Blaze up your nights with portable solar lamp

August 1, 2011 by  
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Nisha Changrani: Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Let’s start with a quiz. List down as many uses of solar energy as you can think of. Don’t take pains to think of the answer, I shall do that on your behalf. Solar Energy has a few conventional uses of those of electrifying, water heating and the most recent, refrigeration. However, there aren’t many on the earth who would think of charging night lamps or a mobile night torch during the day by virtue of sunlight? We have a legitimate contender who claims to have done so, the product being a portable lamp. The brainchild of Sunnyside up Solar, the portable lamp has been fondly named ‘Signature SUS’ because of the subtle depiction of SUS on the graphic of the lamp. You can use this lamp after dusk provided your place has constant supply of sunlight during the day. The back of the lamp is brilliantly designed to make the bulb shine brighter. Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Sized 5.5? long by 4.25? high, the lamp uses two LED bulbs, a switch and two AA batteries which are rechargeable. The best thing about this solar lamp is that you can take it wherever you like, be it on weekend camping or night walks. Charge it during the day and you can easily use the lamp for five to seven hours at night. You can program the time when the lamp is supposed to light and it will pop up automatically. A good time integration, I must say. The Lamp is now for sale at sunnyside up solar supermarket shop for only $38. Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Nature has gifted us our star only to be used until the portion of our planet in which we reside turns around. Such inventions as the above would help us enjoy the sun’s benefits even when the globe has rotated about. So, enjoy the invention and enjoy the lower electricity bills that would have been otherwise keeping you awake. This is what we call feasting on nature’s bounty using human brains. Turn on this majestic solar lamp, sip a cup of coffee and read your favorite book! Via: AlternativeConsumer

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Eco friendly OneBike uses kinetic energy to generate electricity

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Shoib: One Bike Electric Cycle by Byoung-soo Choi and Jun-kyeong Kim We know a lot about electric bikes but OneBike designed by Byoung-soo Choi & Jun-kyeong Kim is a cut above the rest because this bike is powered by kinetic energy. The bike is different from others because it can be used as a fitness machine when you’re not on the road. When the bike is on cradle and you pedal it as part of your fitness regime, your pedaling generates energy and the bike used this energy is converted to electric power by OneBike. Picture Gallery One Bike Electric bike powered by kinetic energy and becomes a stationary fitness machine when needed I must say that OneBike concept is one of the most unique and innovative eco-friendly bikes we have seen so far. The bike will be loved by fitness freaks as well because it allows the users to check their workout performance while pedaling when the bike lies on its cradle. Once you are done with your workout, just fold the cradle and ride the bicycle, just like any other bicycle available on the market. The kinetic energy generated as a result of your pedaling will be used electrically when you go outdoors. Check out the picture gallery to get a better understanding of the bike and its operation. Via: Yankodesign

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Bullitt Center aims to be the most ambitious green building in North America

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Sneha Jain: Bullitt Center Designed by Miller Hull Recently, the team designing Bullitt foundation’s new headquarters, Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction, unveiled its plans regarding the structure of the headquarters, for the public. The concept has been designed so as to make one of the most sustainable commercial buildings in the world . Bullitt Foundation’s headquarters will occupy half a floor and the remaining space will be given on lease to those involved with green building and sustainable development matters. Picture Gallery Bullitt Center Designed by Miller Hull Bullitt Center is a green building concept and is one of the most aspiring projects to be set up in North America. It has been designed so as to set a new benchmark for sustainability in urban areas. The building will be located at the intersection point of Seattle’s Central Area and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. One of the most exciting aspects of this center is a photovoltaic power plant that will generate all the energy that the building requires. It is also designed to collect and treat drinking water. A 50,000 gallon cistern will collect all the rainwater from the roof. Then it will treat water so as to make it suitable according to water quality standards. It will operate as efficiently as possible. This building will also be used for spreading awareness among the public about sustainable development and inspiring them to adopt the same in their commercial as well as personal life. Bullitt Center’s design and construction team includes The Miller Hull Partnership, Point32, Schuchart Construction & PAE Consulting Engineers. Via: Millerhull

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Light bulbs made of plastic bottle illuminate homes in Philippines

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Ruchika Pahwa: Bottle Light Bulb Skylight made using recycled plastic bottle A water bottle can become a source of power for you and light up your room. Yes, you got it right. Focusing on the concept of diffraction of light, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have already made it a reality and this system is being used to light up various homes and poor settlements in Philippines. These light bulbs have been created by using one liter plastic bottles, few teaspoons of bleach and some water. To fit this light source, first a hole is made into the roof of the house. Then, this recycled system is installed by fixing the bottle through the sealed hole in the metallic roof of those poor dwellings. This can be done within an hour and is usable for a period of around five years. When sunlight falls onto the water in the bottle, it gets diffracted and lets the whole house glow. The role of bleach is to keep the water clear and microbe-free. In Philippines, the solar bottle bulbs’ installation work is being swiftly done by an organization named Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light). The organization has already installed over 10,000 bulbs. Check out video of the process in action where a social entrepreneur, Illac Diaz, comments and explains to a Filipino publication about the life-changing Solar Bottle Bulb project. Solar bottle bulbs are not only illuminating light-deprived houses but are also providing residents an alternative option that is quite cheaper than any other electricity source. This project is an addition to the design of alternative technologies, especially for the developing world. That is how even a simple technology can change lives and generates powerful ideas for the common man! Bottle Light Bulb Skylight made using recycled plastic bottle Via FastCompany

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