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K3: The Power of the Sun and Wind now within your reach!

The K3 is ” a “tribrid” device since it can be charged by wind, sun or electricity from an AC wall outlet.
A fully charged K3 can charge a mobile phone over five times and an iPod/MP3 player over 10 times. Just one hour of sun and wind provides 30 minutes of talk time and over 300 minutes of MP3 music. However, performance figures may vary based on different mobile phone models and iPod/mp3 player models, as well as sunlight intensity and wind speed consistency’…The retail price of the K3 is $99.95 and the K3 will be available through the company’s online store at http://www.kinesisindustries.com/store

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Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

“These new landfill-crunching compacting bins are entirely powered by
the sun and are able to accept close to eight times as much waste as a
regular trash can. Pretty cool, we thought – especially once we found
out that they are calling the new bins Big Bellys and that they stand to save the city close to 12 million dollars over 10 years!”…. Via Inhabitat

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Toyota’s 3g Prius Has Solar Panels, Remote Control Air Conditioning

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“The most energy-efficient Prius yet–50 mpg compared to 46 mpg for the 2009 model–comes with an optional solar panel on the roof to power cabin vent fans. Since the remote control-powered air conditioner is electric, it can run even when the car is off–so a quick trip to the store doesn’t have to mean an oven-like car upon return. Toyota’s new Prius also comes with LED headlights that save 17% of power used by high-intensity low-beam lights”….<More>
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Prefab: Clayton i-house




“Low-E windows, solar augmentation, high-efficiency appliances and superior insulation. The solar panels on the roof don’t supply all the home’s needs, but they do cut electricity consumption in half. There’s also a tankless water heater and a cistern that collects rainwater from the roof for use in gardening, car washing or other outdoor uses. Floors are made of fast-growing bamboo, and paint and insulation are low- or zero-emission.Clayton hopes to deliver it for about $100,000″….<Via TinyHouseBlog>

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Eco Modular Prefab

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Most of the energy system of this modern modular house is located at the end of the garden, called an “eco-hub”. Rather than relying on bolting on a mass of solar panels or wind turbines to the house itself, which depending on the orientation of the house may not be most efficiently positioned, the architects have centralized them within a shared community space….<More>

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15 Recycled Lighting Fixtures

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“WebEcoist:Egg cartons, Legos, ballpoint pens, blenders and plastic spoons: these are just a few of the items that have been transformed into awesome light fixtures by creative DIYers. Why buy new when you could have a stunning chandelier or lamp that puts junk to good use? These 15 examples of brilliant eco-illumination show just how stylish and fun recycled materials can be”….<More>

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Atom CPU on Credit Card sized Mainboard

“Toradex have begun sampling their latest COM Express module, just 84 x 55mm in size, toradex woodpecker robin atom module

which uses Intel’s Z5xx Atom processor range. The Toradex Robin (shown here on the right, to scale – but not actual size – with its Toradex Woodpecker sibling, announced last year) has seven USB 2.0, gigabit ethernet, a microSD slot and a SATA connection, and is suitable for highly-compact embedded applications.

Toradex Woodpecker Robin Atom Module

The Robin will be available with either the Atom 1.1GHz Z510 processor or the 1.6GHz Z530 processor, the former having a 400MHz FSB and 1GB of onboard storage and the latter with a 533MHz FSB, 2GB of storage and hyper-threading support. While the Z530 is the obvious choice for speed, the Z510 Robin fights back with its super-frugal power demands: just 3.5 to 5 Watts. Saying that, the Z530 Robin isn’t exactly a hog, using from 5.1 to 7.6 Watts.

Each comes with 512MB of soldered-on RAM and can support up to a 1366 x 768 external display over VGA. Other connections include one PCIe, ExpressCard, a TV output and HD audio. These look like incredible boards offering plenty of DIY scope; they’re priced at €129 ($163) for the Z510 Robin and €179 ($227) for the Z530 Robin”…. <More>

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Blue Earth” Solar Powered Cell Phone By Samsung

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Prefab Kodiak Steel Homes


“A Kodiak Steel Homes kit offers several advantages over more typical approaches to homebuilding. Its superior materials and fully-engineered design make it more durable, economical, and environmentally responsible”…

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Solar Powered Robotic Lawn Mower


“utomower Solar Hybrid is the world’s first fully automatic lawn mower that is partly powered by the sun. Brilliant for your lawn, great for your conscience, better for the planet. The product uses considerably less energy than any conventional mower. That’s because in addition to a charging station, it comes with a large integrated solar panel. When there is daylight available, the solar cells enable the mower to extend its cutting periods before it needs recharging”….

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MIT researchers boost the power of solar energ

“Sunlight has the greatest potential of any power source to solve the world’s energy problems, Daniel Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT, said in an earlier interview. In one hour, enough sunlight strikes the Earth to provide the entire planet’s energy needs for one year, he added.

The problem, however, is how best to harness that energy”…. <More>

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Eco Swimming Pools

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“Like a traditional pool, the natural pool is separated from the ground by manmade materials such as rubber or reinforced polyethylene. But unlike a traditional pool, the water cleaning process uses a regeneration zone of aquatic plants and stones instead of harsh chemicals like chlorine.

Of course, no one wants a green pool in a literal sense, so natural pools use plants and ultraviolet sterilizers to rob algae of nutrients, leaving waters as clean as those of a traditional swimming pool. The chemical-free water and regeneration zone allow customers to have both a pool and a pond that functions as an aquatic garden”….<More>

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Good for You, Good for the Planet

Power Button, image credit Paul Randall via Flickr, under Creative Commons-licensed content.

“Good for You, Good for the Planet’s Jorge Alonso Garcia says that nearly “100%” of electronic devices remain on standby mode after they’ve been turned off. “This is so that they can be quickly turned on again,” he explains.
So What Does the Device Do?

100%Off, the device designed by Good for You, is a microprocessor which uses algorithms to detect a decline in the flow of electricity being sent to an electronic device or appliance. Once 100%Off has detected a decline, it completely shuts the device or appliance off. (The amount of time 100% off waits before a complete shutdown of the device is configurable through programming.)”….<More>

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The Green Revolution 2.0

The WSJ’s Continuing the Green Revolution by NORMAN E. BORLAUG, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize:

“Today, with the tools of biotechnology, such as molecular and marker-assisted selection, the ends are reached in a more organized and accelerated way. The result has been the advent of a “Gene” Revolution that stands to equal, if not exceed, the Green Revolution of the 20th century”…. <More>

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Solar Cynergy: LED/Solar Landscape Pavers

SOlar LED lights form Solar Cynergy..you can drive over these! See the product specs below:

” All RSC Solar LED Series are made of Polycarbonite Resin and PC/ABS

Working Temp: -4 degrees to 158 F

– Made in Japan
– NO Battery! (capacitor technology)
– 10 Year Warranty, 25+ year life
– Uses quality Nichia LEDs
– Weather resilient!
– Drive over them!
– Perfect accent for landscapes, pathways, driveways”…. <SolarCynergy website>

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CherryPal: A Green PC with No Moving Parts

“utilisation of the online cloud environment provides improved user protection as computer hardware is no longer exposed to attacks from malicious viruses and hackers, which is a feature further bolstered by the company’s industry-exclusive and patent-pending hardware and software encryption.. from $249″…. <More>

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A Modern, Green House for $100,000!

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GreenByDesign had an interesting post on a company called PostGreen who is attempting to build a house for $100,000 called the 100K house it is a little on the small side and not strictly a prefab. Also, the 100k budget covers “the hard construction budget only. The price of the land and all soft costs are separate” which sorta defeats the purpose

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Baumraum Prefab Tree Houses

Via FreshHome
“Here’s a good question. What you get when an architect, a landscape architect, an arbologist, and a craftsman get together and work on something new? An amazing prefab treehouses dubbed Baumhauser”….<More>

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SpaceBox Prefab: Cheap Beach Side Home?

Beach self-cateringhttps://i1.wp.com/www.gravestmor.com/strips/capsule_spacebox_interior.jpgSpacebox bathroom interior“Spacebox is uniquely suited to seaside or beach environments. The waterproof GRP exterior and lightweight composite construction open up a range of exciting possibilities.

Colours can be selected to suit local requirements.

Spaceboxes can be located individually in the following ways:

* traditional leisure-home format similar to a static caravan;
* several interconnected Spaceboxes forming a multi-room home; or
* multiple units on several layers for use in hotel or self-catering accommodation”…. <More@ SpaceBox>

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Shiro’s SQ Solar Powered Mp3 Player

“Most of the SQ’s specifications are nothing to shout about, including a 1.8-inch color display, FM tuner and up to 16GB of memory. Its main selling point is the solar panel found on the back which fully charges the device in 4 hours when under the sun. If the day is overcast, you can still power up the SQ through more regular means using a USB cable”…. <More>

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