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Manual Dishwasher Saves Water and Electricity


On the whole, dishwashers are better than hand washing dishes when it comes to water efficiency, though it is harder to figure out which method is more energy efficient. The new dishwashing device called Circo Independent, designed by Chen Levin, takes electricity needed to heat the water out of the equation, making using it a pretty sustainable choice.

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New Coating to Cut Carbon Emissions Dramatically


As it is with most things, sometimes very small actions can make a huge impact in the quest for a more sustainable world. The company DropWise has developed a new type of coating for use in power plants, which could reduce carbon emissions considerably. Read more »

Low Loss Sunlight to Energy Conversion


Currently available solar panel arrays still have the drawback of loosing lots of heat in the sunlight to energy conversion process, because of the thermodynamic inefficiencies of the process of converting the incoming energy to power. This could soon be a thing of the past though, since a team of scientists at the University of Bayreuth have created a super-efficient light-energy transport conduit. Read more »

Using Google to Calculate Solar Power Harvesting Potential


Needless to say, a lot more people would likely choose to install solar panels on their roofs, if they had viable information as to how much power they can realistically expect to get from them. Solar panels are expensive after all. Now, Google is starting a new venture called Project Sunroof, which will go a long way towards remedying this problem.

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Water Purifying Sculpture


For a few years now, the MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program has been using art installations to help raise awareness about pressing environmental issues. This year, they are showcasing COSMO, a giant sculpture that also purifies water. It was designed by NYC and Madrid-based Spanish architect AndrĂ©s Jaque and aims to raise awareness about growing water shortage and the need for healthy water systems.

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Shower That Heats and Recycles Water


Space technology has brought us many living improvements, and the latest is the so-called Shower of the Future, which was designed by the company Orbital Systems. This shower is capable of recycling water used for showering, while also heating it in the process. It is a leap forward from other water and heat saving showers, and worth a look.

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