Dye Solar Cells (DSC’s) Based On Photosynthesis

Dye Solar Cell (DSC) Solar Panels

The application of Dye Solar Cells (DSC’s) in many technologies and new products is at least a year away, according to Dyesol, the leading company in the fast-growing DSC sector. DSC technology still has a way to go to catch up with nature. You see, DSC technology is based on the process whereby plants convert light into energy and store it. Plants that use photosynthesis operate 24/7, even when the sun is not shining.

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Yellow Pages Goes Green: Movement Against Unsolicited Phone Book Delivery

Yellow Pages Goes Green: Movement Against Unsolicited Phone Book Delivery

 yellowpagesgoesgreen.org

Yellowpagesgoesgreen.org is an organization working to educate consumers and promote the green movement to eliminate the unsolicited delivery of Yellow and White Pages books. The site is aimed at starting a national movement to solicit the White/Yellow Pages industry to proactively stop the delivery of books or to begin moving legislation to mandate the stoppage of this activity. This movement should be similar to the National No-Call Registry that have stopped and/or decreased the number of unwanted solicitations telephone calls to consumers.

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China Closes The Clean-Coal Gap With The U.S.

China Closes The Clean-Coal Gap With The U.S. 

 An artist’s concept of China’s first integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant

China looks set to overtake the United States in the application of technologies to clean up coal-fired power generation, if several proposed projects come to fruition. GreenGen–a joint venture established by Chinese utilities–has broken ground on China’s first integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant and signed agreements to build two more.

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Platinum-Free Fuel Cells Eliminates Need For Expensive Catalysts

Platinum-Free Fuel Cells Eliminates Need For Expensive Catalysts 

 A new polymer, shown in powdered form, can be used to make stable fuel-cell membranes that conduct negatively charged ions.

Fuel cells are, in principle, the most efficient way to convert hydrogen fuel into electricity. But they require expensive catalysts such as platinum to split hydrogen into ions and electrical current. Cheaper metals simply can’t withstand the harsh acidic environment of the fuel cell. Now researchers in China have developed a fuel cell that uses a new membrane material to operate in alkaline conditions, eliminating the need for an expensive catalyst. The power output of the new prototype, which uses nickel as a catalyst, is still relatively low, but it provides a first demonstration of a potentially much less expensive fuel cell.

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ShowerStart: Smart Showerhead That Doesn’t Waste Hot Water

ShowerStart:  Smart Showerhead That Doesn’t Waste Hot Water 

ShowerStart 

Here’s a smart shower head that stops wasting hot water. The Evolve shower head uses ShowerStart technology, stopping the flow to a mere trickle as soon as the water gets hot enough. Instead of 2.5 gallons of hot water going down the drain every minute (or more if you have overclocked shower heads like we do, or a multi-head shower), ShowerStart waits for you to flip a switch or pull a cord, and then begins the flow of the hot water.

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Minute Glass Clock Radio Powered By Movement

Minute Glass Clock Radio Powered By Movement 

 Minute Glass

Clock radios don’t get any greener than this. Minute Glass is a clock radio powered by magnetic induction so there’s no need for batteries or electricity at all. It wakes you up in the morning with music, and its alarm won’t turn off until you’ve shaken it enough to power it for another day. That ought to be enough movement to wake up even the most hungover sleepers.

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Wilting Flower Helps You Save Electricity

Wilting Flower Helps You Save Electricity 

The Wilting Flower 

Most people would agree that saving electricity in the home is a good thing. Even if you aren’t a treehugger, cutting back on wasted power can save plenty of money on the electric bill. Still, most of us could use a little reminder at times, that’s a bit easier than running around with one of those Kill-A-Watt things.

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Nokia’s Smart Home Center

Nokia’s Smart Home Center 

The cellphone giant Nokia wishes to tinker with your home, letting you control the entire house activities from the leisure of your couch or the bed. Nokia is to develop a new platform to enable users to monitor their electronics and homes energy status locally or remotely, with a mobile device. For developing the platform Nokia has teamed up with RWE, Europe’s largest home energy providers. With the help of the platform users can remain connected to their homes and monitor their homes’ energy consumption, security devices and other like cameras and motion sensors. Apart from the normal home automation features the Smart Home will allow users to turn off appliances that are wasting energy when they are away from home.

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Infrared Light Could Bring Music To The Deaf

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Infrared Light From Xbox

Scientists have accidentally discovered that infrared light can stimulate neurons in the inner ear like sound waves do. While trying to “weld” nerves with heat from a laser, surgeons found that the light could stimulate the ear nerves extremely precisely. A research team led by Claus-Peter Richter at Northwestern University in Chicago decided to explore this idea further.

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