Monday, August 30, 2010

Recycle Plastic back into Oil

Imagine if this takes off, we can recycle a lot of plastic waste back into usable oil.
a Japanese company called Blest, has invented a way to recycle plastic. The company has created a small, safe and easy to use machine that can convert several types of plastic back into oil... 
The company uses a temperature controlling electric heater rather than flame to burn the plastic, therefore, the conversion technology is very safe. The result is a crude gas that can fuel things like generators or stoves and, when refined, can even be pumped into a car, a boat or motorbike...  
One kilogram of plastic produces almost one liter of oil. To convert that amount takes about 1 kilowatt of electricity, which costs approximately 20 cents.
Now, oil from plastic to fuel your cars
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Indian man's invention helps cut down pollution from diesel generators

This is a good example of why necessity is the mother of invention.
Virendra's workshop, which started in 1981 by manufacturing iron gates and grills, situated just opposite a school. Since they face frequent power cuts, Virendra had to install a generator that resulted in noise and air pollution, which affected school children and neighbors. "It was difficult to move to a new location for me so I started thinking about ways to control this pollution," says Virendra. 
This was when he thought about something that could control the pollution and finally he come up with a device that can be attached to a generator or other diesel engines to minimize the noise and smoke, reports Manu A B from Rediff Business. It took him six years of experiments to build the first device. Initially, what started as a mission to carry out his work smoothly, turned into a successful innovation with universal appeal and value.
A patented device, it allows carbon deposits to get collected periodically. This can be reused as raw material for shoe polish and local small-scale industry units. Virendra Kumar is now fine-tuning the device to further reduce noise emanating from engines. His next project is a pollution control device for four-wheelers.
Carbon menace? Indian man's device to help the world go green

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lunartic » Cool Hubless Rear Wheel Bike

New concept bike, has a neat design. Wonder how stable it will be in real world usage.

Via Treehugger

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Increasing e-waste presents a huge challenge in India

I recently returned from a trip to India, and from my own observation, I can say that Indian consumers are becoming more and more like their western counterparts in using disposable goods. Cell phones, computers and other electronics are being consumed at a very fast pace, with many folks changing gadgets with changing fashion--not because the gadget went bad, but just to keep-up with their peers.

This accelerated consumerism is leading to an increasing amount of e-waste and I did not come across any programs by the civic authorities to alleviate this problem. Waste management has always been a challenge in the major metros of India, adding to that, the proper disposal of e-waste is going to present an even bigger problem in the coming years.

India would be confronted with the threat of accumulation of e-waste in the coming years if necessary policy and regulations are not put in place to check its growth now, says a paper presented at the recently held 'Kerala Environment Congress-2010.'
E-waste volume to increase in coming years

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bio Stove that generates electricity

Here's a neat product that can be used to cook in the outdoors using available fuel (twigs, dry leaves etc.) which also generates enough electricity to charge/power mobile devices.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Scrap the Phonebook

You can sign a petition and opt-out to remove your home or office from receiving the telephone directories from the following sites:

Click keys, save trees.