The world’s largest solar-powered boat, Tûranor PlanetSolar, broke its own world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean using only the power of the sun. The clean energy vessel traveled almost 2,870 miles in 22 days, 12 hours and 32 minutes.
Hemp 4 the eco-friendly environment.
Source: Enbridge: InsideClimate News research Paul Horn / InsideClimate News.
Map: Another Major Tar Sands Pipeline Seeking U.S. Permit
Canadian energy giant Enbridge is quietly building a 5,000-mile network of new and expanded pipelines that would achieve the same goal as the Keystone. By Lisa Song, InsideClimate News
As I understand it, the pipelines currently in existence have outlived the expended lifespan and will become more and more accident prone. Which is worse?
When energy is transferred, heat is always a waste product – however, if the heat can be captured it can be converted back into useful energy. This is something that the creators of the BioLite stove and device charger has already recognized, and now Germany-based AOTERRA hopes to place cloud servers in people’s homes, using the waste heat they produce to keep the properties warm. READ MORE…
Soleta ZeroEnergy One
A self-sustainable home situated in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. It was designed by FITS
A plane powered only by the Sun has set off from San Francisco on the first leg of a bid to cross the US with no fuel.
The Solar Impulse craft will stop in Phoenix, Dallas, St Louis, Washington DC and New York in the coming weeks.
The team’s plane has the same wingspan as an Airbus A340 but weighs only as much as an average car. It has already made a day-and-night flight lasting more than 26 hours, and the team aims to eventually circumnavigate the globe in 2015.
The plane took off from Moffett Field on the edge of San Francisco Bay at 06:12 local time (13:12 GMT). It should take about 19 hours to complete the first leg of the American crossing to Phoenix.
The craft’s wings and stabiliser are covered with nearly 12,000 solar cells, which in daylight hours charge an array of lithium-ion batteries in gondolas that hang below the wing.
Together, these provide power to the plane’s four electric motors and allow flight in daylight and night conditions. (via BBC News - Solar Impulse plane starts bid to cross US)
Window Socket - Kyuho Song & Boa Oh
So this is an absolutley brilliant idea! Just attach the plug on to a window and it will harness solar energy. A small converter will convert it into electricity which can be freely used as a plug when you are in the car, on a plane or outside.
Love this design and I really think it has a great potential.
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF SOLAR!
Organic solar cells would create renewable energy, rely less on fossil fuels, be recyclable, and be cheaper than current cells.
Doug Perrine captured these stunning photographs in the Maldives. The particular location (Vaadhoo Island) has a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton. Bioluminescence is a natural chemical reaction which occurs when a micro-organism in the water reacts with oxygen. When washed ashore by the tides, the phytoplankton’s chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating the waves.
National Parks funding will be cut by $138 million while Big Oil will continue getting BILLIONS in handouts, unless Congress acts by March 1st. @ Oil Change International
Tell Congress to cut oil subsidies instead!
* the government just never ceases to disappoint me with their fucking lunatic behaviors.
Tour Of Lisa Ling’s LEED Certified Platinum Energy Efficient Home
Mining metals and other natural resources is not good for the planet. When you take precious metals, minerals, oil, gas, etc out of the planet, you’re actually damaging the planet. Us humans aren’t used to thinking that Earth is a living organism. Planets are evolving creatures just like animals. When you take something from the Earth, you gotta give it back. Also, building dams is not healthy for the planet either. It stops the natural flow of the elements and can also cause geological shifts.