In Focus: Solar Gadgets at CES 2014

For this modern day, practical and energy hungry world, solar gadgets are not less than any boon. The world technology innovators are in a rush to design solar powered, eco-friendly gadgets that greatly reduce our energy consumption and replace the traditional, emitting ones. In this article, you will study some of the best solar powered gadgets reveled at CES 2014.

 

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Solar cases to charge Galaxy S4, iPhone 5S:

This sun case presented by EnerPlex is the best solution for charging your phone in emergencies. All you need is the case and sunlight along with patience. You can easily charge your phone to make a 5-10 minute call. For complete charging, you need continuous sunlight for three days. These cases have built in batteries so they are also chargeable by USB batteries, thus, increasing the phone’s battery life.

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Multipurpose Solar Cooler:

This gadget, originally designed by Ryan McGann, has solar panel unit on its top and two large wheels to navigate on the beach. Its battery power can last up to 10 hrs. This solar cooler can be used as a refrigerator at almost any place and chills beverages and ice cream. Not only this, it can also be used for medical transportation to supply vaccines in faraway remote areas.

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Kickr IV Foldable Solar Charger:

This amazing gadget can trap sunlight to charge all types of USB supported gadgets at any location. This compact, foldable model can collect a power of 6.5 watts solar power. It is flexible and adaptable with a 5V USB Charging port. It weighs .31 kg and works best in a temperature of 32 – 104 F.

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Solar Rechargeable Speaker:

With the new “Rock out 2 Solar speaker”, you can enjoy your nonstop long musical treks. This unique design is loaded with features such as DarkBass chamber, one touch Bluetooth and built in solar panel. With its Li-ion battery, it can run up to 20 hrs. The time required for USB charging and solar charging is two hrs and eight hrs respectively. It is waterproof, chainable and weighs 454 g. Its optimal working temperature is 32-104 F and dimensions are 7×3.75×2.5 in (17.8×9.5×6.4 cm). It comes with a warranty period of 12 months.

Summary:

These green, solar powered gadgets will reduce the pollution, resulting in no global warming. These devices are easy to install, require less maintenance and usually have a long life.

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Energy Sources of the Future

Nature has provided us with abundant natural resources for producing energy. Our duty is to recognize and utilize them appropriately. Stored non-renewable energy sources like gas, coal and oil will soon get finished. According to well-researched data, the coal, natural gas and petroleum resources will be finished in about next 70 years. Precautionary measures have to be taken from now, so that we are not forced to go back to the dark ages. If the renewable sources of energy are not used properly then we will fall in great trouble. Scientists and researchers around the globe have started coming up with brilliant and unique ideas for utilizing the unconventional energy sources present in the nature.

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For almost 43 years, scientists have been toying with the idea of making solar energy in the space. No one can negate the obvious benefits of sending solar panels to the open space for collecting the huge amount of solar energy and then using it in planet earth. A single solar powered satellite will be able to produce around 1,000- 2,000 Mega Watt energy. Such a huge amount of energy can be used to power more than 240,000 homes. The Japanese scientists have recently produced methane hydrate from the ice stored inside caves. Methane hydrate can pollute the world environment but at the same time it can be a great source of abundant energy. The Carbon Fiber Kites are a new innovation and they help in producing energy from the winds by using the wind turbines.

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The British researchers have found a way to modify the genes of the E.coli bacteria. The bioengineered bacteria will produce a special type of hydrocarbon from biomass. According to expectations the new hydrocarbons will be able to replace petroleum.  Two Oregon based companies are planning to produce energy from underground turbines powered by active volcanoes. Winds are a bit fickler than waves and that’s exactly why the Scots have decided to rely on sea waves for generating power. A group of enthusiastic scientists from Stanford are trying their best to use the algae for generating energy naturally. Jens Dall Bentzen has created a wonderful furnace that can produce energy by burning hemp or damp fuel. In most cases, scientists are still doing their experiments to come up with better alternatives to the fuel crisis.

Summary:

Scientists are brainstorming innovative and eco-friendly ways of producing energy without the non-renewable resources around the world. Solar, wind, biomass and waves are some of the most popular renewable sources of energy.

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In Focus: Solar Powered Factories

You probably have read or heard how industrialization has damaged our environment. The factories around the world are responsible for churning out daily staples and necessary products without which we cannot imagine life. Industrialization may have contributed to the rising rates of environment pollution but it has also helped in the progress of the human race. Thankfully, factory owners and industrialists around the world have become more eco-conscious than before and now they are ready to embrace solar power for running their factories. Solar power is a renewable source of energy and it is also environment friendly. In this article, you will find out info about the factories that are planning to use solar power.

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Sputnik engineering’s solar powered factory:

Sputnik engineering has their head office at Biel in Switzerland. They also have their factory at the same place. They produce photovoltaic inverters and are famously known as the creator of the popular brand named Solar Max. They have always relied on renewable energy for powering their office and production units. Their new factory is completely powered by solar energy. The factory was designed by the reputed company Burckhardt+Partner.

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Apple’s Solar Powered Factory in Arizona:

Apple has revealed plans of building an eco-friendly factory at Mesa in Arizona. This factory will be responsible for producing different components of their products. Many Arizona based companies will help Apple in creating the new components plant which will be employing humans and run solely on solar power. At least 2,000 people will be employed in this factory.

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Serious Material’s Factory:

Serious Material has decided to spend seriously high amounts of money for building a solar powered factory. According to the CEO of Serious Material, Kevin Surace, they are still looking for an appropriate place to construct the factory which will produce a huge amount of drywall every year.

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Turkey turns to Solar Power:

Burdur is an ancient town in Turkey which now has got the biggest roof-top solar panels. The solar power generating project started in Burdur is capable of producing 495kW power. This power is now being used in the local marble factory.

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Bentley Factory Embraces Solar Power:

The new factory of Bentley Motors at Crewe is going to be powered by solar energy. They have decided to produce at least 40% of the total required energy with the help of solar panels. This way their yearly carbon emission will be decreased substantially.

Summary:

The industrialists who have started using solar power for their necessary production tasks are helping our world. Solar power is the best renewable source of energy for us.

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Green is the New Black

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Going green has become one of the most popular catchphrases of late. Green is everywhere, we will even go ahead and say that green is the new black.

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Black is classy, black is forever, black is also one of the most harmful colors when it comes to leaving carbon footprint on the planet. Going green is in. Everywhere, you can witness people embracing the green way of living . Being eco-friendly can be termed as almost a ‘trend’. The difference is that it is more than a trend, everyone is doing it and will be doing it for a very long time to come.

Eco-awareness – People are aware of global warming and consider it a threat. They want to reduce their carbon footprint on the world and contribute their bit in whatever way possible. Wasting is frowned upon, dirtying the environment and surroundings is frowned upon, anything that leads to the planet’s resources being not used sensibly is frowned upon and why not? People are increasingly becoming more and more aware of the need to protect the planet, especially for the well-being of their future generations.

An eco-friendly lifestyle – Being eco-friendly entails giving up all wasteful habits and tweaking our systems to incorporate changes that will benefit the environment in every possible way. You can find changes in –

  • Food- People are buying more organic foods, they are even growing their own. Organic labels are in vogue as people move towards a healthy diet and give up processed foods .
  • Clothing – Eco-friendly textiles and fabrics are all the rage. People are opting for clothing made of sustainable materials like hemp, bamboo, organic cotton etc. These are bio-degradable .
  • Homes – Eco-friendly homes are all about using eco-friendly methods whether they be the décor in your living room, your bedroom furniture or the water-saving flush you just installed in the bathroom. Even flower vases and carpets are made of organic materials or are in organic shapes. Kitchen utility items like cutting boards, knife holders, dinnerware , etc, all are preferred if they are made of recycled , upcycled or sustainable materials. One can say they are preferred more. People do not mind paying a few extra bucks for an item that is labeled eco-friendly.
  • Lifestyle – Whether you take a long vacation or take your kids to school, everyone is adopting eco-friendly methods like hiking, cycling, walking and car-pooling.

Black is the safest choice when you are getting dressed for any occasion . they say you can never go wrong with the color black. When it comes to your lifestyles, you can never go wrong with green.

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Using Solar to Produce Water in Deserts

Project by IBM in Saudi Arabia

IBM in collaboration with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), are trying to produce large amount of water at affordable price using solar energy. They are planning to combine new water filtering technology with new solar energy technology to desalinate seawater. KACST wants to develop an industry around this new technology, so that large-scale production of desalinated water becomes economically feasible.

The researchers have developed chlorine and fouling resistant polymers for making filters and are using IBM’s microprocessor cooling technology to build up a solar concentrator system. These new technologies are expected to reduce the cost of producing potable water soon.

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Metal leaf ‘SunGlacier’

A giant leaf of metal can produce ice in the desert. Well this is the idea of designers, who want to produce ‘SunGlacier’. A brainchild of Dutch artist Ap Verheggen, this artistic idea has already been tested in controlled desert like conditions. Who knows this technology, if developed further can solve the water crisis of this world!

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Desert cascades using solar power

Researchers are working to produce a cascading waterfall from water vapours in the atmosphere, especially at places like Abu Dhabi, where humidity is a little high. Though still in conceptual stage, scientists are proposing to produce cube made of solar panel that collects water vapour from the humidity in the atmosphere. Artists, designers and scientists can use this technology for various useful purposes.

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Solar Powered ‘Swater’

Designers Chun Yen Tsao and Hsing-Tang Yang use a small basin to collect water and then use solar power to purify this water. This device uses sunlight to heat up the water, which then condenses inside the device. This distilled water is then collected.

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Solar Waterpods in Sahara

A former sailor, Alain Thibault has designed a desalination device made with wood, cork, stainless steel and glass. It also uses solar energy to promote evaporation and condensation of water. He has designed this device for the Sahara nomads.

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HOW TO: Setting Up A Solar Power Generator

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1.Start with calculating the required power. Choose the most suitable electronic devices to use and find out their power consumption in terms of ‘Watt-hours” (Wh). You can do this by multiplying the wattage ratings of the devices by the usage hours. Finally, find the total of the Watt-hours you have found.

2.Consider the site where you want to set up the solar panels and ascertain how much sunlight actually falls there without any obstruction. The time during which a shadow (of a tree, edifice, etc) remains on that place should not be taken into account for this purpose. You should also regard the ‘Winter Hours’ as another important factor as days are shorter in that season. Add up all the hours.

3.Now, you have to find out the amount of power that should be produced every hour of sunlight in order to fulfill your requirements. Just divide the total power consumption in Watt-hours by the total number of hours. However, there are a number of other factors (angle and exposure to the sun, cloud coverage, common inefficiencies, etc.) that can affect the output of the solar panels. So, multiply your answer by a number between 2 to 5 to get the actual amount of power needed.

4.After that, purchase the best photovoltaic cells for your solar power generator. It is always good to go for ‘B-grade’ cells as they come with proper warranties yet are extremely affordable. Also, opt for cells that can last up to 5 or 10 years. With the price of solar panels is going down significantly, there is no need to search hard for long-lasting ones.

5.Prior to buying the batteries for your solar power generator, determine the capacity that will be required by you. At first, double up your power consumption necessities as you can’t use more than half of the batteries to avoid over-discharging. Then, calculate the capacities of the batteries by multiplying it by the number of days to use.

6.Now, purchase your batteries. Choosing ‘deep-cycle’ batteries over normal car batteries will always be good for your solar power generator. If budget is not a constraint for you, go for AGM batteries in order to get the best results.

7.After the batteries, invest in a charge controller for providing support to your solar panels in producing current.  Things you should consider during the purchase are battery life, efficiency of the controller, cost of the controller, and so on.

Summary: If you want to make the most of the solar energy, consider setting up a small-scale solar or photovoltaic cell power generator.This article is a 7-step guide for the set up of such a small solar power unit.

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In Focus: Green Football

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Being environmentally friendly is a new popular trend that many try to incorporate in various aspects of their lives. We eat foods that are organically grown, wear clothes that are made with fibers that are organic and are made in eco-friendly factories. A lot of modern homes are also designed to be environmentally friendly; they have complex systems that are energy efficient, reuse water. With so many things be invented with the ultimate aim of saving our earth, the next thing we could do was to develop public areas that are environmentally friendly.

The Stadiums Green Features:

Recently in the French city of Nice, they had inaugurated a new stadium. What’s so special, you ask? Well, this stadium is the state of the art construction is completely eco friendly. The eco stadium is the first if its kind in Nice and probably the world. It was officially opened to the public by the Christian Etrosi, Mayor of Nice. The city can now boast of a stadium that has 7,500 sq. meters of solar panels that are fixed to the rooftop of the stadium that can produce plenty of energy to light up the entire stadium. These panels can produce triple the amount of energy needed to power the entire stadium, there are plane to sell what remains of the energy generated to power six hundred homes. The stadium has been named Allianz Riviera; after the insurance company that sponsors this colossal arena, a total cost that adds up to 1.8 billion Euros annually. They have develop a mutual system where the company can utilize the energy generated by a complex system of rain water flow and propellers that are controlled by a Var plane, to power its air conditioning systems.
Construction of the Allianz Riviera:

The stadiums main source of energy is geothermal to a large extent, most of which it extracted from a valley located 15 kilometers outside the city using an underground system  the stadium can house more than 35, 000 people and is also selected as a host for the European Football Games that will be held sometime in 2016, in France. The stadium took around 245 million Euros to build; the full cost was borne by both public sponsors and private sponsors. According to newspaper Nice Matin, the Allianz Riviera is one of the most expensive stadiums built in France. The other contenders are the Marseilles Velodrome and the Lille Grande Stade which was opened recently and was around 282 million. The Allianz will have a museum that is dedicated to the history of French sports, to be added later. Apart from football games, it is also capable of hosting concerts, congresses.

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Nuclear Power vs. the Environment

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Nuclear power is probably the strongest thing on the earth; it generates a lot of electricity that can power many cities at a time. Its biggest disadvantage is that it is extremely volatile and has to be monitored throughout the day; nuclear waste is a big problem that takes over 100,000 years to disintegrate. So is it good or bad for the environment?

Nuclear physicists based in Berlin have discovered a way to reduce the lifespan of nuclear waste from the average 100,000 years at three hundred years by using a system that involves dual Fluid reactors. Currently this idea is still in its initial phases but seems to be the answer to the most crucial problems caused by nuclear waste. This is not good for the earth and although the dual reactors may not be able to address this problem entirely, it will, however, be able to significantly lower the amount of radiation caused by the nuclear waste.

Nuclear waste is highly radioactive and is usually stored underground. In Germany, the waste is kept in old salt mines that were abandoned a long time ago; these yellow barrels will lie there for 100,000 years expelling radiation. The research teams working on the Dual Fluid Reactor say that they can reduce this time to about 600 to 300 years. The Berlin physicists believe that they can accomplish this by using salt mixtures instead of nuclear rods. Liquid salts with very high levels of uranium chloride and nuclei plutonium chloride were used by the research team to demonstrate the efficacy of their project.

The liquid will flow in a constant circular motion after which it will burn in reactor cores to produce energy. The super heated liquid will flow though internal treatment system that separate burned components, then fresh radionuclide with a longer life is added to this liquid. This liquid can be burned a second time around to produce more energy.

The burned components are highly radioactive and will have to be stored underground but only for 300-600 years. After this time span, they can be used as metals with the unused nuclides can be put back into the reactor. This project is a step toward finding a solution to nuclear waste and prototypes of altered reactor should be available in ten years or so. Ruprecht, the scientist who heads the team has said that finding investors will be difficult as they are talking about a total cost that is over a billion Euros.

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Top 5 Vertical Farming Ideas

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As cities continue to be plagued with issues relating to space constraints and carbon footprints, various methods are being devised to make them sustainable. Since farming is known to take up space, it has become impossible to procure land for the purpose owing to congested residential areas in the cities. Thus, there has been a growing need for alternative arrangements which can assist the cities in farming while ensuring space constraints are addressed. This has led to the development of vertical farming concept, wherein farming is done in a vertical structure such as a skyscraper. Let us look at five of these ideas which have used the concept of vertical farming.

 

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  • Vertical farm in San Diego

San Diego has been well known for its high consumption rates, most of which comes down from the town of California. However, vertical farming practices are now being devised wherein San Diego’s 10% requirement will be met. The towers will be built with a dual approach in mind, with farming done on one side and residential areas on the other end.

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  • Rogerio Carvalhero’s model for London

London has arguably become one of the most congested areas in the world, notoriously famous for its population density as more and more people occupy the city space on a daily basis. The model proposed is based on an integrated system wherein ecosystems will be interspersed with each other. Residential complex, bee sanctuaries, vertical farms will be built in conjunction with each other.

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  • Chetwood architects’ model of London bridge

Architects have designed a model of London Bridge that has developed a vertical farming concept in the form of a tower, right on the middle of the Thames River. Most importantly, the structure will be using solar energy for its operations.

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  • Singapore vertical farms

Singapore, which has developed a reputation recently for being innovative, has developed 120 aluminum based towers, having a height of almost 30 feet, that can be used to grow different types of vegetables for then selling in local food stores.

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  • Jared Moore’s design for Barcelona

Jared Moore has designed a concept of integrated ecosystem in a tower wherein parks and plants have been developed inside the tower itself! The idea is to develop the vegetation area on top of the tower while lower levels have been reserved for residential purposes. To add a feel of energy conservation, projects such as rain water harvesting and solar energy usage have also been implemented.

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How Green is 3D Printing?

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Sometime back everyone thought 3D Printing was a greener option compared to other traditional manufacturing technologies. However, that belief might just be too naïve. The reality is that society is becoming more matured and wiser and hence the jury is still out.

3D Printing – The Advantages

Before going to the bad news, let us first examine the potential that 3D Printing has. These include the potential to:

  • Maintain a strong base for manufacturing
  • Use raw materials efficiently
  • Develop optimally performing product parts
  • Reduce assembly-needing and short supply chain requiring product parts
  • Timely Fabrication of custom part batches near the POP or consumption

However, though 3D Printing has all these above mentioned potential that paves the way for a greener manufacturing experience, it can be safe to say that somehow it is still not there. Let us see why.

3D Printing – The Disadvantages:

Huge electrical Power Consumption

According to the Atkins Project by Loughborough University, UK, 3D-printing process is an energy hog and consumes an incredible amount of electrical energy. 3D Printers using heat or laser in plastic molding purposes use 50-100 times more electricity than injection molding.

Heavy Reliance on plastics

Another disadvantage of 3D Printing is its huge dependence on plastic which in itself is not an environment friendly aspect at all. The injection molding method of manufacturing plastic is ironically greener since it leaves behind lesser quantity of unused plastic.

Secondhand Fumes

Secondhand fumes is considered hazardous to health since it contains toxic byproducts created when plastic is heated. 3D Printing gives off a particular smell which was analyzed to see how harmful it is for living beings. The quality analysis reported that 3D Printers discharge high amounts of ultra fine particles or UFP’s which have various bad effects on human life specifically on lungs, allergic responses, heart, brain, etc.

Product Life cycle rethink:

If one thinks of the entire product life cycle or the bigger picture, there existsmany points and turnings which are not very green at all. These include environmentally devastating stages such as raw materials mining, product assembly process, constructing as well as heating and cooling retail spaces ending with the final environmental impact when the product is thrown away. Since 3D Printing is all about easy production tools, unfortunately it also has the potential to create rapid garbage generation in the future. Hence, the entire product life cycle has to be rethought in order to find a greener and cleaner way out.

It can be concluded by saying that now, while our planet is grappling to handle the sheer weight of pollution, all of us need to be wiser and necessarily more skeptical with things in order to better balance the need of the  global consumer economy vis-à-vis the environmental health. In ecological terms, 3D printing technology both gives as well as takes away from the environment.

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FUTUREWATCH: Wearable Gadgets

Wearable gadgets like timepieces, smartphone watches, high tech glasses and even hearing aids have been around for quite some time. However, in the future we may well see the wearable gadgets segment burgeon even further. Here are a few cool self-powered and totally wearable gadgets for the future.

The biKini by Andrew Schneider

The biKini is basically is a bikini made using soft conductive thread and photo voltaic film strips. When a wearer roams around in the sun wearing the itsy bitsy solar panel, she can generate a lot of solar powers. Then, when she is relaxing by the pool or on the beach, she can just attach her mp3 player or phone to a USB port on the bikini and juice up her gadgets.

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‘Sound Charge’ T-shirt by Orange

Telecom company Orange commissioned the ‘Sound Charge’ T-shirt for visitors attending Britain’s Glastonbury Music Festival. The tee was made of piezoelectric film that absorbed the sound waves generated by various musical events at the festival and crushed tiny quartz crystals to convert it into electric current. The power generated by the t-shirt could be used to power cellphones which made festival goers away from grid power very happy indeed.

CVFR-S09 Solar Vest

Vests are a central part of the average field investigators job. Geologists, archeologists, photographers and anyone with a green thumb knows how handy these vest can be and just how much stuff they can store on the go. The CVFR-S09 Solar Vest takes advantage of this garment to allow field investigators to generate their own solar power while they work in the sun. The back of the vest features four detachable solar panels that collect and covert sunlight into electricity that is fed into the high capacity battery located in the front pocket.

Carbon Credits by Nick Hunter

Carbon Credits is a unique new gadget by designer Nick Hunter that allows people to gauge the amount of emissions their travels are causing. The concept pairs with what the designer calls a Travel Key. This Key comes with embedded LEDs that glow from green to red indicating a user’s carbon credits. When a user has sufficient remaining carbon credit, the Key would also provide him with an estimate of the miles he can travel using a particular mode of transport.

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Human powered cellphone by NTT DoCoMo

Japanese telecommunication firm NTT DoCoMo has created a concept of a human powered phone that can keep itself juiced up by harvesting the kinetic energy people generate with their daily movements. The high-tech wearable cellphone would also be made using recycled materials and would feature all the modern functions a smartphone should have. The company claims the wearable self powered phone would be in the market as early as 2020.

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The 6 Coolest Solar Laptop Chargers

Even after the advent of tablets and notebooks, laptops are still the best work companion. Lots of storage space and a high speed, powerful processor make laptops very user friendly. We would like to take our laptops with us wherever we go and get some work done on our way. But travelling, camping and outdoor working with a laptop on tow can be worrisome because they need to be charged from time to time and get hotter when working fast, thus lose battery charge faster. For the go getters who have to do field work or who love to stay outdoors the solar powered laptop chargers are the best option. They need nothing but some exposure to the sun for powering up your laptops. Here you will find a list of the best six solar powered laptop chargers in the market.

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Goal Zero Sherpa 120 Adventure Kit

The Goal Zero Sherpa 120 is probably the best solar powered charger that you will get in exchange of money at present. The specialty of this charger is its battery pack which can store the solar powered processed in the solar panels. It takes around 5 to 10 hours to fully ready the batteries. It will cost about $669.95.

Volatic Generator Solar Laptop Charger

This solar powered charger is easy to carry around and it is waterproof. It is lightweight and the solar panels are 15 watt. It can contain a 17 inch Mac Book. It will cost something around $459.

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Solaris 62

This one gives real value for your money and packs a punch. It will cost you $1380 and gives you 62 watts. It can be folded to fit inside small spaces. The design makes it easier for you to get your device charged faster.

Solar Rolls

The Solar Rolls are available in three different sizes. The one fit for charging a laptop can give you up to 14 watts at a time. It can take 5 to 10 hours to fully charge your laptop. You can get an apt Solar Roll for $655.

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Apple Juicz

These solar powered chargers are best for your Mac books. Even the smallest of the Apple Juicz solar laptop chargers can deliver 18 watts of output. It is foldable and you will also get a canvas bag along with it. Depending on the size the Apple Juicz charger will cost around $500 to $1000.

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Calling All Nerds: Top 5 Eco Laptop Cases

If you are a nature lover and wish to work toward environment protection in all modern ways, here is something you would love for your most important gadget, your laptop. Check out a range of green laptop cases that are environmentally friendly, as well as uniquely stylish and modern to look at. You would fall in love with these.

  • Leaf in Flamingo Pink: Nothing would look as chic as this laptop bag in flamingo pink. Beautifully designed, this laptop or document carrier is quite flexible. You can easily clean it as it is made of fully recycled fiber. This bag can accommodate any 15-inch laptop and a few 17-inch laptops too. There is ample padding provided at the required places so you may carry it as you want. Along with your laptop, you may also slip in your favorite magazine or a newspaper as it has an easy-access pocket inside. The hardware is all brass-made and you would just love the embroidered flap that also has a small zipped pocket. There is contrasted lining provided inside the bag. You will find detachable clips and safe magnetic snap closure.

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  • Eco Portabile Grande EPG1: This is a 17-inch organic bag that can fit almost any 17-inch laptop. Its outer fabric is in cotton canvas of cherry red color, with contrasting thin wool felt in dark gray/brown color. Interior fabric does not have the wool felt. You will get three pockets to keep your laptop accessories and other smaller tech gadgets. You will also find an interior zipped pocket. The laptop carrier section is properly padded.
  • GreenCase: Designed by Mika Bector from Georgia, USA, this slim and lightweight laptop holder is made of cardboard. Eco nerds would love this idea as it can be easily carried anywhere and made your workstation. Take it to a meeting and when you are done, just fold it inside and secure by looping its thread around the button. The cardboard has a foldable end that can hold the keyboard as it acts like an angular raised platform. There are appropriately carved out segments for keeping your smartphone, mouse and any document while you open it and work on your laptop. Thus, it’s quite ergonomic and practical.

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  • Wood Case for MacBook: If you want a protective case for your MacBook, this wood case would act the as the best resource. You would love the contrasting texture it offers to your newly bought MacBook.

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  • Silva’s Bamboo MacBook Case: The minimalistic construction of this eco-friendly case offers such a laptop carrier its style. This briefcase-type carrier is created out of a solid bamboo sheet and each of its shells is given a glass-smooth finish by sanding and rubbing them with natural tung oil. Its hard exterior look is beautifully complemented by the wool felt-lined interiors that softly protect your precious MacBook.

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China’s Urbanization: Can it Be Eco-Friendly?

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China is one of the biggest and the highest populated nations of the world. Beijing is the capital city of China. For the past many years, the country has been progressing a lot in the field of urbanization and rapid industrialization. Today, it is one of the biggest economic powers of the globe. Economics forecast that within the coming decade Chine will excel the biggest economic giants of the Earth. The government of China gives equal emphasis to the industrialization as well as eco-friendliness. The citizens of China are very much aware of the environmental pollution and want to reduce it as far as possible.

The quest for eco-friendly urbanization in China

Today, eco-friendliness, global warming control and pollution control are the three most important factors to be considered in urbanization. The educated common people, the professors and the industrialists of the nation are equally interested for eco-friendly urbanization in the country. Oxide Reportedly China is the highest expeller of carbon dioxide and sulphur in the atmosphere. It takes place due to the expulsion of different types of gases from the combustion engines in the different types of factories and plants. The scientists of the countries are trying to invent more advanced gas filtering devices in order to reduce the pollution.

The literary acts

Many useful literary acts on pollution and urbanization have been published by the reputed publishing houses and are written by renowned professors of economics in China. Wang Yi a renowned professor of the nation has recently stated that urbanization and scientific progress can be achieved in China by making proper long-term strategies and economic planning. Urbanization and eco-friendliness can always go together if everything is properly planned and executed. Both the industrialists and the employees must be aware of the pollution factors before involving themselves in urbanization projects.

The plan

The Chinese government and investors have made a very long-term plan of more urbanization in the country without affecting the agricultural industry and environment. Urbanization involves formation of well-developed tracks for more high-speed trains and other types of super fast transports. Building of sky scrapers for residential and office purposes are also important factors of urbanization. All these ventures should be done by keeping in mind safe atmosphere without toxic chemical expulsion. Large scale use of natural ingredients and planting of trees in the urban areas can help the eco-friendliness. Enough greenery and pong water should be there along with building and transports. Thus, enough space should be allotted to maintain the balance.

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