Technology
What is Green Fuel?

What is Green Fuel?

Green fuel technologies are developing world wide to alleviate dependance on fossil fuels.  What is green fuel and what does it mean to a society that relies on fossil fuels? Green fuel is a general term, referring to “environmentally friendly” alternative fuels, specifically biofuels derived from organic materials that can be replenished. Although the word...
Hydroelectricity: How Energy is Made from Water

Hydroelectricity: How Energy is Made from Water

All the energy that most people enjoy so freely is derived at some point from natural resources. Water specifically is one resource that is used to generate electricity. There are two established ways to make hydroelectricity; via a water powered turbine (what the water wheel was to kinetic energy the turbine is to electricity) and...
What Causes Oil Spills?

What Causes Oil Spills?

Oil, a natural resource, becomes unnatural when it leaves the depths of the Earth and into the living surface for industrial purpose. The most obvious and devastating depiction of this is an oil spill in the ocean, however large commercial pipelines can break anywhere, destructing everything in its path. Why do such accidents occur and...
I Want to Ride My Electric Bicycle

I Want to Ride My Electric Bicycle

In the modern world of gizmos, rapidly advancing technologies make life easier or at least faster. Lots of technologies mean we spend a lot let time being active. Computers enable us to pick and order our food, clothes, books and other purchases from our sofa to be delivered to our door; cars take us from...
Farming With Horses

Farming With Horses

In the olden days we relied on the natural resources we had at hand to cultivate agricultural land. Today, many again have turned to these old techniques to save on costs and reduce the carbon footprint cultivation of agricultural land leaves behind.   Commonly, horses are used as show horses, racers, on ranches to cut...
Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Hydroponics is defined as “the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil”.   Vertical hydroponics is simply put the vertical distribution of water. It takes up wall space instead of floor space and works much like normal hydroponics. Many people opt for this type of growing system...
The Ancient Mayans, A Lesson on Sustainability

The Ancient Mayans, A Lesson on Sustainability

The ancient pre-Columbian Maya culture was one of the great and flourishing civilizations.  Mayans used their traditional ecological knowledge to modify their landscape in stable and resilient ways; in essence, they were early practitioners of ecological engineering. One example of ecological engineering is their method of rainwater collection.  The Maya could not use groundwater, such...

Simple and Sustainable Technologies Developed at the IDDS

Recently, the 5th annual International Development Design Summit (IDDS 2011) concluded in Ghana and a number of simple and sustainable technologies were developed and showcased that will enhance the livelihood and health of millions of people.   The IDDS is a hands-on conference, not one of those boring talking meetings focused on papers and proceedings. ...
The 100 Dollar Laptop

The 100 Dollar Laptop

The 100 Dollar laptop, also known as the Children’s Machine, 2B1 and better known as the XO-1, is an inexpensive subnotebook computer.   It was created with the goal of distributing the laptop to children in developing countries, effectively giving them the opportunity to explore and learn, in the end leading to a better quality...
Clean Technologies, the Future?

Clean Technologies, the Future?

Clean technologies provide the shining beacon of hope in the dark world issues of climate change, energy security and energy price hikes. We need new solutions and we need them fast. The industry that provides the practical solutions to these problems is fast growing and covers many aspects of sustainable engineering.   Smog or air...
Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Tank-less or “on demand” hot water heaters are becoming more popular in America. These gas-heated models take up less space than the large water heaters we’re used to and heat water as you need it, as opposed to keeping a supply of water continuously heated, which saves energy. These models have become the norm in...
UV Water Purifier – Let Ultraviolet Light Do The Hard Work

UV Water Purifier – Let Ultraviolet Light Do The Hard Work

Countries, be it urban or rural communities, are always in need of clean water. As human beings we need clean water to survive, but this means pouring chemicals into water in order to kill bacteria. These chemicals in turn are not always healthy to us, nor is it to our environment.   Think green when...