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  • Giant Lite: A Great Electric Bike

    October 11, 2:08 PM by Justin Thomas in Bikes

    The Giant Light is a durable electric bike that has garnered a good track record since it was introduced in 2002. Most electric bikes are on the heavy side, but this bike weighs only 48 pounds total, including the battery pack. Tucked behind the seat

  • The Powabyke Electric Commuter Bike

    October 10, 5:34 PM by Justin Thomas in Bikes

    The Powabyke Commuter is an electric bike designed with commuters in mind. It sells for around $1700 in the U.S., which about what you can expect to pay for a quality electric bike. I had the opportunity of trying this bike, while visiting the Green

  • Converting Your Car To An Electric Vehicle

    September 10, 3:09 PM by Justin Thomas in Culture

    Gasoline-powered cars. They are perhaps the most inefficient device that many of us use daily. We really should all be driving electric vehicles (or none at all see this post). The internal combustion engine

  • Mitsubishi Unveils All-Electric Car With Solar Roof

    September 8, 4:38 PM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Mitsubishi has unveiled this all-electric concept car called the i MIEV Sport. Besides being a zero-emission vehicle, the car incorporates a solar roof, two compact wind turbines built into the front grill, and a regenerative braking system. Additions

  • Zero X: The 100% Electric Dirt Bike

    August 2, 11:23 AM by Justin Thomas in Bikes

    The Zero X is a silent, all-electric dirt bike that runs on lithium-ion batteries instead of gas. The the California-based Zero Motorcycles has started selling these bikes for $6900. Google co-founder Larry Page bought one. The company also has a

  • Colossal Magnetic Levitation Wind Turbine Proposed

    July 27, 4:24 PM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    It's a vision of a magnetically levitated wind turbine that can generate one gigawatt of power (enough to power 750,000 homes). This is the device proposed by a new Arizona-based company, MagLev Wind Turbine Technologies. The company claims that it can

  • Taming Tornadoes To Power Cities

    July 24, 2:48 PM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    It sounds implausible, but researchers in Canada are testing the idea of creating man-made tornadoes to generate clean power. The principle behind it is simple: when heat rises it creates temperature differential, and the air starts to swirl. To make

  • Floating City Proposed For Shanghai World Expo

    July 12, 10:59 AM by Justin Thomas in Sustainable Product Design

    A team of Dutch designers recently revealed a plan to build a floating city on Shanghai's Huangpu River. If built, the city will debut during World Expo Shanghai 2010. The floating city will have many green elements — it will use the water of

  • Fujitsu Claims World's Most Energy Efficient Server

    July 10, 12:10 PM by Justin Thomas in Gadgets

    Fujitsu Siemens Computers has taken the wraps off its Primergy TX120 tower server, describing it as the most energy efficient server in the world. Fujitsu Siemens claimed that the TX120 consumes 40 per cent less energy than conventional tower servers,

  • Orgeon City To Offer Solar Shares To Residents

    July 10, 10:37 AM by Justin Thomas in Solar Technology

    Ashland, Oregon, will soon become one of the first cities to offer solar energy shares to its residents. Initially, the city will offer shares of a municipal solar array to be built on top of a state-owned storage building. The first investment package

  • Sidwell School: 70% Less Water, 60% Less Energy

    July 9, 1:58 PM by Justin Thomas in Sustainable Product Design

    I braved the midday heat of Washington DC yesterday, to circumnavigate and photograph the Sidwell Friends School, a private middle school. This building was awarded the coveted Platinum LEED by the Green Building Council, and it was one of the American

  • New OLED Displays Use 40% Less Power

    July 9, 10:46 AM by Justin Thomas in Gadgets

    A new generation of super-thin, power-sipping displays is about to go to market. These displays use OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes), and will require 40% less power than their LCD equivalents. The displays not require backlighting (they glow on

  • Enertia Electric Motorcycle To Hit Stores In Early 2008

    July 7, 6:51 PM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Brammo Motorsports, a company based in Oregon, will be releasing an electric motorcycle called the Enertia Bike for sale in the United States in early 2008. We've featured electric motorcycle retrofits before, but the Enertia Bike was designed from the

  • 130 MegaWatt Wind Park For Turkey

    July 5, 1:41 PM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    A new, 130-megawatt wind power project is to be built in southeastern Turkey. It will more than double the country’s installed wind capacity. The wind park will feature 52 wind turbines built by GE, each rated at 2.5 megawatts. This will be the

  • Macy's To Install 8 MegaWatts Of Solar Power

    June 30, 11:49 AM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    Macy's will be installing 8 megawatts of solar power in 26 stores throughout California. The installation will be performed by SunPower, a solar cell manufacturer. Macy's will buy the arrays for 11 of the stores. For the other 15 stores, Macy's will

  • Canada's Largest Green Roof

    June 22, 2:43 PM by Justin Thomas in Sustainable Product Design

    This green roof will be the largest in Canada when complete. It's the roof of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. The whole Centre is being built with high environmental standards. Besides the multi-hectare intensive green roof, it will

  • Hertz Adding 3400 Toyota Priuses To Fleet

    June 15, 10:07 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    The increased demand for green vehicles is spilling over to the rental car counter, where many more drivers will soon be able to choose a hybrid vehicle. Hertz plans to add 3400 Prius hybrid cars to its fleet as customers seek more fuel-efficient

  • 1.2 Megawatts: World's Largest Tidal Turbine to be Installed

    June 13, 12:57 PM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    A company called Marine Current Turbines will be installing a 1.2 megawatt tidal turbine in Northern Ireland's Strangford Lough in August. The SeaGen turbine will be the world's largest ever tidal current device by a significant margin. It will

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