NORWEGIAN ELECTRIC FERRY TO SAVE MANY DOLLARS IN FUEL EVERY YEAR

HUGE NEW ELECTRIC FERRY COMMISSIONED IN NORWAY Presently, the Norwegian villages of Lavik and Oppedal are linked by a ferry that burns about a million liters (264,172 US gallons) of diesel a year, emitting 570 tonnes (628 tons) of carbon dioxide and 15 tonnes (16.5 tons) of nitrogen oxides. That’s about to change, however, as […]

POO LOO POWER IS A REALTY WITH THIS SIMPLE SYSTEM

POO LOO POWER IS NOW HERE Of all the things that people traditionally discard, one that most of us likely think the least about repurposing is human feces and urine. Sure, we recycle our plastic and paper, and compost our fruits and veggies, but … that stuff? Actually, there are various worldwide projects aimed at […]

THE YEAR 2010 WAS THE WORLDS HOTTEST EVER ON RECORD

New climate data shows warming world January 21, 2011 – 2:12PM Last year tied for the hottest year on record, confirming a long-term warming trend which will continue unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, the World Meteorological Organisation says. The first 10 years of the millennium proved to be the hottest decade since records began […]

DEVICES USE SCANVENGED ENERGY FROM THE AIR WE BREATHE TO POWER THEM

Breath & air-powered for non-existent batteries Lithium-air batteries are currently in the works, and IBM predicts that batteries “that use the air we breath to react with energy-dense metal” will result in smaller, lighter rechargeable batteries that last ten times longer than today’s lithium-ion types. Whilst such batteries could be used in everything from cars […]

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES SURVEY IN QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA

As someone interested in QWESTNet, we value your input. We are continually striving to improve QWESTNet to meet your needs. With your help we can continue to bring together sustainable technology users and retailers to provide the opportunity for like-minded participants to network and build business relationships. The following survey will gather information regarding the […]

SAHARA SUPERGRID TO POWER THE WORLD ENERGY NEEDS

Sahara Solar Breeder Project aims to provide 50 percent of the world’s electricity by 2050 This is ambition with a capital A. Universities in Japan and Algeria have teamed up on a project that aims to solve the world’s energy problems. Called the Sahara Solar Breeder Project, the plan is to build manufacturing plants around […]

GROWING GREEN PLANTS IN A DESERT EASILY WITH THIS…

Groasis Waterboxx lets trees grow up in unfriendly places It’s not often that you hear about an invention that was modeled after bird poop, but there’s a first time for everything. In fact, this fecally-inspired device could ultimately be responsible for reforesting billion of acres of parched land, and it just won Popular Science’s Best […]

SENSORS IN REMOTE LOCATIONS REQUIRE BATTERY FREE OPERATION

Energy Harvesting and Powering Up the Battery-Free World Oct 31, 2010 23:58 ideyoshi Kume The idea behind wireless sensor networks is old, but a battery-free design would vastly expand its range of application. Voltree Power LLC of the US, a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the US, has been contracted by […]

SENSORS & MICROCONTROLLERS WITH NO BATTERIES

Energy Harvesting: Powering Up The Battery-Free World Oct 31, 2010 23:58 ideyoshi Kume Sensors and Microcontrollers, Too! Sensors are another type of peripheral components evolving rapidly. Sensors designed to acquire information such as temperature and humidity are shrinking and consuming less power. The brightness sensors used to control lighting, for example, are being mounted on […]

GATHERING FREE POWER FROM THE AIR AROUND YOU

Again – From Low Power to No Power through Energy Harvesting: Powering Up the Battery-Free World Oct 31, 2010 23:58 ideyoshi Kume Stepping Up from only 20mV Co2 to energy The impact of higher power supply circuit performance is dramatic, because just how efficiently the power supply can handle the minute trickles of power gained […]