Next Generation Lighting

Switch Lighting's energy saving bulbs

Electric bulbs have been a part of human lifestyle ever since electricity invaded our lives. Evolved from Humphrey Davy’s electric arc and Edison’s filament, bulbs went through various transitions through the revolution in the silicon industry. The manufacturers focused on making brighter electric bulbs with commercial motives but only during the late 90s, the awareness about the environmental problem these incandescent lamps cause became a hot issue as the story of global warming also went viral. Just like the display industry, the lamp manufacturers also took advantage of small chips which can do more work with less energy and this… read more

Green Phones – The Future

Self-charging-mobile-phone

In the digital era cellphones have become as mandatory for humans as air. In any part of the world the least power consuming home appliance is the cellphone charger which powers the cellphone’s battery.  The average power consumed by a cellphone when charging its battery is 26watts but with 6 billion people living on the planet and with 5 billion (and counting) mobile phones registered with all networks, the total power consumption will be jaw-dropping and become a very serious problem like global warming.   So, in an effort to reduce power consumption, scientists are constantly researching to automate the… read more

Flying Wind Farms

Flying wind farms

Can you imagine a balloon fitted with turbines and long tubes flying at over 30,000 feet in the air? This just might be the wave of the future in wind energy. According to NASA , at 30,000 feet turbines can tap into the jet stream which could conduct 20,000 to 40,000 watts per meter of energy. This is an abundance more than the normal 500 watts in which ground turbines can produce. Flying wind farms additionally can be reeled in during storms and will take up less space than the normal ground turbines. There are several ideas for the structure… read more

Recycling E-Waste

Recycling household items

How many technological devices in the past year have you thrown out or replaced? I personally have counted three so far. So times that by the number of people in the world and you come up with a large pile of “E-Crap”. Sitting there as landfill and not going anywhere soon. Luckily, there are a number of companies around the world that have jumped on the band-wagon of recycling and who see these now useless products as an opportunity. An opportunity to turn them into something else useful, giving the products another life and another use. Yes, even a lifeless… read more

Electric Shock

Energy saving solutions

You don’t realize how much you appreciate something until it’s gone. On a cold winter night in 2002 I was about to learn the hard lesson. The night of Dec. 4, a terrible ice storm hit my city, putting a thick coating over everything and a layer of frozen fear over the people. Seven trees in my yard snapped under the heavy weight of ice, and my house, and most of the city, was plunged into darkness. No lights and no heat for one week. The first night, it was fun…almost like camping. Then, after days of eating out, using… read more

Sun + Mirrors = Power

Gemasolar

Leading green power companies have formed the Concentrating Solar Power Alliance