5 Wave power projects designed to save our world

September 20, 2011 by  
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Ankit Dahiya: wave power projects wave power project to save our world The wave energy these days has become a major source of generating electricity without creating any disturbance or polluting the environment. As we know the earth’s surface is mostly covered with water, the wave energy has vast applications. In the present scenario, various wave projects are undertaken to utilize the wave energy effectively. The waves of the water are used as a source to move a turbine which in turn rotates the generator and produces electricity. So here is a list of 5 wave power projects designed to save our world. 1. World’s first wave power plant takes shape off the coast of Portugal World’s first wave power plant World’s first wave power plant takes shape off the coast of Portugal The Portugal has taken a step forward toward green energy production and developed the world’s first wave power plant. This plant has a capacity of producing 2.25 MW of energy without imparting any harmful effect on environment. It produces complete ecofriendly and clean energy by using waves as a source. This wave plant was set up on Portugal’s coast and it includes three giant rubber tubes to harness the wave energy and convert it into electrical energy. This wave power plant is partially submerged and is 3.5 m in diameter with a length of 140 m. These individual plants can produce 750 KW of clean energy. The company is planning to increase the production capability to 21 MW. 2. Bridgwater Bay tidal lagoon wave power project Bridgwater Bay tidal lagoon Bridgwater Bay tidal lagoon wave power projects The ‘Bridgwater Bay Tidal Lagoons’ project is one of the most anticipated projects which is based on a wave power concept. This project is selected from the ten best wave power projects examined during the last six months. This project would stretch across estuary from Brean Down to Hinkley Point. This project is estimated to generate 2.6 TWh of power per year. According to the project developers this project will be less damaging to wildlife than barrage schemes. The estimated cost of the project is assumed to be between £3.4-£4.1 bn. This project after its completion will surely be one of the best wave project ever made. 3. World’s largest tidal power project coming to Korea largest tidal power project largest tidal power project in Korea Next is the Tidal power project which is going to be started in Korea. This project is believed to be the largest Tidal power plant until date. The project is being developed by Lunar Energy that would create a 300-turbine field in the Wando Hoenggan Water Way off the South Korean coast by 2015. The project is estimated to produce 300 MW of clean and ecofriendly energy that can be used on a large scale to provide electricity. It is estimated that the energy produced through this plant can light up 2, 00,000 homes. 4. MIT develops innovative pilot wave power plant in Portugal pilot wave power plant Pilot wave power plant by MIT Next up is the Innovative power plant that is being developed by MIT. This project is set up in Portugal and is estimated to generate 750 KW of power per year. This energy can be used to light up approximately 750 homes. The project is being developed by professor Chiang Mei and his colleagues who are currently working at MIT. The project developed by his team can actually predict the wave forces and guide the various design decisions that can be implemented to convert the captured mechanical energy into electrical energy. 5. Scotland’s new wave energy plant to power 13,000 households wave energy plant wave energy plant to save our world This wave energy power plant has the capability of generating approximately 200 MW of power. The wave energy power plant which is being developed by Pelamis has teamed up with European energy giant Vattenfall. And now the power plant will be developing approximately $100 million worth of wave energy every year. The new project, dubbed Aegir, will be generating 200 MW of power which will satisfy renewable electricity need of 13 000 households per year.

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10 Ecofriendly wind-up gadgets

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Rajni Mehta: Wind-up gadgets Wind-up gadgets that allows you to charge your gadget anywhere Wind-up gadgets have become the hot favorite around the world. Now MP3 players, bike lights, LED torches and many other devices have been included in the expanding range of wind-up gadgets. Read on and find out more about the 10 best ecofriendly wind-up gadgets currently available. 1. Ecofriendly walkie-talkies Eco friendly walkie-talkies Wind-up and save battery expenses with eco friendly walkie-talkies This ecofriendly gadget comes with a wind-up system and is pretty usable as well as useful. You may want to keep a track of your kids running around your house or playing at the backyard with this device, or may need to use them as a part of your outdoor work. The technical features of this device include a transmitting power of 0.5W, a 3 km talk range and an audio output of 200 mW. It can be fed through USB or mains adaptor. The rechargeable lithium battery, when fully charged, provides you a talktime of 1.5 h along with a standby of 8 h. You can get a 2 minutes talk time along with a 10 minutes standby time with just a 1 minute cranking. 2. Wind-up phone charger Wind Up phone Charger No electricity charge -Wind Up phone charger We have become so addicted to and habituated of our phones that we cannot imagine an hour without them. They have replaced many other gadgets in our lives and serve the purpose of those gadgets alone. Say for instance, you don’t need to carry a camera, an MP3 player, a video game or a laptop separately since a mobile phone does all the work of these gadgets alone. But what if the charge of your phone exhausts while you are no where near a place to charge your mobile? It can be a real pathetic situation. To solve this problem, wind-up phone chargers have been introduced so that you can charge your phone anywhere and anytime. This phone charger uses wind as its energy that you can avail anywhere and in plenty. A couple of minutes of cranking would give you power for 30 extra minutes. 3. Wind-up LED lantern Wind-up LED lantern Eco friendly wind-up LED lantern Radio Mobile Power Hub These ecofriendly lanterns are a notch higher up than traditional lanterns. They not only provide you with sufficient light to fill a small room or tent, but also have in-built radio in them. So you can get light along with music or news from LED lantern. The best part is that you don’t have to incur any additional expense for batteries to provide the lantern with energy and yet you get light from this lantern for endless time span since the lantern consumes wind as its energy resource. 4. Wind-up iPod and phone charger Wind up ipod and Phone Charger Wind up ipod and Phone Charger – Recharge on the go This wind-up device not only helps you charge your phone and iPod, but it also serves as an emergency torch. This is said to be the smallest emergency charging device available so far. With a weight of only 90 grams, it is an extremely light-weight device. The gadget is also very sleek and slim look wise and is very convenient for carrying with you anywhere. The device can be used to charge almost all reputed headsets and iPods. And you don’t have to pay a fortune to get this ecofriendly device as the gadget has been priced very reasonably. 5. Wind-up battery Wind Up Battery Wind Up Battery ensures that you never run out of charge Nowadays, most of the electronic goods come with an in-built battery system. But there are still a large number of electronic items that require external AA or AAA batteries for energy or power. The problem with such electronic goods is that you can have no idea as to how much charge is left in the battery and how long will the device work with that battery power. So, it can happen anytime that while using the item with an external battery system the charge of the battery exhausts and the device stops working. It’s not necessary that you are always conveniently located to get new batteries or charge the old ones. To sort this problem wind-up batteries have been introduced that can be manually charged by cranking. 6. Wind-up shaver wind up shaver PowerPlus Piranha: Wind-Up your own Shaver With this new wind-up shaver, you can get a clean shaven look even if there is no power or electricity. Simply crank the device for a minute and in return it provides your shaver enough charge to function for a complete minute. This shaver comes in with a dual system of charging up, i.e., you can use the wind power or even charge the device from the mains. This is an affordable device and very useful too. 7. Multi function wind-up gizmo Multi Function Wind Up Gizmo Pocket-sized wind-up powered torch, radio, and phone charger This palm sized small device is not only stylish in looks but also a multi-tasker. This is a 3-in-1 device with an auto scan FM radio, a mobile phone charger and a twin LED torch in it. Along with being a multi facility equipment, this device is also ecofriendly. There’s a little handle, that is smartly hidden at the base of the gadget, which needs to be rotated a few times to provide the tool with power. This device comes with a range of other accessories like an earphone and separate charging connectors for Nokia, Ericsson, and Motorola mobile phones. 8. Wind-up remote control Wind up remote control Cool wind up remote control This remote control does not rely on any AA or AAA battery but is charged by winding up. There’s a dial in the remote that if you turn for 30 times gives sufficient power to the remote to last for a weeks time. Besides this device saves a lot of your money which you would have wasted in the long run on batteries to fuel your remote. 9. Wind-up Sherpa Xray torch Wind-up Sherpa Xray torch Freeplay’s Wind-up Sherpa Xray torch This torch is ecofriendly, economical and a great regular as well as emergency tool. It can be a real savior unlike those traditional torches that leave you in the dark if the batteries are exhausted. Wind-up technology has been put to good use here and all you need to do is to wind the torch for power and it provides light to you whenever and wherever needed. 10. Wind-up mobile phone charger Wind-Up Mobile Phone Charger Needs No Batteries or Mains Power Supply Now you get the freedom to charge your mobile phone from anywhere with this wind-up mobile phone charger. All you need to do is plug the charger into your phone and turn the handle a few times and your mobile is charged. You can get 30 to 60 minutes of standby time and 2 to 8 minutes of talk time by winding the charger for just 3 minutes.

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10 Environmentally friendly homes made by hand

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Uma Maheshwari: Handmade green home Handmade eco friendly home Ideally, a home is where your heart belongs. It is the bosom for your being, the cradle for your craving, the niche for your nitty-gritty and the nest where you fly back to! A home is a place where you dwell, reside or take refuge. So a home should be the haven for your comfort, luxury, relaxation, and security. Hence a home is a place where your worldly treasures are arranged to your desire, choice and comfort. It is a place where corner and every crevice is decorated with your own hand. Now imagine crafting your home with your hands, – wouldn’t every lintel and beam make you beam with pride? Let’s take a tour of some ecofriendly homes made by hand. 1. Prepared from Paper- Handmade Paper House Handmade paper house Handmade paper green house This pristine paradise was constructed, purely out of paper. Hand crafted using 100,000 newspapers by a mechanical engineer, Elis Stenman, in 1922, this paper house had running water and electricity but no bathroom. Out of the entire unit, only the frame, floor and roof were fabricated from wood. 2. A Scottish dream in straw a wood Steve James’ Scotland House Steve James’ Scotland home Scotland home by Steve Jame Huddled near a loch at Dumfries, this cozy cottage was crafted completely by hand by Steve James, for just $4000. With true Scottish pride, James takes us on a tour of this cute cottage- complete with its galleried bedroom, marble shower room, and compost loo and rainwater filtration system. With its roof of floral turf, sink from a ship and kitchen from a cedar with a log burning stove, this straw-made house runs on the power from a car battery. A laptop, digital recording studio, stereo and lights all run on this power. This straw-bale house in Scotland is surely a stunning sight! 3. An exquisite ecofriendly earth ship: Hand made House earth ship Handmade green home Handmade eco friendly home An earth ship is a retreat made of natural recyclable materials, most often running on solar energy. This passive solar earth ship comprises of earth-filled tires as core component with the windows aligned on sun-facing walls to admit heat and light. These buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize heat and light penetration during the winter. Recycled cans joined by concrete and structured like a honeycomb are used to form non-load bearing walls called tin can walls positioned in the interior. These walls are usually thickly plastered with stucco and the roof is insulated heavily with adobe or earth. Earth ships are built to utilize the available local resources, especially energy from the sun. 4. Mystical Mystery Castle Mystery Castle Mystery Castle green handmade home Mystery Castle, built by Luther Boyce Gulley, is a Pont of Pride in Phoenix. Designed to be an unusual eclectic abode, the Mystery Castle was made by Gulley from salvaged materials, junk, auto parts, and artifacts. With 18 rooms and 13 fireplaces and even a wedding alter, the items in the house have been named after popular celebrities. Frank Lloyd Wright furniture and sofa, John Wayne items in the bar, and Barry Goldwater some furniture 5. Exotic Eliphante House Eliphante home Eliphante Handmade home Imagine three acres of architectural ingenuity expressed using broken pottery shards, driftwood, rocks, and earth. Magnificent domes, mischievous mosaics, secret corners, follies – all contrive to conjure the magic of Eliphante- an architectural extravaganza by Michael and Leda Livant in Cornville, Arizona. This fabulous masterpiece consists of 25 foot ceiling, a labyrinthine art gallery called Pipedreams, a studio with a wall made of a Ford Pick Up. 6. Green Hand built Home Green Handbuilt House Green House made by hand An aspen building built by Ian, this Green Hand built House has a trout stream running around it, surrounding large cedar trees. All doors, windows, roofing, and sinks are built from insulated materials. Its compact interior houses spacious and separate living and dining rooms, sunroom, foyer, kitchen, and a sleeping loft. 7. Low Impact Woodland House low-impact woodland home woodland handmade home This low-impact woodland house or Hobbit’s House is made up of tree trunks, mud, straw, and lime plaster along with plastic roof sheeting, wooden flooring, and windows found from the junkyard. Built using basic tools like a chisel and hammer, this house is economically down to earth, costing just $3000.

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