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Windows That Double As Solar Panels
July 18, 2008 09:32 AM - , MetaEfficient
MIT researchers have announced that they have created “organic solar concentrators”Ě that could make windows become powerful solar panels in as little as three years.
90% Of Israeli Homes Have Solar Water Heaters
July 7, 2008 09:53 AM - , MetaEfficient
I recently noted that Hawaii has enacted a law that requires all new homes to install solar water heaters. Eventually, Hawaii may have as many water heaters as Israel, where 90% of homes have solar water heaters installed. When viewed from above, the Jerusalem often glitters with the shine of the thousands of solar heaters that adorn rooftops.
Solar Water Heaters Now Mandatory In Hawaii
June 30, 2008 08:11 AM - , MetaEfficient
Hawaii has become the first state to require solar water heaters in new homes. The bill was signed into law by Governor Linda Lingle, a Republican. It requires the energy-saving systems in homes starting in 2010. It prohibits issuing building permits for single-family homes that do not have solar water heaters.
Geobulb: A LED Bulb That Replaces A 60W Bulb
June 18, 2008 09:47 AM - , MetaEfficient
The Geobulb is a 8 watt LED light that replaces a 60 watt incandescent bulb. It generates 800 lumens of light to be exact — either warm white light or cool white. This bulb has a sleeker design than some of the LED lights I’ve seen check out that aesthetically pleasing heat sink.
Unusual Green Architecture In Japan: Namba Parks
June 17, 2008 09:42 AM - , MetaEfficient
In a city with few green spaces, Namba Parks is a welcome swath of green for the inhabitants of Osaka.
How To Convert Your Car To An Electric Vehicle
June 2, 2008 08:26 AM - , MetaEfficient
Gasoline-powered cars are perhaps the most inefficient devices that many of us use daily. The internal combustion engine is inefficient in term of pollution, gas costs and maintenance costs. Electric motors are comparatively simple devices that do not require much maintenance at all. But, as you may know, it’s difficult to obtain an commercial electric car today. One option is to buy a used vehicle that somebody else has converted to an electric vehicle.
The Vectrix 100% Electric Scooter
May 21, 2008 08:56 AM - , MetaEfficient
The Vectrix is a 100% electric scooter that is available for sale in the U.S. This bike goes 62 mph, has a claimed range of 68 miles, and it accelerates faster than most cars at the stoplight. The Vectrix is powered by a low-mounted, 3.7 kilowatt NiMH battery pack that re-charges to 80 or 90 percent of capacity in two hours.
OHM Electric Bikes From Canada
May 19, 2008 08:59 AM - , MetaEfficient
Based in British Columbia, OHM Cycles make high-end electric bicycles that feature 38V lithium-ion batteries, regenerative braking and powerful BionX motors. The company offers two styles of electric bike: one built for the urban rider, and one suited to rugged terrain.
$2 Billion Wind Turbine Order Is Largest Ever
May 16, 2008 09:04 AM - , MetaEfficient
Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has placed an the largest ever order for wind turbines: he ordered 667 wind turbines from GE, each costing $3 million dollars, making the total order $2 billion. Picken plans to develop the world’s largest wind farm in the panhandle of Texas. The $2 billion order is just one quarter of the total amount he plans to purchase.
Korean Village Runs On 100% Solar Power
May 12, 2008 08:57 AM - , MetaEfficient
The Korean village Donggwang gets 100% of its power from the sun. The village is located on the semi-tropical island of Jeju-do. Near the village, Halla Mountain, a volcano and the tallest mountain in South Korea, rises from the island’s center amidst a patchwork of small farms.