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Energizer to Release Portable Solar Battery Charger

Published on December 19th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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GoodCleanTech reports that Energizer plans on debuting its portable solar-powered AA and AAA battery charger at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The slick-looking gadget is completely weatherproof and comes with a USB port to [&hellip... Read More


Consumer Technology

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Designers Create Solar Power Generating Sunglasses

Published on December 18th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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[social_buttons] A team of designers have created solar power generating sunglasses capable of charging portable electronic devices on-the-go. The SIG, or ‘self-energy converting sunglasses,’ contain integrated dye-solar cells and can be simply connected to the power [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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SeaGen Shatters Tidal Power Generation Record

Published on December 18th, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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Since its inception, we have been keeping a close eye on Marine Current Turbine’s SeaGen project in the UK, the world’s first commercial scale tidal stream turbine. Well, today there is more big news to report [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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California Wave Power Buoy Tests Successful

Published on December 18th, 2008 | by Michael Ratliff

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Scientists with research group SRI International recently completed a successful wave power test in the Monterey Bay off the coast of Santa Cruz, CA. While the buoy-like device only generates enough electricity to power a refrigerator [&hellip... Read More


Solar Energy

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First US Hybrid Ferry to Take Tourists to Alcatraz

Published on December 17th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Alcatraz Island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, will soon have visitors arriving on a hybrid ferryboat. The Hornblower Hybrid will be powered by two ten-foot-tall wind turbines and a photovoltaic solar [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Israeli Company Testing Piezoelectric Road

Published on December 17th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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More news from the piezoelectrics front: engineers from Innowattech are planning to test a network of Piezo Electric Generators (IPEG) on a 100 meter stretch of road. As with other piezoelectric devices, the IPEGs embedded in [&hellip... Read More


Consumer Technology

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Solar Energy Used to Heat Gaza Strip Ovens

Published on December 16th, 2008 | by Amiel Blajchman

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They say that necessity is the mother of all invention. In the Gaza Strip, due to the restrictions placed by Israel, one Gazan engineer has developed a solar oven that uses the abundant supply of sunlight to [&hellip... Read More


Water

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Lightdrops Umbrella is Powered by Rain

Published on December 16th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Anyone who has been caught in a torrential downpour knows that rain can be pretty powerful stuff. That’s why the Lightdrops umbrella prototype is so ingenious. The polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) umbrella features a “collective membrane” that [&hellip... Read More


Uncategorized

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Dubai to Create World's First Refrigerated Beach

Published on December 15th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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[social_buttons] Most of the time here at Cleantechnica, we report on important technical advances and breakthroughs that help mankind to reduce its harmful impact on the environment. Once in a while though, a tech story emerges [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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MTI Micro Unveils Portable Fuel Cell Charger

Published on December 13th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

If you’ve been itching for a portable methanol fuel cell charger, MTI MicroFuel Cells has you covered. The company’s prototype Mobion charger comes with a USB interface and provides up to 25 hours of power with [&hellip... Read More


Consumer Technology

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New Chip Could Counteract Cell Phone Radiation

Published on December 12th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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I don’t know about you, but I constantly picture radiation penetrating my brain when I’m talking on my cell phone. Omega Pharma, a Belgian company specializing in health products, claims it has created a device that [&hellip... Read More


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