SolarMagic Boosts Performance For Shaded Solar Arrays

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Improve the Efficiency of your Solar System

Looking for a way to be greener and more efficient with your solar electrical systems? Here’s a new device created to boot your PV system’s output by 10-40% from smart thinking, National Semiconductor.

For homeowners with less than ideal roofs – maybe your pitch is wrong or those panels had to be put on an east-facing roof, or maybe that tree that was once a sapling is now a towering pine – you may be forced to purchase fewer panels because some will be shaded. Even on a perfect system, over time things change and your system will lose performance. This is why National Semiconductor took existing technology, tweaked it a little bit, and voila! A product that helps current and future customers make the most of their solar performance with what they call SolarMagic

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Donut-Shaped Wind Energizer Improves Wind Turbine Efficiency

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Better air dynamics

A company called Leviathan Energy has come up with a clever way to improve the efficiency of wind turbines, without making any modifications to the turbines or propellers themselves. Using aerodynamic modeling, Leviathan designed a special plastic and metal skirt structure that wraps around the base of the wind turbine and directs the flow of the air to the critical areas of the blades. The system is guaranteed to increase the power output of a wind turbine by at least 15-30%, and at lower wind speeds (0-6 meters per second) the gains can be as high as 150%.

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Ford Fusion’s New Dashboard Helps Drivers Become More Fuel Efficient

 Ford Fusion’s New Dashboard Helps Drivers Become More Fuel Efficient

 

The Big Three promised to go green as part of their bailout deal. But Ford is starting in small ways, like with a new dashboard for their popular Fusion designed to encourage drivers to become more fuel-efficient by turning driving into a green game.

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Commuters Harnessed As Human Power Plant

Commuters Harnessed As Human Power Plant 

When it comes to new ways of generating energy, it doesn’t get any greener than the contraption recently installed in Tokyo’s Shibuya train station. Developed by Japan’s Sound Power, the FB-0001 platform generates electric power when the hundreds of thousands of station visitors step on its surface.

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New Spin Record Set By Matchbook-Sized Motor

New Spin Record Set By Matchbook-Sized Motor 

 Test of the new motor from ETH Zurich’s Department of Power Electronics exceeds 1,000,000 rpm in the digital readout.

Industrial motors can spin at a head-spinning 250,000 revolutions per minute. But a new matchbook-sized motor runs circles around the competition.

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Dean Kamen Develops World’s First Stirling Hybrid Electric Car

 Dean Kamen Develops World’s First Stirling Hybrid Electric Car

The same day that Ford and General Motors announced catastrophic third-quarter losses, Dean Kamen was showing off his new electric car. The prototype vehicle, a zippy two-seat hatchback designed with more than a passing resemblance to the Volkswagen Beetle, can go about 60 miles on a single charge of its lithium battery and with practically zero emissions. The secret? “It’s the world’s first Stirling hybrid electric car,” says Kamen.

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VanDyne SuperTurbo – Fuel Efficient Device For Automobiles

VanDyne SuperTurbo - Fuel Efficient Device For Automobiles

Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase

VanDyne SuperTurbo, Inc. has a fuel efficient device called a SuperTurbocharger which is a combination of supercharging, turbocharging and turbocompounding designed to increase fuel efficiency by 25%+and eliminate CO2 emissions by as much as 4000 lbs per year in automobiles. 

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Thermoelectric Material May Help Cars Turn Heat Into Electricity

Thermoelectric Material May Help Cars Turn Heat Into Electricity 

 Thermoelectric Material

Researchers have invented a new material that will make cars even more efficient, by converting heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity. In the current issue of the journal Science, they describe a material with twice the efficiency of anything currently on the market.

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Volkswagen’s New 200MPG Car Slated for 2010

 Volkswagen’s New 200MPG Car Slated for 2010

No arguing about who gets to sit in the front seat on this car

Volkswagen has plans to produce a 1-liter car by 2010 that’ll get an amazing 200 miles per gallon, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road. It’s not going to come without its drawbacks, however, as reaching a figure like that isn’t going to happen with a car with any substantial weight.

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Super Powered Solar Cells

1366 Super Powered Solar Cells

Light (here from a red laser) hits the Light-Capturing Ribbon,
then reflects back off the surface of the glass and illuminates the silicon matrix.

An MIT researcher has found a way to significantly improve the efficiently of an important type of silicon solar cells while keeping costs about the same. The technology is being commercialized by a startup in Lexington, MA, called 1366 Technologies, which today announced its first round of funding. Venture capitalists invested $12.8 million in the company.

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