Archive for July 6th, 2010

Astonishing Transformer Furniture (Video)
core 77 folding desk photo
Transformer furniture holds a lot of great promise: multi-function furnishings that really do multiple things well, thereby saving space and resources. But I’d wager that most of the designs we see do more to tingle the imagination than offer true practical utility. This questionable punching bag/love seat (from the same mind as the ping pong door) is a good example. As Rain Noe at Core77 observes, “…much of … Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Astonishing Transformer Furniture (Video)
core 77 folding desk photo
Transformer furniture holds a lot of great promise: multi-function furnishings that really do multiple things well, thereby saving space and resources. But I’d wager that most of the designs we see do more to tingle the imagination than offer true practical utility. This questionable punching bag/love seat (from the same mind as the ping pong door) is a good example. As Rain Noe at Core77 observes, “…much of … Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Chrysler Gearing Up to Bring Fiats to the US
Fiat500

Compared to some other car companies, Chrysler hasn’t been mentioned too frequently in our discussions of greener vehicles, and for a while it looked like there might not be any more Chrysler at all. But now, Chrysler is getting ready to set up a new network of Fiat dealerships to sell the smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles of its parent company. There are expected to be 125 new dealerships to begin selling Fiat cars starting in December of this year.

The Fiat 500 will be a much more efficient vehicle than the Chrysler line. Preliminary specifications indicate we could expect something that may get more than 40 MPG highway. The least efficient of the three options listed (a 1.4 liter engine) gets 37 MPG combined, and the most efficient (1.3 liter Multijet) gets 56 MPG combined cycle and 65 MPG highway.

Chrysler is also working on an EV version of the Fiat 500. A concept electric 500 was among the many electric vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, although there was no production information or detail available at the time. There is also a report of an Irish solar panel company working with Fiat to put printed solar panels on the roofs to help power air conditioning and heating systems and to maintain battery charge.


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Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Network

Campbell California based Coulomb Technologies has developed a worldwide network of electric vehicle charging stations called the ChargePoint Network. The stations can be located at independent retailers, municipalities, and private homes.

Owners of electric vehicles who have internet access or can download their charging station finder APP can find out where charging stations are located using their site map.

In order to use Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network you must purchase a ChargePass Card. One type of station allows you to bring your cord and plug it into a charging station. Another allows you to use the cord the charging station provides. Either way you pass the ChargePass Card over the station’s “lock image” icon and that reads your card data, allowing the charging to begin.

The station detects if the cord is fully plugged in or else charging will not begin. Customers have access to text messages warning of a failure to recharge and 24/7 customer support. Firmware updates will be available for all stations as technological upgrades occur.

Coulomb Technologies and other charging station providers are forecasting millions of electric vehicles will be on the road in the next five years all over the world.

Here is the site for Coulomb Technologies.

Here’s the page illustrating how to use their Charging Stations:

Pole Mounted Charging Station Photo courtesy of Coulomb Technologies.


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Energy yield of ‘cheap’ solar panels raised from 7 to 9 percent
Researchers have shown how the energy yield of relatively cheap solar panels, made of amorphous silicon, can be considerably raised: from around 7 percent to 9 percent.


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Energy yield of ‘cheap’ solar panels raised from 7 to 9 percent
Researchers have shown how the energy yield of relatively cheap solar panels, made of amorphous silicon, can be considerably raised: from around 7 percent to 9 percent.


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Berkeley Researchers Advance In Studying How Magnets Can Be Used in Fridges
According to the researchers, in the future, our refrigerators could use magnets to keep the food cold. Besides the fact that one such refrigerator uses less power and runs quieter than a conventional fridge, it wouldn’t contain any hydrofluorocarbons (HCF), gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect.


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US To Invest $1.85B in Abengoa & Abound
In his weekly video address on Saturday, President Obama announced the offer of conditional commitments to Abengoa Solar Inc. and Abound Solar Manufacturing for loan guarantees of US $1.45 billion and $400 million respectively.
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Lack of Transparency Hurting Romanian Wind Development
Transparency, spatial planning and getting Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) approved are the main barriers to the development of wind energy in Romania, industry and government representatives were told at a workshop in Bucharest organized by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Romanian Wind Energy Association (AREE).
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1st week with solar brings smiles & Sun Miles™

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Hoku & Suntech Amend Polysilicon Deal

Hoku & Suntech Amend Polysilicon Deal
Hoku Materials and Suntech Power have amended their polysilicon supply contract to remove all milestones, adjust the contract term, and reschedule the initial shipment date. With the removal of the milestones, Suntech is no longer obligated to pay the scheduled US $30 million prepayment that was previously committed.
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GSA Awards Solar Schedule Contract to Sharp
Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group has been awarded a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) schedule 056 contract to supply solar modules directly to Government purchasers.
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