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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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