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Gearless Wind Turbine Launches Today

The much-anticipated Honeywell Wind Turbine from WindTronics officially launches today, one day prior to Earth Day.  This is a small wind turbine that we’ve mentioned extensively – here’s a video of one spinning.  The launch is supported by a global network of distributors, partners, and retailers ready to sell the unique turbine from a starting price of $5,795, plus installation.

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Switch Intros Affordable LED Light Bulbs

A new company, Switch Lighting, just introduced some new lights that look promising.  The San Jose-based company has what it calls “the brightest warm light LED replacement available,” according to a news release, and we’ve been able to get access to a couple photos of the 75W bulb.  The Cradle to Cradle bulbs — 40W, 60W, and 75W equivalents — have a self-cooling design that maximizes brightness and requires fewer LEDs.

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Philips Unveils Edison Light Bulb Killer

Some folks are up in arms over Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, which requires about 25% more efficient light bulbs starting in January 2012.  The bi-partisan law phases out the standard Edison bulb in favor of better options like this upgraded light bulb.  The Philips EcoVantage light offers an incremental improvement over the norm with 28% energy savings, a low price, and incandescent-style light.

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Echo Delivers More than Solar PV Power

California-based EchoFirst, formerly known as PVT Solar, makes an interesting Echo solar system that I noticed locally on the Solaris homes (Style A/Style B) in Daybreak, Utah.  It’s the kind of system that could work wonders for a lot of homes because Echo delivers more than just electricity from photovoltaic panels.  Echo captures air from under the panels to provide home heating, home cooling, water heating, and fresh air ventilation.

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FLO Modern LED Light from Lumina

With Lightfair and other design shows in the works, I expect to see a few new products like this Flo light, which was designed by Foster + Parters for Lumina, a lighting manufacturer in Italy.  Flo is an unobtrusive reading light with a dimmable 6W LED that outputs 475 lumens.  The aluminum frame and head is planted with a steel base, and the head rotates 300 degrees for precise task usage.  Flo joins a host of other LED task lamps on the market — I’ll post a price when it’s offered here in the United States.

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Grape Solar PV Systems Sell on Amazon

Oregon-based Grape Solar is now selling grid-tie capable, kilowatt-scale solar photovoltaic systems online via Amazon.  These systems ship in various bundles which include a racking system, an inverter, and several 230-watt panels, depending on the size of the system.

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