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Concept Urinals Aim to Harness the Power of Pee


What do people do a lot every day that’s generally considered as a waste-generating activity? Pee, that’s what. I remember seeing a show on TV where they featured a woman who’d pee in a jar so she could use it to water her plants (now that I think of it, it was an episode of Extreme Cheapskates where people were being, well, extreme cheapskates.)

Well, if this concept becomes a reality–and if it’s proven to actually work–then people could be getting more from pee than just compost or fertilizer for plants.Continue Reading

Clever Clock Design Tattles On Energy Usage

Energy Aware Clock (Image courtesy designboom)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Energy Aware Clock provides a more visually appealing, and easier to understand display of the energy usage in a particular room throughout the day. Created by a small army of Swedish designers (Loove Broms, Karin Ehrnberger, Sara Ilstedt Hjelm, Erika Lundell and Jin Moen) the clock forgoes a traditional face in favor of a circular graph that makes it pretty obvious to tell when the energy usage in the room where it’s installed has noticeably increased. And the actual time is indicated by the brightest spikes on the graph.

The Energy Aware Clock is part of the Visual Voltage Exhibition at Design Vlaanderen in Brussels, which runs until October 2nd.

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WindCube generates 60kW of rooftop power Kermit-style


By Shane McGlaun

In the words of the immortal Kermit the Frog, it ain’t easy being green. In sunny climates, you can use solar panels to capture free power and in windy locations, you can make electricity using wind. The catch is that neither of those methods are all that efficient at producing electricity and they make the area where they are installed look bad.

Green Energy Technologies has announced a new wind power generator called the WindCube that is smaller than the typical wind generator and designed to sit on the roof of a building in urban and rural areas.

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