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Possible Breakthrough in Solar Hydrogen Production

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Solar production of hydrogen has been pretty inefficient.  And really, it seems like hydrogen should be thought more of a battery type solution.  I know of home solar installations where people are also doing hydrogen production so that they can switch to hydrogen in low sunlight situations.  Anyway, Dr. Thomas Nann at the University of East Anglia have found a way to make the solar hydrogen production at 60% efficiencies.

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Lilliputian Butane Mobile Power System

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Yes, small and mighty.  Lilliputian is trying to change the game on mobile powering.  It’s not a surprise that today’s battery power systems stink.  We just don’t have a great ways to store energy or regenerate.  Lilliputian systems wants to step into that gap by providing a nifty little mobile power recharging system.

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Solar Ivy Interesting Alternative Energy Design

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It’s staggering how little has been done in solar and wind alternative energy.  I think that shows just how apathetic we are when it comes to such ideas.  However, some folks have recently come up with a pretty neat idea.  It involves making solar cells that look like ivy, as you can see in the flash video above.  But this is also a wind generator, as you will see.

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Ariens Amp Electric Riding Mower

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ariens-amp-electric-riding-mowerWell, well, I was wondering when someone would come out with this.  It seems Ariens has come out with the Amp electric riding mower.  It’s not exactly cost effective, but it runs quieter.  Yeah, that price tag is around $3200 upfront with $800 battery replacement costs.  You can count on replacing batteries every 3-4 years.  Ouch.

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Potenco PCG2 Human Generator

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Natural disasters make life stand still.  That’s when we truly realize that we are very electric dependent.  I’m not saying it’s all a bad thing – it’s not.  Sometimes it helps us realize how we miss the simpler things in life.  But when you need some power in that situation, the Potenco PCG2 fits the bill.

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Inlet Concept Provides Power

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These days, we are all looking for ways to cut costs.  And energy is one of the big ones.  Now, a lot of folks are really starting to look at solar, wind, and geothermal energy to help lower their energy costs over the long haul.  But some companies are looking for auxilliary ways to boost energy savings.  One such concept is the inlet.  Now, mind you, I don’t usually like posting on concepts.  But this one is a great idea that could gain ground.

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Gas Prices at a Glance

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GasBuddy LogoAs the pinch at the pump gets ever so tighter, the frugal among us each find individual and unique ways to see if we can skim  a little off the gasoline bill. While there are plenty of ways this can be done, one of the simplest is finding the cheapest gasoline source. This simple task is made difficult in that, outside of a small, walkable distance, it typically requires gasoline to find the cheapest price, and usually our search is limited to gas stations that are immediately along the avenues we usually take in our daily routines. Have no fear, GasBuddy has a clever solution that combines the simplicity of Google Maps with a level of information that rivals even the most intensive weather forecasts…and it involves gasoline prices.

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