TAG: Energy

Woman Evicted For Living Off The Grid

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Just last month, authorities in a Florida city evicted a woman for her “alternative lifestyle” in her paid-for home. Check out the video: This display of ignorance from the city authorities has not gone unnoticed, and after the story was released, an outpouring of support for the woman came from those in the community as well as others who read the story online. It’s the year 2014, yet this story and more like it makes it seem like we’ve traveled back a century in time. If individuals can’t practice “alternative lifestyles” that do no harm to local communities and environments,… read more

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

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

Called Windworks, this collection of upholstered furniture is made with innovative techniques that smartly incorporate a renewable energy source – the wind. The entire assembly, including the wood, yarn, fabrics and dye application is made with the help of the wind. The designer, Merel Karhof, actually constructed a portable wind knitting factory that is completely ran by the wind. It includes a machine with blades that captures the wind and powers the mill. The windier the conditions are, the faster the machine is able to knit. Taking the upholstery design process to the next level she went to the Zaanse Schans… read more

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironments are an imaginative design concept for structural units. From architect and artist Michael Jantzen, they are calculated and interesting, and the goal is to incorporate flexibility and responsiveness to offer a new way that buildings can operate. They are made to accommodate a number of lifestyle needs, including being weather respondent. Though the look of the exteriors will probably be either loved or hated, the features offered from these machine-like buildings are definitely eye-catching. An example of an M-vironment construction is the M-HOUSE. It is made from steel, concrete composite and various panel mechanisms that can be moved, changed, expanded… read more

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

What Is The Rarest Precious Metal?

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It’s no secret that we’re running out of non-renewable resources. Everything from oil reserves to natural gas will be used up in the next 1oo years, making the need to develop alternative energy sources a necessity rather than a novelty. But what about precious metals? How rare are they, and which is the rarest? Michael Stevens of Vsauce takes us on a short journey to answer that very question. Check it out:

Bioclimatic Home Creates An Outdoor Connection

Bioclimatic Home Creates An Outdoor Connection

Bioclimatic homes can offer many benefits suited to their specific locations. Bioclimatic designs take into account the building site’s regional climate and matches architectural features that will benefit the space. Working with the average temperature in mind, structures and elements are laid out in specific ways as to conserve energy. One residence in France showcases a bioclimatic design with all the visual trimmings. From a.typique Patrice Bideau Architects, this home located on a beautiful shoreline has impressive green features. Constructed from wood and concrete, the home incorporates several low energy techniques including thermodynamic heating, a highly efficient hot water tank… read more

Sunny Spaces Can Give Energy Levels A Boost

Sunny Spaces Can Give Energy Levels A Boost

When the hours of daylight get shorter as weather turns colder, it can have an effect on emotions and behaviors. Allowing natural light into a room can warm up the space, and according to research it can increase a sense of happiness, too. One study looked into what effect light exposure might have on daytime functioning. Though it may not be too surprising, it was found that those who had received more daytime light experienced more liveliness. Light levels were constantly measured and activities were recorded hourly over the span of a year. Areas like activity patterns were reportedly most… read more

Watch These Fascinating Perpetual Motion Machines

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Perpetual Motion is a pipe dream. So far, we’ve had zero success creating machines capable of putting out more energy than they take in, and what’s even worse is that science tells us perpetual motion would probably break the 1st or 2nd law of thermodynamics. So what is perpetual motion, exactly? In laymen’s terms, it’s an energy source that never stops putting out energy. Imagine a windmill that never stops spinning, even if the wind isn’t blowing, or a train on a loop that never, ever stops moving. Gravity, friction, and inertia have prevented science from creating a workable perpetual… read more

Is Air An Alternative?

Air Powered Vehicles

Rising fuel costs, pollution and inefficiency are just a few problems with conventional vehicles. Green transportation is becoming progressively more important as older ways of getting around are no longer the best option. Though not mainstream, air powered transport is a captivating way to travel. Tata, a car company in India has constructed a curious air powered vehicle called the AirPod in collaboration with technology developers, Motor Development International (MDI). Running completely on compressed air, it has acceleration capabilities of about 43 miles per hour. It has been designed as an affordable option for commuters in crowded cities and as… read more