A new efficiency record for organic photovoltaic cells has been reached by Heliatek, for the third time in a row. The German company created a cheap solar cell that can convert up to 9.8 percent of the incoming light into electricity.
Heliatek’s new solar cell is made from oligomers, and differs from polymer and dye-sensitized solar cells because the cells can be produced at low temperatures and uses the least amount of non-toxic materials.
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While the greatest drive of the eco-conscious generation is to use renewable sources of power, attempts are being made to replace every possible gadget run by non-renewable sources with green products that curb environmental pollution and reduce over brimming of the landfills. Berlin based eco-conscious engineer, Benjamin Beck has made a noteworthy move in this direction. He has developed a green battery pack that is run by solar energy as well as kinetic energy. All you need to do is to place the charged out battery pack in sun for a certain period of time on sunny days and the battery will juice up within no time. But in cloudy days it draws the charge from your movements, thereby converting kinetic energy into electrical energy and gets charged up again. It has been named by the designer as Scaraby Energy Backpack. This functional green gadget is portable and convenient to use.
Rescue systems include all essential tools, equipment, machinery and anything that helps emergency personnel such as police, fire fighters, coast guards, military, etc. in emergency situations. These tools, that are included in the rescue system, are used as a part of safety measures in risky, emergency situations or for rescuing people who are in danger. No wonder that the best equipment of the latest technology are used for this purpose. But now that an effort to go-green is being made in every area and every invention, even rescue systems are being modeled in the same lines for future use. Here is a list of five such futuristic rescue systems that would help the environment gain its balance again:
Spending time outdoors comes coated with a lot of fun but also has its negative sides. If we are using our beloved gadgets outside home, it becomes difficult at times to charge them in case they run low on battery. But, why not use eco-friendly way of juicing up the gadgets when spending time with nature. Below is a list of eco-friendly outdoor gadget charging systems, which will make gadget freaks jump with utmost joy.
Building a solar powered charger to fuel small appliances can be structured by using some basic equipments. Increased use of solar panels has made its availability easier. Solar panels are available in all possible sizes from bigger to a smaller one and that too at affordable prices.
It is not a very complicated procedure to structure a solar powered charger.
Pollution, now days is the most scary word of all and in fact is more discussed than any other thing, as it is causing various environmental as well as health problems. Transportation is considered to be the largest cause of air pollution. Along with making the air dirty, fuel efficient cars increases our dependency on a non renewable energy source. Therefore people are coming up with different ideas to lessen and somehow finish up with usage of gasoline dependent vehicles. Keeping in mind the numerous requirements of consumers, different types of electronic vehicles are being manufactured by the car companies. Solar power, which is the energy of sun, is being considered to be a good option for producing electricity to feed the electronic vehicles. and for that various designs are planted to harness this energy of the sun and produce green electricity to run the EV’s. Five of such solar trees are discussed below:
Running an electric car on the power of the sun is many an EV enthusiast’s dream. Ford isn’t the first company to combine EV charging with solar energy, but it is trying to make it as easy as possible to go from driving on imported oil to extremely local energy.
1. Solar Bikini
Your summer forecast: sunny with a chance of spontaneous combustion. Make that giant ball of helium and hydrogen work for you for a change with these seven solar-powered wearables. No power outlets necessary—simply plug, play, and perambulate at will. A custom-made solar-powered bikini keeps gadgets primed while you soak in the rays (and stares).
It’s actually the world’s first national charging network for electric cars. That may sound a bit grand, for something quite wonderfully simple – a series of charging posts installed at motorway services up and down the country. Charging stations, for electric cars, that are easy to access and free to use (yes free). Enabling Britain’s electric car drivers to drive the length and breadth of the country – with all the convenience of simply pulling into a motorway service station to top up. We’re pretty chuffed with it, truth be told.
The battery powered car or electric vehicle holds promise for weaning the world away from the gasoline burning engines that cause over 2300 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf electric cars have made impressive debuts increasing the sales from 15,000 to 20,000 units in their first year and these companies are planning to increase the output to 50,000 cars in 2012. Other EV manufacturers are also on the scene and the hybrids such as the Toyota Prius already hold an impressive niche. This would drive the utilities to dot the highways and city roads with battery charging stations, much like we see gasoline pumps all around.
Schletter, is a leading provider of solutions for traffic engineering, environmental technology, solar mounting systems – all based around sustainability. The latest solar carport called Part@Sol is a prime example of using clean sustainable energy for charging cars – a futuristic concept.
Nissan Leaf owners may be happy to know that after their vehicle’s battery is retired, in its second life it will be put to good use, still powering EVs.
Nissan and 4R Energy Corporation announced development of a new solar-powered charging station that uses old Leaf batteries to store solar energy. The test station was revealed last week at Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. Three 50kW fast chargers and four standard EV chargers draw energy from the equivalent of five 24kWh Leaf battery packs that get their energy not from the grid, but from photovoltaic cells mounted on the building.