Solar Tower Video

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a video of the solar tower in Spain that has been getting a lot of press lately. Engadget describes the system: “It consists of a towering concrete building, a field of 600 (and growing) sun-tracking mirrors that are each 120-square meters in size, and a receiver that converts concentrated solar energy from the heliostats into steam that eventually drives …

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The One Megawatt Solar Glass Complex

by Justin Thomas •

There is an amazing building complex in Germany that is completely enclosed in glass and solar cells. The complex covers a total of 123,200 square feet. All this glass creates a pleasant “micro-climate” inside &#8212 the interior atmosphere is distinctly Mediterranean (notice the pools and deck chairs in the photos).

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Electric Bikes For Commuters

by Justin Thomas •

2011 Kona Electric Ute Cargo Bike

The New York Times recently featured an article about people using electric bikes for commuting to work. They recommend spending about $2000 for a good electric bike. You’ll get a range of 20-50 miles with these bikes, and this can obviously be extended with pedal power. Some notable electric bikes shops are Electric Bikes Northwest and NYCEWheels. The bike pictured …

World’s First Organic Tequila

by Justin Thomas •

4 Copas Tequila is said to be the world’s first organic tequila. The drink was certified by the international organization Bioagricert. The organic certification was announced at a gathering at the La Quemada distillery where 4 Copas is made, in Jalisco, Mexico. Named the Tequila of the Year 2006 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, the organic elixir is breaking into …

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Streetlights That Adjust To Moonlight

by Justin Thomas •

Streetlights that adjust their light output according to the phases of the moon — this design idea was the winner of Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation design awards. These streetlights would have light sensors built into them that are sensitive enough detect the brightness of the moon, and dim themselves accordingly. For example, if there was a full moon with a …

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New Product Launch: Solar Carport

by Justin Thomas •

A company called Solar Integrated Technologies recently announced it will be launching a solar carport product. The carport provides shade for parked vehicles, and generates 1.22 kilowatts of solar power in the process. The carport has a modular design that accommodate parkings lots of all sizes and shapes. Solar Integrated also announced the completion of its first solar carport project …

360 Vodka: Green Bottling

by Justin Thomas •

A new eco-friendly vodka has been launched by McCormick Distillery. The bottle is 80 percent recycled glass with a unique closure that looks a little like the Grolsch beer bottle. It seems like the vodka is not organic, which is disappointing (we sent a email to the company to confirm this. In the meantime you can see our organic vodka …

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Google’s Solar Power Project In 3D

by Justin Thomas •

Google has started a massive project of covering their campus with solar panels — almost all the buildings with have solar panels on their roofs. The image shows what the campus will look like when they are finished. Google estimates that the solar modules will provide 30% of the power for their headquarters. While it’s expensive, it’s been said that …

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Plug-In Hybrid Conversion Packs: 2008

by Justin Thomas •

A lithium-ion battery manufacturer, A123Systems, will begin marketing a kit in 2008 that will convert a regular hybrid car into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, as known as a PHEV. Currently priced at $10,000 (with a $3,500 tax credit), these modules are still expensive for the average car owner. For example, a commuter driving 11,000 miles per year with gas …