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  • Eco Media Player Revolution hand-cranked MP3 player

    Eco Media Player Revolution hand-cranked MP3 player

    Sick of batteries and the burden that batteries carry? Me too, man. Me too. Here’s a hand-cranked MP3 player called the Eco Media Player Revolution. It’s the successor to the original hand-cranked Eco Media Player. This new one handles music and movie files in AAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, MP4, and WMV formats and features 4GB of storage. There’s also an FM radio, photo album, ebook… Read More

  • Biodiesel's big break: Processors making their way into normal retail stores

    Biodiesel's big break: Processors making their way into normal retail stores

    Biodiesel is about to make the move from weirdo hobby to mainstream normality. Go Green Home Stores is working on bringing biodiesel brewers to its stores, making it so that folks don’t have to create their own ad-hoc device. You’d still have to supply the bio—mainly old vegetable oil—but you wouldn’t have to figure out, for example, how to turn an old water heater… Read More

  • New method enhances efficiency in ethanol production

    New method enhances efficiency in ethanol production

    Professor Michikazu Hara, a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has created an inexpensive substance, which can boost the efficiency of ethanol production. Reportedly, the costs of producing bio-ethanol from rice straw and other nonfood crops can be cut by more than 30%. Hara says the special catalyst he created is able to break down plant-based material and produce sugar (one… Read More

  • Ikea getting into cheap solar panels

    Ikea getting into cheap solar panels

    Everybody’s favorite gigantic furniture store filled with flat-packed boxes is getting into solar panels. Cheap ones, too. Ikea is apparently getting ready to pump $75 million into "as many as ten companies in five different areas: solar technology, energy conservation, water saving products, alternative lighting, and new product materials,” according to TreeHugger. The goal of… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 60-watt solar charging kit for $279.99

    CrunchDeals: 60-watt solar charging kit for $279.99

    Hey, this deal is only good until 1:00 PM Eastern today, so hop on it if you’re interested. It’s the Sunforce 5004 60 Watt Solar Charging Kit, sold by Amazon. The kit includes a PVC mounting frame, 7 Amp charge controller, 175-watt inverter, and wiring/connection cables. And with the built-in blocking diode technology, this charger kit is designed to protect against battery discharge… Read More

  • Ten alternative hybrid car engine noises

    Working off of the post from earlier today concerning Lotus adding artificial engine noise to hybrid cars in the name of safety, we thought we might see how a few alternatives might work instead of the boring artificial car engine sound. Read More

  • Hybrid Vehicles: It’s quiet out there, a little too quiet

    We’ve all heard the whispers and murmurs regarding adding artificial noise to hybrid cars so that pedestrians don’t get hit and it appears that we’re heading in that direction for real. Lotus is working on artificial engine noise and there’s apparently even a $300 module you can add to your Toyota Prius to give it that throaty vroom-vroom sound it’s been missing. This… Read More

  • Q and A on the subject of clean tech legislation

    Q and A on the subject of clean tech legislation

    Here’s a panel I attended at the recent Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado. There were two experts on the panel: Steven Kalland, Director of the North Carolina Solar Center and Gregg Rothschild, Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I found this presentation to be very interesting and informative – kind of a behind… Read More

  • Silent washer/dryer, low-flow toilet, and a heat pump

    Here are a few more strange and wonderful inventions from the Far East – this time from the Panasonic Center in Osaka, Japan. First up is a dead-ass silent washer/dryer combo, which I thought was pretty amazing. It’s a washer and dryer in the same unit, so you can pile all of your unmentionables inside, then set it and forget it. When it’s all done, your clothes will have been… Read More

  • Germany invests $47 billion in offshore wind farms

    Germany invests $47 billion in offshore wind farms

    The German government today announced plans to build 30 wind farms in the North and Baltic Sea north of Germany. Each facility will cost $1.57 billion. The first farm will become reality this year. By 2030, a total of 25,000 megawatts are supposed to be produced when the grid of interconnected wind farms is finalized. With the record investment, the German government said it wants to increase the… Read More