Known for its high costs and lagging efficiency, the solar energy field has been one to watch for many but one to take advantage of for very few. New innovations and incentives in the field however offer promise for many solar companies looking to establish themselves. One company that seems to have had little difficulty establishing itself is SolarEdge, a solar power harvesting solution provider based in Israel.
I was recently joined RarePlanet's advisory board after hearing about their cool vision. The concept puts environmental campaign managers into a social network where they share and learn best practices in online community management. It's a two year program, and if successful, community managers earn a communications masters degree from the University of Texas - El Paso.
The range of topics is pretty diverse, from more sustainable agriculture and better management of a protected areas to water conservation and even a 350 group. Though it's early in the life of RarePlanet, the effort already has 1000 community members.
Picture above: A close-up of the "Warhammer for Water" tabletop fantasy army. These hand-painted heroic scale miniatures are between 20 mm – 50 mm tall.
After the guys glimpsed the Africa Interactive video of the project, they settled on supporting this Safe Drinking Water & Women empowerment project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, run by Akvo support partner Women for Water Partnership and field partner Soroptimist International of Europe Club.
As part of my participation in the AppMakr launch, I was given the opportunity to create my own iPhone application! The resulting application is the Greenversation app, which gathers the latest posts from my favorite environmental information resources. You can download the Greenversation app from the iTunes store now.
If you live in the eastern United States, then you are no doubt dealing with plenty of snow this winter. Ever wonder just how the snow removal systems work that make your life that much easier trying to get to school and work in the morning?
The snow is "removed" by the use of sodium chloride. The melting snow, ice and rain cause salt to run off roads onto nearby vegetation and soil, eventually seeping into streams, lakes and rivers. This is of course very harmful to wildlife and vegetation in the area. This runoff salt has also been found in residential drinking wells in some Northeastern and Midwestern states.
The massive lack of clean drinking water around the world affects nearly one billion people.
Big ups to New York City! The NYC Transit has recently rolled out a new electric bus, DesignLine, that uses a turbine engine to recharge its lithium-ion battery every time the driver hits the brakes. Keeping up with the eco-exterior, the interior is lit by LED panels and has room for a whopping 37 seats (rider number can double with standing room). Currently there are three buses already operating in Brooklyn and Manhattan, with 87 more are slated to arrive by the end of 2010 if these pilot buses are approved.
Designer Liu Hsiang-Ling has come up with a clever concept design that makes charging a cell phone with sunshine as easy as possible - just slap it onto a window and wait for the magic to happen.
The concept behind the Sticker Phone is pretty simple; most of us tend to place our mobile phone near windows for better signal reception. So the designer has taken this to a design level as this concept takes it a step further by adding a solar panel to the back of the phone and adding a suction so that it can stick to the window glass for sunshine.
Integrating solar cells into mobile phones is gaining continuing to gain popularity.
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Dell is shipping some of its computers in packaging that includes bamboo components, with the exterior packaging being made from 25 % post-consumer recycled materials. Bamboo is so preferable because it grows fast, at up to 24 inches a day, and is strong enough to protect equipment during transit.
The Austin, Texas-based company is “introducing it with mobile products, as it’s proven a strong, sustainable and cost-effective solution for packaging those.”