Everything I need to know about fog harvesting

October 6, 2011 by  
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Deepthi Siruvuri: Fog Harvesting The Chungungo experiment Fog collection is the process of collecting water from the natural fog using vertical pieces of canvas that are very large in size. This makes the fog to condense into little droplets of water which trickle down into a trough or vessel placed below the canvas.The principal involved here is condensation. The fog condenses on the vertical canvas leading to the formation of dew in the form of water droplets. This is usually observed in a natural way on plants, leaves, and branches in the early morning as the fog condenses on the cool surface of the plants and thus dew drops are formed. Collection of dew drops is a very ancient practice, it was practiced in the old times for smaller purposes like drinking water and also for larger necessities like irrigation. In the modern times, fog collection is being done artificially through fog collection devices. 1. Fog harvesting technique by Shreerang Chhatre Fog harvesting technique ‘Fog Harvesting’ could soothe world’s water woes This is a technique developed by Mr. Shreerang Chhatre of MIT. This technique was inspired by a beetle physiology that is found in the Africa. It has bumps on its body that collects the water from the fog and it then rolls the water into its mouth. Likewise Mr. Chhatre has used the principle of attraction and repulsion technique for the fog collection. He used a mesh like fence to attract the water and also it has the least permeability, this water is then collected into a receptacle. This is a great method of fog collection, however, it is still in the initial stages of development. If this works then many poor countries with a water problem can shed their woes. 2. Latest fog dew collectors fog dew collectors Alon Alex Gross’s fog and dew collectors Alon Alex Gross’s fog and dew collectors – designed specifically to collect drinking water in arid and semi-arid regions.These are improved fog dew collectors with internet connectivity and super light chargers. It weighs around 400 gms and can collect one and a half liters of water at night and ten liters during the day. They should be facing in the wind blowing direction for maximum functioning. There is a special fragile foil and a removable water storage pouch. The foil can be damaged by atmospheric changes but owing to the sensors in the foil it can detect the changes early and help to prevent the damage. Therefore, this prevents water scarcity. 3. DropNet fog collector DropNet Fog Device collects water droplets from thin air. Research shows that by the year 2025 world will face water scarcity. However, there is no scarcity of brilliant minds in this world. Industrial design student at Germany’s Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Imke Hoehler, has come up with a design that harvests potable water from thin air and mist. In short it is the drop net fog collector. This system can supply around twenty liters of water and can provide the entire village with portable water. 4. Water harvested from clouds Water harvested from clouds Idea devised by the University of South Africa (UNISA) In many rural areas there is a severe water scarcity. In those areas the water harvesting from clouds can be really helpful. When rain is liquid gold, why not bank it? Water harvesting – collecting and storing rain – is one thirst-quenching solution to water supply problems. Systems can be as complex as storing enough water to soak a small village or as simple as catching runoff in a whiskey barrel. Whatever the system, water harvesting stows precious precipitation. “The water quality of fog is very high and conforms to the World Health Organization and South African water quality standards for potable water. “Each collection system consists of three 20 feet wooden poles with 30 feet apart. Steel cables are stretched along these poles. A double layer of 30 percent shade cloth is then draped over the cables and fixed to the poles on each side. This forms a fog collection screen of about 70 square meters (750 square feet), with a gutter attached to its lower end. This can provide enough water to a village. 5. The Chungungo experiment Fog Harvesting The Chungungo experiment Fog harvesting is a simple, low cost, and effective method of water collection in places where conventional ways like the wells, rains etc. do not work. Robert Schemenauer and Pilar Cereceda have conducted extensive research throughout South America and other parts of the world with fog collection technologies. Both played an important role in the Chungungo experiment for fog harvesting Chungungo is located in the Atacama dessert a very low rainfall of 5 cm annually. Before this experiment the villagers have used very costly methods for water, they had to travel miles for water. After the year 1992 the villagers are using around 80 fog collectors and now the villagers are getting safe drinking water and all the water problems have gone away. The benefits A safe and low technical solution for areas with water shortage. A very effective method of improving the water supply in dry and semi-dry areas. An easiest and safest method for producing high quantities of water which can be used for irrigation, industrial and also commercial purposes. The lowdown The villagers of the Chungungo had formed a committee to look after the project, however, as the water supply has improved the population of the village too has grown and it thus led to the failure of the fulfillmnt of the water needs of the village as the committee has failed to expand the number of reservoirs and collectors. This caused the lowdown. The Impact The fog harvesting is the best solution for water scarcity. It is the only solution as the natural resources like the wells, rains, rivers, lakes are insufficient to meet our requirement.

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10 Green sedans for seekers of sustainable luxury

October 5, 2011 by  
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Rajlakshmi Retesh: Green luxury sedans Sustainable Luxury with Green Sedans Money, for truly affluent, brings responsibility. Not just social but also towards the environment which sustains us. In an era of green activism, rich and famous of today, are invariably drawn towards things that are eco sustainable. Green sedans are one such sought after luxury item for eco-conscious rich. Luxury car makers across the world are working to build cars fuelled by electricity and hybrid fourth generation technologies.These eco friendly cars of the future will adorn the garages of rich and prosperous. Here’s a list of 10 green sedans for seekers of sustainable luxury. 1. Tesla Model S Tesla Model S Tesla Model S Luxury Sedan This first mass produced highway capable electric car was launched in 2009. The model is truly eco-friendly in outlook, performance and technology. The exteriors are painted with water based paint, interiors are complemented with chrome free vegetable tanned leather and 100% recycled carpets. Telsa electric car is tuned with 160 to 300 mile range pack and 45 minutes quick recharge options. This eco car can comfortably adjust 7 travelers including 5 adults and 2 kids. Slightly heavy built like other electric sedans, up to 4000 pounds due to 1200 pound weight of battery. With rapidly growing charging stations along highways, its a pleasure drive for green luxury lover. 2. Fuga Hybrid luxury sedan Fuga Hybrid Fuga Hybrid luxury sedan car major Nissan’s original hybrid technology has looks and performance to match any competitor. Lined up third in the ‘PURE DRIVE’ series, Fuga boasts of being zero emission car. Packed adequately with next-gen eco-technologies like, Idling stop, clean diesel and Hybrid engine is supposedly Nissan’s landmark car. 3. BMW 730Ld Luxury Sedan BMW 730Ld BMW 730Ld Luxury Sedan The Diesel-electric luxury sedan employs efficient dynamic technology to optimise fuel economy and check emissions. Though not completely hybrid, BMW 7Series is competent for its tech, Brake Energy Regeneration that ensures engine’s power on overrun, like braking, to charge the battery for electric system functioning of the car. 4. Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Sedan Pioneer green torch bearer sedan, Prius plug-in, is pure hybrid. Specially meant for urban drive, Hybrid Synergy Drive System incorporates Zero CO2 emission , EV long driving mode range and full charging capacity within one and half hours at any charging station.Plus, the car maker has addressed the need for lighter battery by combining high output Lithium-ion batteries. 5. Renault Fluence sedan Renault Fluence sedan Renault Fluence luxury sedan This much hyped 100% electric sedan from Renault and partner firm Nissan is scheduled to be completely launched in 2012.Fluence ZE is to be powered by synchronous electric motor with rotor coil and lithium -ion battery. There’s an electric recovery option allowing the battery to be recharged when car decelerates. The charging is also possible at rest hours at home when household main supply can charge the car battery within 6-9 hours. Fluence replaced the old sedan Megane in 2009 and soon go electric.This polished kit is likely to be on roads mid-next year 6. 2012 Sonic Sedan 2012 Sonic 2012 Sonic Sedan As good as it looks, year 2012 is likely to see Chevy’s sonic sedan on roads with turbo powered engine. It is the car’s fuel economy on highways that makes it the most sought after small eco-car. The sonic’s 1.4 L ecotec turbo charged engine has started being produced at GM’s Orion assembly facility at Michigan. 7. Lotus Eterne Hybrid Sedan Lotus Eterne Hybrid Lotus Eterne Hybrid Sedan One Hybrid car that truly uses Formula-1 style KERS ( Kinetic energy recovery system) energy recuperation system is yet to be lauched Lotus Eterne. It is not the emission leveles that make this car truly Green , but use of Recycled braking energy to help power the sedan. Suave yet stylish, meant just for eco-conscious elite, with a remarkable likely price tag of $190,000. This green vehicle will be launched in 2015 but the small company, Lotus will start its marketing in 2014. 8 BMW ActiveE Electric Sedan BMW ActiveE BMW ActiveE Electric Sedan Well known for its eco drive deeds, German car maker will soon gift elite of mega cities this urban car, Active E. Bigger version of its earlier small electric car, Mini E, this new sedan comes after thorough research to meet the needs of big city dwellers from across the world. This green electric sedan will begin mass production in 2015. 9. Citroën Metropolis Hybrid Sedan Citroën Metropolis Citroën Metropolis Hybrid Sedan This eye catcher at Shanghai expo, was designed in China for French car maker. The look of the sedan is inspired by Chinese priestess. Though a gas-electric hybrid, but it is possible to drive the car in purely electric mode and all wheel drive can be altered on and off, as per demand. Another interesting feature of this car is its Hydractive, Hydro-pneumatic suspension, which allows to raise the body to SUV heights. Meant and affordable to elite, this car is largely awaited. 10. Cadillac Converj Plug-In E Cadillac Converj Cadillac Converj Plug-In EV wait is on till 2013 for release of Cadillac Converj luxury coupe. Thia sleek sports coupe will mark company’s entry into plug-in electric sedan market. Converj features latest version of extended-range electric power train which allows it to run 40 miles on a single charge without fuel usage.

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5 Curtains that help to save and generate renewable energy

September 20, 2011 by  
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Pallavi Gupta: Energy saving and generating curtains curtains that help to save and generate renewable energy The concept of renewable energy is fast catching up. People are no more afraid of investing in these sources due to practical reasons. Manufacturers are also devising newer ways of keeping abreast with green technologies. The solar energy harnessing curtains are the new one on the block. Though it’s a high cost technology but it serves a great purpose by providing for the power consumption of the house with no extra space required for it. The ever increasing prices and erratic supply of electricity will see a solution with the solar curtains concept. Here is a list of a few of them. 1. Solar curtains new energy saving concept Solar curtains concept Solar curtains concept a new energy saving concept These solar curtains can be used for converting the sunlight into electricity throughout the day. The electricity stored can be used to charge the mobile phones, ipods etc. in the night. It is a great concept. The availability of a power plant in your home with no costs to pay for it ever. It has an inbuilt sockets wherein the electricals and batteries can be charged. It also has a battery indicator which gives an idea of its level of storehouse of energy. 2. Concept curtains woven with photovoltaic panels Concept curtains woven Concept curtains woven to generate renewable energy Astrid Krogh has designed a concept in which the curtains are woven with solar cells. This not only completely blocks the heat from sun but also convert into power, thereby generating free power for the users. It is called Sun Tiles and it also helps in keeping the interiors heated while it is cold outside. It is a great utility in cold seasons. It saves the power required for running heater and at the same time provides extra power for lighting or other purposes. 3. Solar modules bring a curtain of sustainable lighting to your home Solar modules curtain Solar modules curtain to generate renewable energy The researchers at Integral Studio Vinaccia created a concept in which the ceramic tiles are inculcated with solar cells. It is a great concept for solar lighting as there is no more fuss about keeping the lights outside only for charging. Now it is possible to enjoy solar lighting in the comforts of your house. These tiles can be weaved into beautiful curtains. They give a ornamental and a very sleek look. 4. Energy Curtain stops daylight to illuminate interiors after dark Energy Curtain Energy Curtain that help to save and generate renewable energy The designers Anders Ernevi, Margot Jacobs, Ramia Mazé, Carolin Müller, Johan Redström and Linda Worbin have created a spectacular concept of curtains which can be used for generating solar energy during day and provides glowing lighting at night. The lighting at night will work only for as many hours as the curtains were charged for. It is a great utility item. 5. Solar Harvesting curtain Energize ‘Soft House’ Solar Harvesting curtain Solar Harvesting curtain that help to save and generate renewable energy Sheila Kennedy, an architect, has devised a wonderful concept under which the curtains are integrated with electricity producing system through sunlight. A Softhouse has been designed by her team in which the curtains can produce 16,000 watt- hours of power. The concept may take a long time to become a reality. The amount of energy predicted to be produced by this concept is huge and it can lead to a major revolution in the field of solar power generation within the house. The solar panels used in this concept are produced from organic photovoltaic cells. They are deemed to be less efficient than the silicon based cells but there is way through which they can be modified without going over the whole process again.

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5 Transparent shipping container homes

September 20, 2011 by  
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Megha Agarwal: Transparent shipping container home Transparent shipping container home Homes made in shipping containers are tough. These homes are made of weathrering steel and can withstand all kinds of things like strapping, stuffing, stacking, etc. Shipping container homes are usually portable and are relatively inexpensive. The concept, though quite old, is still not very popular. The idea is picking up now and several people are using these homes for recreational purposes such as countryside holidays, weekend getaways or as a commercial space for events and parties. Here is the list of transparent shipping container homes. 1. Ecopod Ecopod Ecopod a transparent shipping container home This substantially crafted home is designed to enjoy the natural environment without actually depleting natural resources. It is compact, energy efficient and is extremely cost saving as it protects you from electricity and oil bills. The home is portable and can be transported or readjusted to suit your particular needs. The security of this home is also top notch and leaves the owners hassle free. The only problem is that this home needs to be greatly insulated as the steel heats up very fast. This is a great place for people looking for a home away from home. 2. Greentainer Greentainer Greentainer a transparent shipping container home The Greentainer Project has been developed in Gandino, Italy and has been created for multiple uses. This 40-foot container is completely mobile and self sufficient. The rooftop panels provide all the energy necessary for the electrical requirements of the house. The home uses glass for its door and windows thus preventing the use of excess electricity by permitting the use of daylight.The container is mobile, flexible and extremely useful. It can be used as a spot for parties, openings, shows, or any other event that you want. 3. ESPACE MOBILE ESPACE MOBILE Espace mobile shipping transparent home The ESPACE MOBILE has been created keeping the Austrian countryside in mind. Priced anywhere between €55,000 to €95,000, this home is can be completely customized. It has several features to choose from such as, roofing, balconies, interior design, etc. The house can easily be transported using the help of an aircraft or ship and is cost efficient. The structure is energy conservative and also provides a 3 year warranty! Now all one needs is an acre or two of the Austrian countryside to fit the 4 meter wide, 7-15 meter long ESPACE MOBILE home. 4. Port-a-Bach Shipping Container Holiday Home Port-a-Bach Port-a-Bach a transparent shipping container home This 20 inch shipping container is portable, secure, inexpensive and extremely cleverly designed. Designed by Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen of atelier workshop, this Bach ( holiday home) is foldable home and comes with includes bunk beds, double bed room, dressing room, kitchen and bathroom. Hence, during the day you could enjoy more space by folding out the container and at night you could fold it up for greater security.The container is designed to be environmentally clean and is power, water and sewer independent. The interiors too are well designed and would make your holiday complete. 5. Sustainable shipping container home by Jim Poteet Sustainable shipping container home Sustainable transparent shipping container home Jim Poteet has created this unique container home keeping in mind Stacey Hill area in Texas. It is completely environment friendly and can be used as a playhouse, a garden home or a guest house. This 40 foot structure contains glass ceiling and windows, sink and shower, bamboo flooring and an excellent heating and cooling system. Due to its glass windows, the home conserves electricity as they receive ample sunlight and do not require lighting. This has been designed to be a model home for future container home designers.

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The Kindle and the Environment

August 29, 2010 by  
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Here at EcoGeek we’ve been long-time supporters of e-book readers.

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Water Harvesting Skyscrapers to Solve Sudan’s Drought

March 18, 2010 by  
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ROCCO: A Kinetic Energy Harvesting Rocking Horse

February 5, 2010 by  
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If you’ve got a toddler running about the house you may have asked yourself “Isn’t there some way I could put all of that energy to good use?” Well the folks who came up with Rocco , one of the awesome entries in the Greener Gadgets design competition , were thinking the same exact thing.

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Toronto’s Pearson Airport Display of Great Green Design

November 12, 2009 by  
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Bonnie previously showed Toronto’s Pearson Airport’s Eco-Design Show in the international section of Pearson Airport.

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