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Some Amazing Renewable Energy Ideas for the Future

Renewable Energy Ideas

In the quest for searching new forms of renewable energy, no doubt scientist have faced lots of challenge. Human civilization is still evolving in the various fields of technology and to continue that, we rely on an urge for an important thing i.e., “Energy/Power”. Every gadget, machine, electronic products, automobiles etc that we use and see require power to run and function itself. You can think of them as blood flowing in the vessel of technology. Therefore, we have witnessed a growing demand for greener, safer renewable energy sources.

Sun, wind, water, biomass, waves and tides, and the heat of the soil, all provide alternatives to non-renewable energy. The motive is to find out a way to get totally clean, safer with no pollution and unlimited energy. The first question that one might think of is, “Where is the Energy?” The answer to this question is in front of us just we need to analyze them because fossil fuels are not sufficient to generate power for the infinite time.

Today, we generate about 17.15 Terawatts of energy, quite a huge amount! Right but, we need more and that too forever. That is why I want to share with you some of the cool ideas that have made me enthusiastic and optimistic to various degrees about the future of clean energy. Let us see what are those.

What Is Renewable Energy?

According to Wikipedia, the definition to the above question is – “Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.”

Renewable energy provides energy in four important areas:-

  •  Electricity Generation,
  • Air, and water heating/cooling,
  • Transportation,
  •  Rural energy services.

A new study finds that countries around the world could shift their economies entirely to renewable energy sources, by the year 2050.

“The idea here is to electrify all energy sectors — transportation, heating, cooling, industry, agriculture, forestry, and fishing — and provide that electricity with 100 percent wind, water, and solar power,” says Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford and one of the authors of the report.

Ideas That Can Change the Future For Energy Generation are

1. Turbulent Hydro(Solution through the water)

Water is abundant on Earth with 70% of the overall surface area, and we have developed the technology to generate energy using the powers of waves. For example, one of the latest inventions of generating energy through water is Turbulent Hydro.

This is one of the most efficient, easy and affordable solution used to generate energy from water. Inspired by the nature turbulence, this technology is capable of being installed at every river that has height difference like mountain based areas of the rivers.

2. Working On Fusion Energy

Fusion power is still theoretical where energy is generated by using nuclear fusion reactions to produce heat for electricity generation. The process involves of combining two lighter atomic nuclei to form a heavier nucleus, the process releases a lot of energy.

If this is implemented then this would be the ultimate clean-energy technology may be the humankind ever had. National Ignition Facility (NIF) at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is one of those facilities that are experimenting with this sort of energy.

NIF director Ed Moses hopes that within a few years, the machine will release 20 times more energy than it consumes.

“If this works, over the next couple of decades we can change the geopolitical story,” he says.

3. Solar Energy (Source to unlimited energy)

Sun is the ultimate source of energy for the solar system and therefore researchers and organizations worldwide are looking to directly tap this insane source of energy. The earth receives about 200 billion megawatts of power from the sun, but to very straightforward, we only consume on an average 12.3 terawatts which is about 1/14000 times of total because the rest energy is diffused, rather than concentrated thus, the greatest challenge lies in harnessing that sunlight.

One of the biggest hurdles in harnessing the energy from the sun is in building cost-effective solar panels. Though we have developed to generate the energy, storage of energy is another major obstacle. Solar energy is not available at night but modern energy systems usually consume continuous energy.

Some great projects under Solar energy are as follows which is really shaping our planet’s energy generation.

  • Ivanpah. The facility deploys 173,500 heliostat mirrors spread over 3,500 acres, focusing solar energy on boilers located atop three solar power towers. The project—constructed by Bechtel and owned by NRG Solar, Google, and BrightSource.
  • Ouarzazate. The world’s biggest solar plant using photovoltaics (PV), it takes advantage of the Sahara sunshine.
  • AGL’s Docklands office.
  • Vegas sunshine. This is the 102-acre, 15-megawatt Solar Array II Generating Station at Nellie Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada.

4. Altaeros Bat(Buoyant Airborne Turbine)

The world demand cleaner, low-cost alternatives for energy and “Tarot’s Energies” is answering that call for us. This company has come up with an invention of high altitude wind turbine the “BAT”. For the first time, such an affordable solution related to wind energy is used. This is designed to provide power to the remote area, industries that use a lot of natural resources to generate power also, in the areas of disaster.

This new technology furnace stronger capability to generate power because they are more consistent at high altitude and produces twice the power as compared to ordinary wind turbines.

5. Energy Generation from Anti-Matter

One of the most complicated ideas which seems way futuristic is producing energy using matter and anti-matter to generate electric power. If the matter is comprised of particles, anti-matter is comprised of anti-particles. There have been lots of debate and proposals that if matter and anti-matter were to collide, they would destroy each other and will release vast amounts of energy. However, this concept is still on papers and need supervised experiments.

The anti-matter exists in some part of the universe is still a mystery to humankind and a topic of research, if found then only can be facilitated for energy generation.

Conclusion

There are various ways of energy generation that humankind has yet to discover so that they can use them to their advantage. As the human race will evolve, the hunger for newer, more efficient forms of energy will rise. At present day, the most common and efficient fuel has proved to be oil that is non-renewable and is likely to get depleted at the end of the 21st century. So, the future lies in today’s research to use another source of energy; possibly one that is mentioned above.

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Most Practical Eco-friendly Transportation Options

Eco-friendly Transportation Options

Did you know that over three-quarters of man-caused greenhouse gas emissions emanate from highway transportation vehicles? Anyone concerned about reducing his or her carbon footprint should immediately target their daily commuting method as a top priority.

But eco-friendly transport also has to be practical. You also have to think about cost, time, comfort, maintenance, parking, and a host of other important matters when choosing a more earth-friendly way to commute.

Eco-friendly Transportation Options

Here are 5 of the most eco-sensitive ways to get yourself to and from work each day, without sacrificing your budget, schedule, or “creature comforts:”

1. Electric Scooters

Electric bikes, scooters, and motorcycles sold around 200,000 units in 2015, and they are set to sell 300,000 annually by 2024. E-scooters accounted for 5,000 of the 2015 number but are expected to hit over 21,000 units sold by 2024.

In America’s major cities, electric scooters are very practical for short-distance commuters. Given the level of traffic constantly clogging the main arteries, you can usually get there faster on a scooter than by car.

You can find many models of scooter that will travel as fast as 30 mph and get 50 miles or more battery life between charges. When you take into account both features and affordability, here is what I personally find to be the best e-scooter on the market today.

2. Electric Bicycles

An ordinary bike can be a great eco-friendly transport option, and it can give you a good workout too. But there are good reasons to opt for an e-bike instead: easier time going up hills and grades, ability to move faster (20 mph), and never arriving at work all sweaty!

Electric bicycles do not emit any greenhouse gases, no more than electric scooters would. And with either option, you save big on gas and incur only a slight uptick on your monthly electric bill.

3. Electric Cars

If you can afford it, an electric vehicle is an effective way to consistently minimize your use of fossil fuel energy.

With modern electric cars, you can recharge the battery at home, so you don’t have to live nearby a recharge station to use them.

And if you install solar panels on your home, you can have your own personal battery charging station that is run 100% on solar.

4. Electric Motorcycles

At present, e-motorcycles are not mass produced, and they cost a lot to own (maybe $7,000 for the cheapest models.) That said, they have the same advantages as other e-vehicles, plus they are extremely fun to drive.

With some e-motorcycles, the parts are largely made of recycled materials, yet another earth-friendly bonus!

5. Carpooling & Walking

We mentioned last of all the two most obvious and most traditional ways to cut your “carbon consumption.”

If you live close enough to where you work, just walk. It’s free, good exercise gives you a chance to enjoy the scenery, and doesn’t hurt the Earth. And anytime you need to go anywhere within walking distance, walk, and it will do both you and the planet plenty of good!

Carpooling cuts down dramatically on the number of vehicles occupying the road. That means it reduces traffic, saves money, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

We can sum up the benefits of the various types of eco-friendly transportation mentioned above as follows:

  • Little to no burning of fossil fuels, or in the case of carpooling, far less of it at least.
  • You save money on gasoline and on maintenance costs. In the case of e-scooters and bikes, you also save as compared to the cost of buying a car.
  • You benefit the environment and improve human health too, by not creating pollution that people will breathe.

Everyone can find ways to use alternative, more earth-friendly transportation at least some of the time. And when you switch to an eco-friendly daily commute method, you enjoy many other benefits as well.

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What Everyone Should Know About Refurbished MacBooks

What Everyone Should Know About Refurbished MacBooks

When you’re looking to buy an Apple MacBook, one topic mentioned frequently in your search is “refurbished MacBooks.” As explained in this report by Apple Gazette, a refurbished MacBook is a device which has been returned to a manufacturer or retailer by their previous owner before being repaired, tested and sold to customers.

The devices are confirmed to be in working in order and will generally be in decent cosmetic condition too, but as they cannot be sold as “brand new” due to their previous ownership, they will be sold at a lower price. For those looking to save money on Apple tech, buying a refurbished MacBook is the price-savvy option. But before you buy, there are several different factors that you should know.

When Can You Buy Refurbished MacBooks?

Over the years, more and more people have turned to refurbished MacBooks as a way to cut the cost of Apple hardware. As retailers aim to cash in on this surge in demand, there is a growing number of places where you can buy refurbished MacBooks from. When deciding where you’re going to buy your refurbished MacBook, there are several factors to consider and weigh up so that you know that you’re getting the very best deal. These factors include the way the devices have been tested, the warranty and shipping costs.

Some of the most reputable retailers in the industry include Mac of All Trades, Amazon, and even Apple itself. These all have different testing policies for refurbished MacBooks, though, and this will impact the price (more on that later). For example, refurbished MacBooks from Apple go through its Apple Certified Refurbished program which sees an in-house engineer test the device and carry out repairs (if needed) and the device will arrive in a white box with a new power cord/adapter. Though, consumers will pay a lot more for the privilege of Apple’s involvement. In comparison, Mac of All Trades’ testing process is extensive and thorough and includes testing every component of the MacBook, even reinspecting it a second time before it is sent out. However, you’ll pay less with Mac of All Trades because it isn’t an in-house Apple team.

There are also differences in terms of warranties. Apple, for example, offers a one-year long limited warranty whereas a retailer like Gazelle offers a warranty of 30 days. Some retailers also give you the option of paying a bit extra in order to extend your warranty. Either way, it’s important that you have some sort of warranty deal; in the event that something goes wrong with your refurbished MacBook, you’ll want to have that warranty for added security.

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What Refurbished MacBook Stock is Available?

The availability of refurbished MacBook stock also varies from retailer to retailer. But looking at the refurbished market in general, there are refurbished MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, and MacBooks, including more recent models as well as models released as far back as 2010.

For example, you can purchase a refurbished MacBook Pro 13.3-inch, choosing from the recent 2017 version with 1TB SSD and 3.5GHz Intel Dual-Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM for $2,379 (a saving of $520 or 18%) or going for an older, less powerful model with a 128GB SSD, 2.4GHz Intel Dual-Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM for $699 (a saving of $500 or 42%). Alternatively, you could opt for a more lightweight model of MacBook such as the refurbished MacBook Air 11.6-inch which uses the faster form of flash storage and uses Intel HD graphics to keep things looking crisp and clean. The thin and small design makes it ideal for people who want to use their MacBook on the go.

Because there is so much choice, it makes it a lot easier to find a MacBook that suits you well. While it is recommended that you act fast in order to take advantage of the best discounts (they do tend to sell out fast), there is room for you to shop around and choose a refurbished MacBook tailored to your needs whether that be game development, writing or just browsing the web.

How Much Do Refurbished MacBooks Cost?

The price of a refurbished MacBook will vary depending on where you’re buying it from, whether it is a MacBook, Air or Pro, its specs and the year it was released. This is why it’s important to shop around or use a price comparison platform such as RefurbMe to find the best deal for you.

But wherever you buy from, you will likely be saving a huge amount of money when compared to buying brand new. According to Apple Insider, the average Mac selling price is $1300, meaning that shoppers on a budget will be unable to buy the devices without a substantial price cut.

In comparison, you can save as much as $1,930 (a discount of 56%) on a refurbished MacBook Pro 15.4” Retina. Even looking at the higher end of the pricing scale, you will still be saving $200 (a saving of 15%) when you buy a refurbished MacBook 12” with a Retina screen from a leading retailer. So if you’re looking to save money, refurbished is the way to go.

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China’s Latest 250-Acre Panda Shaped Solar Farm is Amazing

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A Chinese solar power company just went overboard and made a huge 100MW solar power grid that looks like a panda.

The company that made this stunt possible, Panda Green Energy mentioned that they have connected 50MW of power from this grid on June 29.

The picture which now went viral is not the actual picture, but a conceptual rendering of the project. You can see the actual image taken by a drone below.

Panda Green Energy used a combination of darker monocrystalline silicon (the light-absorbing material in most solar cells) and lighter-colored thin film solar cells to design the solar farm in the likeness of China’s national animal. (The panda, as China has long demonstrated, is great for both PR and diplomacy.)

While the actual plant isn’t quite as vivid as the sketch, it is nonetheless a significant addition to China’s solar fleet. According to the company, the new plant will avert the need to burn 1 million tons of coal over the next 25 years.

The plant was first proposed in May 2016 by China Merchants New Energy, Panda Green Energy’s largest shareholder, and was announced in September as part of a project with the United Nations Development Program to engage more youth in sustainable development issues.

The Panda Power Plant initiative was also incorporated earlier this year into the “Belt and Road” initiative, China’s ambitious plan to invest in development projects in countries along the old Silk Road. The new plant in Datong is expected to be the first of 100 plants in the shape of pandas and other animals to be built in China and elsewhere as part of that effort. Another one, in Fiji, was announced in May.

The new Panda Power Plant is also just the latest showy example of China’s commitment to scaling up solar and other forms of renewable energy while cleaning up coal before eventually phasing it out. Unlike the US, China is on track to exceed its Paris carbon reduction commitments, as Vox’s David Roberts has reported.

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TESLA unveiled the long-awaited electric car MODEL 3

TESLA Electric car model 3

Long lines resembling flea market at Apple stores in the times of the first iPhone models lined up everywhere, from Hong Kong to Washington. People lined up to catch reserve novelty Tesla. With a starting price of $35000 Tesla electric car model 3 is two times less than the previous model Tesla. Today Elon Musk showed the long-awaited electric car, though not entirely – he said, something changed, something polish. And affordable Tesla Model 3 should be our guide in the world of electric cars.

Tesla electric car model 3

TESLA ELECTRIC CAR MODEL 3
TESLA ELECTRIC CAR MODEL 3

The basics.

  • S and X are paid to develop Model 3, – he said at the outset of the mask. – Thank you!”.
  • Model 3 is accelerated from zero to hundred in 6 seconds is faster than Chevy Bolt, about which we will talk next. However, it is standard 90s.
  • Autopilot (proprietary feature Tesla) is becoming the standard for the company’s vehicles. This is not surprising.
  • Model 3 has already ordered by 115,000 people.
  • Model 3 looks gorgeous.
  • Safety rating in each category – 5 stars.
  • The machine is placed 5 adults, front and rear luggage compartment.
  • No gasoline, clean electricity.
TESLA Electric car model 3
TESLA Electric car model 3

 Advance

In an electric vehicle will be sufficient mileage range . The automotive industry is considered a basic range for the practicality of 300 kilometers; below – potential buyers can ring the alarm bell. Range mileage per charge a new battery Tesla is within 300 kilometers.

The base price is $35,000, but you’ll pay a lot more . Talking about several variants like battery placement, Model 3 is not just a car worth $35000 dollars – you can buy the basic version for the money, but if you do not like something, supplement more. In this connection, a special difference between the S Model, the cost of which varies from $75000 to $133000 dollars, depending on the battery and power-train options.

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TESLA Electric car model 3

This electric car designed to sell much more than the Model the S and the X . Tesla hitherto produced little more than 100000 vehicles in total; using a mass consumption Model 3 Musk hopes to sell half a million cars a year until 2020. To do this he will need Giga factory – massive factory for the production of batteries, which the company is building in partnership with Panasonic in Nevada – to ramp up production, as today suppliers of lithium-ion cells simply can not keep up with the production of electric vehicles.

Model 3 will not be the first “almost” affordable electric car on the market . The market already has a range of affordable electric vehicles, including the Volkswagen e-Golf, Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf. GM plans to sell the Chevy Bolt in 2016, a year before the full release Model 3 in 2017, which focuses on Tesla. Not that GM strongly overshadowed the Tesla, but the competition will be, and the competition – it’s good for everyone.

In a series of Tesla may appear more affordable cars . Model 3 – a sedan. But recently, Tesla began selling very, very expensive crossover Model X – at the peak of popularity of crossovers.Therefore, it may appear Model Y, on which Elon Musk mentioned in one of his tweets (and subsequently removed).

Prior to this event Tesla did not extend about details of the car. The company now sells two models: a sedan Model S, the price of which starts with a mark of 71000 dollars, and SUV Model X from 80000 dollars. However, affordable and cheap car for a long time been the target of Elon Musk. In 2006, Musk said that Tesla plans to build “a wide range of models, including accessible and affordable family car” to push the world in the direction of the future of renewable energy.

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10 Incredible examples of the use of Renewable Energy

Onshore wind farm

Undoubtedly, as the fossil and nuclear fuel is considered more and more dirty and unnecessary, a growing demand for more eco-friendly and safe renewable energy sources. Sun, wind, water, biomass, waves and tides, temperature of the planet – all this provides a colorful alternative to non-renewable energy sources. Here is a collection of incredible examples of the use of renewable energy and efforts to curb it in the last few decades. Some of them you’ve never heard before.

10 Incredible examples of the use of Renewable Energy

1. Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate

Aerial view of the solar plant in Ouarzazate, central Morocco. The world’s largest solar photovoltaic plant uses, benefiting from the scorching heat of the Sahara.

2. Office AGL Docklands

Office AGL Docklands
Office AGL Docklands

Solar panels can be seen on the roof of the office Docklands AGL Energy in Melbourne, Australia. The solar rooftop system covers 20,000 square meters and produces about 110,000 kWh of electricity per year.

3. Onshore wind farm

Onshore wind farm
Onshore wind farm

In 2015, the wind industry has installed more than generating electricity towers than any other energy industry in America. San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm (below) – is one of three major wind farms in California, including more than 3,000 wind turbines generating 615 MW of renewable electricity.

4. Flooded the wind farm

Flooded the wind farm
Flooded the wind farm

Europe – a world leader in the construction of wind farms near their shores. Londo Array – is the largest flooded the wind farm, which started work April 8, 2013, 20 kilometers from the coast of Kent and Essex, England. The maximum capacity of the farm – 630 MW – 175 turbines provided, and it is enough to power the 500,000 homes.

5. Heat from the depths

Heat from the depths
Heat from the depths

on the use of geothermal power stations is extracted it deep from the earth. How, for example, the station Salton Sea in Calipatria, California, located on the southern San Andreas fault. This station is located near the geothermal field field Salton, where temperatures reach 360 degrees Celsius at a depth of 1500-2500 meters.

6. Ivanpah

Ivanpah
Ivanpah

Located in the Mojave Desert, 70 kilometers south-west of Las Vegas, Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a working project to collect solar thermal energy. Power facility – 392 MW, it uses concentrated solar energy. 173,500 heliostats mirrors spread out over 14 square kilometers, focusing solar energy on boilers located on the tops of the three solar towers, which is born couples torque conventional steam turbine. This project – built by Bechtel, owned by NRG Solar, Google and BrightSource Energy, – currently the largest operating solar thermal installation in the world.

7. Sun Vegas

Sun Vegas
Sun Vegas

This 102-acre 15-megawatt station Solar Array II Generatin Station airbase USAF Nellis in Las Vegas, Nevada. Combined with the 13.2-megawatt project Nellis Solar Star, completed in 2007, Nellis has become the largest solar photovoltaic system, the US Defense Department. During the daytime hours of sunshine two solar fields in the sum satisfy almost all bases energy needs, or 42% of all electricity requirements. array The energy that is not used, goes to the NV Energy grid and back to the local community.

8.  Photovoltaic panels

Photovoltaic panels
Photovoltaic panels

Photovoltaic cells cover 426 square meters of the 70-meter south facade of the house with apartments in Berlin, Germany. Photovoltaic cells replace normal facade panels and generate about 25,000 kWh of solar electricity per year, which goes to the public network and to the power of the twin towers. This helps to reduce operational costs, which beat afford residents.

9. PS10

PS10
PS10

PS10 solar plant in Sanlúcar la Mayor outside Seville, Spain, was the first commercial solar tower in the world, built by the Spanish company Solucar. It can provide electricity to 6,000 homes.

10. Herald a new era

Herald a new era
Herald a new era

Wind turbines with a vertical axis Darrieus type wind farm at Altamont Pass in Northern California – one of the first in the United States. This wind farm is made up of nearly five thousand relatively small wind turbines of various types with a total capacity of 576 megawatts, generating 125 megawatts and an average of 1.1 terawatt-hours per year.

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Future smartphone Screens will consume No Battery Power!

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It’s no secret that the smartphone displays “eat off” a lot of battery power of the device. Therefore, we often reduce the brightness settings to conserve precious interest charge, instead of closing the resource-intensive applications that are running at the moment. If the company Bodle Technologies will be able to realize the idea, then perhaps in the future the problem of “devouring” the power of the screen of the smartphone simply disappear.

British startup Bodle Technologies is developing a material with easy transition from one phase to another, which practically does not use electric batteries, but nevertheless remains a clear, bright and well readable even in bright sunlight. Although most of the information technologies that for the creation of this mater is kept secret, the principle of his work revolves around the electrical impulses sent to the flexible and transparent layers of the material.

Future smartphone Screens will consume No Battery Power!

The development is still at an early stage, and Bodle is in no hurry to call the names of the companies (to mention only that it is a very large company), who are already interested in this technology. It is also too early to talk about when this technology reach the market. But if it does happen, our smartphones are no longer required to charge daily, and wearable electronics (like smart-hours) will generally be charged once a week. In addition, no longer need to rely on monochrome screens based on electronic ink and other displays that are sacrificing quality for the sake of long work.

According to the developers, the technology also promises the creation of so-called “smart glass”. Windows that are based on the material developed will be able to completely block the warm hot summer day, or to filter certain type of light waves.

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Solar roofing system employs funnels to increase efficiency

Would you believe that the more daylight that hits a sun powered board, the better? In the matter of effectiveness however, that is not the situation – as photovoltaic cells warmth up their proficiency diminishes. To catch that warmth and put it to great utilization, a group of researchers from Brunel University London has made a solar roofing system that transforms the entire rooftop into a sun powered generator.

The protected framework joins level warming channels with PV cells to both warm water and produce power. Warming channels are utilized to exchange energy far from surfaces where it’s not needed in different settings, for example, PCs, server farm cooling, and even in space.

The levelled warming funnels utilized are level, measuring 4mm (0.4cm) x 400mm (40cm), which enhances the gathering sunlight based radiation. Levelled funnels warm water for use somewhere else and additionally exchanging warmth far from the sun powered cells, which implies their productivity is not debased to the same degree. Amid verification of idea tests, the researchers found that the channels helped PV cells to cool by 15 percent more contrasted and a standard establishment.
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“At present the boards would get most sweltering in the mid year and rooftops should be intended to disperse that warmth,” says Dr. Hussam Jouhara, a pro in warming channel innovation who drove the logical group. “Basically protecting the house underneath is not a decent arrangement as that just traps it driving up the PV board temperature and further bringing down its execution. With our framework there is no waste energy.”

The levelled warming pipes likewise loan themselves to simple establishment. “Our sun powered boards are PV covered for the most southerly-confronting part of the rooftop and are intended to cut together as a climate tight rooftop as essentially as clicking together overlay ground surface,” says Dr. Jouhara.

A framework’s model is as of now being tried on a standard three-room confined house by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Watford. Dr. Jourhara says they have effectively noticed some shocking abilities: “Our levelled warming funnels are efficient to the point that they can really catch the vitality from ahead of schedule morning dew dissipating off the trial rooftop.”

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EcoCapsule Let’s You camp Anywhere On Earth

Eco-friendly, self-sufficient eco-pods, that can be towed on a trailer or shipped anywhere in the world, and could transform the way we experience the outdoor camps.

ecapsule in different angleThe egg-shaped Ecocapsules, designed by Slovakian design firm Nice Architects can house two people for a year off the grid, with the luxuries of a warm bed, running water and hot food. They have been working on this project since April, 2008, have designed a number of “visualizations” to illustrate how the Ecocapsule might be used in hillsides and many other remote places.

The ‘Ecocapsule‘ is a mini apartment with all the conventional luxuries you would expect like a warm bed, running water, hot food, but generates its own clean energy and can be situated anywhere, from city to tundra.

After six years of development, the capsule was unveiled to rapturous acclaim at a recent design festival. Nice Architects have already received thousands of pre-orders and the buzz has extended to celebrities.

“We were not prepared for the reaction,” says Nice partner Igor Zacek. “We started small but now we have to revise our model.”

It is powered by 2.6m2 solar cells that cover the roof and a retractable 750W wind turbine, while the curved shape maximizes energy efficiency and allows for the collection of rainwater and made it drinkable by its built-in filter system feature which can safeguard the human consumption. There is also a kitchenette, toilet and shower and work/dining area. This will be most helpful in remote places. Nice Architects hopes to produce a few different types, including a trailer-based “Camper” unit for easy transport.

ecocapsule1Zacek believes it offers solutions for city dwellers suffering overcrowded conditions and exorbitant rents.

“We talked about areas with high rents. Google used to house employees in a van until they could afford to buy a house. This could be a better solution.”

“It seems quite small from outside, but spacious from inside. There are a lot of options where to go (in future), once we are established on the market, we can play with scenarios.”

This egg shaped houses is emerging as a popular concept for green living space. When this reaches the market next year, the buzz will reach new heights.

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Micro-grid system to power remote Indian villages

Power or energy is most likely a basic piece of our life today when we are encompassed with advances running on energy. Yet, another part of reality recommends something pitiful on an expected premise around 1.3 billion individuals around the world do not have an entrance to power and are constrained to spend their lives wretchedly. Innovation, on the other hand, never deserts somebody, it has answers for each issue.

MIT analysts have added a framework that empowers the villagers to be capable of bearing the cost of the sunlight based panels offer a partnership with their neighbors and even can acquire cash. The most necessary piece of the framework is a gadget which is minute than even a typical shoe box. The gadget was made by the group following two years of exploration and review in India.

The key component of the gadget is the Power Management Unit (PMU) which administers, manages and coordinates the working of the gadget. It manages power from sun energy harvesting boards for the quick uses- for occasion charging a telephone or working a fan. On the off chance that there is no prompt utilization, the energy gets put away in batteries for later utilize.

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Besides, the PMU screens the measure of power being devoured by every client and along these lines gives a record which can fill for charging need without the requirement for individual meters at every home.

This mid-year the scientists are wanting to test the framework in Indian towns. The test establishments are going to occur at two towns in Jamshedpur region, one of which is totally cut off from the power supply and the other which gets power for around two-three hours for each day.

The framework not at all like the standard sun oriented panel establishments is more dynamic and adaptable. It permits simple including and uprooting of gadgets. Truth be told, additional energy sources can likewise be appended to the framework, like a generator or another sun powered board or batteries. It additionally permits the proprietor to include or erase clients after some time.

The framework makes utilization of Direct Current (DC) which makes it even more secure to be utilized as a part of homes and not simply that it likewise disentangles the setup fundamentally which further means minimal effort. The gadget is intended to work at under 50 volts so the threat of life-debilitating stuns is killed.

This framework is excellent as it plans to engage the villagers by empowering them to light their lives by making ‘small scale matrices’ in their localities furthermore by giving them a chance to procure cash by helping other people. This can end up being earth shattering in making our towns vitality proficient as it is accepted to make ideal usage of the sunlight based energy accessible. This can be an aid to the a lot many individuals living in the wide open region deprived from rest of the world that is advancing at a quick pace. It can be the way to numerous trusts and opportunities.

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Origami paper-battery: Bacteria powered!

Utilizing origami, the Japanese craft of paper penning, specialists have built up a modest, microscopic organisms controlled battery produced using paper. We all are very well aware how much our planet needs green energy and here is just an alternate.

 

The battery produces power from microbial breathing process, sufficiently conveying vitality to run a paper-based biosensor, the analysts reported in the Nano Energy diary.

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“Paper is modest and biodegradable and we needn’t bother with outer pumps or syringes on the grounds that paper can suck up an answer utilizing slender power” said Seokheun Choi from Binghamton University in the US.

 

The system ought to be particularly helpful to anybody working in remote territories with constrained assets.

Numerous specialists dealing with malady control and aversion have seized upon it as a key material in making indicative instruments for the creating scene.

 

While paper-based biosensors have demonstrated guarantee here, the current innovation must be matched with hand-held gadgets for investigation.

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Choi’s battery, which creases into the measure of a matchbook, utilizes a modest air-breathing cathode made with nickel showered onto one side of normal office paper.

 

The anode is screen printed with carbon paints, making a hydrophilic zone with wax limits. Aggregate expense of this possibly amusing changing gadget is only five pennies, Choi said. This eco-battery is the first of its kind and is expected to make a big impact on the tech market.

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Oceans will clean themselves with this plan!

A Dutch man scarcely out of his young years is driving a standout amongst the most aggressive sea cleanup endeavors ever: to divide the measure of plastic garbage skimming in the Pacific inside of 10 years. The man’s name is Boyan Slat, and he has thought of a really clever method for doing it. As opposed to clamoring far and wide on an endless garbage chase, he intends the sea to “clean itself.”

 

Consistently, 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the seas. Slat’s arrangement is to place colossal coasting hindrances in pivoting tidal areas around the world, called gyres and let the plastic waste normally stream into catch. These obstructions aren’t nets—ocean life gets tangled in those. They’re huge, V-molded cushions moored by skimming blasts.

 

Slat’s not-for-profit, the Ocean Cleanup, says the flow will stream underneath those blasts, where creatures will be helped through securely. The light plastic is piped above and assembles at the water’s surface along the boundaries for simple get-together and transfer.

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A month ago, it was declared that this sea cleaning framework which the organization says is the world’s first—will be sent in 2016. They’re wanting to station it close to the Japanese island of Tsushima, arranged in the middle of Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture and South Korea. The garbage getting mechanical assembly will be 6,500 feet wide and is being known as the longest skimming structure ever put in the sea.

 

In the end, a greater amount of these tempest safe, plastic-social event structures will be put the world over, if all works out as expected.  This August, then, the Ocean Cleanup is sending 50 vessels to scour the territory in the middle of Hawaii and California to make the first hello to the high resolution of plastic skimming in the Pacific.

 

Slat drives a group of 100 oceanographers, maritime designers, interpreters, originators, and others. He’s additionally getting backing from key political figures, similar to the chairman of Tsushima and the leader of Los Angeles. The Ocean Cleanup began with a crowdfunding battle a year ago that raised $2 million. Really unfathomable for a 20-year-old with a major thought.

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Great Idea! From a Man who builds houses from water

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We have heard many things done using water like water bed and so on, but have you ever heard/seen a water house? Yes here is a man who builds houses using water which can regulate its temperature.

Case Study:

Matyas Gutai is a Hungarian architect who relies on building houses using water which is a perfect material for keeping a house at an optimal temperature.

After many years of research and development, Gutai built a prototype house in his hometown of Kecskemet, south of Budapest, with his high school friend Milan Berenyi, The house was built with a grant from the EU, he uses this whole idea using ”liquid engineering” concepts.

Works:

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The water house is not only made up of water it also contain Panels, steel, and also glasses, to create a structure of the house and a sheet of water which equalizes and regulates the temperature across the building. This house is only a small space of (eight square meters in total).

The house is able to reheat itself, when its hot, excess heat is stored either in the foundations of the building or in external storage, to be brought back to the walls when the temperature drops. The indoor temperature can also be modified using a monitoring system similar to central heating.

This house can produce its own energy and be more independent of energy suppliers, which could reduce carbon emissions which is very efficient and sustainable system.

Gutai Words:

“Our panel can heat and cool the building itself — the water inside the panel does the very same job as heating,”

“It saves energy, when you compare it to a similar building with large glass surfaces — it’s a very clean and sustainable solution.”

Preliminary Concept:

When he was studying sustainable architecture at the University of Tokyo, in 2003, he got this idea of water house after visiting an open-air baths surrounded by snow and noticed that he remained comfortable within the water. From there, he realized the importance of water’s overall temperature and its promising use and made a goal to use this beautiful concept in his work.

“Architecture is really changing in our time. We’ve reached our limits when it comes to solid architecture, now it’s reasonable to look for a new system.” Says Gutai

Upstream & Hazard:

He had faced many difficulty in building this effective water house, he took almost 6 years to build and also he faced many structural problems and faced many questions too like, “what happens if it’s so cold outside that the water freezes or what happens when one panel breaks.” Explains Gutai

“Architecture is really changing in our time: it’s now reasonable to look for a new system”, says Gutai

Here are the answers for the above questions he faced during the architecture in his own words.

“We now mix the water with natural solvents that do not cause pollution but lower the freezing temperature to an acceptable level. This practically means that even if the reheating technology fails, the water cannot freeze.”

“In case of cold climates, like in Hungary, we also add some external insulation to the structure, to protect it from freezing.”

And if a panel were to break? “We designed special joint units. The joint elements allow slow flow, but block faster flows,” This means that if one panel breaks, it will be sealed from the remaining ones instantly. This effect is based on fluid dynamics and not computers or monitoring system — which minimizes the chance of failure, he explains.

Forthcoming ideas:

“Our goal should be to use less energy and materials, and take cities off-grid as much as possible. The water house is one way to do that,” said Gutai.

Constructing this type of low cost and less energy houses will be more efficient and makes our future to stay green rather cutting the trees and building the houses or creating a polluted environment. The idea is superb hope this will be a successful project and implemented everywhere.

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New Aluminum Battery can be Charged within a minute

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Researchers and Scientists at Stanford University in California invented a cheap, long-lasting and flexible battery made of aluminum for use in smartphones that can be charged in just one minute.

The new aluminum-ion battery has the potential to replace lithium-ion batteries, used in millions of laptops and mobile phones. It will not only charge faster but also the new aluminum battery is safer than existing lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames.

Researchers were trying on that but failed to develop a battery made of aluminum, a lightweight and relatively inexpensive metal that has high charging capacity. But Hongjie Dai, a chemistry professor of  Stanford University and his team made a breakthrough by accidentally discovering that graphite made a good partner to aluminum, Stanford said in a statement.

“Lithium-ion batteries can be a fire hazard,” said Dai. “Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.”

According to him, the new battery is also very durable and flexible. While lithium-ion batteries last about 1,000 cycles, the new aluminum battery was able to continue after more than 7,500 cycles without loss of capacity. It also can be bent or folded.

Larger aluminum batteries could also be used to store renewable energy on the electrical grid, Dai said

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Facebook’s Solar Powered Drones are Ready to Serve Internet

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Facebook’s Solar powered drones are now ready to serve internet to the world. Facebook already announced an year ago that they are working on solar drones which can provide internet access to poor countries.

As part of their internet.org program to connect the world, Facebook has already done a lot of work to bring everyone online. These unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky.

Today, Mark Zuckerburg shared that they’ve successfully completed their first test flight of these aircraft in the UK. According to mark Zuckerburg, Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10% of the world’s population that live in remote communities without existing internet infrastructure.

The final design of Drones will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car. They will be powered by solar panels on its wings and They will be able to stay at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.

These solar powered drones are same in concept of Google’s project loon (Ballon – Powered internet) .

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Historic journey of Solar Impulse-2 begins

An initiative to fly a sun energy based controlled plane 20,000 miles as far and wide as possible started on Monday when the Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and arrived in Muscat, Oman. The moderately short hike – only 250 miles (400km) east – is the first leg of an arranged 12-stop worldwide circumnavigation, the first of its kind, by a solar energy powered air ship. The longest portions will be five-day stumbles over the Pacific and Atlantic seas. Those will be the most genuine test of the plane’s outline, which assembles vitality from sunlight based cells, then stores it in batteries for overnight flying.

The plane arrived at around 9:15 a.m. PT after the trip was stretched out to around 13 hours to let winds die down. After a preflight hiccup, the task reported no issues with Solar Impulse 2 – yet it is going hand in hand with pursue plane that had specialized troubles, and the Web webpage went disconnected from the net, as well.

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Accomplishments of aeronautics derring-do are as old as the flight business, including the Montgolfier siblings’ hot-air inflatables in the eighteenth century and Chuck Yeager’s softening of the supersonic limit up 1947. Such endeavors, while unsafe and infrequently deadly, frequently serve to propel the cutting edge. On account of the Solar Impulse, venture pioneers and pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg needed to show what could be possible with an ecologically agreeable plane. The solar energy based controlled setup plane doesn’t transmit carbon dioxide, the significant offender in a dangerous atmospheric devation, as opposed to customary planes.

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There was a specialized hiccup on Monday with a piece of the plane’s electrical framework, yet designs dealt with the issue and the flight proceeded. The group’s next leg prompts Ahmedabad, India, and if fruitful will be the longest separation of a sun energy oriented plane has yet gone, by undertaking. The plane is tremendous, with a wingspan of 236 feet (72m) and four propellers measuring 13 feet (4m) in width. That wingspan is more extensive than that of a Boeing 747 however narrower than that of the world’s greatest traveler plane, the Airbus A380.

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Yet Solar Impulse 2 is likewise to a great degree, light – under 5,070 pounds (2,300kg), about the same as a full-measure pickup truck. Keeping in mind the A380 can convey 550 travelers, the Solar Impulse 2 has space for only a solitary pilot. The lady flight of the Solar Impulse 2 occurred last June. The flying machine takes after on from the group’s introductory model, which first flew in December 2009. In spite of the fact that a solitary individual plane barely will upgrade the business, Solar Impulse plans to push it to better vitality effectiveness through enhanced materials, aeromechanics and segments – and by attempting to get general society amped up for such issues through its FutureIsClean site.

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With the consolidated force of exposure and telemetry, the excursion is abnormally decently recorded. The Solar Impulse Web webpage incorporates a guide where you can screen travel advancement consolidated with a screen to check battery status and utilization, height, heading, aileron design, the pilot’s wellbeing condition, and a flight profile that plots the plane’s rise versus time. The plane, planned by 50 architects, has around 2,900 square feet (269 square meters) of solar cells that can gather 340 kilowatt-hours of vitality every day. Its lithium polymer batteries, put away in the plane’s four engine lodgings, measure 1,396 pounds (633kg), which is more than a quarter of the plane’s weight. The plane is intended to fly at velocities between 22mph (36kmph) and 87mph (140kmph), however lower rates are more productive. It’s got four 17.4-drive engines – about as influential as the motor of a little bike

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