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Solar Roadways Could Become the New Smart Grid

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Two years after being proposed US electrical engineer, Scott Brusaw’s system of solar powered roads is in the second prototype stage, which could lead to wide spread use. Scott’s idea is to cover highways and other roadways with photo-voltaic panels that would collect energy and feed it into a decentralized power grid. If successful, these panels could generate enough energy to power the entire country. Scott is currently raising funds via an IndieGoGo campaign to begin production.
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Zulu Queen Shipping Container Home

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The Louisville, CO-based company Rhino Cubed has recently unveiled a custom made, shipping container home design which will be available in 3 models. The homes are designed in a way that honors their shipping container origins. However, the company has managed to transform them into cozy and unique homes, that are sustainable, portable and affordable. In addition to that, the future owners will also be able to choose between an on on-the-grid or an off-the-grid option.
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Clean Water For All With Innovative New Water Pump

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The company Pumpmakers has developed an innovative, sustainable water pump, called NSP Solar Pump. Their main aim in developing this water pump was to alleviate the effects of the water crisis in the many areas of the world where people still have no access to clean water. The NSP Solar Pump is a maintenance-free water pump which is fully powered by solar energy, is inexpensive to construct and can be manufactured locally anywhere in the world. Furthermore, the NSP Solar Pump system can also be installed as a replacement for existing water pumps, such as hand pumps, diesel generator-powered pumps, or windmill pumps.
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Versatile Shipping Container Homes From Cubica

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The Costa Rican firm Cubica designs and sells some very interesting and very functional shipping container homes. They use reclaimed shipping containers to design homes that are small, but nevertheless spacious enough for comfortable living. The single family home designs they offer come complete with a rooftop deck, kitchen, full bath and even a laundry room. While primarily marketed as cabins or vacation homes, the Casa Cubica shipping container houses could also serve as a full time home for a couple or single person.
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Energy Efficient T8 LED Lamps by Cree

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The commercial sector, which includes commercial and institutional buildings as well as street and highway lighting, consumes the majority of kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which is why it is so important that they start using LED based lighting. Most of these commercial buildings and places are also fitted with fluorescent sockets based on the T8 standard. This is the main reason why developing T8 LED lamps could have such a huge impact on conserving energy.
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Sustainable Eco Lodge Built Entirely of Eco-Friendly and Natural Materials

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Eco Lodge is a modern cabin in the Australian bushland, built entirely of local and recycled materials and with a number of renewable energy features. The house was designed by the firm Hare + Klein.
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