Friday, October 23, 2009

Dell Goes Green

Dell Headquarters

Greener Future: Dell Goes Green

Dell, the popular computer maker which is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, is finding news of how to go green. Dell's headquarters now has a shaded solar parking structure called the Solar Grove. Envision Solar built the green contraption, and it has a capacity of 130 kilowatts. To give you an idea of just how green 130 kilowatts is, the Solar Grove should help avoid about 145,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year. The clean electricity is definitely a great benefit of going green, but that is not in the green how to list the Solar Grove; there's also some energy savings that come from the shade produced by the "solar trees" since cooler cars don't need as much A/C.

The power produced by the solar panels will help power Dell's building and two charging stations for plug-in vehicles:

"The Solar Trees®, located in the Dell employee parking lot, will simultaneously shade 50 parking spaces and generate clean electricity directly from the sun. In an example of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology, the solar arrays also incorporate two Envision Solar CleanCharge™ solar charging stations utilizing Coulomb ChargPoint™ for Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)."

Greener Future loves the fact that more companies are on a mission to figure out how to go green. Dell is a big player, and we know that this Solar Grove will continue a streak of companies continuing to be greener.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Solar Powered House

Greener Future: Solar Powered House

Greener Future presents another nice and eco-friendly solar home was designed for Solar Decathlon 2009. This time around, it is a well-designed solar home from team Germany. Currently placed at third, team Germany’s solar home has four simple modules making the house easy to construct. This stylish and energy saving home comes with a multi-use room located at the first floor and a loft that can be found upstairs. The house comes with a 40 rooftop solar panels, 250 thin-film CIGS panels on the exterior, and an 11.1kW solar photovoltaic system that produces 200% of the home’s energy need. With the outer look and the green feature of the house, many will definitely love to own one.

Greener FutureSource: iGreenSpot

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Turn Your Old Bike Wheel into a Clock

recycled bike wheel clock
Greener Future: How to turn your old bike wheel into a clock

If you think that your old aluminum bike wheels have no use at all and planed to discard it, then you must think a million times first before sending it to your local landfills. A clock master from Charlottesville will turn your old bike wheel into a trendy and useful clock. One of his great work is the recycled bike wheel clock. An old aluminum bike wheel is directly mounted into the wall. The hub with a hollow wall anchor makes the clock looks like hanging on the wall. The maker of this clock is proud to say that the clock movement is a high torque German quartz movement. With a measurement of 22 ¾ inches in diameter, the clock runs on a single AA battery.

Article Source: iGreenSpot

Monday, October 12, 2009

Self Powered Fitness Equipment


Greener Future: Self Powered Fitness Equipment

I am an absolute fitness freak, and being an environmentalist, I stick to lifting weights, running outside, and riding a bike in the nice California weather. But, I do understand that not everything has the pleasure of living in sunny southern California, so I like to keep my eye out for green eco friendly fitness equipment to hit the market.

In today’s busy world, it seems like no one has the time to go to the gym or for walks? So a perfect alternative to burn those extra calories and keep you in shape are treadmills and elliptical machines. The Precor EFX 546 exercise machine will help you stay healthy, while enjoying the comforts of your own cozy house. The Precor EFX 546 Elliptical is a high-end elliptical machine for those who want to work out in an eco-friendly manner.

The Precor EFX 546 Elliptical is self-powered. Whatever energy is produced while exercising on this machine is stored in an internal battery, which further powers the motor and electronic display. The Precor elliptical trainer is ideal for those fitness freaks who would like to do their bit for the environment.

It seems as though companies that build this equipment are starting to realize they need to trend towards being green, how to do it really is not all that difficult as you can see. Currently, there is not much fitness equipment out there that is green, how to make it affordable has also been somewhat of an issue.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Solar Power Phone

green phone

Greener Future: Solar Powered Phone

As part of Siemens’s aim to produce an eco-friendly cordless telephone designs, designers from Formwelt Studio has created the Gigaset Eco Visions, Leaf, and Solar designs that are made of recyclable raw materials, like the eco –plastic and liquid wood. These phones are using solar energy
as their source of power. The Leaf model has a unique green design reminiscent to a leaf during spring. On the other hand, the Solar model uses all-over solar cells to sustain its energy supply. These models from Siemens really will answer our current issue with global warming and all the stuff.

I absolutely love the idea of charging a phone via solar power, and hope that the concept becomes more regularly used over time.

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