• LG builds Korea’s biggest solar plant

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 7, 2008

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    LG completed construction of the Korea’ biggest solar panel plant, as part of the group’s strategy to make inroads into the alternative energy market. The LG solar plant in Taean county, about 110 kilometers southwest of Seoul, is capable of producing 14 megawatts of electricity a year, equivalent to the demand by some 8,000 homes, LG said. The solar plant is part of LG’s move to provide alternative energy amid rising oil prices. LG spent 110 billion won (US$105 million) to build the facility.
    Via – Fareastgizmos

  • An all electric car that recharges in 2hrs flat

    Posted in Transport on July 7, 2008

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    With the amount of new technology coming up in the field of alternate power for our vehicles, it seems to me that the future of driving isn’t so dark after all. A graduate student at the University of Delaware created an electric car that can go for 150 miles on a single recharge, and has prospects of the power company paying back to him instead of charging him. The students also created a “vehicle to grid” technology. When you plug the car in, it actually becomes a storage device for the power grid. The power company would actually pay you to store their power in your car until they need it. That could add up to about $2,500 to $5,000 a year the power company would pay the driver back. The $70,000 Scion that’s fully electric and goes about 3 cents to a mile, when compared with a gas vehicle that might go between 10 and 12 cents a mile, barely takes 2 hours of recharge time. The car is no a hybrid, it is all electric. It gets plugged into an outlet.

    Toyota to add solar panels to Prius hybrid

    Posted in Transport on July 7, 2008

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    Just like the Th!nk OX that we covered a few days back, Toyota is planning to put solar panels on the roof of the high-end version of the Prius when it redesigns the gasoline-electric hybrid car early next year. The power generated by the system would be used for the air conditioning. Toyota plans to use solar panels made by Kyocera Corp, it has remodeled the Prius with an improved hybrid system in 2003 and is expected to launch a third-generation version by next year.

    Samsung launches the SCH-W510 Eco-Phone in Korea

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 7, 2008

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    We had mentioned about it last month and now Samsung has gone ahead and launched the Eco Phone (aka SCH-W510) a “green” HSDPA phone made from natural corn in its construction and does not use lead, mercury, or any such harmful materials. The phone comes with all the standard features in a modern day mobile device like a 3MP camera, Bluetooth, multimedia player and the sorts.

    69 year old Japanese rides wave powered boat from Hawaii to Japan

    Posted in Transport on July 7, 2008

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    Some people simply rest on a futile argument; others travel the world to prove a point. A 69-year-old Japanese sailor Ken’ichi Horie has made a 6,400-kilometer (nearly 4,000 mi) journey from Hawaii to Japan in his wave-powered Suntory Mermaid II boat. The Suntory Mermaid II, a 9.5 meter (31 ft) long x 3.5 meter (11 ft) wide, 3-ton vessel made of recycled aluminum, does not use an engine for propulsion. Instead, it relies on a pair of fins under the bow that move up and down as the waves come in, propelling the boat forward.

    Sharp 26V-inch Low Power Consumption LCD TV can run from a solar module!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 5, 2008

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    During the Hokkaido Toyako Summit (July 7-9, 2008), Sharp will exhibit its environmentally conscious products and advanced environmental technologies, specifically, LCD TVs and solar cells and modules. One of the exhibit is the 26V-inch Low Power Consumption LCD TV (Prototype) which approximately uses one-fourth power of a 28-inch CRT TV having nearly the same screen area. Even compared to existing LCD TVs, the low power consuming design uses about one-third the power and has around one-half the annual energy consumption.
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    Chevrolet Beat to rock your world at 40mpg

    Posted in Transport on July 5, 2008

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    The recent oil price surge has got the automobile manufacturers in a jiffy, GM has almost stopped production of its Hummer brand and is reworking on a new breed of vehicle. GM is thinking hard about bringing this 40mpg car on our roads as soon as possible. Looking slightly like the Daimler AG Smart car, The ‘Beat’ would come in at about 138 inches, 11.5 feet in length it would be longer than the smart and boast a mileage of 40Mpg without using hybrid engines.

    iPhone 3G to get eco wrapping

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 4, 2008

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    Seems someone from apple read our blog on the 3G iPhone and other products as being harmful to the environment according to Greenpeace. News that the new iPhone 3G will come in packaging made from potato starch. Dutch company PaperFoam, maker of carbon-friendly packaging, is providing millions of paperfoam packages to Apple.

    Hawaii makes solar water heaters mandatory for new city dwellers

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 4, 2008

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    In order to reduce its 90% reliance on imported fossil fuel Hawaii has proposed a new bill that does not allow new housing licenses to single-family homes without solar water heaters installed. Some exceptions will be allowed, such as forested areas where there are low amounts of sunshine. The bill was signed into law by Governor Linda Lingle, a Republican. It requires the energy-saving systems in homes starting in 2010. State Sen. Gary Hooser, vice chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee, first introduced the measure five years ago when he said a barrel of oil cost just $40.

    LCD’s could have a worse impact on environment than coal

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 4, 2008

    lcd-tv.jpg According to a recent repost, chemical used to make LCD televisions and semiconductors could cause more global warming than coal-fired power plants. Nitrogen trifluoride is a “missing greenhouse gas,” and is used in chemical vapor deposition, which makes liquid crystal displays, semiconductors, and synthetic diamond. This chemical’s globe-warming effect could be 17,000 times stronger than that of carbon dioxide. What’s alarming is that the production of this chemical can double up to 8,000 metric tons in 2009, however this gas is not among the six gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol international climate change agreement. This year alone, its production would release the equivalent of the global-warming emissions from Austria, totaling some 67 million metric tons. This spells doom, because it amounts to more global-warming pollution than all the industrialized world’s emissions of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and of sulfur hexafluoride that are considered more intoxicating.