Renewable energy

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

Solar panels good, coal-fired power plant electricity bad. If only it were that simple to choose. We discuss the best alternatives for producing your own power at home, from solar to wind turbines to generator bikes...… Home Energy Generation, which option is best? How the electrical grid is fed near you will be a hug…

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
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Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

Would you exercise for an hour every day if the workout powered your home for twenty-four hours? EcoHome investigates if Bike Generators cut the mustard...… Mitigating climate change at home, get on your bike! As we look for ways to mitigate climate change, improving home energy efficiency and decentralising power gen…

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
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Aquion’s saltwater home battery

Aquion Energy's Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) saltwater batteries offer a safe, clean, non-hazardous and hassle-free solution to storing your own power… Updated: Aquion as a saltwater battery is no longer available in North America having moved to China after being bought out. But we've heard about a Dutch company who are…

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh
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This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

Powered by foot, this compact and easy to maneuver machine is an excellent alternative to a normal home washing machine or trip to the dreaded laundromat.… A typical washing machine can use up to 87 litres of water per load, not to mention its ability to eat up electricity. An efficient Energy Star machine can cut wat…

Transparent solar power producing windows
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transparent solar panels

Transparent laminate solar cells put the fossil fuel industry on notice?… When considering solar cells as thin as laminate and completely transparent, the possibilities seem endless. Imagine every glass or laminant surface in our built environment and all of our devices, large and small, harvesting solar energy. In a …

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
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The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

The Net Zero Heat passive solar house in Lac Kenogami, Quebec, built by owner Alain Hamel pushes the bounds of energy efficiency. Here is a breakdown of those electrical systems.… The Kenogami house is a virtual energy laboratory, and in constant evolution. Every system of this home is innovative from the heating and …

Epiphany 0nE Puck
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A 'Stirling' idea for charging your cell phone

Imagine charging your phone with the heat from your morning coffee. With the Epiphany onE Puck you can.… The idea behind the Epiphany onE Puck is simple: use a Stirling engine powered by heat disparities (a hot or cold drink, a candle, ice, etc.) to fully charge your cell phone. Invented in the early 1800s, Stirling e…

Where to place solar panels
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Where to place solar panels

An introduction to the math behind the placement of solar panels to optimize your yield, and speed up your return on investment.… There is a lot you can do in home construction to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar, which is about home orientation and window design to pass…

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

Electricity is clean at its destination but can be very dirty at its source. Not all of us have the means to install solar panels or wind turbines, but with the help of Bullfrog Power you can live a greener lifestyle hassle-free.… Bullfrog’s green electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have …

tidal power generators
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Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

Renewable power sources such as sun and wind present challenges for grid operators in being able to consistently meet demand. Tidal and river generators remove that unknown, and Cornwall, Ontario will soon benefit from a river turbine pilot project.… A project started in 2002 by Verdant Power Inc. saw tidal turbines …

Photovoltaic solar panels
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Solar heating and energy generation

It has been estimated that the sun provides as much energy in 15 minutes as humans use in a year. By taking advantage of that with heating and electrical generation, we can work to end our dependence on fossil fuels.… Solar energy Our future truly depends on us continuing to develop and implement renewable energy syst…