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Watercone Solar Still – solar seawater desalination good drinking water

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Solar thermal desalination – front and forward technology to generate drinking water, based exclusively on salt water and solar energy.

The Watercone® is a solar powered water desalinator that takes salt or brackish water and generates freshwater. It is simple to use, lightweight and mobile. The technology is simple in design and use and is discribed by simple pictograms. With up to 1,7 liters (nearly 2 quarts) in 24h the Watercone® is an ideal device to cover a child`s daily need of freshwater. UNICEF: “every day 5000 children die as a result of diarrhea coused by drinking unsafe water”

Philosophy of the Watercone® concept:
„Many peripheral, de-centralized small units will ensure a better supply of freshwater than one central big generator. If the big one fails, there is no water generation for anyone. If a small one fails, the other ones still keep on working.“

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The Element Four WaterMill provides fresh potable water from an unlimited source: the Air

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Element Four products generate and purify water – on and off the grid. Our solutions to the basic human need for fresh, clean water can be applied to domestic, commercial, recreational, agricultural, military and humanitarian purposes. Our technology can be used almost anywhere water is needed.

The facts about Earth’s water

Our planet’s natural water cycle provides for all forms of life. At any given moment our planet holds 326 million cubic miles of water. Of this, 97% is saltwater and only 3% is fresh water. Of that 3%, 99.3% is locked in ice.

Our air contains 4,000 cubic miles of water. If it were a lake it would be roughly the size of the Great Lakes combined – which is the world’s largest body of fresh water – and would be constantly refilled.

What air has to offer

In more than half the countries in the world, some of them the poorest, thirstiest, and most crowded, the air is humid enough to yield huge amounts of precious water. The atmosphere contains 4 to 25 grams of water vapor per cubic meter, while the WaterMill can change 10% to 40% of that to liquid. Water vapor is constantly replenished by Earth’s natural cycle, so extracting water from the air can continue indefinitely without impacting local ecosystems.

Most nations within 30 degrees latitude of the equator actually have more vapor than they need – an average of 15 to 20 grams of water per cubic meter of air.

Residential WaterMill

The original WaterMill is designed for the residential user. It provides families with a clean, sustainable and cost-effective source of water for drinking and cooking. It produces 11 litres of water per day, and mounts to the exterior of your home, drawing water from the air outside into point-of-use systems inside. The WaterMill is self-regulating, maximizing water production, while minimizing energy consumption.

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Tesla Motor Electric Car 244 Mile Range 0-60 in 2.7 seconds

teslacar  Tesla Motor Electric Car 244 Mile Range 0-60 in 2.7 seconds

Acceleration & Torque

Instant Freedom

The first time you drive the Tesla Roadster, prepare to be surprised. You’re at freeway speed in seconds without even thinking about it. There is no clutch pedal to contend with and no race-car driving techniques to perform. Just the touch of your foot and you’re off, without any of the sluggishness of an automatic.

How powerful is the acceleration? A quick story to illustrate. A favorite trick here at Tesla Motors is to invite a passenger along and ask him to turn on the radio. At the precise moment we ask, we accelerate. Our passenger simply can’t sit forward enough to reach the dials. But who needs music when you’re experiencing such a symphony of motion.

Rest assured that this responsiveness works at all speeds, as noticeable when you’re inching your way through parking lots as when flying along freeways.

100% Torque, 100% of the Time

The Tesla Roadster delivers full availability of performance every moment you are in the car, even while at a stoplight. Its peak torque begins at 0 rpm and stays powerful at 14,000 rpm.

This is the precise opposite of what you experience with a gasoline engine, which has very little torque at a low rpm and only reaches peak torque in a narrow rpm range. This forces you to make frequent gear changes to maintain optimal torque. With the Tesla Roadster, you get great acceleration and the highest energy efficiency at the same time. All while requiring no special driving skills to enjoy it. This makes the Tesla Roadster six times as efficient as the best sports cars while producing one-tenth of the pollution.

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Sanyo Solar Ark Building Located in Japan

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The Solar Ark, a unique, ark-shaped, solar photovoltaic power generation facility, offers activities to cultivate a better appreciation of solar power generation, and thereby of both ecology and science. This 315m-wide, 37m-tall facility is located in Gifu Prefecture, in the geographical center of Japan, and can be seen from the JR Tokaido bullet train, which runs past on an adjacent railway track.
Stationed at the center of the Solar Ark is the Solar Lab, a museum of solar energy and one of the more unusual museums in the world. A unique, hands-on, outdoor light exhibition will be launched here in 2005, for the first time in Japan. In the future, expect a variety of interesting things to emanate from here.

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Stan Meyer Inventor – Water As Fuel – Renewable Energy

Stan Meyer developed a water “splitter” that separated hydrogen from oxygen, and burned the hydrogen as fuel in an internal combustion engine.

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Danny Klein Inventor – allows both car engines and cutting torches to run on a reusable source of water

System that allows both car engines and cutting torches to run on a reusable source of water.

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John Kanzius Inventor – Water Fuel Cell – Cancer Treatment

John Kanzius Water Fuel Cell/Cancer Treatment

John Kanzius, while researching a way to treat cancer & other diseases, stumbled a across the same principal as Stan Meyer’s Water Fuel Cell. Unlike Meyer’s device, which uses submerged stainless steel electrodes in a common feed stock of water, Mr. Kanzius’ device doesn’t make contact with the water — it pulses relatively low energy across an area, such as the human body, which is made of mostly water, or across a test tube of salt water. The salt in the water helps catalyze the process (by increasing the conductivity of the water).

The device can also be looked at as a water capacitor. Water is the feed stock and the pulses (electrical & radio waves) disassociate the hydrogen & oxygen atoms by magnetically stretching apart the atoms through constant magnetic excitation. Parallel plates, or circular or spiral electrodes or transducers all have the ability to tap energy from the quantum flux field. When these devices are used with water such as John Kanzius’ device, the energy from the quantum flux field is tapped into, then trapped by the water, turning it into a charged gas of diatomic & monatomic hydrogen & oxygen atoms, in a mixture of hydrated electrons. When combusted, the plasma implosion/explosion forms back into pure water. The plasma gas is a stoichiometric blend that is perfect for combustion applications.

This device behaves very similarly to Stan Meyer’s Electron Extraction Circuit (which uses lasers), and is the key electronic mechanism which makes his device a true water fuel cell, because the EEC produces an electrical current. The transducers, which face each other, vibrate a high radio frequency (in the ~20KHZ-200KHZ region). The power is low enough not to cause bodily harm, so is perhaps less than 200 watts. Since there is little if any heat build up between the working transducers, the excess energy exhibited with the Brown’s gas can not be traced, thus pointing to the quantum vacuum as the source of free energy.

John Kanzius’ device may be the same explanation for the technology behind the Segway inventor, Dean Kaman’s newest invention, the WATER PURIFIER.

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Narrow track vehicles – the convergence of the car and the motorcycle

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Sitting in Nissan’s Landglider was an experience, I’d been looking forward to it since I first spied the pre-show imagery – this truly is near the point where the motorcycle and automobile meet. It’s a two passenger vehicle, one behind the other, it’s half the width of a conventional car and it leans through corners like a motorcycle.

Being fully enclosed and with impact absorption zones and a composite protection tub, the Land Glider’s pilot is a lot less vulnerable than a motorcycle rider, yet the Land Glider’s light weight and the punchy electric motors mean a motorcycle-like torque to weight ratio for quick acceleration and the steer-by-wire system leans the Land Glider up to 17 degrees – it may not be the 45 degree plus of a sports motorcycle, and the proof-of-concept will surely be in the driving experience as to how drive-by-wire feels in comparison to the mechanical systems we’re all accustomed to, but it’s more than enough to have safe, low-speed fun commuting to the office.

The Land Glider is one of a wave of new single track concept vehicles being shown by auto makers this year as they begin preparing for yet another looming crisis for the auto industry – Global Traffic Congestion!

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The Wallmounted Waterbutt – save rain water for later us

watersavergutter  The Wallmounted Waterbutt – save rain water for later us

Prestige Wall Mounted Butt
(100 Litre Wall Mounted Water Butt) * Space Saving, Attractive, Prestige Design
* Mounts over your downpipe with built in Rain Divertor
* Cannot overflow, excess water goes back down the pipe
* Rotationally Moulded to a High Quality, Robust finish
* 100 Litres Usable Water Capacity
* Tap can be fitted on either side
* Supplied with brackets and fixing kit
* 3 Year Guarantee
* Totally Child-Safe and Pet Proof
* 122cm x 46cm x 23cm
* No Stand Required
* UV Protected Design

How it works:  Demo

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High Tech oil spill solution oil busting robots

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There are some new bots called OSP on the drawing board. Using advance robotics, these guys autonomously work together to contain an oil spill by surrounding it with an inflatable barrier. Once contained, clean-up crews can jump in and suck the oil out. After reading this, my Roomba just quit.  The faster a spill can be dealt with – the better the outcome.

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