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Reusing Bottle Caps

Friday, August 21st, 2009

orange clockpopA woman from Greece decided that she got tired of throwing away bottle caps, so she decided to save them and have her kids play with them.  Then one day, struck by inspiration, Alison Davidson decided that the bottle caps were beautiful in their own right, and decided that she had to do something with them.  Davidson thought they looked eerily similar to the markers on a clock that she had just bought for her son’s room, so she decided to make a clock.

She took spokes from old bikes, put the bottle caps on the ends of them and put a battery-powered clock work.  She dubbed it “Clockpop,” and continued to make more for her friends and family as gifts.  Then as word got around, people started to ask her to sell them.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and she opened up her online shop REaction Gifts where she reuses cd’s to make small clocks read more »

Combining The 5 Best Solar Technologies

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I know there is a lot of red tape and patents that would make this impossible in the near future, but what if we could combine the 5 most effective solar technologies in the world and create a super solar collector that would be able to take care of our energy needs? I know it kinda sounds like Captain Planet, but I don’t think its too far out of reach. A few criteria have been taken into consideration. The super solar cell must be efficient, drive the cost down, and solve the problem of solar power at night. I know its a long shot, but here are my five picks.

1. In terms of the shape of the cell, I think Solyndra has it right in making cylindrical solar cells. They don’t have to be mounted at an angle. They can be mounted flat which saves installation costs and makes them more durable read more »

Zero-Net Energy Commercial Building

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

The connection fee for the 4100 sqft building is $266 and that’s all they pay…for the whole year. This is a building owned by Hudson Valley Clean Energy read more »