Archive for September, 2012

DARPA biocompatible electronics dissolve harmlessly into the body

Growing heaps of electronic waste is one of the major issues that time and again raise the brows of environmentalists all over the world. Addressing the issue, researchers at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has come up with a system of biocompatible electronics that dissolve, as soon as they become obsolete, without leaving any carbon footprint.

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Neptune 1: Build and deploy wave energy generator promises low cost electricity

Researchers and scientists have for long anticipated the immense power of ocean waves, which if harnessed could provide renewable electricity at an affordable cost. However, most wave energy generating systems produced till date have found to be vulnerable to ocean currents and can cause a lot of other problems as well. The problems aren’t entirely stopping Neptune Wave Power from developing the first of its kind wave energy generator, dubbed the Neptune 1.

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Spotlight Solar systems look more like sculptures

Usually designers pay little attention to the form of design of solar or photovoltaic panels and concentrate more on greener aspect to sustain the environment. Changing our perception towards the solar energy, the Spotlight Solar has developed creative panels that feature sculptural forms to inspire trendy users to make our surroundings clean and green, even without compromising the looks and style.

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Kymera’s electric powered body board nears commercial release

After working for 20 long months, Jason Woods, the man behind the innovative Kymera jet-powered body board has finally revealed details of the commercial version of the board, which unlike the first iteration won’t be powered by gasoline, but rather relies on cleaner electrons for emission free fun. Flaunting a new hourglass shape, the body board has already attracted the interest of search and rescue teams. However the developer believes that the body board is aimed at the recreational market.

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SPACE concept urban bicycle features one-touch folding mechanism

With the rise in the cost of fossil fuels, which we use to power our vehicles, and the lack of ample parking space has been the driving factor behind most urban commuters using bicycles instead of their cars for their daily travel. However, even in a bicycle friendly city, the areas reserved for bicycle parking are limited and so commuters have to leave their bikes on the street itself. A folding bike comes in handy in such a city, where the rider can pull the bike along after reaching his/her destination.

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Villa Sera: A self-sustaining structure for a clean future

Out of the total amount of energy produced by power plants, a major chunk is used to in homes to power all modern appliances that we are so proud of. To help reduce the energy burden on the grid, architects and designers have long envisioned self powered homes that run entirely off the grid, while keeping all those modern appliances powered up. Architect and designer Hakan Gursu has come up with a striking proposal for such architecture in the form of Villa Sera.

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Sharp unveils see-through solar panels for skyscraper windows

With recent advancements in solar energy generating technology it has become possible to produce solar panels that are everything from flexible to transparent. For those of you who always wanted to put the sunshine entering your apartment through the windows to a good use, Sharp Japan has announced the development of see-through solar energy panel that offers an unconventional energy option delivering power and also a sense of privacy.

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U.S. Navy working on tech to obtain jet fuel from seawater

With the rising costs of fuel coupled with dependence on hostile and unstable nations for fuel supplies when in the sea, scientists and engineers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have announced that they are working on technology that would enable the production of jet fuel from seawater, resulting in naval vessels that could refuel themselves when at sea.

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Giant solar sunflowers educate children about renewable energy

Funded by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, a couple of giant solar energy producing sunflowers has taken shape in Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, a children’s museum in Gulfport. The colorful exhibit looks like a sunflower but operates like a mini power plant, helping power the museum and saving about $40 in energy costs a month.

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World’s largest solar chandelier needs just sunlight to shimmer

With environmentalists urging consumers to buy eco friendly products for all their home décor needs, it becomes exciting to see what manufacturers and designers are developing for to world to use. Renowned artist Luke Jerram, who is known for his extravagant installations, has come up with the world’s largest solar chandelier that is powered with 700 glass bulbs each of which contains a Crookes radiometer to create a shimmer effect whenever it is exposed to sunlight.

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