Sunday, 29 August 2010
The Aurora features a universal USB output for charging devices and flexible CIGS solar cells which are encased in rip stop nylon, the same material used in parachutes, making it small, durable and lightweight.
Each Aurora comes with 8 different device adapters including the Apple 30 pin connector and has a suggested retail price of €99. The company will be displaying its products at the IFA trade show in Berlin September 3-8, 2010.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
This is the campaign from WaterAid. The shocking statistic is that 4,000 children die every day from diarrhoea - more than AIDS, malaria and measles put together! That’s 3 children every minute of every day.
These children die because they don’t have proper toilets, so many have to defecate wherever they can and faeces contaminates everything they touch, eat and drink, causing deadly diarrhoeal diseases.
The simple solution is to dig safe pit toilets which last for years, saving lives day after day. Please visit here to get more information and find out how you can help. WaterAid have stated that over one year £3 a month could pay for a pit toilet to help keep children safe; £5 a month could train a mason to build toilets and £10 a month could train a community group to manage the new toilet and water facilities.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
For those of you living in the Baltimore, Maryland and Toronto regions you have a chance to hear Prem Rawat speaking this coming week. He will speak in Baltimore on Sunday, 22 August at 3.30pm - details and seat reservations here. On Saturday, 28 August he will speak in Toronto at 3.30pm - details and seat reservations here.
He is also speaking in Boston on August 21, but the event is now fully booked.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
The “Bloo Lagoon” eco village, which was designed and constructed by architect Tony Gwilliam, is an attempt to provide sustainable lifestyle to the people of Bali, Indonesia. The idea is to allow people to share resources rather than owning individually, includes green buildings, gardens and swimming pool and aims to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.
The buildings are planned in a way to encourage passive climate control, saving on energy and there are high-efficiency LED lights, simple refrigerators and natural gas cooking stoves. Energy is produced by solar cells and the rainwater is collected and filtered for use, while black water is treated biologically by waste water gardens which are integrated throughout the village.
Villagers also share the organic food produced in the village gardens.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Consisting of a metal frame structure built on a dividing wall between the library and an existing apartment building, the plants have been inserted into the frame between two metal grids using synthetic felted material. Various types of plants have been used - one type per square. A suspended scaffold hanging from the front allows plants to be pruned or replaced.
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Arttu-Matti Immonen has designed this spherical renewable energy generator which uses both solar and wind energy. Called the Aard Concept, it has flexible photovoltaic modules that collect solar energy and store it in onboard batteries. The generator revolves around its axis – without any need of turning it manually – and produces electricity through dynamos. Because it is made of lightweight aluminum, it is able to harness usable energy at low wind speeds.