Vote For Your Favorite Baby & Kids Green Design Products of 2011

December 31, 2011 by  
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2011 will be a year to remember for innovative green design products for babies and kids. Over the past 12 months, we’ve admired Grace Hawthorne’s recyclable paper building blocks ; we’ve marveled at the Miniio modern designer dollhouses ; and we’ve ogled OOO My Design’s Pin Press shelf . Now it’s your turn to decide which of these nifty green design products was tops in 2011. Head over to our sister site Inhabitots to view all of the top green design products for babies and kids from the past year, and vote for your favorite! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: grace hawthorne , green design , Inhabitots , kids , Miniio , OOO My Design , paper punk , parenting , public workshop , Ubabub

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Make a Pleated Top Hat From Office Waste Paper

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Wondering how to celebrate the new year with a bit of eco-festivity?  Try out this awesome one-size-fits-all top hat, made from repurposed, office waste paper.  The staff of architectural firm  ClarkeHopkinsClarke made quite the entrance with these pleated masterpieces at a recent event and agreed to share their secrets with you, lucky readers!  So click ahead, follow this how-to, and rock whatever New Year’s Eve plans you have tonight! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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3 Lessons on Fulfilling on a Green Brand Promise

December 31, 2011 by  
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  Why is it that consumers hold green brands to a higher standard than they do themselves?  

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Progression of US Cities Reaching Solar Grid Parity

December 31, 2011 by  
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Grid parity in cost between solar power and grid-supplied electricity is likely to begin being reached in the US in as little as 2 years, and within the next 25 years, many of the largest metropolitan areas will reach the point where solar is less expensive. An animated map from Energy Self Reliant States shows the picture. This timeline includes no government subsidies in the calculations. It uses a baseine cost of solar power in 2011 at $4.00 per watt, installed. Using the average residential grid supplied electricity price for each metro area, it makes the two assumptions based on present trends to determine when the price of solar drops below grid: the cost of solar decreases by 7% per year, and the grid electricity price increases by 2% per year. Based on these assumptions, the San Diego CA metropolitan area will be at solar parity in 2013, and within the next 25 years, many of the largest metropolitan areas will reach the point where solar is less expensive. via: BoingBoing

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Leaf-Shaped Lotus Electric Vehicle Charger Doubles as a Solar-Powered LED Streetlight!

December 30, 2011 by  
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Springing up from the ground like a large leaf, the Lotus is a solar-powered electric vehicle charger that doubles as an LED streetlight and a sheltered bench. Perfect for parks and parking areas alike, the Lotus features a 2.8 KW photovoltaic surface, built-in LED lights, and a waterproof Scame electrical outlet that can be used to charge an EV. The solar leaf is designed to be produced in a wide range of eco-friendly paint options, allowing it to blend in with its surrounding environment. Lotus was designed by architect Giancarlo Zema for Bergamo-based LumineXence and it was sponsored by a pool of leading green companies like Solarday, Siderpali, Eurozeta, Nord Zinc, and Scame Parre. + Giancarlo Zema + LumineXence Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric vehicle , electric vehicle charger , green design , green transportation , leaf ev charger , leaf-shaped ev charger , leaf-shaped streetlight , led streetlight , Lotus Solar EV Charger , solar streetlight , sustainable design

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Fisker Officially Recalls All Karmas to Fix Battery Defect

December 30, 2011 by  
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Fisker Automotive, the maker of the Fisker Karma luxury plug-in electric hybrid vehicle has officially announced a recall of all 239 Karmas in the world in order to fix a defect recently revealed by their battery manufacturer,  A123 Systems . The flaw, a series of misaligned hose clamps that could cause a coolant leak and resulting electrical shortage, was announced by A123 late last week and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website where the recall is posted, the report by Fisker was filed on the 21st of this month with the recall beginning in January 2012. Read the rest of Fisker Officially Recalls All Karmas to Fix Battery Defect Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automobile recall , car recall , electric car safety issues , electric vehicle battery , electric vehicle safety issues , fisker , Fisker Automotive , fisker karma , fisker recall , green car , green vehicle , green vehicle safety issues , henrik fisker , karma , karma recall , karma safety issues , lithium ion battery , nhtsa recall , safety issues , The Fisker Karma , vehicle recall

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Scientists Turn Cotton Thread into Electronic Transistors, Wearable Computers on the Way

December 30, 2011 by  
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Wearable computers just moved a stitch closer to reality with the development of cotton fiber electric circuits and transistors. An international team of scientists from the United States, Italy and France have rendered cotton into field-effect transistors and electromechanical transistors by coating the threads with a mixture of materials. The new high-tech cotton yarn is in effect a flexible textile semiconductor, so t-shirts that double as computers could be right around the corner Read the rest of Scientists Turn Cotton Thread into Electronic Transistors, Wearable Computers on the Way Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: computerized clothing , conductive cotton , eco design , electromechanical transistors , field-effect transistors , green design , sustainable design , wearable computers

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The WindFlip Barge Concept Installs Offshore Wind Turbines Inexpensively and With Ease

December 30, 2011 by  
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The WindFlip barge concept was designed to simplify the installation of offshore wind turbines and in the process has managed to be a solution that also cuts cost. Installing offshore wind turbines can be an expensive task — the process requires skilled technicians to assemble turbines at sea, and to anchor them at great depths. Alternatively, the WindFlip barge allows turbines to be assembled completely on shore, towed to their location, and then simply tipped into place — thus minimizing the need for expensive work at sea. Check out a video of the WindFlip in action after the jump. Read the rest of The WindFlip Barge Concept Installs Offshore Wind Turbines Inexpensively and With Ease Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind turbine” , floating wind turbine , green energy , Hywind , norway , offshore wind , offshore wind cost , Offshore Wind Farm , offshore wind turbine , offshore wind turbine installation , renewable energy , statoil , wind turbine barge , wind turbine cost , wind turbine installation , windflip

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Impressive Magistral Cabinet Facade Constructed with 80,000 Bamboo Skewers

December 30, 2011 by  
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Encasing Sebastian Errazuriz ’s ‘Magistral Cabinet’ is a protective facade constructed from 80,000 bamboo skewers. Painstakingly hand-crafted by 12 carpenters, the cabinet is built to be opened up in different sections to reveal everything inside. When closed, the shield around the cabinet acts like armor to conceal the belongings that are held within. Read the rest of Impressive Magistral Cabinet Facade Constructed with 80,000 Bamboo Skewers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 80 000 bamboo sticks , artistic furniture design , bamboo skewers , cabinet armor , cabinet design , carpentry facade , designer cabinet , magistral cabinet , sculptural furniture , Sebastian Errazuriz , wooden cabinet , wooden furniture

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NREL’s New Optical Furnace ‘Bakes’ More Efficient Solar Cells Using 50% Less Energy

December 30, 2011 by  
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There are many new technologies being developed to create cheaper, more efficient solar panels – however researchers at the  National Renewable Energy Laboratory just announced that they have found a way to create more efficient photovoltaic cells using 50% less energy. The technique hinges upon a new optical furnace that uses intense light instead of a conventional furnace to heat silicon to make solar cells. The new furnace utilizes “highly reflective and heat-resistant ceramics to ensure that the light is absorbed only by a silicon wafer, not by the walls inside the furnace.” Read the rest of NREL’s New Optical Furnace ‘Bakes’ More Efficient Solar Cells Using 50% Less Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , NREL solar panel , optical furnace , renewable energy , SILICON WAFERS , Solar cells , solar panel construction , Solar Power , solar power energy usage

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