Articles - January, 2011

dMASS: Doing More with Less

A new Connecticut-based firm just published this video in an effort to kickstart something called dMASS.  The video short, “Design Matters: Doing More with Less,” is a part of the larger dMASS project aiming to start a revolution in thinking that will lead to radical gains in resource performance.

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GE’s Connected Home of the Future

GE unveiled a panoply of home technology at CES this week.  The company’s taking an aggressive approach with smart green products and may just capture the heart of Americans everywhere.  If GE’s vision comes true, here’s some of what will connect the home of the future:
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New Small Wind Turbine Unveiled at CES

Southwest Windpower, maker of the Skystream 3.7, unveiled a new version of the popular turbine at CES 2011 called Skystream 600.  The turbine features an improved design with larger blades, enhanced software, and an improved integrated inverter.  And, according to a press release, Skystream 600 will be the “first fully smart grid-enabled wind turbine” on the market when available in April 2011.

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Simple, Modular, Green Yube Cubes

If you’re on a furniture budget and want dead simple storage, perhaps a modular Yube would do the trick.  Each 13″-cubed Yube assembles in a jiff with snap-together sides, steel-frame locks, and corner clips.  The panels are made from sugar cane waste fibers (biodegradable and compostable), while the frame is made of a blend of plastic and bamboo (recyclable).  Yubes can be used as garage storage, a coffee table, a tv stand or anything else.  Cubes sell for about $30 each.
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The Fraser Net-Zero Energy House

In Fraser, Colorado, there’s a new net-zero energy house that was designed with impressive active and passive building technologies.  It’s grid-tied and all-electric, using no fossil fuels thanks to the solar photovoltaics and evacuated tube solar thermal array.  But the house isn’t the only thing powered by the sun.  The 17-kW array also powers two all-electric plug-in vehicles.

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