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Solar-Powered, Health-Monitoring Clothing
Written by Hank Green on 11/09/06   
solarjacketWhat now?  Well, Taiwan is finally putting it's massive electronics manufacturing base to work for itself.  They're creating a jacket, presumably, that will have solar panels integrated into it.  The solar panels will power some various health-monitoring devices (body heat, heart rate, blood pressure, and an RFID emitter that will beam the information to the health provider.

Freakin' weird.  From Infoworld: "A system could be designed that's powerful enough to run a laptop computer, but it would take a lot more solar panels -- and therefore a very big jacket, said Chang Cheng-tung, deputy chief of system integration at the institute."  Apparently we could see these 'e-health' jackets within a couple of years.  I like the idea, I just probably won't like the jacket. 

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Bill Clinton's Pimped Hybrid SUV
Written by Hank Green on 09/09/06   
Bill Clinton just received a hybrid Mercury Mariner SUV from Ford that can get a max of 32 mpg.  "Ford and click here cialis usa President Clinton share a commitment to promoting green solutions for transportation."  Also, Ford and President Clinton share a commitment to ridiculously sweet rides. 
Dual DVD players, a small refrigerator, a 110 volt plug, customized LED lighting, several fold-down desks, some top-secret 'electronics,' and extra leg room for the president (presumably at the cost of less leg room for the Secret Service Agents driving him around.)

A lot of those extra features will add up to a drain on the Mariner's battery, so it probably won't get the only today brand viagra for sale full 32 mpg in the city.  But, still, a sweet machine for a man who's presence I miss very much. 

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Intventor of LEDs Wins Millenium Prize
Written by Hank Green on 09/09/06   
nichia-shuji-nakamura-bigThe Millennium Prize is given out every two years and is, basically, technology's equivalent of generic viagra cost the Nobel.  Professor Shuji Nakamura was awarded the 1m euro prize for his invention of white, blue, and green LEDs as well has his invention of the blue laser diode.  LEDs, if you haven't been paying attention, promise to provide a low-cost, highly efficient and non-toxic alternative to Edison's light bulb.
Eschewing traditional Japanese modesty,
Nakamura said, "I hope the award of this prize will help people to understand that this invention makes it possible to improve quality of life for many millions of people."  He refers here to the ability of blue LEDs to sterilize water efficiently and also to solar powered lighting initiatives to generic form of propecia which he has pledged to donate part of his award money. 

As an example of how big a deal LEDs (and Nakamura's works) are, the only other Millennium prize ever was given to Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the Internet.
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Grimshaw Aerogenerator: A Colossal Wind Turbine
Written by Gavin D.J. Harper on 09/09/06   

We saw, not so long ago, how the Dutch are trying to bring a different aesthetic to wind generation by ditching the good choice online cialis prescriptions single stem support in favour of "wind trees." Now a radically different slant on the idea of generating energy from the wind comes from Nicholas Grimshaw Architects, designers of the "Biome" domes at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

In the UK, there is a target to meet 10% of the nations energy needs by 2010, at the moment, this target is on shaky foundations as the hoards of "Not In My Back Yard" protesters try and halt the progress of clean, green, generation. No sooner is a wind farm proposed, than a local action group voicing the concerns of the vociferous minority is also founded.

All of these arguments begin to make far-off-shore wind look like the sensible option, and Grimshaw has come up with a pioneering solution that looks the part for a new era of the "white heat of sustainable technology" that we are entering into.

Unlike the three bladed turbines that we have come to know which spin on a horizontal axis, the gargantuan Aerogenerator spins on a vertical axis. It looks more like a gigantic television antennae than a turbine and, when moving, I imagine confused boatmen thinking they may have stumbled upon a secret government teleportation project.  And it will be huge, yes...that is a battleship in the background...for scale.

Here's a 1024 x 768 wallpaper version of the grimshaw aerogenerator we made, if you're interested.

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The Renewable
Written by Hank Green on 09/09/06   

Someone has just done a cool thing with Google Earth.   I just can't figure out who that someone is... all I can find out is they have a  parent company, Geosign, that is, according to we choice cialis pfizer canada their website "privately held and highly profitable."

Well, we don't know where the high profit comes in with The Renewable Planet, but we like it a lot.  The site is based on the Google Earth API and is basically a mapping of a ton of renewable energy projects around the world. 

Montana, my state, is a little light on projects (only two, apparently).  But, if I had the inclination, I could add projects to the listing.   And since just about everyone here is talking about biodiesel, I probably wouldn't have a hard time finding some good ones.

The system makes it very easy to submit new projects along with links to project websites and viagra canadian pharmacy dosage pictures of the project.  It's also really easy to browse projects by location, category, size.  A very cool use of Google Earth.
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Vertical Axis, Urban Wind Turbine
Written by Gavin D.J. Harper on 08/09/06   

Innovative British Consultancy XCO2 has come up with an novel design of the best place best price for viagra urban wind turbine that it believes will help wind power acheive better market penetration than other designs.

The aesthetic of the design differs significantly from the traditional horizontal axis turbine that we're used to seeing, but breaks with the tradition of horizontal axis turbines by being both vertically oriented and also helical in shape.

Named the Quiet Revolution 5, to reflect its low noise design features, the turbine incorporates a number of features into its design that are designed to minimise the audible intrusion generated in operation.

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Wind Turbines Display Moving Images
Written by Gavin D.J. Harper on 08/09/06   

Quiet Revolution Display TurbineYou might have read about innovative UK consultancy XCO2's innovative quiet revolution urban turbines. Well, they have another trick up their sleeve in the form of their ground-breaking display turbines. 

These turbines rely on generic viagra super active canada the theory of persistence of vision – our brains ability to fuse many fast, static, images into a single moving image.

The theory is simple. The wind turbine blade has embedded within an array of light-emitting elements – high powered L.E.D's for example. These are coupled to an embedded processor, which controls these L.E.D's. For multi-coloured displays, the outputs of a red, green and blue L.E.D can be fused by the viagra 10mg eye into a single coherent image.

When we finally start to invite wind turbines into the city, they might carry advertisements and information as we've never seen them before.

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Coal -> Membrane -> Hydrogen
Written by Philip Proefrock on 07/09/06   
palladiummembrane Southwest Research Institute is developing a new membrane technology to be used for extracting hydrogen for use in fuel cells and other hydrogen-fueled applications. One of the biggest obstacles to the advent of the "Hydrogen Economy" is the difficulty acquiring large amounts of hydorgen.  Electrolysis (shocking water into hydrogen and oxygen) is not efficient and extracting hydrogen from fossil fuels has proven very difficult.

"Hydrogen is costly to produce or to separate from gas mixtures, such as reactor effluent or waste streams, due to the high capital and buy propecia online energy expenditures associated with compression, heat exchange, cryogenic distillation, and pressure swing adsorption (PSA)."  So, basically, it's really hard to pull hydrogen out of a mixture of other gasses.

But this ultra-thin, metallic membrane of palladium alloyed with other metals enables hydrogen from coal gassification to pass through, but prevents other gasses from contaminating it. Using a membrane to we recommend best price viagra online filter hydrogen would make it possible to produce hydrogen without the need for expensive and energy-consuming refining equipment, making hydrogen a more economical possibility.

Think of buy ultram with mastercard a coffee filter, but with high-energy gasses.

We still hold some doubts about hydrogen being the best technology for future energy needs, after all, we'd still need to mine the coal befor 'gassifying' it and EcoGeek will never promote coal mining.  But this will undoubtedly help make it easier to produce hydrogen from other more environmentally friendly sources as well. 

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DIY 3-Watt LED Mood Lamp
Written by Hank Green on 06/09/06   
Toon Beerten, a guy with some LED experience, has put together an amazing 3 watt LED mood light pretty much from scratch.  The device actually plugs into a wall socket, while his previous lamps have run off batteries.  Using batteries actually significantly reduces the overall efficiency of any electronic device, so I like this one for that.  
I also like it because it's really well done.  He's programmed the official canadian pharmacy LEDs to fade between colors, or go through a variety of transitions that he can control with an input.  If I went over to his house, I'd probably assume he bought it from Target for fifty bucks.  
Definitely a worthwhile project.
Inhabitat's Green Building 101 Series
Written by Hank Green on 06/09/06   
Inhabitat has been running a amazing series called Green Building 101.  Today, the series got ultra-ecogeeky with their Design Innovation segment.  They list the top 10 eco-innovations for green living and I wanted to share them.  
1. Living roofs and facades
2. Building-integrated photovoltaics
3. Light emitting diodes
4. Organic light emitting diodes
5. Rain water and grey water
6. Electrochromic Glass
7. Energy monitoring devices
8. Sunlight Transport
9. Structural insulated panels
10. Insulated daylight panels. 
On the whole, I find each of these innovations very cool and order cheap levitra very necessary.  All of them (except OLED's) are available to consumers right now, and each of them have a strong place in the future of a sustainable world.
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Shape-Shifting Sky Scrapers
Written by Philip Proefrock on 06/09/06   
Mostly we post about things that go into buildings rather than the buildings themselves. But greener buildings are a huge part of sustainable innovation.  And on the cutting edge are buildings that move beyond the current rigid and static versions. 

Some architects are looking at making the structures of the buildings themselves responsive and dynamic. First, this will allow for lighter structures that use fewer building materials and can be more responsive to the environment. This system would produce odd looking buildings, but also buildings that could dynamically respond to their environment to better respond to external forces such as wind and earthquakes.

Even cooler, these buildings could change shape according to the needs of the people.  Imagine a building that can shrink at night, when no one's around, and then expand dramatically at the coldest part of night to draw in all the fresh cool air. Or how about a building that continually expands and contracts to improve ventilation, as if the building itself were breathing. Or, to use an example from Tristan d'Estree Sterk from the Office of visit our site buy levitra online cheap Robotic Architectural Media, a house that can shake the snow of its own roof.

Sterk is creating light-weight but robust "building envelopes" using actuated tensegrity strctures.   Basically, just a series of rods, cables and pneumatic muscles that would give the building it's shape-shifting capabilities.


Buildings that twist in the wind can, themselves, become massive wind power plants.  Small inexpensive generators can be built in creating devices that we've previously heard called "undulating kinetic baffles."  Whatever you call them, they produce power from the movement of buildings in the wind, a force that was previously dreaded by building designers.  Or, the buildings could conceivably change orientation, allowing wind to blow through them, increasing ventillation and also possibly powering internal wind turbines.

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