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Articles tagged with: environmental awareness

MIT Prints Durable Solar Cells On Paper

Okay, so it might sound a bit counter intuitive to print solar cells on paper. After all, isn’t the whole purpose of solar technology so we can print less paper and save more trees from being destroyed?

Well maybe so, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find other applications for solar celled paper. MIT has been working on this project since last year, and the findings are quite incredible. The paper itself is an ordinary sheet of paper with a fine layer of colored rectangles, that, when connected to a few designated wires, generates solar electricity.

SoloPower Raises $43.7M To Build Roll-Up Solar Panels

SoloPower, a manufacturer of flexible thin-film solar cells and modules has just raised another $43.7M in an equity round. This is on top of the $200 million the company had raised back in February from the US Department of Energy Loan Programs office.

The loan was made out to the company for them to build a full capacity facility, expected to produce 400MW of thin-film Photovoltaic modules annually. SoloPower is based in San Jose, the mecca of Silicon Valley and is in the works of building the largest manufacturing plant in Wilsonville, Oregon, as Tech Crunch reports.

Intel On The Forefront Of Green Technology

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like Google is the only one leading the pack on green technology. Intel is ramping up efforts to decrease its carbon footprint as well. Intel plans to focus on the monitoring the following areas and how its facilities affect them.

The areas of focus include energy, weather, climate, water, air quality, extreme events, agriculture, and transportation. Although it is unclear exactly what Intel plans to do in the aforementioned areas, the company will definitely focus on sustainability for its buildings.

Wooden Accessories For Your Computer, Any Takers?

What do you guys think of wooden accessories? Is it a cool take on technology or a geeky dream fit for a 40 year old software engineer? There are a few wooden accessories out right now, but is it just a fad or something that may catch fire and stay caught…on fire. One wooden accessory out there comes in the form of a keyboard and mouse.

It’s called the Brando USB Full Keyboard and it looks like a wooden slate with beige-colored Scrabble pieces for the keys. The mouse itself looks like something you would find in the 90s in some geek’s mansion. Yep, geeks have mansions.

Alaska Airlines Instruction Manuals Replaced W/ iPads

Alaska Airlines is the first domestic airline to replace pilots’ heavy bags of printed flight reference materials with electronic copies via the iPad device. Alaska Airlines has just finished Winter and Spring trials of the iPad replacement program 100 of its instructor pilots.

The airline ipads will contain a specialized application called GoodReader that is loaded with PDF versions of 41 flight, systems and performance manuals, reference cards, and other materials.

The electronic manuals have hyperlinks and color graphics allowing pilots to find information faster and easier.