This Glass Sphere Might Replace Solar Panels

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Solar panels are efficient at converting light from the sun into energy, but are extremely inefficient on cloudy days, as well as being unable to follow the rotation of the sun. Since sun-tracking solar panels are expensive, a new solution must be created. In comes the Rawlemon Spherical Solar Energy Generator. Check it: Glass isn’t cheap, but it’s more affordable than the aforementioned solar technology. The sphere is also aesthetically pleasing, which will encourage more people to join the green movement. What do you think? Bright idea, or a waste of time and money?

A Living Computer Created From Slime Mold

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Researchers from the University of the West of England in Bristol have discovered a means of creating intelligent, powerful biocomputers using the slime found on rotten leaves and logs. It is a theory first presented in the 70’s by researchers at the University of California in Berkeley. In 2008, the theory was put into practice using titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Now researchers want to create a “living computer” with the slime mold. Check it: What do you think? Would you ever pay for an organic computer?

Microbial Fuel Cell Breakthrough

Microbial Fuel Cells

The microbial fuel cell creates energy as it cleans waste water. As bacteria oxidizes organic matter, electrons are produced and run from an anode to a cathode within the fuel cell to create an electric current. What does this mean for wastewater?  This technology could power waste treatment plants and enable them to sell electricity from an organic source. The new technology developed at Ohio State Uuniversity can now produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity, per volume, than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells, and 100 times more electricity than some. Experts estimate that about 3 percent… read more

Check Your Thermostat

Check Your Thermostat

If one thermostat controls your entire home’s temperature, it is best to keep it set at 78 degrees F (25 degrees Celsius) during the summer and 68 degrees F (20 degrees Celsius) during the winter. If you can, have multiple thermostats, installing one in each room of the house. When you use one thermostat for the entire house it can create uneven temperatures throughout your home. Plus energy is wasted heating and cooling unused rooms, which will probably show up on your bills. If you have a different thermostat controlling each room, you can individualize the temperature to the room,… read more

A Lightweight, Foldable Solar Charger for Your Gadgets

A Lightweight, Foldable Solar Charger for Your Gadgets

For those of us who rely on our mobile gadgets all day long, whether for work or play, running out of juice is a sure way to put a crimp in our day. And while carrying a backup battery along on a trip or out off of the grid is certainly helpful, sooner or later we’ll end up needing a recharge. One way to get a charge, free from the sun, is with a portable solar charger like this one from StrongVolt. Available in 3, 5, 7, or 10 Watt models, these foldable and lightweight solar panels can add hours… read more

Solar Powered Charging Stations for Public Spaces

Solar Powered Charging Stations for Public Spaces

For business owners, municipalities, and property managers, offering a way to charge your customer’s mobile devices could be a big benefit, and these solar powered charging stations from CarrierClass Green Infrastructure (CCGI) just might be the ticket. The new ConnecTable™ Solar Charging Stations include integrated photovoltaic solar panels and backup power storage, and are designed for both commercial and residential installations. These robust outdoor furniture configurations are available as café tables, picnic tables, and deck tables, and could be a draw for customers looking to top off their mobile devices. “These fully engineered solar power charging and backup power systems… read more

Charge Your Phone In 5 Seconds

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Graphene is an amazing technology. It’s biodegradable, flexible, super-conducting, and will literally change the world. In the next few years as the technology is refined, we’ll discover an entire array of possible uses, including the ability to charge your cellphone in seconds, your car in minutes, and after that? Well, I suppose we’ll have to wait around and see. In the meantime, check out how this technology is even possible:

This Gadget Takes the Guesswork Out of Home Renewable Energy

This Gadget Takes the Guesswork Out of Home Renewable Energy

If you’re considering installing a small renewable energy system at home, such as photovoltaic solar panels or a small wind turbine, you might want to find out just how much energy you can expect to get from those systems at your location, before spending the money. One way to do that is through using a little device that is said to accurately measure the wind and solar energy potential at your location, such as the Power Predictor. This gadget measures the wind speed and direction, as well as the solar potential, and sends the collected data to an online portal… read more

How Do Solar Panels Work?

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You’ve undoubtedly asked yourself this question many a time over the years, and simply forgot to Google it when you got home. No worries–we’ve got you covered. A short piece on “How It’s Made” on the Discovery channel explained in simple terms how we use solar panels to convert sunlight into energy. Check it: Solar power companies used to be a novelty a few decades ago, with many scoffers and naysayers for entrepreneurial spirits to deal with on their quest to introduce the future to us. Nowadays, these companies are nearly a dime-a-dozen here in the U.S., especially in the… read more

The Gates Foundation Wants Your Big Idea

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Ever since Bill Gates and his wife Melinda founded the Gates Foundation, it’s been a beacon of hope, innovation, and charity for thousands across the world. A few years ago, they came up with the ‘Grand Challenges’ competition, which is essentially a soap-box platform for big thinkers. Each year, the foundation selects a few visionaries to receive a $100,000 grant to start their initiative. If their plan is successful, they can potentially receive another $1,000,000 grant later down the road. All are welcome to submit ideas covering a wide range of topics, such as healthcare, technology, energy, and more. Take… read more