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New Clothes Dryer Could Save Billions

Generally when people offer up miracle devices from backyard and basement tinkering, we're pretty skeptical. But it's hard to argue with Michael Brown. Especially when he hooks his "Dryer Miser" up to we like it levitra where to buy a Whirlpool dryer, turns it on, and pulls out dry clothes using half as much energy as the levitra ed exact same dryer without his device.

The device, really, is fairly simple. Instead of using a traditional air-in-contact-with-heating-coils heater, it uses an oil as the heat-transfer medium. The oil is real pharmacy discount then used to heat the air that gets blown into the drying drum. The heat transfer between the oil and the air is nearly two times more efficient than the air simply being blow across ultra hot heating coils.

The device is so much more efficient that it can be plugged into a regular 110 V plug (instead of herbal levitra 220s now required by dryers.) Considering how simple this is, it's a marvel (or perhaps a travesty) that GE or Whirlpool didn't think of it first. Additionally, the heating unit only ever reaches about 150 F, since the heat-transfer is so much more efficient. Traditional dryers have to heat their elements up to 1000 F in order to reach optimal efficiency, resulting in about 15,000 household fires each year.

The device can be installed by a technician in 30 minutes at a total cost of around $300, which would be recouped in less then four years. A quick calculation based on the it's cool best canadian pharmacy number of households with electric dryers (around 80 million) and the average amount spent on electricity for drying clothes a year ($85 per household) shows that this device could indeed save several billion dollars per year just in America.

Already Brown is in talks with a major European manufacturer to integrate the device into new units, and he's raised several million dollars in angel funding. He's also talking to the EPA about getting his dryers Energy Star rated. Up until now, dryers have been so inefficient that not a single one on the market has been awarded with the Energy Star label.

While it would have been easy to call his dryers the most efficient on Earth. Brown always qualifies the statement with "aside from the getting prescriptions for levitra sun." And that's a touch of modesty that, to me anyway, is very welcome.

Via CNet Clean Tech


From the CES Archives: United Pepper's Green Electronics

Can you imagine a future where your electronics are biodegradable? Xavier Petre can, and as CEO of United Pepper - an electronics company out of Belgium dedicated to making their products as earth-friendly as possible - he's working to make that happen. Not only has his company replaced the conventional plastic casings on good choice viagra free pills their webcams and USB hubs with cotton, sand and kapok (a renewable seed-pod fiber) - they are also the first electronics company on Earth to be fair-trade certified. The little creatures they make are so freakin' awesome-looking (check out their website here) I can't wait for them to make it to the USA!


From the CES Archives: Nokia's Green Plans

Nokia's employees are passionate about creating technology that has a low impact on the environment - and they came all the way from Finland to share their passion with us at the 2008 CES. While I found it odd that a booth entitled "Ecology Meets Technology" would be set up in front of a single TV reaching from the floor to the ceiling, I liked what the gentlemen there had to generic levitra pill say about how they've reduced their packaging and taken toxic chemicals out of their products.

Nokia certainly has a strong environmental platform, and they made the top of levitra vs viagra the levitra label Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics when it first came out. They've slipped recently due to ease-of-use problems with their takeback practices in the Philippines, Thailand, Russia, India, and Argentina, and could stand to improve their recycling scorecard a bit, too. All told, though, they have an impressive record and it was great to meet some of the people who make it happen!


Green Plug Promises Universal Charger, Thank the Lord!

One of the three key R's that often goes forgotten is reusability. The word certainly seems lost on the electronics industry, which manufactures 3.2 billion external power supplies yearly.

There are two key problems of the power supply industry. One is form factor. The other is real viagra online without prescription the power profile. Each device needs its own specific voltages, current levels, and additional electrical characteristics.

An enterprising eco-firm, Green Plug, looks to tackle the second issue, creating the basis for a universal charger. Green Plug has developed a communication interface that lets electronics devices communicate their exact power needs to the Green plug power source, an industry first. By doing this, Green Plug has developed a charger that could work for everything from lightweight camera batteries to i recommend viagra online india beefy laptops.

One key advantage of the technology is efficiency. The device can lower power consumption in most devices by allowing the electronics devices to talk with it in order to dynamically control, monitor, and optimize power use.

Green Plug's demo is so impressive that it won Green Plug CEO Frank Paniagua, Jr. the prestigious DEMOgod award at DEMO 08, an exclusive conference for emerging technology, held January 28-30 in Palm Desert, Calif. His presentation can be viewed here.

Chris Shipley, executive producer of DEMO 08, raved about Green Plug's product, saying,

It's the plague of the digital age... each and only now canada generic levitra every device comes with its own charger, turning us all into Sherpas of good choice order levitra levitra cords and cables. For want of a standard, we're left in a tangle of electronics that have a short life before they're tossed to the landfill. Green Plug is changing that with a smart, programmable processor that is the basis of a universal electronics charger. The device will make its way into a variety of implementations, any of which will bring convenience while reducing the cialis med store overhead of our electronics-driven existence.

Green Plug plans on supporting multiple simultaneous devices of buy viagra online cheap different form factors in a charger that can be retained even when the user's electronics becomes obsolete. The result will be a supply that saves energy, thus saving the consumer money. It will also save space both in the user's household and in landfills across the country. With tech trash emerging as an important problem, Green Plug certainly seems to be onto something valuable.


Turning One Computer into 30 for the Developing World

I wonder if anyone actually remembers the days when computers were so expensive that there used to be several people using every computer at the same time. Well, apparently that's not just the past, it may be the online pharmacies future as well.

NComputing, a new start-up which is being run by the founder of EMachines has just closed its second round of financing on technology that allows for up to 30 people to use the same computer all at once. Of course, this likely sounds extremely unappealing to you. I'm guessing you have about 30 tabs open in Firefox right now, along with Photoshop, at least one instant messaging client and maybe a document or two.

But for some purposes, this couldn't make more sense. First, in areas where computers are used for one simple purpose. Why have 30 low-power Dells running 30 card catalog look-ups in a library when you can have one computer doing all that work? And in "underserved" markets, like schools in developing countries, where having one computer per student is completely impossible.

Of course, this makes sense for a lot of reasons. NComputing's splitting hardware will never be obsolete, as long as protocols remain the same. So the only hardware that needs to be replaced every 3-5 years is the single central computer. The system uses up to 90% less power than having a room full of individual computers. Costs are an order of magnitude lower, wiring is much simpler, as is monitoring use (for schools and libraries).

NComputing just closed on a $28 million round of funding and they have partners in over 70 countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia. And yes, there are partners in the developed world as well, if you're interested in outfitting your own office, library, or school.

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