Shipping container conversion provides clean water in developing countries

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Environment | No Comments
Shipping container conversion provides clean water in developing countries

By Bridget Borgobello on October 16, 2013. Joining forces with engineering firm Deka R&D, Coca-Cola has launched a project which will see the transformation of approximately 2,000 shipping containers into water purifying stations. Dubbed Ekocenter, the shipping container module has been designed to provide isolated and developing communities with facilities to produce safe drinking water, […]

Spirit Solar Powered Lighting Column integrates panels into the post

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Environment | No Comments
Spirit Solar Powered Lighting Column integrates panels into the post

By Dave LeClair on October 14, 2013. Street lights are one of things people in heavily populated areas tend to take for granted. They make walking and driving a safer, more pleasant experience, but they also account for a significant chunk of a city’s energy usage. Solar powered street lights offer a solution for places […]

ABB announces plan to build world’s largest network of EV fast-charging stations

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Automotive, Environment | No Comments
ABB announces plan to build world’s largest network of EV fast-charging stations

By Ben Coxworth on July 10, 2013. If all goes according to plan, in two years The Netherlands will have the world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations. It was announced this week that by 2015, there should be over 200 such stations along Dutch highways, leaving no resident farther than 50 km (31 […]

Street Charge solar charging stations for smartphones make New York debut

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Environment, Mobile technology | No Comments
Street Charge solar charging stations for smartphones make New York debut

By Paul Ridden on June 25, 2013. Telecomms provider AT&T has partnered with portable solar power systems developer Goal Zero and Brooklyn design studio Pensa for the roll out of Street Charge public solar charging stations in New York. Each station is topped by PV panels that charge up a powerful internal battery to provide […]

Scientists developing a seawater-desalination chip

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Environment | No Comments
Scientists developing a seawater-desalination chip

By Ben Coxworth on July 4, 2013. Although various alternative technologies are being developed, the large-scale desalination of seawater typically involves forcing it through a membrane that allows the water to pass through, but that traps the salt. These membranes can be costly, they can get fouled, and powerful pumps are required to push the […]

Harvard uses distributed computing and quantum mechanics to dream up new solar cells

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Environment | No Comments
Harvard uses distributed computing and quantum mechanics to dream up new solar cells

By Ryan Whitwam on June 25, 2013. The sun is constantly raining free energy down on Earth, but we have thus far been unable to make proper use of it. The efficiency of solar cells is still low, and the cost is too high to make this clean power source a viable option in most […]

Will Vertical Turbines Make More of the Wind?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Environment | No Comments
Will Vertical Turbines Make More of the Wind?

A Caltech researcher thinks arrays of tiny wind turbines could produce cheaper power than big ones. By Kevin Bullis on April 8, 2013 The remote Alaskan village of Igiugig—home to about 50 people—will be the first to demonstrate a new approach to wind power that could boost power output and, its inventors say, just might make […]