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[15 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
World’s Largest Solar Boat under Construction

Technology.am (Apr. 15, 2009) — US scientists are making the largest solar boat ever built, with a view to making a trip around the world. The objective behind this project is to prove that the shipping industry can reduce its dependence on fossil fuel.
Planet Solar is being built at the Knierim Yacht Club in Kiel, Germany. The USD-13-million revolutionary vessel will be 98 feet long and 50 feet wide. That climbs to 114 feet and 82 feet when the solar panels are fully unfurled. It will feature 5,059 square …

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[15 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Robots to Help Stroke Patients Recover

Technology.am (Apr. 15, 2009) — Scientists from UT Health Science Centre at Houston are developing a robotic device to help recovering stroke and spinal cord injury patients.
A hand-holding robot can help partially-paralyzed stroke patients regain the ability to grasp and pick up objects, according to a new study.
The therapy uses a computer-driven robot, which has a metal ‘hand’ that wraps around and opens and closes the patient’s fingers, helping them re-learn how to grip objects.
“This is brand new,” said Lex Frieden, who heads the lab at The …

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[15 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
PG&E Signs Deal for Solar Power from Satellites

Technology.am (Apr. 15, 2009) — First of its king in the world, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has asked state regulators to let it hire a Southern California company to generate electricity from solar-powered satellites in space.
Under the plan, which PG&E hopes to have approved by the end of October, the utility would hire Solaren Corporation Company of Manhattan Beach to oversee the project, which is expected to deliver 200 megawatts of power to California by as early as 2016. One megawatt of electricity generally is enough to power …

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[15 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
California Seeks to Curb Appetite of Power-Hungry TVs

Technology.am (Apr. 15, 2009) — It is estimated that televisions and their electronic accessories account for 10 percent of the electricity used in an average household, California’s energy wardens want to put new flat-panel models on a diet.
The state’s energy commission has proposed new efficiency standards that would require televisions sold in California to use 50 percent less energy by 2013, affecting televisions manufactured from January 2011 onward.
The Consumer Electronics Association is resisting the new standards, arguing that the industry could achieve the energy savings without the rules.
“Consumers could adjust …

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[14 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Arch Rock Enlists Sensors for Energy Efficiency

Technology.am (Apr. 14, 2009) — Arch Rock Corporation that builds innovative products and technology for wireless sensor thinks it has found an application to measure energy used in commercial buildings.
The company introduced Energy Optimizer, a product line that combines its IP-based sensors with server software to collect and analyze energy data. The sensors can be attached to different circuits in a data center to measure electricity consumption over time.
The installation of sensor doesn’t require laying new wires into a building, because they have radios to transmit information, Arch Rock CEO …

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[13 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Tesla Roadster Rolls 241 Miles on Single Charge, Annoys Petrol Pumps

Technology.am (Apr. 13, 2009) — Those who say e-cars will never take off because their range is limited, they are wrong. A Tesla Roadster managed to cover 241 miles on a single charge while taking part in the Rallye Monte Carlo d’Energies Alternatives.

The vehicle’s battery meter showed 36 miles left on the “tank” when it crossed the finish line, giving it a theoretical range of around 280 miles. If all these figures hold up under critical scrutiny, Tesla will set the world record for the longest distance traveled by a …

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[13 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Steam Powered USB Charger Keeps iPod Alive with Victorian Sensibility

Technology.am (Apr. 13, 2009) — According to the inventor, the steam powered USB charging device that is well built, useful, loud, and totally anachronistic, is based on a Jensen #75 steam engine, which is used to drive a Lego Technic motor.

The motor, in turn, feeds into a voltage regulator circuit, providing a continuous 5V charge to which ever USB device you might connect to it.
A simple question comes in mind, “when is someone going to build us an appropriate steampunk PMP to go with the thing?”
of course, “aren’t …

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[10 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]
Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV Officially Headed to US

Technology.am (Apr. 10, 2009) — Mitsubishi has confirmed at the New York Auto Show today that its i-MiEV electric vehicle will be making its way to the U.S., and sometime “before 2012.”
According to AutoblogGreen, that delay of its arrival in the US isn’t because of any restraint with the vehicle itself, but rather whether battery-maker GS Yuasa can scrounge up enough lithium-ion batteries to keep up with demand. The car that finally comes to the U.S. won’t be exactly the same as the model bound for Japan and Europe, with …

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[10 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
California Utilities Plug Energy-Efficient Electronics

Technology.am (Apr. 10, 2009) — Utilities Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) on Thursday announced a program to guide consumers toward more energy-efficient electronics.
Best Buy, Sears Holding Company, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Dell, and Lenovo are participating in the program which the utilities estimate will save 380 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity through 2011. That’s enough to power more than 55,000 typical homes.
The program will identify which TVs, desktop computers, and monitors are the most energy efficient based on industry standards, such as EnergyStar, said …