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Nanogenerators harvest body’s energy to power devices. "Ene-Farm" home fuel cell moves into a condo. The new 'Ene-Farm' home fuel cell installed in a condominium's pipe shaft with the fuel cell on the right, the backup heat source on the left and the hot water unit at the rear Panasonic and Tokyo Gas have continued joint development of their "Ene-Farm" home fuel cell unit, which became the world's first commercialized fuel cell system targeted at household heating and electricity generation when it went on sale in Japan in May 2009.

"Ene-Farm" home fuel cell moves into a condo

The latest model is aimed at use in condominiums and features a number of modifications to ensure the units meet the more stringent installation standards placed on those buildings. Like previous Ene-Farm units, the new model uses a fuel processor to extract hydrogen from the city gas supply and react it with oxygen from the atmosphere to generate heat that is then used to generate electricity as well as supply hot water. Source: Panasonic About the Author Post a CommentRelated Articles Just enter your friends and your email address into the form below. Berliners' co-op aims to take over and run electricity grid of city. Homegrown Green Energy Is Making Power Utilities Irrelevant.

There are 3,200 utilities that make up the U.S. electrical grid, the largest machine in the world.

Homegrown Green Energy Is Making Power Utilities Irrelevant

These power companies sell $400 billion worth of electricity a year, mostly derived from burning fossil fuels in centralized stations and distributed over 2.7 million miles of power lines. Regulators set rates; utilities get guaranteed returns; investors get sure-thing dividends. It’s a model that hasn’t changed much since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. And it’s doomed to obsolescence.

That’s the opinion of David Crane, chief executive officer of NRG Energy, a wholesale power company based in Princeton, N.J. Crane, 54, a Harvard-educated father of five, drives himself to work every day in his electric Tesla Model S. Tiny Chiplets Are a New Level of Micro Manufacturing. Power Plants on the Way Out? Forget big generators... in ten years' time we could be making and even selling our own electricity.

Power Plants on the Way Out?

We might even save the planet. By Fred PearceTHE NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE January 7, 2001 - LONDON's fabulously successful Tate Modern art gallery has wowed the public. "Global Power: The Electric Hypergrid" from New Scientist Magazine. GLOBAL POWERThe Electric HypergridBy Fred Pearce NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE When Arab energy ministers met in Cairo in April, there was one thing at the top of their agenda -- plans for a regional electricity grid that would stretch more than 5000 kilometers from Morocco in the west to the Gulf states in the east.

"Global Power: The Electric Hypergrid" from New Scientist Magazine

And for Maher Abaza, Egypt's energy minister and the meeting's host, that would only be the start. Abaza foresees a network, with Egypt at its heart, that would give the energy-hungry countries of Europe access to the hydropower of Africa's mightiest rivers. Buckminster Fuller's Critical Path. Critical Path was the last of Buckminster Fuller's books, published shortly before his death in 1983 and summing up his lifetime of work.

Buckminster Fuller's Critical Path

Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American architect, author, designer, futurist, inventor and visionary who devoted his life to answering the question "Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how? ". He is frequently referred to as a genius (albeit a slightly eccentric one). During his lifelong experiment, Fuller wrote 29 books, coining terms such as "Spaceship Earth", "ephemeralization" and "synergetics". Cloud Shield, Twine's Gateway To The Full-Blown Internet Of Things. If you’re not afraid of hacking together a bit of code and plugging tiny wires into a credit-card-sized circuit board, you probably already know what an Arduino is.

Cloud Shield, Twine's Gateway To The Full-Blown Internet Of Things

If not, here’s the short version: An Arduino is a little electronic brain you can program to do interesting interactive stuff, like dim the lights in your living room when you turn on your TV. It lets you turn dumb objects (or environments) into smart ones. Meanwhile, you may have also heard of Twine, a little green box full of sensors that lets you connect physical objects to the Internet without having to know any code at all.

The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end. Working in clean energy can be frustrating.

The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end

Tons of exciting things are happening, but elite conventional wisdom isn’t keeping pace and nobody listens to bloggers like me shouting about it. One of the few outlets in the mainstream energy world to consistently stay ahead of the curve is Bloomberg New Energy Finance. (I have interviewed its chief executive, Michael Liebreich, before.) The Dismantling of our Power Industry Infrastructure. On Wednesday I was invited to speak on a panel at the 2012 National Electricity Forum, an event sponsored by the U.S.

The Dismantling of our Power Industry Infrastructure

Department of Energy, in Washington DC. As the kickoff speaker on the panel, my message to them noted that the power industry is an industry that is under attack. An attack not being carried out by terrorists or invading armies, rather it is being attacked by emerging new technologies that have been advancing quickly and are currently beginning to boil around the edges. The event was kicked off by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize winning physicist and former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.