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Cogenra Mixes Solar PV and Hot Water

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Khosla Ventures-backed Cogenra Solar made big news this month when it celebrated the unveiling of an impressive 272-kW solar cogeneration installation at Sonoma Wine Company in Graton, California.  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair attended the event to flip the switch on 15 Cogenra SunBase modules that generate both electricity and hot water for the winery.

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Prevent Plug Load Waste with Modlet

Modlet-thinkeco-outlet ThinkEco just announced that it's taking orders from business clients for its flagship product called the Modlet, which is short for modern outlet.  Modlet is a smart outlet that monitors power usage and disconnects from the power to save energy when the plugged-in gadget isn't in use. 

In other words, Modlet was designed to help reduce and prevent plug-load electricity waste.  The smart outlet requires no time to install and a network of Modlets can be monitored for real-time consumption data, according to ThinkEco. 

ThinkEco says companies that install Modlets site-wide can achieve reductions of anywhere from 35-80% in power consumed by each plugged-in device, resulting in up to a 10% reduction in overall electricity costs. 

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Solar LED Products for Home Projects

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Texas-based Solar Lights Factory just opened an online store with various solar LED products — pavers, cylinders, and icebergs — intending to make them available to regular consumers at an approachable price.  The paver costs $40 each; the cylinder costs $50 each; and the iceberg starts at $15 each.  Each product is self-contained and, with some creativity, can be used for landscapes, gardens, decks, pathways, driveways, and patios, etc.

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New Thermally Broken rSTUD Lumber

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Colorado-based Ec Manufacturing started making structural insulated panels (SIPs) about a year and a half ago.  The company was studying 2009 building code and thinking about how to innovate their products, when someone decided the building industry could use a thermally broken lumber material.  That led to the creation of rSTUD.

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Eco Automatic Combo Sink Dishwasher

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I can see the value in a combo sink dishwasher like this Eco Automatic concept from Electrolux and Ahha Project.  Why not eliminate a step in the middle and put the sink to better use?  The concept has two racks rotating on an axis — fill one side, spin it around, let it wash, and work from the other side.  Seems like it may be tough to fill up a crescent-shaped bowl, but other than that, Eco Automatic could be the kitchen appliance of the future.  Thoughts?

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Glass Tile Roof Solar by SolTech Energy

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Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, a new company comes along with a different approach.  SolTech Energy makes an innovative roof tile — similar but distinguishable from this thin-film solar tile offered by SRS Energy — that harvests solar energy with a traditional looking glass tile.  Currently offered in Spain and Sweden, the SolTech System can be installed to work in conjunction with most common heating solutions on the market.

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