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Miniwiz RE-view is a Sunglasses created from recycled DVDs & CDs

Miniwiz RE-view is a Sunglasses created from recycled DVDs & CDs

It’s easier said than done that you want to recycle or up-cycle waste to productive use. Techniques and innovations are required to make your DIY project sustainable, demandable and more importantly – financially viable. A Taiwanese company Miniwiz, under the wings of designer Arthur Huang, seems to have got a hang of things, given that their RE-view pair of sunglasses are constructed from trash and yet look trendy.

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Ilumi smartbulb chooses the light color to match your space

Ilumi smartbulb chooses the light color to match your space

LED light bulbs have been around for a while now and are a great way to go green to save electricity and money compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. The other cool thing about LED bulbs is that they can be fitted with multiple color LEDs allowing the user to control the light color. With hundreds of color choices, choosing the right color of light for your space can be a challenge, but not for the Ilumi smartbulb.

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Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

It doesn't matter where you live in the world, if you have ever driven a car or rode a bus; you have traveled on pavement at some point. Typically, pavement is made using asphalt and as we all know asphalt makes a super smooth surface, but that surface can break down over time leading to serious potholes in the road.

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New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

Indoor farming is taking off, and the benefits of it are becoming increasingly apparent. The ability to grow all year rather than being limited to growing seasons is one big reason, and the other is efficiency. Indoor farms use less electricity and water and produce more crops without as much plant wastes. Soon New Jersey will be home to the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. Estimates say it will produce 2 million pounds of herbs and leafy greens every year.

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Solar Paper is a paper-thin solar charger

Solar Paper is a paper-thin solar charger

Small solar chargers for your gadgets are nothing new, but the most modern batches are only vaguely similar to the first chargers on the market. Solar Paper is perhaps the best example of this -- it is a solar charger ranging from 2.5 watts to 10 watts, and it is thin enough to slip between the pages of a book, hence its name. The charger features a USB port for charging USB devices, and is scarcely larger than a dollar bill.

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United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

Remember the poo bus? Now meet its high flying cousin from across the pond. It doesn't have the same somewhat scandalous artwork of the UK Bio-Bus, but it will be running, or in this case, flying, on the same principles. Or the same waste materials, for that matter. United Airlines is planning to make a flight starting from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco running on fuel produced from farm waste and animal fat. Which is just a more sensational way of saying "biofuel".

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How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

General Motors is one of the auto makers working to reuse old electric car batteries, and in its case it is doing so with Chevrolet Volt batteries with one of its IT buildings. Using a handful of old Volt batteries from the model’s first generation, General Motors is powering an administration building in conjunction with wind and solar energy. This is due to the remaining capacities of the batteries after they stop being useful for the Chevy Volt electric cars.

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Tesla Powerwall batteries gain power output

Tesla Powerwall batteries gain power output

Back in May electric automaker Tesla announced that it was rolling out a battery designed to power a home called the Powerwall. The battery comes in two versions with one being a whole home power back up used to feed energy back into a home or business at times where power is out and the other being for daily use to power a home when power rates are at their highest. The idea is that the battery can be fully charged at night when rates are at their lowest and that power can be used in the day to save money.

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GE’s ecoROTR wind turbine has a dome for increased efficiency

GE’s ecoROTR wind turbine has a dome for increased efficiency

There are a huge number of wind turbines in use around the world. Here in the US a large number of wind turbines stand tall in and around a small city called Tehachapi located on the edge of the Mojave Desert in California. The majority of the wind turbines standing in the city all look the same. GE has a new experimental wind turbine being tested that has a very different look.

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Sony details ambitious plan to go green

Sony details ambitious plan to go green

Sony has detailed a plan to go green over the coming years, with the various efforts being broken down into smaller more manageable blocks. Kicking it all off will be the company’s new “Green Management 2020” targets, of which the effort will start in Sony’s fiscal 2016 and run through 2020. If all goes as planned, the company will be slashing its annual energy consumption by a stated average of 30-percent in certain parts of the company, as well as reducing its overall environmental footprint.

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Mercedes to challenge Tesla in home power storage batteries

Mercedes to challenge Tesla in home power storage batteries

The last major announcement from Tesla was last month when it unveiled its Powerwall batteries for home energy storage. The idea is that the battery can store power from the electrical grid when power is cheaper and then feed that juice back into the home in an outage or when rates are at their highest. Mercedes isn’t going to allow Tesla to get all the home battery market and has thrown its hat into the ring.

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Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

The sun puts out all the clean and free electricity that we could ever need and the big problem in harnessing it is the low efficiency of solar panels today. Much of the solar energy that hits solar panels in use today isn’t turned into electricity. Researchers are constantly working to improve solar panel efficiency and recently researchers from Aalto University and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya have set a new record for the most efficient solar panel.

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