NPR has a piece on professor Yang Yang of UCLA, lead researcher in charging devices with LCD displays, and his team of researchers claim that they have discovered a way to allow LCD displays to recycle energy and recharge devices using solar power at the same time. Don’t underestimate this technology, because any device with LCD display can be recharged by using solar power. Furthermore, this same technology allows devices to use solar power and other energy means more effectively since the LCD screen features a function which devices can recycle energy effectively, consequently leading to using less energy than ever before even though technically the devices can demand the same or even more energy as usual. The challenges for profesor Yang Yang and his team of researchers are not to downgrade LCD image quality and how to bring their discovery to the market effectively so the mass can take advantages of this new discovery/technology. Check out the link below to play the audio or read more about professor Yang Yang’s project.
Solar energy isn’t that efficient according to the information I’d read all over the web! Although, today solar technology might allow solar cells to be efficient much more than before, around 40% efficiency, but honestly 40% efficiency isn’t yet efficient enough for people who want to get off the grid, I think! Since I’m so new to solar technology and have no experience with the technology itself, my information isn’t that accurate, and so you have been warned! To put that in another way, you should do your own research.
Anyhow, it’s totally easy for people to find information on how to create their own solar panels by sifting through YouTube for videos that show you how to do just that! I’d watched couple YouTube’s videos that show you how to create your own solar panels, and I think it’s totally doable for you and I. Here I post couple videos on how to create your own solar panels, and hopefully you might be inspired enough by the videos to start your very own solar panels. Check out them videos right after the break!
According to the videos above, it’s relatively simple to make homemade solar panels, but how do we wire them to our houses? I guess, I’m going to be on a lookout for excellent videos on the web that will show us how to do just that! If you know any great video on wiring solar panels to a house, please let me know in the comments. Thanks…
In conclusion, as long you have necessary tools and equipments and parts, it’s relatively easy to create your own solar panels. Nonetheless, creating your own solar panels is only the very first step of trying to go green, because you still have to know how to wire homemade solar panels to your house so you can actually go green. I don’t think at this point in time, solar technology is that affordable yet, and so we cannot actually think in term of saving money with solar technology, unless I’m wrong. Please point it out in the comments! Thanks… Also, sometimes having a professional who knows how to install homemade solar panels and wire them to your house is a better option, since wiring electrical wires and so on isn’t for the faint of heart. Considering that electrical safety must be the top priority when trying to install solar panels to your own house, because you won’t be able to go green and enjoy saving money if you have to pay hospital bills, right?
Cube Project is a prototype of green living space for one or two persons. Dr. Mike Page of University of Hertfordshire is responsible for Cube Project. Cube Project demonstrates a house which has an interior of 3x3x3 metres. On top of this super energy efficient house, it has solar photovoltaic panels to power modern comforts such as LED TV and LED lights and so on. The Cube Project boasts that the solar panels may produce extra energy that can be sold to UK Government’s Feed-In Tariff program, consequently allowing the owner of this type of houses to earn extra 1000 pounds per year. Wastes to be soaked away by small reed-bed, and so there isn’t a need for a drainage system. This type of houses still needs to be hooked up to electrical grid and water system.
Inside Cube Project’s house, the living space is quite small which I fear claustrophobic folks will not like it so much. All in all, this type of houses has everything but bigger living space. It got funny staircase so homeowners can climb into a very small bed, a kitchen with energy efficient refrigerator, a standing shower stall, and so on. Check out the video on Cube Project by click on the source link!
Cube Project’s homepage: http://www.cubeproject.org.uk
Geothermal heat pump, geoexchange, ground source heat pump, all of these terms are describing of the same thing, and according to Wikipedia that the scientist community prefers to use geoexchange or ground source heat pump more than anything else to describe this technology to avoid the confusion with the traditional geothermal power. So, what is so special about ground source heat pump? Again, according to Wikipedia, the technology can produce efficient temperature conditioning for your home, and this technology is excelling at saving you from having to pay too much for electricity or natural gas. Well, at least in theory it’s working in such fashion, but in reality the price of installing a ground source heat pump for your home will be expensive in a scale that requires you to stick with the system for at least three to ten years before you can actually say you’ve save big money from your electricity bill or gas bill or both.
Technically, the system provides better way to harness temperature from the ground and convert such ground temperature somehow to conditioning the temperature in your home. Experts agree that the deep ground’s temperature is more stable, therefore it’s more efficient to utilize ground temperature to conditioning a home than the air outside. The current technology of ground source heat pump is only capable of working in one mode depending on the local climate — as in the installer will only be able to install this technology either as heating system or cooling system for your home but not both! With this knowledge, I don’t think it’s wise for a home user to forgo the traditional air conditioning technology altogether. Probably, it’s best to use ground source heat pump along side with the traditional air conditioning technology.
Here is how I got my interest in ground source heat pump! On one of my morning drives, as I listened to 90.1 WABE public broadcasting radio station in Atlanta, the station mentioned about geothermal heat pump and how a couple saved from $500 by not having to pay $600 bill of electricity (i.e., if my memory hasn’t failed me) as they only had to spend around $100 for their electricity since the day they installed their geothermal heat pump. I was fascinated by such possibility, and here I am writing about this on my blog. Hopefully, in upcoming months and years, I’ll know much more about this technology and its advances.
Do you think ground source heat pump or whatever they call it (i.e., geothermal heat pump) is a great technology for your home? Do you want to be a believer of this technology? Share you feeling on this very technology in the comments below this post, and thanks!
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