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Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines To Hit Palm Springs This Summer

It’s been a long, winding road for the development of commercially-viable vertical-axis wind turbines. The advantages over their horizontal-axis brethren are significant: Only 50ft high or less, bird-friendly, low, rigid steel frames, low drive train for easy maintenance, and — most importantly — low cost. A recently-incorporated California wind company called Wind Harvest International is …

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Wind Whips Up Growing Side Business For Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy Corp., a utility holding company based in Madison, Wisconsin, “has been quietly nurturing a side business … that is growing by leaps and bounds,” reports the Wisconsin State Journal. That business is WindConnect, which offers expertise to help get wind-energy projects built. It is Alliant ’s fastest-growing non-utility business and, according to Alliant spokesman Rob Crain, “it …

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Dispatch from Spain IT Conference: Microsoft’s Green Wall of Silence

M$ asks “Are Europeans still obsessed with carbon footprints?” James Governor over at Greenmonk just got back from a tech forum in Spain and shared his thoughts on Microsoft’s green silence… I just got back from Microsoft TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcelona. The company’s new strategy seems to be… if it moves virtualise it, if it doesn’t move …

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Fuel cell for your laptop: Next year?

Refuel rather than recharge? That is the question! Fuel cell developer Power Air of Livermore, California has announced they plan to ship the first commercially available fuel cells in November 2008 reports Cleantech Media “Recent efforts to miniaturize our proprietary Zinc Air Fuel Cell (ZAFC) technology – particularly over the past six months – have met with much …

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Solar Powered Fridge Saving Lives In Africa

A solar shot in the arm for people and planet DULAS, a renewable energy company, recently received a order from the health ministry of Ghana. Their goal is to create solar powered vaccine refrigerators for that African country. After promoting their products at a MEDAfrica exhibit in Zambia in 2005 they had been contacted about …

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Recharge Your Wallet with Moixa USB Batteries

Moixa USBCELL is a great example of sustainable product design. Moixa Energy’s eco-friendly USBCELL battery category has been short listed for this year’s prestigious National Energy Efficiency Awards. It is also finalist for the 2007 Innovation in Engineering Awards alongside a Nuclear Power Station and High Speed Hybrid Train! USBCELL Batteries are in rechargeable battery category that …

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Electricity Generating Clothing Right Around The Corner

How in the hell you wash it is beyond us… Australian researchers are working on developing shirts that will generate electricity whenever the wearer moves. These shirts would directly power mobile telephones, portable music players and other small electrical appliances. Before you go thinking science fiction, know that $4.4 million was recently awarded by the …

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How To Finance a Green Building Project

Financing for green building projects may be easier to get from smaller banks who are competing with other smaller banks, for the time being. Large financial institutions are getting interested in green building, for example Wells Fargo is leading the charge in setting up a LEED volume certification program for retail spaces. In fact, as the demand …

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The Most Efficient Refrigerator Ever

What would it take to put your refrigerator — an inherently energy-hungry beast — on a permanent kilowatt diet? A little out of the box thinking, that’s all. An Australian man has come up with a conversion plan that turns an ordinary chest freezer, like you might buy at Sears, into a chest refrigerator he claims consumes …

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Let There Be Solar! The Vatican Goes Green With New Panels

Pope Benedict XVI has touted a message of ecological sustainability and conservation since his election in 2005. On the “World Day of Peace” in January of 2007, the Pope even proclaimed concrete ecological programs and initiatives for the Vatican which are actually coming to fruition. Prep work for installation of solar panels on the roof of …

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Solar Tree Gadget Charging Concept Is Natural Geek Beauty

I’ve seen many solar charging devices for various gadgets and gizmos, but this is the first one I can think of that I might actually want to show off in my living room. From designer Vivien Muller, this modular little bonsai tree features up to 54 mini-photovoltaic cells to act as leaves and soak up the sun. …

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The Solarial: Floating Mobile Solar Power For Disaster Relief

With so many disasters appearing in the news over the last 10 days, something like the Solarial should be made a reality as soon as possible. According to the creator, this unmanned airship provides “mobile support infrastructure for disaster relief and remote communities, generating renewable energy and supplying communications links where they are needed most.” …

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Solar Lily Pads To Soak Up The Rays On Clyde River, Help Power Glasgow

Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, is debating the implementation of a naturally-inspired solar design to help ease the use of traditional power sources and add some green to the city. Called a “Solar Lily”, the pads of photovoltaic cells would be anchored in the Clyde River — and potentially even computer-controlled — to take …

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Does Solar Make Economic Sense? NYT Says No, San Francisco Chronicle Says Yes

The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle had stories this weekend that presented opposite views of the economics of residential solar panels. While the NYT says solar power “makes no economic sense” for the average homeowner, the San Francisco Chronicle says “the economic benefits are impossible to ignore.” Who is right? Maybe both papers… We’ll start with this story in the Chronicle, a …

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Lightcap 200 Solar LED Cap Is Magic In A Bottle

One of the more frustrating aspects of camping is breaking down your gear in as efficient a way as possible to minimize weight. I often look for creative gear that serves two purposes at once. Such is my excitement of the Lightcap 200 Solar LED Cap. Basically, it will take any standard water bottle and …

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New Photon Coating To Add Years To Solar Cell Lifespan

While no one is exactly sure what the lifespan of a solar cell is, we do know that they degrade over time due to the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. As a result, you lose efficiency in the panels. Generally, manufacturers will cover a panel against defects for 20-25 years — but after that, it’s …

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Space based solar power goes terrestrial!

  Emcore Corp, a leading supplier of space based solar power and communication systems has signed a contract to supply 60MW of solar power systems to Pod Generating Group in Ontario, Canada. From their space-based experience, Emcore has formed a Solar Power division to bring advanced technology to terrestrial applications. On the ground, Emcore provides multi-junction solar …

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Mobile Solar-Powered Water Purification Systems Headed to Iraq

WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corp. will soon be shipping 12 of its Mobile MaxPure solar-powered water purification systems to the US military, which will use them to bring clean fresh water to farmers and families in the Euphrates Valley region of Iraq. The portable systems have the ability to supply 30,000 gallons per day of …

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Tesla Roadster Sitting Pretty Under A Solar Roof

While electric cars are an excellent step forward, they’re still dependent on energy from generally dirty sources of energy. The average person will not have solar panels on their garage awaiting the new green car of the future. But what if — when you bought your car — you were given the option of buying …

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Mall Goes Green With Solar Panels

The Carousel Center mall in Syracuse, New York, is planning to cover parking areas with solar panels and says the solar panels will provide up to 12 percent of the power needed to operate the 1.3 million square foot expansion to Carousel Center. The mall owners recently announced the mall is going green, switching to …

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