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The Solar Pocket Factory: an Invention Adventure

We are two inventors working to revolutionize the world of small-scale solar panels. Follow our story and make awesome solar things!

 

What if you could have electricity anywhere there was sunlight? What if the charge on your phone could last for weeks, the poorest, most remote homes in the world could have electric home lighting, and adding a USB charge outlet was as simple as slapping a sticker onto a sunlit wall? All of these are becoming possible thanks to microsolar: small solar panels that are small and cheap enough to go anywhere...

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New energy source: Blacklight announces sustained production of enormous electrical power from water plasma

New energy source: Blacklight announces sustained production of enormous electrical power from water plasma | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

BlackLight Power, Inc. today announces that it achieved sustained electricity production from a primary new energy source by using photovoltaic technology to transform brilliant plasma, with power comprising millions of watts of light, directly into electricity.


By applying a very high current through its water-based solid fuel in a process called Solid Fuel-Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (SF-CIHT) technology, water ignites into brilliant plasma, a bright flash of extraordinary optical power that has a power density of over a million times that of any prior controllable reaction.


Remarkably, the light emitted from the plasma is nearly a perfect spectral equivalent of the Sun, but at 50,000 times the intensity.


BlackLight Power has now successfully converted the brilliant plasma directly into electricity using photovoltaic cells (solar cells) which have been increasingly perfected to convert the Sun spectrum into electricity for more than five decades costing an estimated $1 trillion.

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If this pans out, and it's not impossible by any means, we have a new, abundant energy source being harnessed...

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JL Steffann's curator insight, April 6, 5:15 AM

looks great opportunity for men's future ...

Miro Svetlik's curator insight, April 8, 4:15 AM

Humanity should finally realize that this kind of new energy source can save the planet and lower the impact of climate change. I hope that for once we will use our mind instead of corporate greed to change our future.

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BlackLight Power, Inc. today announces that it achieved sustained electricity production from a primary new energy source by using photovoltaic technology to transform brilliant plasma, with power comprising millions of watts of light, directly into electricity.

 

The proposed 10 MW device that would be 1 ft2, [actually the device is about one cubic feet] would entail a 60-toothed gear spinning at 200 rpm, making the water chamber size a few micro liters, lasting a millisecond, during which two electrodes would create a supersonic-expanding plasma that goes into a magnetohydrodyamic converter, then directly into electricity, cleanly, safely...

There is a video which explains the technology:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cuzlyu4czYs&feature=player_embedded

 

AND ANOTHER VIDEO WAS POSTED A SHORT WHILE AGO:

http://www.blacklightpower.com/pv_car-video/

 

 

 

 

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LED LiFi Doubles Transmit Speed

LED LiFi Doubles Transmit Speed | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

pureLiFi, the light communications technology company, that transmits data using light waves from ‘off-the-shelf’ LED bulbs, says they have doubled the previous levels of data ratesLi-Fi enables energy-efficient data transmission using LEDs in light fixtures.


pureLiFi demoed the world’s first commercial Li-Fi product, Li-1st, during March at MWC 2014 and CeBIT 2014. 


“At the Li-Fi centre in Edinburgh, we’ve established that we can still transmit data wirelessly at data rates close to 100 per cent when lights are dimmed to levels where they appear to be switched off altogether.”


“This latest development furthers the case for Li-Fi revolutionising wireless communications, helps keep pureLiFi at the forefront of research and commercialisation and shows that Li-Fi really could be the enabler of the Internet of Everything.”

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I think it would be a definite step forward for such a technology to get into wide use.

The signal, transmitted through LED lightbulbs, is imperceptible to human eyes.


Better than microwave...

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Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access - Video 3min

Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access - Video 3min | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Students at the University of Virginia have developed a new way of purifying water that they say could bring improved water quality for millions in the developing world.  It’s called a Madi Drop. Field testing begins this month in South Africa.


What’s created is called a MadiDrop – a ceramic disc infused with silver.


When dropped in water, silver ions, which are atoms that have an electrical charge,, are released to purify the water.  And, testing here at the University of Virginia shows clean, safe water.


“It’s not just about making a really great technology that effectively removes or kills bacteria and pathogens.  It’s about making a low cost, simple to use one, tailored to people in developing countries who don’t have many resources,” said Beeta Ehdaie, a doctoral candidate at UVA.

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We need technology that makes the lives of the poor easier - got enough high tech gadgets. Here's a decidedly smart but low tech way of doing water purification...

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Fernando Ortiz's curator insight, March 6, 8:33 AM

This is great news. Something like this can be very helpful throughout the world. Especially countries with the lack of healthy water. However, with the technology of this, I am sure big corporations would try to get a hold of it. The big corporations would try to get a big profit off of this and I'm sure not many people would appreciate this.

David Alexander's curator insight, March 10, 3:39 PM

Innovation improving world health.  Now that's a cool thing.

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, March 13, 3:13 AM

Availability of safe drinking water is a huge problem in India. Once safe well water is now contaminated; so is river water. This technology is appropriate for India as well.

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Seafloor carpet taps power of waves to generate energy (w/video 2min)

Seafloor carpet taps power of waves to generate energy (w/video 2min) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

UC Berkeley engineers are developing a seafloor carpet system to capture ocean wave energy and convert it into usable electricity. The system could eventually help lower the cost of converting seawater into fresh water, easing the pressure during periods of drought.


For assistant professor Reza Alam, an expert in wave mechanics, the seafloor “carpet” he is proposing will convert ocean waves into usable energy.


“There is a vast amount of untapped energy in the oceans, and with increasing worldwide demand for power, the need to find cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels is critical,” said Alam. “We are also seeing greater population growth along coastal cities, so the ocean-based system we are developing would produce electricity in a carbon-neutral way right where it is needed.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Apparently waves are pretty energy dense and could be used to generate power in a simple way...

"Alam estimated that one square meter of a seafloor carpet system could generate enough electricity to power two U.S. households.


He added that wave energy from just 10 meters of California coastline, or about 100 square meters of a seafloor carpet, could generate the same amount of power as an array of solar panels the size of a soccer field, which covers about 6,400 square meters."

 

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Stephanie Martinez's curator insight, February 20, 3:40 PM

its interesting to see what the great minds of this generation have proposed as alternatives to cleaner energy methods. seemingly plausible with little disturbance to any human activity. but what was unsettling to me was the fact that oceanic wildlife was not taken into account and what repercussions this potential project could bring to the organisms currently seeking refuge in the ocean.  

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Gravity Battery Concept

Gravity Battery Concept | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Explaining the gravity battery concept, with detailed illustrations on storing energy using simply the force of gravity.
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Apparently 20 tons of weight moving 200 meters will store about 10 KW/hours of electrical energy.

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Stephanie Martinez's curator insight, February 13, 2:44 PM

it always amazes me on the innovative ideas that the bright minds of today are coming up with. everybody has heard about the alternative energy in solar panels but they take it a step further. addressing the flaw in solar panels and working to improve the storage of energy. the only section i would ask to be elaborated is the cost and installation aspects due to the vagueness of "relatively cheap"

 

skylar esparza's curator insight, February 13, 2:46 PM

this is a great addition to self-sufficient sources. the illustration is really cool and explains it really well.

Fernando Moittal's curator insight, February 14, 4:53 AM

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A new hydrogel uses holograms to warn you about your health | ExtremeTech

A new hydrogel uses holograms to warn you about your health | ExtremeTech | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

This new hydrogel concept uses a simple hydrogel that has been “impregnated” with silver nanoparticles. A specially developed treatment with a laser, just a single short burst upon manufacturing, aligns these silver particles in a three-dimensional hologram.

 

When the hydrogel comes into contact with certain trigger substances (like glucose, or insulin) it will physically deform relative to the concentration of the chemical. So, a higher blood glucose level results in a more deformed gel — which naturally adjusts the color of the hologram.

 

This allows the hologram to have analog output of information. That is, it can display not just a binary yes-no on healthy blood glucose, but can slowly darken to let the user know when they are approaching unsafe levels.

 

This tech combines quick response time with low cost and ease of use...

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Get your hydrogel, throw in some silver nanoparticles, treat with a laser and you have a hologram. When that interacts with a substance, like insulin it will naturally adjust the color of the hologram giving a diagnosis.

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Innovative Wind Turbine Smaller Than a Penny Could Power Your Smartphone | EcoWatch

Innovative Wind Turbine Smaller Than a Penny Could Power Your Smartphone | EcoWatch | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The micro-windmills designed by electrical engineering professor Dr. J.-C. Chiao and research associate Smitha Rao are so tiny that a single grain of rice could hold about 10 of them, according to a news release from the university.

 

The duo envision embedding hundreds of micro-windmills in a sleeve for a cell phone. Users could generate electricity for the phone’s battery by waving it in the air or by holding it up to an open window on a windy day.

 

Thousands of turbines could be mounted on home or building walls to produce the energy needed for lighting, security, wireless communication and more. 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Micro windmills. As the windmills for wind farms get larger and larger, these go in the oppoite direction.

 

Small isn't only beautiful, it also seems to be efficient - if you can just make enough of them and put them to use all at the same time...

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Brian Fisher's curator insight, January 14, 8:40 AM

Wow; imagine the possibilities....

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The Open Source Car that can be put together in one hour

The Open Source Car that can be put together in one hour | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

“What if there was a DIY vehicle platform that was not only affordable, but also street-legal, open source, and versatile, with the option for an electric drivetrain or an integrated hybrid engine?

 

That might change the game entirely, at least for those of us who like tinkering and aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty.

 

And it’s here.

 

The OSVehicle is, at its heart, an open source car platform that is said to be an “industrializable, production ready, versatile, universal chassis”, and it currently comes in two varieties, the TABBY, and the Urban TABBY.

 
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Local manufacturing ... makers who hack stuff together. Getting more organized. It will bring real change to manufacturing where you can actually choose from several design options (or make your own) and get it made.

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juliana momodu's curator insight, January 23, 6:33 PM

Hello Tabby.... 

 

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Copenhagen Wheel: The Invention That Will Change Biking

Copenhagen Wheel: The Invention That Will  Change Biking | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The most common reason why people don’t bike is the amount of energy needed to do it.

 

Developed by researchers at MIT, this device snaps onto your bike and helps you conserve energy.  And it does it in an ingenuous, remarkable way.

 

It’s called the Copenhagen Wheel, and it stores the energy that you already use, and saves it for when you need it most.  Hills become flat, and you no longer have to expel loads of energy to get around.  Curious?  Watch the video for more information.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is essentially a new back wheel that can transform any bike into an electric-assisted vehicle, making it easier to pedal up those hills...

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David A. Cruz's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:56 AM

This is an awesome new innovation that will definitely help pollution and other causes by incentivising people to drive a bicycle more often. People wil be able to travel farther and more often due to the ease of biking with this new innovative bike.

Dale Rorabaugh's curator insight, January 7, 1:51 PM

This is going to be something big

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Water Vortex Generator presented by Kurt Van Wijck of Australia

At the Green School in Bali - Kurt Van Wijck presents the Water Vortex Generator that will soon provide clean and fish safe hydro power to the school. 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is intriguing - an obviously historical construction meant to create a strong vortex in flowing water drawn from a river - which reminds very much of a small vortex hydro power plant constructed some years ago by an Austrian engineer, which I reported on at the time...

 

http://blog.hasslberger.com/2007/06/water_vortex_drives_power_plan.html

 

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John Zulaikha's comment, December 5, 2013 4:19 PM
looks familiar Sepp :) revitalize! I wonder how much energy can be produced with such a small drop of height - and how much height in ordinary hydro to match this?
Sepp Hasslberger's comment, December 5, 2013 4:58 PM
The Austrian who built one of these makes enough to power his house with some left over, from a relatively samll stream with a drop of just over 1 meter. Can't beat that with current technology using pent-up instead of freely flowing water...
Olive Ventures's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:50 AM

This is cool. 

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Minesto Ocean Energy - Underwater Kite power plant produces energy in slow moving marine currents

Minesto Ocean Energy - Underwater Kite power plant produces energy in slow moving marine currents | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Nordic marine energy technology leader Minesto, a spin-off from Swedish airplane manufacturer Saab, has won an Industry Pioneer Award at the International Tidal Energy Summit in London.

Minesto was awarded the prize for having proved that it is possible to harvest electricity from low velocity currents using the step-change Deep Green power plant.A prototype of the Deep Green ‘underwater kite’ marine power plant is now producing electricity in the waters off Northern Ireland.This is the first time ever a marine power plant designed for low velocity currents produces electricity at sea. The ocean trials verify the new technology's ability to unlock ocean currents as a renewable energy source.


Here is an article about the tech http://revolution-green.com/outstanding-innovation-underwater-kite/
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is a real step up in harnessing ocean currents as a source of sustainable energy.

 

With water having 800 times higher density than air and the fast motion of a kite in the current, lots of energy can be produced, even from a slow current. There is very little impact on the marine environment...  

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Ron Peters's curator insight, December 7, 2013 2:06 PM

Undersea Power Generation Technology...:

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This 3D printer exclusively makes Printed Circuit Boards

This 3D printer exclusively makes Printed Circuit Boards | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Instead of acquiring a 3D printer to make useless knick-knacks that ultimately go in the garbage, why not grab one that makes something a bit more practical, like a printed circuit board?

 

To print images on a substrate, EX⊃1; uses two inkjet cartridges similar to the ones in your desktop printer, but lays down silver nitrate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) - instead of ink. When these two chemicals mix, a reaction occurs producing silver nano-particles that leave a conductive silver image on the substrate.

 

The connectivity of the silver nitrate is as dependable as that of copper traces. 

 

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Think of designs for useful electronic gadgets going viral by replicating as easily as music or video ...

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The Air Diode - a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

The Air Diode - a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

This is the basic Air Diode which has three louvered panels.  All structural components are made of welded aluminum for low weight.


The louvers are aluminum and have low friction bearings.


The mounting box is a spacious 18 inch cube with sturdy welded gussets to support the thrust bearing in the shaft.


Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is not your complete unit wind turbine. It has no generator and no electrical conversion equipment attached. It is however a neat idea on how to catch the wind for any use you might want to make of it...

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A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water

A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Vittori hopes to have two WarkaTowers erected in Ethiopia by 2015 and is looking for financial rainmakers who'd like to seed these tree-inspired structures across the country.


His stunning water towers stand nearly 30 feet tall and can collect over 25 gallons of potable water per day by harvesting atmospheric water vapor.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Great design and great technology ... water from the air!

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Stephanie Martinez's curator insight, April 3, 11:07 AM

this sounds like a good concept and coming from a great place to help out this community but you also have to take in consideration the bugs that can potentially contaminate the water by easily getting through the mesh barrier. As well as the deterioration of the mesh, constructed of plastic, the sun would deem this fabric useless in under a year. so the maintenance required to keep this project working and collecting clean water. 

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Solar Hydrogen Trends produced a reactor - 400 times over-unity?

Solar Hydrogen Trends produced a reactor - 400 times over-unity? | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Solar Hydrogen Trends Inc. invented a Hydrogen Reactor.


The technology provides multifactorial hydrogen reactor design with elevated hydrogen production due to a set of sixteen (16) physical and chemical processes, acting simultaneously on the hydrogen bonds. The hydrogen reactor uses water as main fuel and its emissions are 100% clean (clean air).


The technology is non-volatile and produces free flowing hydrogen which can be compressed or used to convert to another form of energy.


The technology can be used as a free standing electrically powered device to produce unlimited amount of hydrogen at world’s cheapest rates or as a “bolt-on” hybrid solution.


On input of 500 watts, the mini reactor produces an output of 2,797 cubic feet of hydrogen per hour (electricity equivalent 221.5 kWh), at cost of $1.80

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This will be interesting to follow.

If what they claim is true and the reactor puts out many times the input equivalent in hydrogen, it may change the way we see energy as a scarce commodity...


Update: There is now some interesting discussion around the issue, collected in the article linked here...

http://revolution-green.com/hydrogen-production-breakthrough/ ;

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, March 17, 3:31 AM

This may be a game changer. On an input of 500 watt [5 x 100 watt light bulb], this contraption generates 221.5 kilowatt per hour. 443 times? At a cost US$ 1.80?

Enter the politics of energy. Will the London banksters allow this technology to ever see daylight?

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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns. “Each 1cmX1cm chip can convert 200-250 watts, on average, over a typical eight-hour day in a sunny region. In the HCPVT system, instead of heating a building, the 90 degree Celsius water will pass through a porous membrane distillation system where it is then vaporized and desalinated. Such a system could provide 30-40 liters of drinkable water per square meter of receiver area per day, while still generating electricity with a more than 25 percent yield or two kilowatts hours per day. A large installation would provide enough water for a small town.”
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:
Concentrating solar energy ... providing electricity and process heat which can be used to desalinate water. One more instrument to help us get off the fossil fuel addiction and find more clean ways to make our energy...
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Scott Baker's curator insight, March 3, 10:28 AM

Well, we just ended the fresh water crisis.  Next problem, please :)

Seriously though, we will need the proper economic incentives - like true pricing of water - to make this happen.  Otherwise, we will have water wars, shortages, and drought instead.

David Carvalho's curator insight, March 21, 6:02 PM

... Et c'est beau

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The world's largest solar plant just started producing electricity for the power grid

The world's largest solar plant just started producing electricity for the power grid | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines. Bingo: you have the world's biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.


The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now operational and delivering solar electricity to California customers.


At full capacity, the facility's trio of 450-foot high towers produces a gross total of 392 megawatts (MW) of solar power, enough electricity to provide 140,000 California homes with clean energy and avoid 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing 72,000 vehicles off the road.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

It takes a while to replace oil as our principal energy source... but they are working on it.

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Michael Ravensbergen's curator insight, February 15, 7:19 AM

High impact innovation!!!

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skylar esparza's curator insight, February 20, 12:52 PM

Its like nuclear energy but cleaner.

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Australia: New Plastic Means Almost Anything Can Be Made From Hemp

Australia: New Plastic Means Almost Anything Can Be Made From Hemp | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Today's plastics are made from petroleum, which means we are polluting the atmosphere and putting products that cannot biodegrade into our environment. But Zeoform, a new company based in Australia has created a new kind of plastic made only from water and cellulose taken from hemp plants -- meaning the plastic is not only eco-friendly but biodegradable.

 

The company's patented process converts the cellulose fibers found in hemp into a super-strong, high tech molding material capable of being formed into 100 percent nontoxic and biodegradable products...

 

The company says their product relies only upon the natural process of hydrogen bonding that takes place when cellulose fibers are mixed with water. No glue or other bonding material is necessary, because the bond already created is so strong.

 

The final material can be turned into almost anything, and can be cut, routed, machined, drilled, screwed, nailed and glued in the same way wood can be.

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Great renewable material that is also biodegradable...

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Scott Baker's curator insight, February 2, 9:47 AM

It's High Time to end the U.S. ban on industrial hemp!

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Dangerous Kerosene lamps to be replaced by MiniSun - safe cheap rechargeable solar light

Dangerous Kerosene lamps to be replaced by MiniSun - safe cheap rechargeable solar light | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Kerosene lamps are harming the health and wealth of the rural poor in developing countries. At c.$5 retail, at last a safer, brighter lamp costs about the same.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

You can help make this happen. 

It's up to us to fund the development and testing of those lamps, obviously industry has not caught on to the necessity of producing billions of such lamps... oh yes - there may not be enough profit. 

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Graphene Batteries Could Offer 5-Second iPhone Charging

Graphene Batteries Could Offer 5-Second iPhone Charging | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Researchers at UCLA have discovered a way to make graphene batteries that charge fast, are inexpensively produced, non-toxic, and efficient.

 

The micro-supercapacitors created by Kaner and El-Kady are highly bendable and twistable and will be ideal for future flexible displays, e-paper, and wearable electronics.

Graphene batteries sound almost too good to be true. In addition to super fast charging, they don’t have any negative environmental impact. They are biodegradable and even compostable.

 

“We are now looking for industry partners to help us mass-produce our graphene micro-supercapacitors,” Kaner said.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, January 13, 10:56 PM

Wow 5 second SmartPhone charging - but this technology is still in the R&D space of academia

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Handheld laser spectrometer food scanner connected to your smartphone to tell what allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories are in your food

Handheld laser spectrometer food scanner connected to your smartphone to tell what allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories are in your food | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The TellSpec handheld device beams a low-powered laser at the food you wish to analyze, measures the reflected light with a spectrometer, and sends the data via your smart phone, computer, or tablet to TellSpec’s servers in the cloud.

 

Those servers use this data to deduce information about your food that is of interest to you. This information is then displayed on your computer, tablet or smart phone so you can intelligently decide if you want to buy or eat the food.

TellSpec is currently under development, after raising three times its funding goal on Indiegogo. Shipping is slated to begin in August 2014. Its US$320 price tag includes one year of free analysis of food scans, with further analyses being made available through subscription plans.

The link in the headline of this article may have gone bad. In case it doesn't work for you, here is the indiegogo fund raiser page:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tellspec-what-s-in-your-food

 

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I have no idea whether this is real or not, but the idea is certainly neat... advancing the idea of the tricorder, the universal instrument the heroes of Star Trek always had with them...

Buyer beware - it could be one of those things that get funded never to be heard of again. If it's real, we will know fairly soon. A few months of wait. 

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SheerWind claims world's first 25 MW wind power tower (Video 2min)

SheerWind claims world's first 25 MW wind power tower (Video 2min) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

“We have found the answer to updating wind technology,” says Cyndi Lesher, SheerWind’s Executive VP & Chief Administrative Officer...

 

“By concentrating and accelerating wind, we create a similar effect to the natural wind corridors used by traditional wind towers. We are able to exceed current industry standards and make wind power costs competitive with fossil fuels.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

A long overdue revolution for wind power generation!

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:13 AM

This is serious stuff and works. SheerWind is not the only one. Attemps are on to recycle hot wind generated by industries and convert to powerful vortices to drive turbine. The concept is explained here: 

http://www.geek.com/news/energy-from-man-made-tornados-atmospheric-vortex-engine-receives-funding-1532607/

It captures, accelerates and concentrates wind in a tower, increasing the velocity of wind. "By concentrating and accelerating wind, we create a similar effect to natural wind corridors used by traditional wind towers. We are able to exceed current industry standards and make wind power costs competitive with fossil fuels," says Cyndi Lesher,

Now, this concept is similar to water vortex based electricity generation which has proven to be successful, cost effective, and easily manageable.

One commentator says: "This is the most fascinating idea that I have seen for making electricity from the wind. It would seem to avoid a number of problems that exist with the really tall windmills. It should reduce the bird and bat kill. Maintenance should be cheaper and safer as there are no large turbine blades located 200 feet in the air and tied to the generator, also 200 feet in the air. Thus no large blades or ice from the blades to fly off and travel hundreds of feet endangering people and property. Fire fighting for an electrical fire in the generator could be done as it is on the ground. The noise level should be much less than the large wind turbines, and hopefully, there would be no infrasound (0 - 20 hertz), which people cannot hear, but is a problem. It would be interesting to see the results, performance, noise, electrical output and cost etc. of a full scale prototype built and operated at some location."

OK, we still have some distance to cover before such contraption is fully tested and scaled up.

 

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Black silicon slices and dices bacteria

Black silicon slices and dices bacteria | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Originally discovered by accident in the 1980s, black silicon is silicon with a surface that has been modified to feature nanoscale spike structures which give the material very low reflectivity.

 

Researchers have now found that these spikes can also destroy a wide range of bacteria, potentially paving the way for a new generation of antibacterial surfaces.

 

"This structure generates a mechanical bacteria killing effect which is unrelated to the chemical composition of the surface."

 

Among the variety of bacteria the surfaces were able to kill were the deadly strains of the Staphylococcus aureus or golden staph bacterium.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Nanostructures on the surface of silicon (and on the surface of certain insects' wings) can actually kill bacteria ... interesting.

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BEST Home Made Energy Magnet motor

http://www.Magniwork.co.uk tutorial and testimony of building a magnetic free energy device that generates free electric energy for home use, to find out how...
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

A permanent magnet motor that drives a small dynamo, which in turn powers a fan and some lights...

This is very similar, it appears, to the invention I found described in a German newspaper article, which I translated and posted here:

http://blog.hasslberger.com/2013/11/german_inventor_solves_permane.html ;

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John Zulaikha's comment, December 5, 2013 4:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etFCzIe-D2Y this is really interesting Sepp.
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World's first two-seat electric Helicopter lifts off for the first time - shows extreme stability in the air

World's first two-seat electric Helicopter lifts off for the first time - shows extreme stability in the air | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

On November 17, the e-Volo team tested their newest Volocopter prototype, the VC200 in a hangar in Karlsruhe, Germany.

 

According to the company, the aircraft exceeded all expectations: it was quiet, produced no noticeable vibrations during the flight and showed excellent use of its new spring strut landing gear and rotor plane. The next phase of the project is already underway.

 

A two-year development program in collaboration with the German Federal Aviation Office and the German Ultralight Aircraft Association will include a series of autonomous test flights over uninhabited areas of the country. The aim is to demonstrate reliability of the aircraft’s electronic steering and safety systems.

 
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

An electric helicopter ... now all we need is better battery tech or on-board generation of electricity.

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WorldWideExperience's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:14 AM

This might have worked for the rhinos that were moved by helicopter a couple of weeks ago!