun from China went on to live this dream, albeit his bottles were devoid beer and were recycled. It took him a total of 8,500 bottles to make this possible. With the aid of his father, Li created a sturdy, beautiful structure from the discarded bottles. Beer stands in third position among the planet’s most beloved beverage, which means that we have more than enough bottles to handle. The office is 300 square feet in size and seems to act as the best possible sales pitch, vouching for his talent to prospective clients.
Genovation is promising something we’ve been wishing for, for a while. The Corvette GXE should be arriving soon. The pictures of the car are not made public yet, but there’s about what we could expect inside it. Genovation’s CEO, Andrew Saul said, “We are using state of the art inverters, batteries and electric motors that will produce in excess of 700-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. We expect the car to achieve 0-60 mph in around three seconds and have a top speed of over 200 mph.” Now that’s saying something, especially with a range of 150 miles.
Austin Electric Powersports in partnership with KLD Energy Technologies have constructed an emission-free bike that’s quite a good-looker and a cool performer as well. The ATX 8080 enters the ring with the credentials of an 80 km range and an 80 kmph top speed. A weather electric motor powers up the bike by combining propulsion and a generating system. There are no gears, filters or belts, thus the hassles of maintaining your typical rugged bike is minimized to a ‘nil’. Another aspect is the safety that the bike offers with wide tires and a low center of gravity that ensures riders are on their bikes and not on the asphalt, after a sharp turn. The battery that powers this beast is Samsung’s latest and directly plugs into a wall socket. It is fully charged in a maximum of five hours.
Sustainable livelihoods depend on eco-friendly travel. While this seems to come at a cost, inconvenience and ugly design in more cases than few, this refreshingly good design by British inventor Clive Sinclair comes as hope. He has designed the most portable electric bike we have ever seen till date, with wheels that are just 13 centimeters in diameter. That’s little larger than a suitcase. Just two into the crowdfunding effort, the bike surpassed its target, which comes as no surprise. The design of the electric bike is inspired by the original A-Bike product designer Alex Kalogroulis. The motor in the front wheel kicks to life when the user starts pedaling. A sensor then detects the moving pedals and gently whirs the motor into life. If you need more assistance, which is detected when you slow down, the motor automatically delivers more power to make pedalling feel a lot more comfortable.
Ikea has announced that all twelve of their stores in Canada will offer electric charging to clientele. These Level 2 stations will be free to use and all stations will be outfitted with two stations. Each of these will charge 60 amps. Customers will be services at these stations on a first-come-first-serve basis. The service will be provided through Sun Country Highway. Brendan Seale, Ikea’s Sustainability Manager said, “Electric vehicle charging stations are an important step on IKEA Canada’s continuing journey towards sustainability.”