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PG&E and BrightSource of Oakland Strike Solar Power Deal

May 15, 2009 / No Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday announced it has gone into solar-power contracts with Oakland's BrightSource Energy to produce a total of 1,310 megawatts of electricity. That's enough to power 530,000 California homes during peak hours— 12 noon - 7pm. [caption id="attachment_5078" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Solar farm by BrightSource Energy"][/caption] Go California! Wait! Let me check my PG&E bill. Somebody has to pay ...

Rinspeed Introduces Solar iChange Vehicle, Shape-shifter

February 25, 2009 / No Comments

We love it when companies invest time and money to coming up with concepts that shape a better future. But what's more interesting, is that some of these concepts actually come to life. Swiss tuning designer and car manufacturer, Rinspeed, just announced that they've been working to build a solar powered vehicle dubbed iChange. The concept is actually a lightweight electric ...

Solar Powered Streetlights That Become One With the Canopy

February 20, 2009 / 1 Comment

Solar energy is still running well despite the bad economic environment and while people are searching for green alternatives, designers are trying hard to come up with stylish and innovative options, that blend creativity with utility. Designed by Jongoh Lee, the beautiful, ergonomic and natural looking streetlights merge seamlessly into the natural canopy around to harness solar power effectively. The ...

To Think – Japan Wonders Why The Country Cannot Meet Its Kyoto Protocol Goals

December 8, 2008 / No Comments

he problem is not why Japan cannot meet its protocol goals. The problem is why Japan doesn't know WHY it's not meeting its goal. Consider these two most recent Christmas displays. This one is not technically a Christmas display, but it's Christmas, and here it is. It's called the Kobe Luminarie in central Kobe, home of Kobe Bryant and Kobe beef. ...

Verdier’s Incredible Solar-Powered Eco-RV

November 20, 2008 / No Comments

Most of the RVs out there are arguably the worst things to happen to the planet in terms of both efficiency and carbon emissions. But unlike those, the Verdier Solar-Powered Eco-RV is quite a simple and stunning green carrier as it mixes design, solar energy and some sort of lavish luxury. Five models dubbed Woody, Geeky, Ebony, Blueberry, and Purity, are ...

Llife-like Artificial Plants and Trees to Capture Solar and Wind Power

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

[caption id="attachment_1890" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Nature - an energy-capturing powerhouse"][/caption] A London-based company, Solar Botanic, claims to have developed life-like artificial plants and trees that have the ability to trap solar and wind power. The prominent feature of these plants is the 'Nano Leaf' which can harness these powers. Its photovoltaic and thermo voltaic cells absorb the sun's energy while the branches produce ...

Japanese Government Wants Energy Firms Weaned Off Fossil Fuels

October 8, 2008 / No Comments

Tokyo has its eyes on weaning electric, gas, and petroleum companies from fossil fuels. The Japanese government will require the big users to utilize certain amounts of nonfossil fuels - solar, hydraulic and nuclear power. The goal is for the proportion of nonfossil fuels to be 30% of the total energy supplies in Japan by 2030. It was 18% in 2005. ...

Solar Tree Concept by Vivien Muller

September 4, 2008 / No Comments

There are times, when we think we've done enough bad and it's time for some good. A couple of years ago when I didn't care much about the planet, pollution and stuff like that, I realized that I've never planted a tree in my life. So what happened? I bought one and planted it in my parent's garden, at their ...

Solar Power Hindu Temple

July 10, 2008 / 1 Comment

Though it may not be the exact place where I was expecting solar technology to be installed in, a Hindu Temple in California is ready to set a sustainable example. The BAPS Chino Hills Hindu Religious & Cultural Center is going to be built on a 20 acre-site, northeast of the 71 Freeway, between Monte Vista and Central Avenues. The temple ...

Solar-charged cell phone strap

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

My wife needs one of these things from Strapya and Tokyo Coil Engineering. The companies have come up with a plan to prevent missing phone calls. A solar-charged cell phone strap. The strap weighs just 40g (1 oz) and is just 12.5cm (5 in) long. Yet it can store up to 40 minutes of call time once fully charged. Just one problem ...