It’s been a while for solar panels
being installed and in use. It is around 139 GWat being generated around the globe and becomes even more popular source of energy every day. With new technologies in producing electricity from solar power and new batteries to store it the World is ever changing. One of those well beyond others is ‘spray on window’ coating converting light into electricity. This is what they say:
Given that sunlight striking the Earth’s surface in just one hour delivers enough energy to power the World for an entire year, the prospect of SolarWindow™ products generating electricity on skyscrapers could be one of the greatest inventions of this century.
Again, a bold statement, but that’s exactly what we are attempting to do. What started out as a concept in 2009 now generates electricity on glass and even flexible plastics.
SolarWindow™ produces 50 times greater electrical energy than rooftop panels, has an independently validated one-year financial payback and can harness energy from shaded, low, and indoor light, when modeled for a 50-story building.
You can read the latest update from SolarWindow and full article here.
Few days ago I have received an email from Felix.
Who is Felix?, was my first question and I was about to delete this email and block the guy as a spammer. But I started reading. This made me go online to check who is the HIT? Then, I decided to publish this email from Felix. Why? See it yourself…
A recent survey by lighting specialists Lamp Shop Online has revealed that although consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of installing LED lights in the home, take up remains slow.
LEDs have been proven to save consumers cash – the average household energy bill is £1,420 per year and 8% of a typical household’s energy bill is spent on lighting, which means on average lighting the home costs consumers £113.60 each year. By switching to the more energy efficient LED lighting a household’s annual lighting bill could drop to as little as £13.63.
Savings in the business world can also be significant. A small office with only a handful of fluorescent tubes can save around £85.50 a year by switching to LED tubes. The savings for larger office complexes, or buildings with heavy usage can be huge.
It’s a common goal nowadays for many home-owners and business owners alike – to become more energy efficient and to positively impact on the environment through our more conscientious behaviour. Being more environmentally friendly doesn’t have to be a chore either – you’d be surprised just how much you can do without even digging into your pockets for investment. Business owners can play a huge part in reducing their energy consumption and by encouraging staff members to join the venture, you can save yourself a great deal of money too.
First thing’s first – look at your overheads. Continue reading
Bosses at Green Energy UK have analysed the energy usage of the average Brit and guess what, it’s going up! They say, however, thanks to new technologies and a better understanding of energy saving measures, consumers are now much better equipped to tackle the issue of wasted energy head on.
The electricity company, which buys and sells 100 per cent sustainable energy, has pulled all its thinking into one handy visual to show exactly where our household energy is going. CEO Doug Stewart, explains further and uses the car industry as an analogy of how consumers the nation over could better consider energy use.
Doug says: “The media tells us that petrol sales have decreased by 20 per cent over the past five years and it comes as no real surprise to us. Why? Increasing fuel prices and more fuel efficient cars; that’s why! Replace cars with homes and it is clear to see how this trend could be echoed in the utilities industry.”
DECC Report of People’s Attitudes to Green Energy – release from Doug Stewart
According to a study eight out of 10 people* support the UK using renewable energy to generate power. What’s frustrating is that while green energy is high on the public’s agenda the number of consumers and businesses making the switch is still low, says Doug Stewart, CEO of Green Energy UK.
Green Energy UK provides sustainable electricity from a number of sources, and has seen the green energy debate rise from relative obscurity into the mainstream over the last decade. But, despite a clear majority of support from UK consumers, indicating the public are neither unaware nor ill informed, the critics seem to hog the media – and that influences people’s actions. Continue reading
Published by CNN on Thursday 27 September 2012 by Elizabeth Landau
(CNN) — Paul Stamets was shy as a child; he couldn’t look people in the eyes, so he stared at the ground. And that, he says, is where he found mushrooms.
Today, that shyness has faded, but mushrooms are even more of a focal point.
Stamets is one of the most prominent proponents of using mushrooms for medicinal purposes. Besides traveling the world to look for exotic mushrooms, he also lectures about them and runs a mushroom supplement company with his wife called Fungi Perfecti.
When he spoke at TEDMED in October, he even wore a mushroom — his hat is made from birch polypore, which is also thought to have medicinal uses.
Why aren’t mushrooms being used more often …
The century-long reign of asbestos as a commonplace building material may be over in most parts of the world, but its devastating ecological and environmental impact is likely to last for generations to come. That’s because asbestos fibres are found in our homes, our schools, and our government buildings, and can contaminate our soil and our drinking water. Prolonged exposure to asbestos is linked with fatal diseases—mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Let’s take a closer look at the consequences that this hidden killer has on our environment.
It’s very probably true to say that the first ever showers were nature’s own; namely, waterfalls. In hot and warm countries, or hot times of year, bathers would stand under waterfalls to cool off and clean themselves just as kids like to do today on a hot day.
It is thought that ancient people would reproduce the effect by pouring jugs of water over their heads and these were often very cold as some ancient civilisations believed in the hot-cold refreshing nature of cold water just as we may do today after a sauna, for example.
Researchers have found that household dust can contain a surprising amount of different chemicals
– over two dozen toxic substances have been identified in samples of typical house dust, including pesticide levels nearly twice as high as in average soil samples. These residues are mainly brought in to our houses on the soles of our shoes, so taking our shoes off before walking further into the house is the first step to keeping your floor looking clean and staying hygienic.