TAG: Green technology

The Zeb House In Norway Produces Its Own Energy

The Zeb House In Norway Produces Its Own Energy

A construction in Larvik, Norway can actually generate 2 times the energy that it uses. Named the ZEB Multi-Comfort House, the home was designed by Snøhetta. It is an experimental housing project that was created for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings. Going beyond responsible, this home is not only off the grid but can also contribute energy back to it. This design goes further than delegating smart power, but takes the excess energy generated from the house and actually puts it to work. The roof is slanted and positioned at an angle in order to collect the most sunlight, as… read more

Eco-Friendly Potato Chips

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Have you ever looked at your bag of potato chips and wondered, “how do they make this?” Yeah, we all have. That greasy bag of chips has gone through quite a bit to end up on your Supermarket’s shelf and eventually, your home. While full of saturated fat and high levels of sodium, the process of creating these salty snacks is a lot more environmentally friendly than perhaps you might think. Take a look at this CNN special on how Frito-Lay, one of the largest chip-makers in the world, makes their snacks: Hungry? Disgusted? Let us know if your mind… read more

Could This Be The Answer to a Paperless Society?

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Paper use on a global scale is enormous. We have no one to blame but ourselves as many daily transactions still require paperwork despite technological advances towards a paperless society. In an effort to preserve forests and the environment, Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have unveiled a promising and cutting edge “rewritable electronic paper”. The interesting part about this e-paper is that it can retain information written upon it without using electricity and it is designed to replace paper products that only have a limited lifespan such as tickets or daily office papers, thus saving on waste and energy. This phenomenal project… read more

Energy from Footsteps

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With sustained growth in the population of urban regions, demand for power has increased drastically. Higher costs and less availability of fossil fuels means the need for innovation in harnessing alternative energy sources is urgently needed. One British company is working hard to make use of the urban “crowds” to generate power. A floor tile has been developed by Pavegen Systems Ltd that harvests energy from footsteps. The idea has enormous application when we consider the number of people who walk through a given area such as shopping malls, subways, and pedestrian paths everyday. The tile itself is green in colour, and is… read more

Top Young Scientist Award

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Brilliant minds are not limited by age and neither is caring for others. The top young scientist has been crowned for 2012. The 14-year-old school student from New Hampshire, Deepika Kurup, was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” for inventing a solar-powered water jug that has the ability to change dirty water into a purified drinking water. Deepika Kurup did not only surpass 9 other finalists with her science and math skills to win $25,000 from Discovery Education and 3M. Kurup persuaded the judges with a fantastic five minute long, live presentation about the difficulty of a billion less fortunate people… read more

The Charge Cycle

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Modern Smartphones can do millions of operations per second but they drink power from a battery like a vampire and we are constantly searching for a power socket to keep them alive. Due to this fast power decay, many coffee shops and hotels have power outlets which allows the user to charge their device when required but David Krawczyk & Navjot Kaur of New York have come up with a concept of greener and far healthier ways to charge your phone. The technology they have devised is the same decade old “dynamo” concept but the project is spiced with extra… read more

Dissolvable Electronics

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In Lewis carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice comes across the famous cat from Cheshire which discusses philosophy with Alice. After the talk the cat grins and disappears. The cat is gone but the grin stays. Electronic devices like Integrated circuits and CMOS have become an important part of life but what do we do once we are done with them? Throw them away? But this causes e-waste piles and it is estimated that these kinds of e-waste alone account up to 70% of toxic wastes currently found in landfills and a good percentage in the sea too. Electronic devices like pacemakers and… read more

Green Phones – The Future

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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