February 27, 2012

Apple Data Center LEED Platinum Certified

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Apple's iCloud and Siri data center in Maiden, North Carolina has become LEED Platinum certified. The company included a huge solar array on a white cool-roof, LED lighting with motion sensors, chilled water storage system, "free" outside cooling and real-time power monitoring. About 14% of the edifice was made of recycled materials and 41% of the those purchased were done so locally.

Via Apple

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February 20, 2012

Bauhaus Barge - Solar Living on the Water

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For water lovers and those with small budgets, living on a boat can be a fine option. This Dutch Bauhaus is located in London and runs solely on solar power. The barge is 15.4 meters in length, 3.66 x 14m inside and has a lounge/kitchen area, 2 cabins and bathroom. It features a 1.7kw PV system and electric motor that, when at rest, can be used for powering up appliances and other gadgets. Best of all, no nasty gas smell or messy repairs to keep the vessel going. We want one!

Via Bauhaus Barge

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February 13, 2012

d.Light Lantern Built for Disasters

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d.Light's S10 Lantern is a convenient replacement for one with batteries or other power source. With a high-efficiency integrated polycrystalline solar panel, it is 3 -5 times brighter than a kerosene lantern and is built to tolerate water, heat, dust and accidental dropping. It has 2 brightness settings, an LED charge indicator and can offer up to 8 hours of light.

Via d.Light

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February 6, 2012

Mr. Light Creeps Along

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It's Mr. Light Kit, a robotic worm that runs on solar power. The kit is all inclusive with a cell, pre-punched wooden boards, gears, motor, shafts and hardware. Made for those aged 10 and above, after assembly the creature will crawl along, freaking out your pets and amusing your loved ones. In a pinch, he will also work by AA battery (not included.)

Via Mr. Light Kit

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