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Energy Sources You May Not Have Thought Of

Written by , on March 14, 2012

Brazillian designer, João Lammoglia has come up with a couple of renewable energy sources that we hadn’t thought of: The Aire converts the energy of the user’s breathing into electrical energy. Inside the device, small wind turbines produce the electricity which is transferred through a cable to charge a electronic device. The Doormate converts the […]  Read more »

Sharkskin Paint Could Improve Wind Turbines & Aircraft

Written by , on May 24, 2010

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Bremen have developed a paint which they say improves the efficiency of ships, aircraft and wind turbines by reducing their flow resistance. They have achieved this by modelling the paint’s structure on the scales of fast-swimnming sharks which evolved in a manner that significantly diminishes drag. The challenge was […]  Read more »

Greatly Improved Heat Pump Design for Homes and Cars

Written by , on May 14, 2010

University of Warwick researchers have made a breakthrough in adsorption systems design that dramatically shrinks heat pumps making them small and light enough for use in both domestic heating and automotive air conditioning. Researchers have long been aware of a very efficient way to drive heat pumps and air conditioners using adsorption technology. This uses […]  Read more »

Rubber Film Harvests Energy from Body Movements

Written by , on January 30, 2010

Engineers at Princeton University, led by Professor Michael McAlpine, have developed a power-generating rubber film which could harness natural body movements such as breathing and walking, to power pacemakers, mobile phones and other electronic devices. For example, shoes made of the material could harvest the pounding of walking and running to power mobile electrical devices. […]  Read more »

World Future Energy Summit Delegates “Push on Regardless”

Written by , on January 21, 2010

The World Future Energy Summit on renewable energy, carbon capture and smart energy technologies is currently underway in Abu Dhabi. It has attracted 600 exhibitors and 9,000 delegates on its first day. Time magazine has summed up the feeling among conference-goers as "the politicians might have failed to act on climate change, but everybody else […]  Read more »

Bottled Water Uses 2,000 Times the Energy

Written by , on March 4, 2009

Researchers Peter H. Gleick and Heather Cooley at the Pacific Institute in California have published research which shows that bottled water requires as much as 2,000 times more energy to produce than tap water. Gleick and Cooley calculated the energy requirements for various stages in bottled water production, including manufacturing the plastic bottles, processing the […]  Read more »

“Inflatable” Windows

Written by , on February 4, 2009

Michael Palin, a student designer at the University of Western Sydney, has been shortlisted for an Australian Design Award for a neat and attractive way of adding double glazing in a rental property. The “inflatable window” is actually a clear polycarbonate sheet which has the same look and feel as glass. The clear sheet is […]  Read more »

Free “Intelligent” Fridges for UK

Written by , on December 4, 2008

The UK government is about to give away three thousand free "intelligent" refrigerators. The fridges, which will adapt their power use to the ebb and flow of demands on the national electricity grid, are to be given away in a trial by the UK government next year. A report from the Department of Energy and […]  Read more »

Google’s “Clean Energy by 2030″ Plan to Save $820 billion

Written by , on November 22, 2008

According to an analysis done by energy experts at Google, the United States could wean itself from coal and oil for electricity generation and nearly halve its petrol consumption by 2030.  The analysis was first published in October but has since been revised in the light of comments and changes such as the decrease in […]  Read more »

Google’s Clean Energy 2030 Plan

Written by , on October 3, 2008

Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, has outlined a new energy plan for the U.S. that the company claims could reduce fossil fuel-based energy generation by 88 percent 2030 at a net saving of a trillion dollars.. The plan calls for the replacement of all coal- and oil-fired electricity generation with natural gas and renewable electricity. This […]  Read more »