TAG: Electricity

Juice Box Wants Energy For All

Juice Box Wants Energy For All

Juice Box is a concept design that was created last year by Artefact. This year the design has achieved an award winning status, and has gained some impressively popular sponsors. Juice Box operates as an open energy system. Energy can be collected from various sources, then stored and routed to where it can be used. This allows people to charge and power up devices, as well as lighting and electrical necessities, even in distant and isolated areas. The system offers a sustainable way for off the map locations to receive electrical power. Developed for a project that concentrated on parts of… read more

Smarter Power Designs

Smarter Power Designs

Gadgets and gear are all encompassing; smothering the retail market with each new upgrade, add-on or novel needed feature. These 2 designs are creative spins on their existing versions, but also promise to still be future relevant. A smart charging station is determined to take over the mass array of chargers. DODOcase and Stikwood created a docking station called the Charging Nest that is supposed to cover the present and the future with its all-encompassing charging features. It has an old fashioned look that gives it character, but it is a fully modern, adjustable charging dock. Made from reclaimed wood, it can charge devices… read more

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Extending electronic life and juicing up gadgets, batteries and power storage are vital to everyday life. There are innovative designs that make batteries more efficient, but those are probably much different than the following scientific discoveries. The world of technology has a covert side that one research team has found out. As discussed in New Scientist, behind our plugged-in gear lives a whole spectrum of life that can actually be used for power. By gathering sea sediment and placing battery electrodes into it, researchers found that along with bacteria living cells will begin to appear. When combined with filaments, which… read more

Energy Opportunity

Energy opportunity

Many African states have committed themselves to realising milestone development goals in the near future. Development is measured by using an array of indicators, these include having clean tap water, tar roads, and electricity amongst other things. When a vast majority of a country’s population has unhindered access to these amenities, it can be said that development is on an upward trajectory. The move towards development presents numerous opportunities for new technologies and renewable energy to be introduced in these countries. For instance, there are still many communities without electricity and electric power. An article in the Economist reports that… read more

Mossy Music – This Radio Plays From Plant Power

Mossy Music - This Radio Plays From Plant Power

A team of researchers, biochemists and plant scientists from the University of Cambridge have created a prototype of a radio that can run on moss. Figuring out how to power up an FM radio with a network of plants, the process works via what they refer to as Biophotovoltaics, which is a budding biophilic technology where electrons and protons that are generated by plants in photosynthesis are collected and converted into electrical currents. The Moss FM radio contains 10 photo microbial fuel cells. Wanting to try out a way to power up a home device, but worried about the environment… read more

Smart Plug Monitors and Controls Energy Consumption

Smart Plug Monitors and Controls Energy Consumption

One simple way to not only save money, but to also lower your carbon footprint, is to get a better handle on your energy consumption. Looking at your monthly utility bill can give you a ‘big picture’ look at your energy use, but it doesn’t show you which appliances are using the most energy, and when, or if those energy expenditures are wasteful or not. The coming age of the Internet of Things, and the trend of more connected gadgets, has brought us some easy to use tools that can give us precise statistics on our household energy consumption, from… read more

Measure Actual Electric Costs with MeterPlug

Measure Actual Electric Costs with MeterPlug

Reducing our electricity use can help us live a little greener, by decreasing our overall energy consumption, and it can also help us to save money on our bills. But how do you know what’s using the most electricity and costing the most money? It’s one thing to know what the appliance sticker says, as far as how much electricity it uses, and another thing entirely to know exactly how much money it will cost you every month. But a useful little gadget can help make that information a lot more transparent, by telling you exactly how much juice each… read more

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Empower Playgrounds Inc., or EPI, has an inventive solution to a problem that affects too many children in rural and undeveloped areas. Not having access to electricity and reliable lighting that is necessary for daily tasks provides an enormous challenge that many of us can’t even begin to understand. Lack of electricity can certainly make daily life a struggle, but imagine children who often have to work, study and perform other tasks without any access to lighting after dark. Unsafe lights, like kerosene lamps, are considered a luxury item for many families, even though they pose a great health and… read more

Doomsday – Hoax Or Here?

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The Doomsday Conspiracy flooded the internet for more than four years leading up to its supposedly deadline. The date for the end of the world was set as 21/12/2012 and was such a virulent conspiracy it even sparked a movie being made about it. Around the world people held their breath and waited anxiously. But it all passed just like any other day. So is the Doomsday Conspiracy dead in the water? As there is no actual date for the origin of the Earth, then it is unlikely to have a final date. It is clear that Earth was not created in… read more

British Gas May Offer Free Electricity on Saturdays

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If you’re in the UK and one of British Gas’ customers that have a smart meter, you might be able to get free electricity every Saturday. As a bid to encourage customers to use more of their electricity on the weekends, when demand from businesses is much lower, the energy company is said to already be piloting the project, with a larger group of users getting access to it in 2014. British Gas customers who agree to the program will get a full 24 hours of free electricity every Saturday, which may let them offset some of their energy costs,… read more