Pee Power in the Pipeline; Energy Generation Steps into Waterless Urinal Systems

October 21, 2013 / No Comments

How about some pee power for now?  Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK have tested and found effective the use of urine in energy generation. Experiments have proved the capability of urine to power daily devices such as cell phones, electric razors and toothbrushes, and also light fixtures. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the research ...

Renewables Can Provide 99.9% of Power By 2030

December 18, 2012 / No Comments

Can you imagine, the clean and renewable energy almost fully powering a large electricity grid? It may appear to be a distant dream. But a number of studies show that 100% renewable energy is possible with today's technologies. A study published by a group of researchers from the University of Delaware (UD) and Delaware Technical College (DTCC) claimed that by 2030, ...

Electricity from Sewage? Possible, Indeed

August 22, 2011 / No Comments

Ever wondered how much sewage goes down the drain everyday, without any use to anybody! A team of scientists in China has finally found a way to stem this wasteful slide.     Yanbiao Liu and his colleagues from a university in the country have built a device capable of both cleaning wastewater and producing electricity from it. Using light as an energy source, ...

Philips AmbientLED Replaces Common Incandescent Bulbs; It’s Green & Saves Power Too

December 17, 2010 / 2 Comments

Philips is bringing in a new illuminating low-energy alternative bulb with the promise of doing way with the over 425 million 60 watt incandescent bulbs sold annually. The new Philips  AmbientLED can effectively replace those bulbs and can provide the same illumination as a 60 watt white light incandescent at 12 watts.

Cogenra Solar Arrays at California Winery Generate Electricity & Hot Water

November 16, 2010 / 1 Comment

Cogenra Solar’s recently installed solar arrays at a northern California winery not only generate electricity but also heats water. The arrays combine conventional photovoltaic solar cells with a system for collecting waste heat. Several parabolic dishes, each 10 meters long and three meters wide and lined with mirrors have been installed at the winery.

Algenol Algae-to-Ethanol Study Proves Significant Cut in Carbon Footprint

October 26, 2010 / No Comments

A team from Algenol and Georgia tech has calculated the life cycle energy and green house gas emission with regard to ethanol production from algae. Algenol, which has been working on the direct to ethanol technology, performed a life cycle analysis (LCA) on the whole process of making Algenol's ethanol. The results were published as an open access paper in the ...

Finca Bellavista, the Energy Efficient Tree House Enclave in the Costa Rican Jungle

October 1, 2010 / No Comments

A solar-powered tree house community has been built in the Costa Rican Jungle, and it is considered the world's first modern, planned, sustainable tree house community. Named  ‘Finca Bellavista’, the enclave near the Pan-American Highway is the idea of Matt Hogan and his wife Erica.

Kyocera Solar Modules To Power Toyota Solar Panels in Boats

July 6, 2010 / No Comments

Solar Panels in recreational boats manufactured and sold by Toyota will now have Kyocera’s solar modules equipping its solar power generation. The panels are also designed to be installed as an optional unit on the same type of boats of other manufacture also.

Energy harvesting kites to generate 1 MW of electricity

June 1, 2010 / No Comments

Just a few days back we wrote about researchers at University of California claiming to meet the energy needs of entire planet through sailing ships harvesting ocean wind energy. The pursuit to develop to cleaner greener sources of energy is raising the bar higher and higher for all in the fray. A California based high altitude Wind Company Makani Power ...

Eco bench made from recycled material generates electricity

May 17, 2010 / 1 Comment

This design somehow conjures the image of a semi circular moon shaped prop popularly used by stars to touch down on the stage in theatrical world. However, ecO-Bench is no mean prop. In fact, its’ futuristic street lighting furniture thoroughly soaked in green bearings.