What's Next: Systems to convert acoustic energy into usable electricity


In a fascinating turn of events, researchers at the University of Utah are in the process of developing small devices that can turn heat into sound, and then the sound into usable electricity. Dattatreya Mandal: As we know it. If solid figures are any indication to go with, we are certainly going through a propitious phase for renewable power generation.

Paper or Plastic?

Environmental News Network

Consumerism Policy Sustainability Waste Management bags paper plastic re usable I recently came across the following video from DNews ( Discovery News ) briefly addressing the age old grocery store bag question of ” paper or paper?

Usable Bike Chains, Part Deux

Eco Friendly Daily

Usable Bike Chains, Part Deux. Categories. Garden. Kitchen. New & Exciting. Electronics. Events. Health. Personal. Clothing & Accessories. Community. Current Acitivites. Forums. Groups. Members. Get Our Books. AboutMyPlanet. HybridMile. GrowNews. GirlSustainable. EcoFriendlyDaily.


Gift Ideas from Etsy ECO Team

Green Earth Journey

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'Muckbusters' help in converting food waste to usable, clean electricity


Of course, the procedure is not all that fantastical, where your uneaten food items magically turn into usable electricity. Dattatreya Mandal: When we talk about sustainable electricity generation, perhaps the very last thing that comes to our mind is food.

Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun

Green Prophet

The outer solar-powered skin absorbs solar energy that is then converted into usable electricity, while the inner skin provides pockets for storage – particularly at the lower half of the shelters.

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Upcycle your Trash with Terracycle and Eliminate the Idea of Waste

Hug a Tree with Me

Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, Terracycle is an award winning international upcycling and recycling company that collects hard to recycle packaging and transforms them into clean, usable materials and products.

What Is This Tern Doing?

10,000 Birds

I didn’t get much that was usable, but I did get one shot that really confuses me.

Green Small Business Startup Ideas

Green Home Blog

If you are one of those people that has every gadget, movie, CD, DVD or any other usable item you can start a local lending library company.

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Wood Pallet Projects – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

While lumber prices are soaring, and deforestation a rising concern, millions of pounds of perfectly usable wood are dumped in landfills every year in the form of pallets and shipping cases. Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Wood Pallet Projects by Chris Gleason 128 pages, 9 x 7.5

Israeli designer creates device that sterilizes milk – off-grid!

Green Prophet

It operates on a 12 volt solar-rechargeable battery, usable in areas without access to electricity.

How To Check Your Pool And Hot Tub Filters

Green Living Ideas

DIY (do-it-yourself) Projects Energy Efficiency Green Lifestyle Home Energy Usage Home Improvement care energy-efficiency filter hot tub maintenance pool pool and hot tub pump re-usable filter

Lebanese inventor makes “alive” app for war-torn regions

Green Prophet

“I’ve been getting a lot of requests by people who have seen the application, to make it more international, to remove the hashtag Lebanon and to make it usable by people all over the world.” “I’m alive.” ” I’ve made that call, maybe you have too.

Beat the Bag Tax with Ohyo and Felix Conran

Green (Living) Review

There’s only one thing worse than a bag of plastic bags under your sink, and that’s a bag of re-usable bags that you never remember to take with you.

What Does the Ultimate Utility Bike Look Like?

Wend Magazine

As bike ridership continues to grow, the question of what kinds of bikes offer the best in terms of utility and usability for the modern commuter is one that is often raised. Click here to view the embedded video. The Oregon Manifest 2011 Constructor’s Show , a competition that took place back in September, focused on that question with this year’s challenge, asking: what is the ultimate modern utility bike?

Costa goes nationwide with in-store coffee cup recycling scheme

Green (Living) Review

Costa is also now offering 25p off a hot or cold drink for customers that bring a re-usable cup into its stores; and in April it will begin selling a selection of own-branded, re-usable cups.

Vinyl Record Bowls: Blasphemy or Awesomemy?

Eco Friendly Daily

There are a lot of different things that people do to turn old, useless junk into something usable. Categories. Garden. Kitchen. New & Exciting. Electronics. Events. Health. Personal. Clothing & Accessories. Community. Current Acitivites. Forums. Groups. Members. Get Our Books.

Gorgeous And Sleek Office Design Concepts

Green Furniture Home Design

With a clean desk, a few bookshelves and a means to file and manage documents for quick perusal, you’ll have a great starting point for creating a professional office design that will make people take notice while also offering a modern level of usability.

6 Reasons Counting Calories is actually Bad for Us.

Elephant Journal

There is almost no correlation between how many calories something contains and how much energy our body needs to break that substance down into a usable form. We’ve probably all heard of calories, although not many of us have a real understanding of what they actually are.

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Ripasso may have Doubled Solar Power

Solar Power Ninja

Photovoltaic solar panels can turn as much as 23% of the sun in to usable grid power while traditional solar panels convert at around 14% to 16%.

Israeli Designer Creates a Green Toilet for India’s Slum Dwellers

Green Prophet

Eco-Friendly Vs. Usability: The Automatic-Flush Toilet.

Responsibly Managing Waste on Boating Trips

Green Living Ideas

Tags: Plumbing Recreation and Outdoors Travel and Vacationing adaptive exhaust systems AirHead chemical contaminants chemical re-circulating toilets chemicals Composting dehydration end product Envirolet Environmental Protection Agency food food scraps MSD installation sanitation systems Sun-Mar toilet technology usable end product waste treating device

eBay and Israel’s Ormat Team Up for Clean Power in Utah

Green Prophet

No strangers to REG , which converts waste heat that occurs as a byproduct of industrial processes into usable electricity, Ormat Technologies already boasts 160MW of installed REG capacity in North America alone, according to Jerusalem Post.

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Help Grow Youth Surfing Programs with The Faces of Warm Current Campaign

Wend Magazine

To this end, Warm Current diverts usable wetsuits from the waste stream and donates them to individuals or groups in underprivileged communities. Click here to view the embedded video.

What part of reusable do people not understand?

Green (Living) Review

For those who have not understood what reusable means let me spell it out slowly: “re” is a prefix here and “usable” means you can use it and together it means that you can use it again, and again, and again. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In recent months to a couple of years I have begun wondering as to what part of the word and term “reusable” people have difficulties in understanding.

World’s Largest Canvas Turned Into 5,000 Reusable Bags

Green Prophet

“Moving from records to a practical phase,&# the joint initiative has turned the giant canvas into 5,000 re-usable bags that will be distributed for free throughout the country. Environmental and human rights go hand in hand in Lebanon.

Logging Carbon by Trailing Loggers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Every tree that is cut down or damaged in a logging operation and not turned into usable wood represents an avoidable source of carbon emissions. Morning mist in the forest of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo credit: © Mark Godfrey/TNC.

"What Is the Most Efficient Source of Electricity?"

Environmental Economics

Energy Points , a company that does energy analysis for business, factors in the these myriad values in terms of what percentage of the energy input—fossil fuel energy, plus energy for production and energy for environmental mitigation—will become usable electricity. The WSJ's  Numbers "guy" : The true cost of electricity is difficult to pin down.

Woodworking Arborist Salvages Urban Trees

Green (Living) Review

Ryan Baldwin, Baldwin Custom Woodworking While working as an arborist removing trees from backyards and along city streets in Fort Collins, Colorado, Ryan Baldwin saw an opportunity to salvage city trees destined for the dump into usable lumber for woodworking projects. “I

10 Easy-to-Make Home Designs That Promote Sustainability

Environmental News Network

Trees that were uprooted and destroyed by storms and other natural disasters can still be treated and processed into a usable wood that can be applied to various home improvement projects. By Guest Contributor: Jona Jone.

Markus Kayser’s 3D Solar Sinter Prints on Sand – Could Replace Concrete

Green Prophet

If for instance I can modify the product to my personal needs before I buy it, it might have an impact on the way I feel about the product, its usability and I might think twice before throwing it away as I was part of its ‘creation’ This again could lead to less consumption.

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This Ancient “Medicine Chest” can Help with Cold & Flu Symptoms this Summer.

Elephant Journal

Hippocrates, reverently referred to the herb as the “medicine chest” of all herbs because of its endless benefits and the usability of all aspects o. Food Health & Wellness Z ADMIN Wellness Featured Today cold elderberry flu healthy medicine staying healthy

The reuse economy or reuse sector

Green (Living) Review

To bring about a more or less zero waste situation the reuse economy must also include and incorporate the repair, rework and upcycling economy, like those artisans and and other workers who will make goods, ideally usable goods and not just art, for sale, as a business, out of items of waste.

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Sp?n by Barn the Spoon – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

In his book Barn the Spoon explains to the reader the how and why as regards to certain woods, tools, and techniques that he has found best suited for carving usable spoons and he then explains it all in more detail and shows the reader some of his favorite spoon designs to try.

First Electric Bus Brightens Tel Aviv’s Streets

Green Prophet

“For a 12-year usability cycle, it is a better investment than a standard bus, Ha’aretz reports. Don’t be surprised to find a bright orange bus rolling around Tel Aviv if you’re there; it’s new and it’s electric!

Great Egrets and the reliability of field marks

10,000 Birds

There are several reasons why a field mark may be more reliable or usable one way than the other way around, but the main factors are exclusiveness and observation circumstances. It’s bad. Very bad. Germany is currently experiencing its hottest June and July ever, and temperatures in the last few weeks have rarely been below 33°C (91°F), sometimes reaching nearly 40°C (103°F).


Green (Living) Review

Since its creation, the Tappening site has had millions of visitors, and sales of their re-usable water bottles are through the roof.

Craig Groves Named SNAP Executive Director

Nature Conservancy - Science

From how to more effectively communicate the urgency of action on climate change to how to get reliable data on the state of the world’s fish stocks — there are so many issues that need the rapid, usable approach that SNAP brings to science,” Groves adds. “I’m

Austerity bites hard in Europe

Green (Living) Review

However, as said, in mainland Europe people are now scavenging in dumpsters of food stores (and stores in general) for anything usable out of necessity as the austerity measures of the governments are biting very hard indeed.


Green (Living) Review

Every aspect of design, performance and usability has been considered. Fiskars, one the UK’s leading gardening tool suppliers, is proud to unveil its exciting new PowerGear™ X range.