New Plastic Solar Cells Mimic The Veins In Tree Leaves

by Justin Thomas •

Researchers at Wake Forest University have announced they they have created plastic solar cells with an efficiency of 6%. Researchers say that have achieved record efficiency for organic or flexible, plastic solar cells by creating “nano-filaments” within light absorbing plastic, similar to the veins in tree leaves. This allows for the use of thicker absorbing layers in the devices, which …

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Aerorider: A Sporty Electric Trike

by Justin Thomas •

From Amsterdam comes this sleek and aerodynamic electric trike. The Aerorider is a fully enclosed (and ventilated) semi-recumbent trike that comes an electric-assist drive. It has a 28 mph cruise speed, and the ability to overcome hills without breaking into a sweat. The single bucket seat supports your entire body placing you in a position to comfortably focus on pedaling. …

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Flexible Solar Cells: SolarRolls by Bruton

by Justin Thomas •

Brunton makes a range of flexible solar cells they call SolarRolls. These weather-proof solar cells can be rolled up quite tightly, and attached to a backpack. Seen here is a 14W model — it produces DC power even during low light conditions. SolarRolls come with a range of plugs, including a standard car lighter socket. They can also be attached …

Wal-Mart and Home Depot Tout Green Products

by Justin Thomas •

Wal-Mart launched a national ad campaign Wednesday touting environmentally friendly products like light bulbs and organic cotton pajamas, part of what analysts call a move by major retailers to test exactly how much demand there is from “green” consumers.

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Video: View From A Wind Turbine

by Justin Thomas •

In the town of Swaffham (love that name), England, they have one the few wind turbines in the world that features an observation tower. It’s open to the public, so Newconsumer.TV went inside to climb the turbine, and take a look. Last week, the EU committed Europe to producing 20 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020. For …

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Skyscraper Gets Covered In 7000 Solar Panels

by Justin Thomas •

The facade of this Manchester skyscraper (owned by CIS, an insurance company) was original covered with small mosaic tiles, but after only six months, they began to detach and fall. A solution was needed, and a company called solarcentury came up with a clever idea replacing the failing tiles with solar cells.

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Loopwing Wind Turbine At Japanese Tradeshow

by Justin Thomas •

I first saw the Loopwing wind turbine last year. Lately, the company has been showing it off in trade show across Japan. There’s still no solid data on this turbine, but the design is certain intriguing — I’m keeping my eye on this one. Here’s what the Loopwing website says about the turbine: it’s a low-noise, low-vibration, self-stabilizing device. It …

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Elite Solar Windows In Hong Kong School

by Justin Thomas •

This school in Hong Kong is a great example of how solar cells can be incorporated into a building. It’s a primary school — the CCC Kei Wai Primary School on Ma Wan island. It was built to show students the potential of photovoltaic architecture. The roof has solar panels on top, and the skylights have thin-film solar cells in …

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Rooftop Wind Turbines Ready For Commercial Use

by Justin Thomas •

Note: Images and Video © Lucid Dream Productions Wind turbines designed to be installed on rooftops are generating a lot interest lately. These compact turbines can be located on top of buildings, or attached to other parts of large structures like bridges. In turns out, though, that installing wind turbine in a city environment is a bit of an art. …

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Amazing Green Building: The ACROS Fukuoka

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In Fukuoka City in Japan, they have an amazing building called “ACROS Fukuoka” with two very distinct sides: one side looks like a conventional office building with glass walls, but on the other side there is a huge terraced roof that merges with a park. The garden terraces, which reach up to about 60 meters above the ground, contain some …