September 13, 2010
Plumen is the antithesis of low energy light bulbs as we know them. Rather than hide the unappealing traditional compact fluorescent light behind boring utility, Plumen 001 is a bulb you’ll want on show.
The Plumen bulb uses 80% less energy and lasts 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs, giving you the opportunity to purchase an ecological product with style. It works just like any low energy bulb but it has a lot more presence.
December 11, 2009
When I get around the web I come across heaps of cool things that due to lack of time never really make it onto our blog, but I thought I share these 2 concepts with you as I think they are awesome and deserve to be mentioned because they make the world a safer and greener place.
The countdown traffic light
I have seen traffic lights with big number displays next to them telling you when it will turn green again, but this concept is so much simpler and makes a lot of sense.
The designer Damjan Stanković sees his idea saving energy — when motorists know there’s plenty of time until the light turns green, they’ll shut their engines off to conserve fuel.
I like it and it should be implemented everywhere.
The laser wall pedestrian lights
The Virtual Wall is designed as a replacement for traffic lights and if made would use "plasma laser beams" to project silhouettes of moving people into the path of oncoming traffic.
Supposedly this would calm traffic and make drivers more careful around the soft humans as they cross the street.
the concept is simple in theory but making lasers appear like that would require something for the lasers to be reflected on and the price for one of these is probably more than the normal traffic light which means it will never see the day of light.
Too bad I think it would improve safety on our streets for pedestrians.
November 18, 2009
These concept pants called “Dancepants” will generate energy to power you MP3 player from the kinetic energy from the movement of your feet. Basically as long as you keep running (or dancing) you will be able to hear your music.
great concept? definitely!
Will it make me run longer? probably not, but I didn’t waste any energy 🙂
April 27, 2009
Microsoft Research and researchers at UC San Diego developed a new method to save on power in sleep mode while still keeping up with IMs and whatever other network activity you might be up to.
Dubbed "Somniloquy," the USB dongle acts as an external networking card, and takes over most of the communication duties, with its own embedded OS and flash memory. When the computer goes to sleep, Somniloquy maintains IM connections, ongoing downloads and torrents, and keeps your computer present on the local network and wireless LAN. If an activity arrives that needs the full computer, Somniloquy wakes up the computer and patches it through.
Somniloquy boasts up to 60 to 80 percent overall energy savings based on the person’s usage habits.
Found here and the full article here.
February 4, 2009
This new site from GE ‘smartgrid’ to promote a greener earth is really beautifully designed, great use of Papervision 3D and a nice touch with the augmented reality (shot below). It’s well worth looking at. Unsure which agency produced this so if you know please post in comments so we can credit.
December 30, 2008
The glasses themselves don’t need power to block the sun’s rays from your eyes. The lenses of the glasses have dye solar cells, collecting energy and making it able to power your small devices through the power jack at the back of the frame.
In a time where everyone worries about the future of our oil resources, this could be a step into the right direction. Solar energy is not going to run out any time soon.
December 16, 2008
Have you ever been caught in the rain with your umbrella wishing you would be more visible or had a bit of light around you?
Fear no more because now there is Lightdrops – not just an umbrella.
As water pours over the surface, potential energy from raindrops slamming onto the conductive membrane called PDVF transforms into electrical energy powering embedded LEDs sending your umbrella ablaze with light. The heavier the rain, the brighter the light to help you see your way.
Looks like more and more people are thinking about the opportunities that piezoelectric material can give us.
December 14, 2008
Piezoelectricity is the ability of some materials (notably crystals and certain ceramics, including bone) to generate an electric potential in response to applied mechanical stress.
I have been talking about this before in April here with piezoelectric material and in July here when I was talking about a power generating dancefloor. There I suggested it would be a good idea to put it under streets to generate power.
And it seems like the UK has been reading my post as well 🙂 :
”An idea mentioned by the British Environmental Transport Association (ETA): a road filled with tiny piezoelectric crystals that would be smooshed with each vehicle running over it. Each smoosh generates a small electric charge, and the net effect is that just one kilometer of this piezoelectric roadway would generate 400 kilowatts, enough power up eight small cars, according to the Israeli researchers behind the plan.”
A test is scheduled for next month.
And the Japanese will be testing something similar.
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will install piezoelectric elements in the floors at ticket gates and other areas of Tokyo Station to test a system that generates power using the energy created by passengers passing through the gates.
And now I come back to my point before and I really hope these tests will show that it is a brilliant idea. Maybe at some point we can use the energy generated to power the cars driving on them – good bye fuel!
Piezoelectric is an interesting concept and if you want to know more, you can find some great details here.
December 7, 2008
Slow-moving ocean and river currents could be a new, reliable and affordable alternative energy source. A University of Michigan engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn potentially destructive vibrations in fluid flows into clean, renewable power.
This device could harness energy from most of the water currents around the globe because it works in flows moving slower than 2 knots (about 2 miles per hour.) Most of the Earth’s currents are slower than 3 knots. Turbines and water mills need an average of 5 or 6 knots to operate efficiently.
Vortex induced vibrations are undulations that a rounded or cylinder-shaped object makes in a flow of fluid, which can be air or water. The presence of the object puts kinks in the current’s speed as it skims by.
The engineer says VIVACE energy would cost about 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour. Wind energy costs 6.9 cents a kilowatt hour. Nuclear costs 4.6, and solar power costs between 16 and 48 cents per kilowatt hour depending on the location.
So this might mean that we can battle the energy crisis and save money – I don’t know about you, but I like it.
read the full article here