Archive for June, 2012

ZA Architects unveil plans for an eco friendly prefabricated hotel

Dmitry Zhuikov from ZA Architects believes that prefabricated construction should not be limited to just homes and shops. The green construction practice, which helps reduce waste of resources also helps in creating buildings much quickly than conventional techniques. To prove their point, the architecture firm has designed a hotel which can be built using prefabricated components.

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Bruce Munro plans to light up Australia’s Uluru with solar powered lights

Bruce Munro, the famous artist who has already been involved in creating some of the most fantastic light installations around the world has not set his eyes upon the heart of the Australian red desert at Uluru, to create a striking installation that will light up the entire landscape sustainably. The artist is planning to build his largest installation till date, using more than a 250,000 solar powered stems of light.

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Smart’s all-electric scooter to hit the streets in 2014

Smart’s all-electric scooter concept has been around for a couple of years, but till date there was no official news about the scooter ever making it onto the streets. Finally, the company has officially confirmed that the concept will enter production, finding its way to streets sometime in 2014. The scooter will be the third model in the company’s e-Mobility range.

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Transformative paint could make any surface work as a solar battery

Generating renewable solar energy by building large scale power plants is just one end of the problem, storing all that energy for overcast days or for use after dark is another problem. Currently lithium ion batteries are expensive; moreover, they are nowhere as efficient as we really want them to be. A team of researchers at the Rice University have developed a unique paint that they say can transform any surface into a usable battery for storing renewable energy.

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New Energy Technologies debuts technology to efficient develop ‘spray-on’ PV windows

Installing photovoltaic panels to provide precious renewable energy isn’t favored by everybody. While some people don’t really want to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops, others live in apartment complexes where it isn’t possible. Not all home owners have access to rooftops, but all have windows, which get plenty on sunshine, especially if the building they’re living in is facing the south.

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Creative mom uses old diaper boxes to make AT-AT Walker for her child

Whenever we talk about stuff made using recycled materials, it gets interesting to see what creative brains around the world figure out to be raw materials for something extraordinary. We recently reported about dresses made using recycled cork and even speakers made using old vintage suitcases, and today again we have another brilliant creation that is made using old diaper boxes.

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No-Mix Vacuum Toilet converts human waste into electricity, saves water

In a bid to save freshwater resources from contamination caused by human waste and also reduce freshwater consumption in toilets around the world, researchers from Nanyang Technological University have developed an innovative toilet system. Dubbed the No-Mix Vacuum Toilet, the innovative system is claimed to recycle human waste into electricity and fertilizers. Moreover the toilet system also helps reduce freshwater consumption by up to 90 percent.

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Korean design studio collects old cardboard to produce new furniture

Cardboard, the material which revolutionized the packaging industry by somehow managing to replace plastic and wooden casings, has been in the eyes of environmentalists considering the poor figures related to the recycling of old cardboard. While most of us simply discard the cardboard packaging after we receive the product, several designers collect such sheets to produce something unique.

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JPods: Personal rapid transit vehicles powered by renewable solar energy

Right after the first concepts arrived of autonomous vehicles that could revolutionize public transportation, PRTs or Personal Rapid Transit systems have gained a lot of attention. Rightly so, as the technology promises cleaner transportation systems for busy metropolitan cities where residents don’t have much time to spend in traffic jams. A couple of days ago, we discussed about Pininfarina’s PRT and today we have another concept on the same lines, with the inclusion of renewable solar energy.

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Recycled wine cork dress looks painful, could make you float

Though for some individuals fashion means wearing clothes designed by world famous designers or clothes made by big international brands, there are several individuals for whom fashion is a term synonymous with unique attire wearing which they’re sure to turn several heads. Nothing gets more unique than wearing something that has been carved out of trash and here is something on the same lines – clothes made using hundreds of wine corks.

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