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Rapid-Charging Electric SUV Demonstrated

by Justin Thomas •

Recently, Phoenix Motorcars demonstrated their plug-in electric SUV that will go on sale in 2008. The SUV uses AltairNano’s fast-charge lithium-ion battery technology for power. The vehicle has a top speed of about 100 miles per hour, and its range is about 250 miles. Here’s a video of the SUV in action.

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German Town Will Soon Use 100% Renewable Power

by Justin Thomas •

There’s a small town in Germany called Dardesheim, that relies almost entirely on renewable sources for its energy needs. The town’s goal is to use 100% renewable power, and become known as German’s “Town of Renewable Energies”. Dardesheim already has some huge wind turbines in place, and many solar roofs installed. Last year they installed an amazing 62 megawatts of …

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“Indestructible” MP3 Player: Monolith Premium MX7000

by Justin Thomas •

Yes — manufacturers — make more devices like this one. The Monolith MP3 player is fused into a solid 1.5mm aluminium casing — not stuck together with glue or screws. It’s a unique manufacturing process pioneered by the manufacturer, Estar Laboratories. Testers have run the player over with a car, shot the player with a BB gun, thrown the player …

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Top Rated, Energy Efficient Refrigerators

by Justin Thomas •

In terms of quality, cost and energy efficiency, Kenmore refrigerators get high ratings from Good Housekeeping and Consumer Reports. They make many “no-frills” refrigerators which are Energy Star compliant. Kenmore fridges have factory-installed ice makers, which are less prone to break down than those built into the door. For example, a reasonably priced, mid-sized Kenmore fridge is available from Sears …

Biopavers

by Justin Thomas •

We mentioned previously that using porous pavers is an effective alternative to paving with concrete. They make patios and driveways less erosion-prone and they do not get as hot as hard-surfaced pavement. Now a company called Biopaver is trying to take things a step further by introducing a new type of paver designed to catch storm water run-off but also …

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“Biodiesel”: Book Review

by Justin Thomas •

Greg Pahl has just released a new book about Biodiesel. Pahl is the author of the informative book Natural Home Heating, which we featured previously. We like biodiesel because it a renewable fuel that can replace conventional diesel worldwide without the need for massive infrastructure change. Here is a review of the book: After setting the tone for the book …

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Composting Toilets: Large Scale Systems

by Justin Thomas •

Composting toilets can be a practical solution even for large businesses. We recently visited the Philip Merrill Environment Center, which is the headquarters for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. It has a Platinum rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. After taking a tour of their offices (about a hundred people work there), …

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Plants Good For Formaldehyde Removal

by Justin Thomas •

Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix Roebelenii) Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’) Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Philodendron Selloum

Solar Shingles: Build A Meta-Efficient Roof!

by Justin Thomas •

   Solar Shingles — yes they do indeed exist and are available now. This new style of solar collector lets homeowners build electrical generation right into the roof itself. They can be added to existing homes or built into new homes. It saves money because the shingles serve a dual purpose — as a roofing material and as a power …

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Waterless Urinals

by Justin Thomas •

These waterless urinals are plainly more efficient than the ones currently in use in most bathrooms nationwide. They can save up to 45,000 gallons of water and more per year per urinal. They also require less maintenance, and are less prone to plumbing problems. They have no moving parts. Urine is contained under a special biodegradable liquid called BlueSeal. According …