Green Tech Beat: Solar Powered Supertrees, Honda Fit Electric Car
Here's a round up of interesting green technology news this week from EarthTechling, a green technology news and lifestyle website focused on consumers.
Singapore Grows Forest Of Solar-Powered Supertrees
In just a few weeks, Singapore will officially open the doors to a 250-acre landscaping project called Gardens by the Bay. In addition to tropical flowers, climbing ferns, and a spectacular view, this massive waterfront garden will feature a man-made mechanical forest of solar-powered trees up to 50 meters high. According to CNN, the garden’s 18 supertrees will do more than just give the public something to look at. Each will act as a vertical garden, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater.
Outdoor Gym Turns Your Extra Calories Into Electricity
To counteract the sedentary lifestyle that has come along with our technology-saturated lives, we buy expensive contracts to huge gyms full of exercise equipment that sucks up tons of valuable energy. Meanwhile, we chug away on the treadmill and elliptical machine, totally oblivious to the energy that’s being wasted with every step. The designers behind The Great Outdoor Gym Company spotted this opportunity for energy conservation, and came up with a creative solution. The company’s newly developed Green Energy Gym Technology harnesses people power with cardio outdoor gym equipment and then converts it into useable electricity.
Broken Record: German Solar Has A Huge May
Solar accounted for a monthly record 4 terawatt-hours of electricity in Germany in May, about 10 percent of the electricity the country used and 40 percent more solar power than was generated in May 2011. But was it too much of a good thing? The report from the Federal Association of Energy and Water on Friday attributed the big total to sunny weather and the country’s expansion of solar capacity over the past year. In 2011 alone, Germany added 7.5 gigawatts of capacity, around four times the 1.9 GW the United States installed in 2011.