Friday, April 22, 2011

Energy Efficient India

Energy Service companies and local governments are teaming up to create clean energy and save money. The energy demand in India is expected to double by 2030 so many people are trynig to start early with energy conservation so that it doesn't become as much of a problem as it is for the rest of the world. In 2001 DSCLES worked with the New Delhi Muncipal Council on a high efficiency lighting pilot project that now saves more than 252,000 Kilowatt Hours per year. Their total savings from all of their energy efficient projects has amounted up to 325 million U.S. dollars or about 3.7 billion Kilowatt Hours.

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Wind Energy

by Tori Riggs

Because of all of the spring wind lately, it seems like a good idea to talk about wind energy and how it works. Using wind turbines to generate energy is a fairly simple process. First, wind energy is picked up by a turbine and the turbine converts the wind's kinetic energy into mechanical energy. From there a generator turns the mechanical energy into electricity. While wind energy is relatively easy to find an change into electricity, building wind turbines can be expensive and the wind doesn't blow all the time and everywhere.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Energy Developement

According to one website, energy efficiency is increasing by 2% per year, and becoming even more efficient as technology increases. This is good news. On the left is a graph of the world's resource management in 2006. It's not the greatest picture, but in 2006 petroleum used 35% of our resources. Many people are working on cutting that down and boosting the alternative fuels % up. I just hope it will get better for this goal.


Detention every time a kid doesn't recycle? This would be a good way to get students to recycle more. Maybe not necessarily detention but some sort of punishment would get students to recycle more; recycling more would save more money for your school to invest in more eco friendly objects such as solar power. If your school invests in solar energy then you will save money on an electric bill wich can then allow you to purchase something else that is eco friendly such as a green house. Simple things can lead to saving alot of money for your school so, try handing out a ounishment once in awhile.

Indoor Pollution

Indoor pollution is found to be the the 4th leading killer in the world. IAP (indoor air pollution) is when air gets too smoky or is filled with indoor cooking smoke and ends up killing people.Half of the world's population cooks on fires using biomass fuel every day. The result is that over 1.6 million people die each year from IAP. That is one person every 20 seconds. This is a major issue and is being adressed by a few companies. Envirofit makes energy efficient cookers that don't let off toxic gasses. If people invested in these things we could save lives. So let's do it!


Most bikes are made of metal...except for one. Panda Bicycles is the only frame builder in the world that is able to make a bamboo frame. They have been tested to far exceed ASTM standards. They have done a lot of research so that it is possible to make a great bend of modern bike tachnology and natural composite materials. Bamboo bikes may just be the next thing in bike technology!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flat Tower

By: Rachel Skillicorn

When looking at most big buildings and skyscrapers they are growing vertically, which leaves a big footprint on many cities. By having a flat building, it leaves a smaller footprint in the earth's soil in these cities. Not only does the cool design look better than the normal ones, it helps save the earth's natural growing things from being destroyed.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Energy Saving Ways

Here are a few ways to save energy, if you haven't got enough ways to save already.

-Decrease your carbon footprint by finding alternative fuels to run your car.

-Turn the thermostat down as much as 15 degrees. This can save you up to 10% on heat bills per year!

-Insulate your attic.

-Keep the hot water heater at 120 degrees farhenheit and install a hot water heater insulationg banket.

If you follow some of these ideas, You'll save lots of money!

Nuclear-Is it Safe?

No doubt about it, nuclear is radioactive. And nuclear should always be taken seriously, especially for disposal. But the danger levels associated with radioactivity may be much less than you think, especially in the case of one power plant in Utah. The levels of radiation are monitored at the plant and in the area around the plant constantly to help ensure safety to the employees, as most plants should. Also, in Utah, the plant has a natural advantage because That area recieves less than 8 inches of precipitation per year. Other advanteges that help keep the danger risk down include the distance from seismic fault lines, availability of excellent clay for safe disposal, and that location evaporates more than 60 inches of water per year.

Energy Saving-A Career?

Did you know that you can make a career out of saving energy? You can help resaerch new products that save even more energy, like being an engineer for a car company that researches how to get more miles per gallon out of the engine. Or, you could become a business man or woman that revovles their business around being green. The opportunities are endless! There is a wide variety of money invovled, and you can make a living out of saving energy! Who would have thought!

Fruita 89 State Champions

The Fruita 8/9 School's Sustainability Initiative started with with GT classes in the 2006-2007 school year and has spread its tentacles throughout the school. Now the program includes not only the recycling program which began then but has also expanded into building energy conservation, composting, replanting of the landscaping beds around the building, THE AFTERBURN energy blog and will soon include gardening, a greenhouse and a move to be the pilot program for District 51 as a zero waste school beginning in the fall of 2011.
Nominated in December 2010 by Alpine Bank, Fruita 89's Sustainability Initiative was one of 44 nominees and applicants for the 2011 Colorado Sustainability Championships. With 50-499 employees, the school fell into the medium category and was, in March 2011, named a finalist to compete against the city of Golden, Colorado's Recycling Program and the Metropolitan District of Highlands Ranch, Colorado's PROS Team...a water reclamation entity. These two city government business entities each serving in excess of 90,000 residents, were competing against a teacher mentored yet student driven program in a school with only two grades situated 250 miles to the west of them.

The fact that student driven programs had, over a period of 4 years, identified and filled the needs of the school and the district and had demonstrated continued utility savings of 30% over the first year of operation had an energy blog that has been read by at least one person in all the countries on earth with the exception of just eight countries, had a successful composting and replanting program, and was moving toward greenhousing and gardening as well as becoming an Energy Star School in a building that was never meant to be, turned the championship choice in Fruita 8/9's favor.

The award, a clock made of recycled bicycle parts hangs proudly in the Fruita 8/9 office.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Trane is a company that helps big buildings save energy by finding leaks for air to escape and by checking heating and venilation. Trane also designs buildings for maxinum energy saving. Trane has always been the largest world producer of massive chillers in air conditioning. In 2007, Trane joined the Clinton Climate Intitative. Trane can be your business partner and help you save energy.

A good first step

If only we could use less plastic and more recycled materials. Well, some of us do. After going to Denver for 3 days, I ate at a restaurant where the table clothes and straws were made out of recyclable materials. There are many restaurants and stores that promote recycling and saving energy. This is a wonderfully good thing.

Electronic Skin Powered by Stretchable Solar Cells!

A Stanford reasearcher named Zhenan Boa is working on creating a "Super Skin" that is powered by renewable solar energy. Boa and her team have successfully built a sensor that is flexible and sensitive to pressure. It is even able to detect the pressure of a landing fly! It has been made of simple polymers and carbon based materials that together, create a flexible organic transistor. This Super Skin is useful for detecting new types of diseases. With this skin, they can equip it onto a robot and the robot can detect new types of diseases and the side effects of the disease. The stretchable material is stronger and is very usefull in many circumstances and scenarios. Boa has also managed to create a green version of the transistor. This transisitor is made of materials that are biodegradable. This Super Skin is a huge advancement in technology. It will also help with scientific reaseach and experiments. Plus, it's environmentally friendly and uses solar energy!