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MetaEfficient is run by Justin Thomas, an efficiency enthusiast and theoretician.
New Lithium-Ion Battery Recharges To 90% Capacity In 5 Minutes
December 4, 2008 09:10 AM - , MetaEfficient
Toshiba has developed a new lithium-ion battery called SCiB (or Super Charge Ion Battery) which can charge to 90% capacity in 5 minutes. The life cycle of the new battery is more than 10 years even if it is rapidly charged and discharged many times. The battery is also mucher safer than other types of lithium ion batteries, which are potential fire hazards.
New LED Light Bulbs Can Replace 100W Incandescents
December 1, 2008 09:19 AM - , MetaEfficient
I recently had the chance to test two state-of-the-art LED light bulbs fromEarthLED. LED bulbs have many advantages over incandescents and compact fluorescent: LEDs use very little power, they last 10 years or more, and they contain no hazardous substances. They are also tough: they can be dropped and turned off and on repeated without damage, they can operate in very cold or warm temperatures. They can also save you money in the long term despite costing $50 (for the 100 watt equivalent Evolux) and $90 (for the 60 watt equivalent Zetalux).
Efficient Jeans: Those Made With Organic Cotton Or Hemp
November 24, 2008 09:29 AM - , MetaEfficient
Efficient jeans are still hard to find. Conventionally grown cotton requires more pesticides to grow than any other crop. The more efficient method is to grow organic cotton or hemp. The surf company Reef makes some good organic cotton jeans, like their Heritage Jean
The 120MPG Electric Aptera Unveiled
October 22, 2008 10:12 AM - , MetaEfficient
I first mentioned the Aptera last year, when it was being test driven. This car’s eye-catching design isn’t just for show — it’s designed to be a very, very efficient vehicle. Just check out the video below you’ll see what I’m talking about:
Recycled Rain Barrels
October 14, 2008 08:52 AM - , MetaEfficient
Aaron makes rain barrels out of recycled plastic, and runs an informative web site about rain water harvesting.
Netgear Introduces Green Routers
October 7, 2008 09:22 AM - , MetaEfficient
Netgear didn’t get much of a mention in our recent post “The Greenest Routers of 2008“. But now the company has released two green routers — the NetgearWNR2000 router, and its DSL modem-equipped DGN2000. Both these routers comes with EnergyStar-rated power supplies, and they come in new packages made with 80 percent recycled content.
90,000 Homes To Be Powered By Chicken Manure
October 3, 2008 09:45 AM - , MetaEfficient
The world’s largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands. The power plant will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. It has a capacity of 36.5 megawatts, and will generate more than 270 million kWh of electricity per year.
The 2009 Jetta TDI: A Clean Diesel Car
October 3, 2008 09:25 AM - , MetaEfficient
The new 2009 Jetta TDI is an efficient vehicle— this quiet-running, diesel-powered car has a cleaner tailpipe than most cars on the road.
ASUS Introduces Bamboo-Cased Computers
October 2, 2008 11:51 AM - , MetaEfficient
Bamboo is an ideal material to fashion into gadgets — it’s tough but lightweight, and it wears well, acquiring a patina to complement any knocks and scratches.
The Greenest Audio Systems Of 2008
September 29, 2008 11:31 AM - , MetaEfficient
This has been a breakthrough year for green electronics, but audio equipment is lagging behind a bit. As you’ll soon discover in our review below, there’s only a smattering of products that are Energy Star certified. Fewer still are those products certified to be free of toxic materials, or packaged in green manner. Perhaps audio manufacturers need to take a cue from the computer manufacturers who’ve made many more inroads into green electronic territory.