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Articles tagged with: global warming

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.

Cardboard Vacuum Cleaner Is One Green Machine!

If you were in doubt about certain appliances going ‘green’ you may be surprised by this article. We’ve recently caught a glimpse of a cardboard vacuum cleaner called the Vax. The concept was originally designed by Jake Tyler from Loughborough University.

The vaccum cleaner is supposedly a centerfold of sustainability, although I can’t speak volumes on whether it’s a machine that will last you through the years. After all, I can’t imagine holding up well to years of continuous humidity or heck, even a nearby leak.

Carpool Stickers Expire, Still Want A Hybrid?

California had an awesome incentive to purchase a hybrid (beyond doing good for the planet and the gas tank), and that was that hybrid drivers could freely use the carpool lane at any time, even if there was only one person in the vehicle.

Since hybrids are typically not the cheapest model for any car manufacturer, this extra incentive meant a lot when it came to deciding whether or not to purchase a ‘green machine’.

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.

White House Seeks To Increase Auto Industry Avg To 56MPG

The White House unveiled an ambitious proposal to update the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. The new plan would require auto manufacturers to bump the average fuel economy from 34mpg by 2016 and 56.2mpg by 2025.

The new MPG requirement will apply to cars, trucks, and SUVs and represents about a 5% per year of fuel efficiency. Although the new requirement will no doubt be expensive, it will also save the United States 4.7 billion barrels of oil and $705 billion US by year 2030.

Learn How A Hybrid Engine Works!

By now, you’ve definitely heard about hybrid vehicles, but do you know how they work? Well, a hybrid vehicle uses a mixture of gasoline and electricity. The electric part of the engine gets the vehicle started and the gas kicks in once the vehicle reaches a certain speed.

The concept is fairly easy to understand, but a graphic posted by AutoMD explains the procedure in depth. If you’re not in the mood for reading a colorful chart, I’ll summarize it for you.

Change Trains At High Speeds Via Boarding Dock

A man by the name of Paul Priestman used his Industrial design skills when he conceived of two trains, running continuously, that would allow passengers to switch trains even while moving at high speeds.

I am sure we have all seen this in some movie, where a character jumps between two moving cars, trains, buses, what have you–the only difference with this concept is that this would be safe and not trigger a ton of adrenaline while you switch trains.

Google Invests $280M On Solar Panels

Google has spent over $700 million so far this year on clean energy. The money will directly fun the installer, SolarCity to offer solar powered systems to homeowners for no down payment. In exchange, customers will have to pay a fixed price for the power produced by the panels.

Google will earn a return on investment by charging SolarCity interest to use its money, allowing Google to also take the benefits of federal and local renewable energy tax credits.

Samsung Introduces First 30nm DDR3 RAM

Samsung today announced a new 30nm DDR3 RAM module, coming in 2GB and 4GB sticks that are designed to keep power consumption low, about 66% more power efficient than a regular chip, in fact. The chip still hits a 1.6Mbps peak bandwidth.

The most optimal use of these new RAM modules would be laptops and netbooks that require less memory and a low power draw, thus enhancing overall battery life. The memory modules will be available in both single and twin packs depending on your needs.

Taiwan’s E-paper And What This Means For The Future

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute has developed e-paper technology which it expects to be used for digital signage. ITRI demonstrated prototypes of the e-paper (not pictured) that it hopes will be commercialized within the next two years.

The e-paper can print red, green, and blue in different parts of the paper and utilizes a roll-to-roll printing process that is currently used in newspaper presses. One example the ITRI demonstrated was an e-paper clock that refreshes electronically with each second. The research institute also noted other uses, such as e-wallpaper and e-tickets, which could be recycled and reprinted for hundred of events.