Friday, May 29, 2009

sustainable design

Sustainable design of
Igloo created from bottles collected after the London Marathon

Have you ever thought about what happens to the thousands of plastic water bottles that are used during a marathon event? They’re mostly trashed if green-minded artists like Ashley Phillips aren’t around. The artist has shown his skills in designing a sustainable shelter known as the “Igloo” from the plastic waste collected after the London Marathon.

The Igloo bottle shelter was created to make use of plastic bottle waste that has started to blight the environment and also inspire others about circular metabolism. The igloo shelter has been created from over 4,000 plastic bottles that are held together by only one piece of wire and 40,000 rubber bands that are sourced from sustainable plantations. The plastic bottle shelter can easily be disassembled and can be mounted on a small trolley to ease its transportation.

So start doing something sustainable with your palstic bottles today and make world a green place to live.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Growing Chair - Straight from the fields to your home

Eco Factor: Willow trees are planted together with a Russian vine in a chair shaped miniature greenhouse.

Michel Bussien’s Growing Chair was on exhibit at Konstfack’s spring exhibition this month. As the name suggests, it does grow up for you with the passage of time. Chair is a sort of green house that contains Willow trees planted together with a Russian vine. Nothing much to surprise as it’s a sort of experiment in which an attempt is being made to make trees and plants grow up into chairs like a crop in the fields.

Idea suggests that when required, these can be harvested and brought straight from the field into the living room. What makes it possible to shape a growing structure into chair is a potter called Bactopia. It uses a mixture of Agar and bacteria. All the layers of Agar, stacked on each other, form a three dimensional structure when bacteria are spread all over it. Simply, instead if printing with plastic or other materials, structure is printed with living bacteria that is provided with favorable conditions for further growth. Bacteria that can be fed upon mixture of nutrients and draw materials, like Calcium, are considered best for such a work. After the bacteria dies it leaves a solid structure behind. What I could get out of this experiment is that designer wants to remind us of our relation with the nature.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Window farming

I am big fan of having own farms but was lacking space in my backyard but this remarkable experiment of sustainability by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray came with the soluition, during in an article posted on inhabitat by Olivia Chen tells the mystery

Gardening enthusiasts living in cities will certainly cheer for Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray’s Window Farms experiment. The artist-in-residence duo at Eyebeam have teamed up to develop a DIY system for creating sustainable gardens that will enable anyone to start their own window farms right in their very own window. Britta and Rebecca were showcasing their prototype at Eyebeam last week and have enlisted a dozen or so volunteers that are building their own farms — all to go on display in windows throughout NYC from May 31 to July 14.

The window farms that we saw at Eyebeam was composed of several vertical columns with re-purposed water bottles that each held a potted plant. The set-up of these window farms also included a tub of water elevated above the vertical farm garden that allowed water to drip through the columns a catch basin was also placed at the bottom to catch the water that was not absorbed by the plants. Britta and Rebecca also told us that at home, they use a pump to cycle the water back through the system.

Although the primary intention of the project is to prove that individuals can develop their own systems for growing food in their NYC (or other tiny) apartment, Britta and Rebecca see this project as part of their greater interest in something they call R&DIY, which stands for Research and Do-It-Yourself. Britta and Rebecca worked with a group at Eyebeam to develop experimental of window farms. By engaging a community with their urban agriculture sustainability experiment, the duo is out to show that this group method can become part of a greater trend towards the use of window farming.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Water Renewable Energy


Renewable Energy in water can be harnessed and used as water is about 800 times denser than air. Even a slow flowing stream of water, or moderate sea swell, can yield considerable amounts of renewable energy.
There are many forms of water renewable energy:
• Hydroelectric renewable energy is a term usually reserved for large-scale hydroelectric dams. Examples are the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State and the Akosombo Dam in Ghana.
• Micro hydro renewable energy systems are hydroelectric power installations that typically produce up to 100 kW of power.
• Dam less hydro systems derive kinetic renewable energy from rivers and oceans without using a dam.
• Ocean renewable energy describes all the technologies to harness energy from the ocean and the sea.
o Renewable energy in marine current power, uses the kinetic renewable energy of marine currents.
o Tidal power captures renewable energy from the tides. Two different principles for generating renewable energy from the tides are used at the moment:
Tidal motion in the vertical direction: Tides come in, raise water levels in a basin, and tides roll out. Around low tide, the water in the basin is discharged through a turbine, exploiting the stored potential renewable energy.
Tidal motion in the horizontal direction: Uses tidal stream generators, like wind turbines but then in a tidal stream. Due to the high density of water, about eight-hundred times the density of air, tidal currents can have a lot of kinetic renewable energy.
o Renewable energy in wave power uses the energy in waves. Wave power machines usually take the form of floating or neutrally buoyant structures, which move relative to one another or to a fixed point. Renewable energy wave has now reached commercialization.
• Renewable energy in deep lake water cooling is an interesting phenomenon, although not technically an energy generation method, can save a lot of energy in summer. It uses submerged pipes as a heat sink for climate control systems. Lake-bottom water is a year-round local constant of about 4 °C.
Water has a lot of potential for producing green clean renewable energy, Dams and barrages all over the world are producing huge amount of Electricity and has hardly any carbon emissions.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wind renewable energy

Wind renewable energy in airflows can be used to run wind turbines. Modern wind energy turbines range from around 600 kW to 5 MW of rated power, although wind turbines with rated output of 1.5–3 MW have become the most common for commercial use. The power output of a wind turbine is a function of the cube of the wind speed, so as wind speed increases, power output of a wind turbine increases dramatically. Wind energy can be used in areas where winds are stronger and more constant, such as offshore and high altitude, are perfect wind energy farms.
Since wind speed is not constant, a wind farm's annual energy production of wind energy farms is never as much as the sum of the generator nameplate ratings multiplied by the total hours in a year. The ratio of actual wind energy farm productivity in a year to this theoretical maximum is called the capacity factor. Typical capacity factors of wind energy farms are 20-40%, with values at the upper end of the range in particularly favourable wind energy sites.
For example, a 1 megawatt wind energy turbine with a capacity factor of 35% will not produce 8,760 megawatt-hours of wind renewable electricity in a year, but only 0.35x24x365 = 3,066 MWh, averaging to 0.35 MW of wind energy.
Globally, the long-term technical potential of wind energy is believed to be five times total current global energy production, or 40 times current electricity demand. This could require large amounts of land for wind energy turbines, particularly in areas of higher wind resources. Offshore resources experience mean wind speeds of ~90% greater than that of land, so offshore resources could contribute substantially more renewable energy. This number could also increase with higher altitude ground-based or airborne wind energy turbines.
Wind energy is renewable and produces no greenhouse gases during operation, such as carbon dioxide and methane.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sustainable design tennis ball chair

In a sustainable design article posted by Yuka Yoneda on inhabitat . Yuka tells us how to be sustainable enough to fight the ever increasing global warming by using recycled material.
What do you think of when you think “green design?” Probably not a chair made entirely of recycled tennis balls! This sustainable and unexpected take on recycling by furniture designer Hugh Hayden maker of this playful FUNATURE Tennis Ball Chair and also the winner of BKLYN Designs Most Innovative Use of Materials Award. He used medium size (297 repurposed tennis balls) to make it smart and simple, it’s also fun and sustainable and when it comes to getting people talking about sustainable design, the Tennis Ball Chair is the perfect eco conversation piece.

Why tennis balls? Their high turnover during matches means that a huge number of the fuzzy lime green spheres get discarded despite their being practically new. Recognizing the durability of the tennis balls, as well as the need to salvage them from getting burnt or dumped, Hayden decided to use them to craft a tongue-in-cheek chair that is surprisingly comfortable to sit .

Since the main component of the chairs already exists and does not need to be produced or processed, it is even more sustainable than some of the materials we usually consider to be extremely sustainable. And in terms of being delightful to look at, the Tennis Ball Chair takes the cake. From this sustainable art piece we can smell that Hugh and the Wimbledon have collaborations? It would certainly a sustainable match (point) scored by them

Natural resources of renewable energy

The majority of renewable energy technologies are powered by the sun. Earth’s atmosphere system is in equilibrium such that heat radiation into space is equal to incoming solar radiation, the resulting level of energy within the Earth-Atmosphere system can roughly be described as the Earth's "climate. Energy is dissipated around the globe in the form of winds and ocean currents. Wave motion may play a role in the process of transferring mechanical energy between the atmosphere and the ocean through wind stress. Solar energy is also responsible for this distribution.
Renewable energy flows involve natural phenomena such as sunlight, wind, tides, geothermal heat all of these are producers of renewable energy.
"Renewable energy is derived from natural processes that are replenished constantly. Renewable energy in its various forms is derived directly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth. Thus renewable energy is generated from solar, wind, ocean, hydro power, biomass, geothermal resources, and biofuels along hydrogen derived from renewable resources.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

99 Renewable Energy Gadgets

Renewable Energy Gadget No # 1
BPL’s solar power study lamp uses Renewable Energy to function; with the help of solar panel

Renewable Energy Gadget No # 2

Energy-generating chair uses kinematic renewable energy to produce energy while you rock

Renewable Energy Gadget No # 3
Bike-mounted uses harnessing system to produce remewable energy

Renewable Energy Gadget No # 4
These Solar Lights use renewable energy, (polyurethane and polycarbonate )to illuminate paths.

Renewable energy gadget # 5
Solar plant generates Renewable energy used as electricity for gadgets

Renewable energy gadget # 6

Rotating door harvests renewable energy of people passing through by kineticism

Renewable energy gadget # 7
Nano-scale piezoelectric uses generators to produce renewable energy by motion

Renewable energy gadget # 8
Lenovo T40 ThinkPad uses methanol to convert it into renewable energy to run it

Renewable energy gadget # 9
Fuel Cell Boilers uses a combination of heat and power to generate Renewable energy.

Renewable energy gadget # 10
Renewable energy powered watch that holds pictures on moving round

Renewable energy gadget # 11
Renewable energy powered Bible uses sun or light to get fully charged

Renewable energy gadget # 12
The led capsules emits great light stored from renewable energy of the sun.

Renewable energy gadget # 13
The charger uses renewable energy of the wind to charge your mobile

Renewable energy gadget # 14
The stylus based slate uses renewable energy to run as the solar panels.

Renewable energy gadget # 15
Electrolux Ultra Silencer uses renewable energy like the lamps to charged and clean

Renewable energy gadget # 16
sugar fueled Bio Charger uses renewable energy like sugar solution to work.

Renewable energy gadget # 17
The umbrella uses thin film renewable energy recently developed by Nanosolar as the fabric.

Renewable energy gadget # 18
the device uses kinetic energy while you jog to convert it into renewable energy

Renewable energy gadget # 19
solar-powered PhotoCYL generator uses sunlight to convert in to renewable energy as electricity

Renewable energy gadget # 20
The mazda Rx-8 uses hydrogen as renewable energy to run

Renewable energy gadget # 21
Ecoboard is based on renewable energy using recycled coffee cups and bamboo for it’s development

Renewable energy gadget # 22
self-healing plastic uses heat as renewable energy to recover it self to be used in other portable gadgets

Renewable energy gadget # 23
hand-bag made from recycled aluminum pull-tabs is a great form of renewable energy

Renewable energy gadget # 24
The aqua hub uses the uses as renewable energy to save energy as water

Renewable energy gadget # 25
River gym works from renewable energy taken from your sweat and your abs-crunching and muscle flexing energy.

Renewable energy gadget # 26
SunCat 23 utilizes four solar panels capable of generating renewable energy to fuel a 2.8KW electric outdoor motor

Renewable energy gadget # 27
The powered golf cart uses methane taken from cow as a form of renewable energy to run it.

Renewable energy gadget # 28
Fujitsu FMV-BIBLO LOOX U/C50NA use wind as renewable energy to work.

Renewable energy gadget # 29
ecofriendly surfboards uses recycled wood as renewable energy

Renewable energy gadget # 30
Solaqua uses solar energy as a form of renewable energy to purify

Renewable energy gadget # 31
The lightship uses solar suction cups as renewable energy to glow .

Renewable energy gadget # 32
The solar purse uses Voltaic Systems and Burton’s Solar Roll as renewable form of energy sources.

Renewable energy gadget # 33
POWERleap uses stampede of commuters for renewable energy.

Renewable energy gadget # 34
Solio Universal Hybrid Charger uses the sun as renewable energy source to charge everthing it can.

Renewable energy gadget # 35
Solar Car Fan
Uses solar panels as renewable energy to cool the car.

Renewable energy gadget # 36
This bamboo fan cap charges it self from renewable energy of the sun to provide you shade.

Renewable energy gadget # 37
The Rodent Repeller uses renewable energy of the sun ray’s to work

Renewable energy gadget # 38
The wireless keyboard uses solar panel as renewable energy for function.

Renewable energy gadget # 39
The solar heater gets renewable energy from the sun to give you hot water.

Renewable energy gadget # 40
The player uses wind as a source of renewable energy to play.

Renewable energy gadget # 41
The natural Sun device requires solar cell as form of renewable energy.

Renewable energy gadget # 42
These solar street stops uses the as sun as renewable energy to make electricity.

Renewable energy gadget # 43
The blue clock uses water, table salt and lemon juice as renewable energy to keep time

Renewable energy gadget # 44
The magnetic charger charges through motion as renewable energy gadget.

Renewable energy gadget # 45
The solar pot get charged from sun rays as renewable energy.

Renewable energy gadget # 46

Blue Earth is the world’s first renewable energy solar touch phone

Renewable energy gadget # 47

Magnetic Fridge runs by Renewable e magnetic energy to work.

Renewable energy gadget # 48

Expresso uses hot water as renewable energy make express coffee.

Renewable energy gadget # 49

Gravia Floor Lamp uses gravity as a source of renewable energy to lite.

Renewable energy gadget #50

Twist Camera, works on renewable energy when twisted to function.

Renewable energy gadget #51

The after lite bulb uses renewable energy of light to glow

Renewable energy gadget #52

The charger works on renewable energy on twisting to charge your i.pods

Renewable energy gadget #53

The pilot fish is renewable energy solar charged phone which uses the sun energy

Renewable energy gadget #54

Renault E0 works on renewable energy concept using solar panel roof.

Renewable energy gadget #55

The marine ventilator uses wind as renewable energy to work.

Renewable energy gadget #56

The stove uses corn renewable energy as fuel to make bar-b.q

Renewable energy gadget #57

The batteries uses fossil fuel as renewable energy to charge laptops etc.

Renewable energy gadget #58

The oven uses Sun as renewable energy source to cook

Renewable energy gadget #59

The candle uses solar power renewable energy of the sun to work

Renewable energy gadget #60

The filter performs on renewable energy features and recycling to filter water.

Renewable energy gadget #61

Solar-powered speaker uses renewable energy concept with solar panels.

Renewable energy gadget #62

The Iqua Vizor SUN is a solar-powered renewable energy gadget works with solar panels on the car roof.

Renewable energy gadget #63

The flex Scan uses motion as renewable energy source to save energy and charge.

Renewable energy gadget #64

The lamp is a form of renewable energy made from wood and carpet.

Renewable energy gadget #65

The laser light is a form of renewable energy charged by manual power ti light up.

Renewable energy gadget #66

The Olio solar powered window panes is a form of renewable energy

Renewable energy gadget #67

KDDI uses sun’s renewable energy to work with buit in solar panels.

Renewable energy gadget # 68
The renewable energy solar bee uses sun to filter water.

Renewable energy gadget #69

The cooker uses renewable energy of the sun to cook with solar panels.

Renewable energy gadget #70
The renewable energy based radio and flash lite works and generate power on motion.

Renewable energy gadget #71

The solar powered renewable energy bike stand works with the sun rays.

Renewable energy gadget # 72

The sun based renewable energy gadget works on solar energy to illuminate.

Renewable energy gadget #73

The renewable energy batteries uses metallic liquid to produce electricity.

Renewable energy gadget #74

The renewable energy cells use solar energy to charge.

Renewable energy gadget #75

The turbine uses renewable energy of watr pressure to make electicity.

Renewable energy gadget #76

The bike is a renewable energy power house uses wind and solar energy to store electricity.

Renewable energy gadget #77

The socket uses energy of home appliances to renewable energy and produce electricity.

Renewable energy gadget #78

The floppy lamp is a great form of renewable energy used from recycled material.

Renewable energy gadget #79

The MSI computer sustem uses light as renewable energy to run for hours.

Renewable energy gadget #80

The rain water system is a concept of renewable energy which stores rain water rather than wasting

Renewable energy gadget # 81
The solar necklace is a renewable energy gadget that uses sun to shine the party.

Renewable energy gadget # 82
The eco boat uses renewable energy of your grooves to sail

Renewable energy gadget # 83
The solar cells are a source of renewable energy which can be printed on anything.

Renewable energy gadget # 84
The renewable energy water dispenser (AWT) uses humid air to provide you water.

Renewable energy gadget # 85
The grey way harvesting renewable energy system uses gutter water to provide us with clean.

Renewable energy gadget #86
The sun cat renewable energy ship uses solar energy to work.

Renewable energy gadget # 87
The bud uses renewable energy attached to the usb to clean bacteria.

Renewable energy gadget # 88
The Chinese toy now uses renewable energy and converts mechanical to electrical energy.

Renewable energy gadget # 89
The lantern is renewable energy takes from the sun to charge.

Renewable energy gadget # 90
The vibrator uses renewable wind energy to vibrate.

Renewable energy gadget # 91
The LED uses renewable energy of mud to run.

Renewable energy gadget # 92
The ikea renewable energy lights works with solar cells and panels to glow.

Renewable energy gadget # 93
The washing machine uses renewable energy of cranking to wash.

Renewable energy gadget # 94
The light is renewable energy concept uses shower function.

Renewable energy gadget # 95
The scooty is form of renewable energy uses man power to run.

Renewable energy gadget # 96
Printer is renewable energy designed works using old coffee grounds.

Renewable energy gadget # 97
The renewable renewable energy clock uses water to show time.

Renewable energy gadget # 98
The eco heater is renewable energy concept which uses bio-ethanol fuel to fire.

Renewable energy gadget # 99
The renewable energy powered brick uses sun light to light up ur home at night.

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