Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

Eco Friendly November 25, 2010 posted by

SOL Cinema – world’s smallest solar powered cinema

The SOL Cinema seats 8 adults, runs off two 120W solar panels and teaches kids about sustainable and eco living. Wonder if they play Muesli adverts before the main feature? Cute!  The Sol Cinema, a project funded by the media arts charity Undercurrents, is the world’s smallest solar-powered movie theater. Made from a converted caravan, the theater uses four large lithium-ion batteries that are charged by two 120W solar panels. Movie theater can accommodate 8 adults or 12 children for…


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Awesome November 15, 2010 posted by

Solar Powered Mini Fridge – making cool sustainably clever

Young inventor Emily Cummins came up with this ingenious low-tech solar fridge which works through water evaporation when she was just 21. Two years later she now regularly travels to Africa to give away the design to any community that can benefit. It’s cheap to make, effective (cooling down to 6 degrees in the middle of a hot day) and portable. Just awesome. More on her site.  The outer shell of the device can be made with whatever materials may be…


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Eco Friendly November 10, 2010 posted by

Solar Powered Talking Bible – Matthew 7:7

This Solar Powered Talking Bible should keep working as long as there’s sunshine in the sky and people willing to listen. Comes with a handy set of earphones and plays up to 14 hours per full charge. Now you can save your soul while saving the planet too.  $99.98.  This remarkable Solar-Powered Talking Bible speaks all books of the Bible, Old and New Testaments, in a real human voice. You can move from book to book and chapter to chapter with the…


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cool tech November 8, 2010 posted by

Harvesting power from the sun – new invention promises to tranform the solar power business

Engineer, ex NASA scientist and inventor Lonnie Johnson has created a device called the Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Converter (or JTEC), which promises to convert heat into electricity at twice the efficiency of current systems. The device –  early prototype above –  uses no moving parts, and works by splitting hydrogen atoms into protons and electrons, thereby producing electric power. It sounds simple, but it’s taken the American inventor decades to perfect the basic technology, and he’s now running out of funds, despite widespread…


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Eco Friendly November 5, 2010 posted by

The Renewable Energy Racer Set

Miniature race cars have been around pratically forever, but the Renewable Energy Racer Set goes beyond the norm. Each of these mini-racers is powered by a different renewable energy – one by a mini-wind turbine, one by a small solar panel and the thrid by a hydrogen fuel cell. These racers are a great educational tool to teach your kids about sustainable energy parading as pure fun! It only takes a 10-30 minute charge form the wind or solar versions…


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The Renewable Energy Racer Set
Eco Friendly November 4, 2010 posted by

Wheego LiFe – the expensive little electric car

This Wheego Whip LiFe electric car is pretty conventional as EVs go, with a top speed of around 65mph and a range of 100 miles, but where it does stand out is in price. This 2 seater SmartCar clone is being sold at a staggering $33,000 before rebates, which is around the same as the impressive Nissan Leaf which seats five and has a heftier spec. Strange marketing.  Wheego wants to make the best electric cars in the world and educate everyone…


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Awesome November 2, 2010 posted by

Hummingbird Alpha Polymer Battery – super battery promises to revolutionize the electric car market

German battery company DBM Energy last month achieved an incredible world record for battery powered locomotion by powering a converted Audi A2 electric car for a non-stop journey of 375 miles (from Munich to Berlin) at an *average* speed of 55 mph. To say this could be a game changer is an understatement! Cue smug German video. The secret lies in the use of ‘Alpha Polymer’ battery technology (aka Lithium Metal Polymer) which delivers a robust and extremely efficient electric power system. The…


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cool tech November 1, 2010 posted by

Hanebrink All Terrain Electric Bicycle – all of the zoom, with none of the vroom

This Hanebrink All Terrain Electric Bicycle features a 600W electric motor driving the rear wheel, 14 gears, a top speed of 20 mph and a run time of 1 hour (after a 3 hour charge). You can strap on extra Lithium batteries for extra range up to 5 hours and those chunky tyres are designed to handle most off road environments you’ll find in your neighbourhood. You’ll need a little bit of $5500.00 to buy one though, so good luck with…


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Awesome October 22, 2010 posted by

BioLite – awesome electricity producing camping stove

This most excellent BioLite camping stove contains some very clever thermoelectric technology which converts excess heat to electricity to power both a turbo fan and an external 1–2 watt USB device charger for mobile phones and LED lanterns. The stove can boil a litre of water in around 4 minutes once started, which compares well to those gas powered stoves you see in camping shops. It heats to 1400 degrees at peak, and yet has a cool to touch body. It’s a very…


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Eco Friendly October 21, 2010 posted by

Patch – the world’s first biodegradeable paper watch

The Patch Watch from Altanus, is the world’s first biodegradable paper watch. It comes in 10 different garish colours, costs around $33.50 and apparently comes with a coating so it won’t disintegrate on your wrist when it rains. Which is tres reassuring, innit?  The Patch, which was inspired by the papier-mâché floats at the annual Carnival festival in Viareggio, Tuscandy, took four years of research and development to create. Weighing only 11 grams (0.3 ounce), the LED ticker is designed…


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cool tech October 20, 2010 posted by

Mini Low Energy Lamp Bulbs – retrofitting eco into old style lamps

These Mini Low Energy Lamp Bulbs come with their own standard fittings, but offer an ultra small profile to fit into classic shaped fixtures. Perfect for traditional style chandeliers or tiny desk lamps. Clever idea. Priced at £13.90 for a twin pack.  Ordinary energy-saving frosted bulbs look downright ridiculous in delicate light fittings, but these miniature bulbs are made of clear glass and come with their own mini adaptors. The high-efficiency Xenon G9 bulb uses 28W and replaces a standard 40W…


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Eco Friendly October 15, 2010 posted by

Harnessing electricity from the air

From Benjamin Franklin to Nicola Tesla, scientists and great thinkers have dreamed of pulling electricity from the sky and harnessing its power. Now researchers at Brazil’s University of Campinas (UC), led by Professor Fernando Galembeck, a UC chemist, may be a step closer to doing just that. The research team is studying the ways electricity builds up and spreads in the atmosphere, and how it could be collected. Calling the process ‘hygroelectricity’ – meaning “humidity electricity” – the team has…


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Harnessing electricity from the air
Eco Friendly October 14, 2010 posted by

RUBBISH – it’s not what you think!

Old used up tires are finding new life as a number of things – art, garden bedding and roadway paving. But a company called Minarc has transformed them into elegant sinks. RUBBISH is a classy-looking sink made from recycled rubber tires. Thr tires are melted down and stripped of particulates and impurities, then stretched into a lightweight layer to cover a sub-material for the sink’s surface. Consumers can choose from a 1/8 inch sheet of rubber or get a RUBBiSH…


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RUBBISH – it’s not what you think!
cool tech October 11, 2010 posted by

Precer Bioracer Car – runs on trees, saves dinosaurs

This Precer Bioracer Car runs on wood pellets. To be more precise the thing burns wood pellets to power a Stirling engine, which in turn charges up the batteries for the electric engine. Sound a bit complicated? Well, it’s actually not a million miles away from the new Chevy Volt, which uses a tiny diesel engine to charge up batteries for the electric motor as you drive. Maybe this is the future of eco vehicles? Interesting.  The Bioracer is a 900 pound…


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Eco Friendly October 8, 2010 posted by

Tory Burch Electric Tricycle – eco folly with a fringe on the top

The Tory Burch Electric Tricycle is not so much a means of eco transport as a statement of obnoxiousness. The fact that it can only be found in the ultra exclusive Nieman Marcus Christmas Catalogue makes it even more bizarre, nestling alongside the gas guzzling special edition drophead Jacuzzis or whatever. For those with the $4500.00 available to squander on one of these garish trinkets, good luck to you and your pretentiousness. You’re clearly made for each other.  Better yet, this gift features styling by…


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