CoolEarth Solar have patented a design for inflatable solar collectors that, according to the company, are about 400 times cheaper than the more expensive and ordinary polished aluminium mirrors. If their statistics turns out to be correct this will be a huge economic breakthrough for solar power.
Their design is 400x cheaper than polished aluminum mirrors, will withstand 130 mph winds, lasts a year, repairs with tape, takes 15 minutes to change out, costs $2 per balloon, or 18 cents per watt, compared to $5 per watt for conventional installations, and has a minimal effect on the ground underneath the array!
Learn more about these inflatable solar panels by watching the video after the jump.
Tomorrow UN’s climate meeting starts on Bali in Indonesia. During the eleven days the meeting is held the world’s leaders will try to agree on how to properly combat climate change. This is the only chance we got to unite globally against climate change and its doomsday effects, so we (they) better not screw it up. But you shouldn’t have to high hopes on the results as there are many strong and greedy powers that will try to diminish the meeting and the end result.
But hopefully reason and science will prevail. Here are five reasons why you should be a little optimistic about the Bali meeting:
Nicholas Stern, a British economist and academic who is most known for the Stern Review, said during a public lecture in Manchester that climate change is the greatest market failure that the world has seen.
The problem of climate change involves a fundamental failure of markets: those who damage others by emitting greenhouse gases generally do not pay.
Climate change is a result of the greatest market failure the world has seen. The evidence on the seriousness of the risks from inaction or delayed action is now overwhelming. We risk damages on a scale larger than the two world wars of the last century. The problem is global and the response must be a collaboration on a global scale.
Via the Guardian
Today the contest winner of the Alliance for Climate Protection and Current TV (Al Gores projects) “60 Seconds to Save the Earth” Ecospot was announced. The winner will be featured on Current TV, MySpace and featured in the Alliance for Climate Protection’s upcoming US nationwide campaign.
Dave Schlafman won with Sky is Falling, a short (but hopefully effective) video animation of elephants falling from the sky.
I made this PSA to make people think about how much crap we pump into the air. I wanted to use a creative, simple metaphor so everyone can understand how much harm we’re doing to the atmosphere and environment.
As a person and consumer you have the power to do something about climate change. Never forget or think otherwise. Sure you may wonder how much you’ll actually help by replacing your CFLs, recycling etc but in the end all small things path up to something bigger and more meaningful, especially when many join in.
This is part two of a series of posts explaining and giving advice on what you can do to combat climate change from your home, in the store, when you travel and on your spare time. All the things listed are easy to do, some things will take a little longer, but most of them will help save you money (besides all the positive effects on our earth).
Here is a green tip for our Swedish readers but I hope people in other countries also have some kind of use of this.
Most people in Sweden today uses different internet services to find telephone numbers and street addresses that they need. No one I know uses the old catalogues. In fact I can’t even remember last time I checked in the paper catalogue for a telephone number or address.
This year about 5,5 million telephone catalogues will be delivered to households in Sweden. Last year only 3500 people cancelled their catalogue. Hopes are that number will be much higher this year. Eniro, the telephone catalogue company, themselves encourage you as it’s cheaper for them and more environmental friendly to make less telephone catalogues. So head over to Eniro and cancel your telephone directory before they send you one!