The Power of the Sun

Using the Power of the Sun

We keep thinking about our depleting natural resources and the eminent energy crisis that we all might face in the near future. But in spite of that, we are ignoring the never-ending nuclear fission gifted to us by nature: the SUN. This billion megaton powerhouse has been radiating its energy on earth for the past 4.5 billion years and is still no way near exhaustion. Even if we tap a fraction of this radiation it could permanently end our worries of depleted resources. The methodologies to tap this energy are many: Metal Smelting Solar Furnaces: By the use of large… read more

Uranium Mining Underwater

Uranium Mining Underwater

The ocean has always inspired and supported the human race. We have navigated across them, tapped into their power for energy generation, exploited their creatures for food and minerals for wealth, and we continue to explore their depths for answers to our questions about the planet. Recent experiments have unveiled surprising amounts of uranium hidden beneath the waves. Oceans are estimated to have roughly 5 billion metric tons of uranium, which is a core element for nuclear power generation. The uranium deposits are very diluted and to date there has been no commercially viable method to extract the precious material. Uranium extraction from the ocean… read more

Creative Energy

Creative Energy

Popular sustainable energy choices like solar and wind are thankfully becoming more prevalent. However, there are some other really interesting innovations in energy research and application. Typically present things capable of producing power, like motion, are being successfully looked into for energy sources. Items that are in movement possess kinetic energy, which can then be turned into even more energy. The motions created from things like vibrations are being considered for netting and producing energy because of their usually constant availability. The pulsating caused from repeated movements can be manufactured into small bursts of power. Since there are numerous things… read more

Avatar 2 – Solar Powered

Stellar Roof Energy

James Cameron announced that he would personally fund the construction of a massive solar array to power the next two “Avatar” sequels. Late last month, Stellar Energy announced that they had completed work on Cameron’s vision by successfully installing 3,692 solar modules to the rooftops of the director’s production studios. Stellar Energy installed a 959.92 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) power system for Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. The solar energy system is composed of three separate roof-mounted solar electric arrays covering a total of 212,481 square feet of roof space. It consists of 3,692 solar modules, 3 Solectria Inverters, and an… read more

Doorless Refrigerator

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Refrigerators are one of the best inventions of all time. Ever since their creation, refrigerators have found their vital place in both the rich and middle-class homes to preserve food and to provide cooled food. The basic principle of cooling the box has never changed but the body, colour and structure are the factors which differentiate modern refrigerators from the older ones. A Massey University (in New Zealand) third year undergraduate student, Ben de la Roche, has come up with the idea of a new refrigeration “wall” which has absolutely no door and displays all the food so that you… read more

Post Sandy Bike Generator

Bike Generator

The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, also known as MoRUS, has put an OWS bike generator to work which is now getting battery-depleted phone-owners back online. Morus along with C-Squat were able to save the OWS Bike generator from the flooded basement due to Hurricane Sandy. MoRUS has the bike generators placed at Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets. These bike generators have helped to let people charge their phones and enable contact with their families. Some of these individuals have been without power for days. Meanwhile the residents of C-Squat have set up two grills and are receiving… read more

Clean Sweep to the Wall

Renewable energy

According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s September 2012 Energy Infrastructure Update, every megawatt of new electrical generating capacity installed in the United States in September was either wind or solar power. However, this is solely the case for September; the cumulative January through September data gathered shows natural gas and coal are still staples for the United States’ energy palate. 433 megawatts of electricity generated from clean sources, which in this case is wind and solar, were installed in the U.S. in September, bringing the January through September total for wind power to 4,055 megawatts, and 936 megawatts from… read more

Renewable Energy Storage

Storing renewable energy

As renewable energy technology has gotten better and experienced an increase in production, there has been a shift from developing the technology to generate energy to developing the technology to store the energy. Renewable energy storage is incredibly important, since the sun doesn’t always shine, the wind doesn’t always blow, wind speeds fluctuate, the amount of sunlight is dependent on cloud coverage, etc. However, the storage options up until now have only been theoretical, impractical, or too costly to produce. Fossil fuel plants are seen as too difficult to adjust to modern storage options, since it takes a long time retrofit the energy-producing power… read more

Disposing of E-Waste

Disposing of e-waste

The advancement of digital technologies has increased the amount of the e-waste that we have started generating. The prime reason for this is the continuous advancements that keep moving in the digital sector which makes the previously manufactured products obsolete. These obsolete products are then either scrapped for dump sites, or are sent to developing countries, where they are used for a little more time and then scrapped until a newer technology further arrives. The e-waste generated by us comprises of both toxic as well as non toxic materials. While products like processors, PCBs, silicon chips etc are non toxic… read more

Solar Power on a Canal

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Gujarat, a State in India known for its medium and small scale industries is becoming a front-runner of clean energy compared to other states and recently a canal-topped solar power plant was inaugurated under its visionary chief minister Narendera Modi. This dual purpose project has grabbed the attention of the internet and other media sources recently making it trending news. This plant can generate 1 MW of power and the beauty is that it doesn’t require any land for solar panels! The entire solar panel is constructed above a 750 meter canal which passes through remote village of chandrasan. The entire cost of the project is… read more