A number of recent innovations caught my eye, not because they’re ground-breaking, but because they’re fun and interesting. I get impatient waiting for those big, break-through inventions that change the world, like some of the LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction) pieces we post here. So this is my chance to promote some of the lesser-known renewable energy products that don’t seem to get enough attention.
Solar Powered Fridge
A 21 year old inventor, Emily Cummins, designed an ingeniously simple way to create portable solar-powered refrigerators. The basic concept involves harnessing conduction and convention currents to create evaporation in a small yet contained environment. Materials needed for the contraption includes sand, recycled metals, and materials similar to cardboard. All of these are relatively available in most environments, especially ones where economic conditions are sparse, and no electricity exists.
Emily recently put college aside for a year and took her invention to Africa where she plans on teaching others to make it and create the ability for temperature sensitive foods and medications to be stored.
The people of Namibia have coined her as the “Fridge Lady” while she helped make 50 portable fridges in their city. “I set about looking at how I could make a sustainable version after asking people what luxury they couldn’t live without and one of the answers that kept coming up was ‘fridge…’ said Emily according to inhabitat.com. She has won multiple awards and shares some very impressive ambitions of hers in an article you can view at inhabitat.com.
Enter the islate: Modernizing India’s Educational System
The islate tablet is in the process of being manufactured on a large scale and delivered to kids across India’s poor rural areas. Researchers in Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University designed the device to operate as a tablet completely reliant on solar power. The point of the islate is to modernize India’s educational system by replacing the chalk and slate tools currently used with state of the art technology that doesn’t rely on an electrical grid.
I’m not kidding folks. Now you can wash your clothes in a machine that does not require energy use. The product is known as a “Laundry Pod” and is simple to operate and relatively small. Use it in place of public coin operated hassles or just to compliment your over used washing machine at home. Either way this cool energy saving item seems to provide beneficial uses for anyone’s living situation.
Coffee Bean Printer Ink Cartridges
Take your used coffee beans and fill it in to this uniquely designed printer’s ink cartridge. The technology allows you to print basic letters or college papers and won’t create top of the line multi layered graphs for business documents so make sure this product fits your needs before purchasing.
Solar Powered Window Blinds
These special blinds can catch the suns reflection on each individual blind as you angle them to do more than just block light but collect the energy from it. The blades do all the works since they are designed to follow the sun throughout the day to optimize energy efficiency without any work on the consumer’s part, besides installation of course.