Sunday, January 30, 2011

Energy efficiency | IDAE: Institute for the diversity visa and energy savings

Institute for diversification and energy saving (IDAE) is a Spanish business public entity that depends on the Secretariat-General for energy and in turn the Ministry of industry, tourism and trade . Their functions, programs and activities are varied and also has on its website with a large amount of information and statistics on saving energy , energy efficiency and renewable energy.


IDAE mission is precisely, the promote energy efficiency and rational use in our country, and at the same time encourage the diversification of energy production with special emphasis on renewable energy. Their projects both within the Action Plan 2005-2012 strategy-saving and energy efficiency to Spain as in the Plan of energy renewable 2005- 2010 .

Of their multiple areas of work include:

the promotion of the implementation of new technologies saving and substitution in the industrial sectors, agriculture, housing, services, buildings and transportation .the management and monitoring of energy efficiency and savings plans developed in Spain .the promotion of the use of rational and efficient energy in all areas.


collaboration with the European Commission and with other countries in the management of programmes energy. support for Spanish companies seeking funds to finance the implementation of these integrated provision of energy efficiency to those sectors which require a catalyst for its implantation. promoting the competitiveness of the Spanish companies guaranteeing the sustainability and environmental respect.

To know in details the funding programmes that gives this institution, access reports updated on renewable energies and councils to improve the energy efficiency of IDAE we recommend entering .

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Saturday, January 29, 2011


Finally I come to Mexico the best-selling hybrid car in the world, the Toyota Prius. After a long wait, July 21 Japanese brand released model Toyota Prius Premium, a vehicle that has a gasoline engine and another electric powered from batteries which are able to reload with braking, declines in earrings and bearing working together.

This is thanks to a system known as "COGS planetary" to intelligently Select if energy must transfer via gasoline or the electric engine.

The electric motor of the Prius is able to develop speeds of up to 30 kilometres per hour for 8 completely autonomous km, something that surely appreciate in traffic that keep off combustion engine lights, the system of air-conditioning and audio work with batteries, fuel economy is really good.

While the internal combustion engine alone is 100% more efficient than a conventional engine already that this not lies the task of the boot.

Inside of the equipment for the version to Mexico emphasizes the JBL system with 8 speakers, bluetooth connection with controls on the steering wheel for cell phone, reverse, camera electric and one touch control of cruise, glass headlights illuminated by LEDs, 7 pockets of air, access and boot without key, electronic stability control Antilock braking, electronic distribution of the braking force assisted in emergency, among others.

Seems a good choice, isn't it?. This, when you can pay, the Prius has a price superior to the 428 thousand pesos, what comes to mind where are so widely spoken tax benefits? I understand that you will not pay tenure, but any car in its segment already paid this happy tax.

Technologically hybrid cars are a great option to minimize CO2 emissions from combustion engines, but as long as they have these high costs without real fiscal benefits, remain a luxury and not a necessity.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Its Easy to Learn How to Make Solar Panels

Home Made Energy

Learn How to make solar panels

Plenty of people have been looking into installing solar panels in an effort to combat rising energy costs.

When most of these people see the prices of the professionally installed panels they realize it may not be a luxury they can afford.

There is an easier, more cost efficient way to harness power from the sun and that is to learn how to build solar panels yourself.

Any motivated do-it-yourselfer can learn how to build solar panels for their home, workshop or business.

When compared to the cost of purchasing and installing a pre-made solar energy system, learning how to produce solar panels for your energy needs and the materials you need to execute the project are far less.

By learning how to build solar panels for yourself, you have greater control over the size and design of your system as well.

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Once you have a quality manual and you have learned how to build solar panels, the supplies are fairly simple to find.

Most can be found at your local hardware store like, plywood, sheets of glass, and a roll of copper wire. It is also easy to locate inexpensive solar or photovoltaic cells to use in your project.

Many are available over the Internet or you may have a retailer available locally.

One you?ve learned how to build solar panels and you have your supplies, it usually takes about a day to assemble a 100-watt panel. This is the perfect amount of electricity to operate small appliances or a small workshop. The most important step is finding a quality manual with detailed instructions for learning how to build solar panels.

In many cases you get what you pay for, so don?t be afraid to spend a few extra dollars on a well-reviewed instruction manual.

Overall, the cost of the making your own panels is so low, the price of the how to guide is minimal-you will still be paying way less learning how to make solar panels on your own than purchasing a professionally installed system.

With a little bit effort, you can be on your way to learning how to make solar panels to meet your energy needs. Then sit back and bask in the pride the next time the power goes out on your block. Your lights will still be on because you learned how to build solar panels and your energy supply is still in your battery bank.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Home Made Energy

Home Made Energy (HME)

I wanted to share my experience in purchasing a product that many other people recommended: Home Made Energy I've been researching for many ways to generate renewable energy from your home.

It can be done. But until very recently this was very, very expensive.

Luckily, Bill Ford figured out a way to build a solar or wind generator for $200 or even $100.

I was skeptical at first when I saw their website. However, seeing that they provide a 60-day money-back guarantee, I decided to give it a fair trial.

And I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole experience with their product.

I just had to try both these systems. And I had a lot of fun while building them.It taught me how to easily build a solar or wind generator. And I'm not an engineer or anything like that. It was that they specific details on where to get every piece and instructions on how to put everything together.

After about 6 hours spent on it and $170 invested, I had my own solar panel.

After another 5 hours spent and $120, I had my own wind mill generator.

I would say a big YES! Otherwise I wouldn't even bother to write about this.

You can buy a wind or solar generator and pay someone to install it. But from my research this will cost you at least a couple thousands dollars.

And the DIY products from Home Made Enrgy will generate all the electricity you need, with only a tiny bit of any other investment, whatsoever.

To me it was like buying "free gold". I save more on my monthly bill than I invested in the whole system.

This small thing that I've done for my home will save me this year thousands of dollars.

Plus, I have learned a lot from the Home Made Energy guide. Everything is explained very straight forward and it contains information that you need to know.

Otherwise you can rely on someone else. And you probably know how costly and frustrating this can be some times...

So, if you consume any electricity at all, this product is for you. I mean, you can even take your generators to family picnics. Yes, that means portable electricity!

If I want to get really fault-finder about this, I can probably think of one or two minor things that weren't great about the product:

1. HME is available only for the English-speaking market. If you only know how to speak Spanish, German or French, this one is no good for you. Unless you have a translator. But if you can read and comprehend my review, you won't have any problems with this one.

2. HME comes as an electronic book (eBook). I would have probably liked more to hold a genuine printed book in my hand, without having to print it myself. But they do have a good reason for providing only an online version. They update the guide on monthly basis.

They collect the information from users and also publish their latest discoveries when it comes to renewable energy. Plus another benefit to this is that you have instant access to it. It took me less than three minutes until I could read my own copy of Home Made Energy. Other than that, I give to everything a 10. The product gives superb value for the money.

If you care at all about how much you spend or about a healthier environment, you should grab this product now. I've research for more than 2 years now and I honestly haven't found anything like it, by a big margin.

There are some other guides for DIY wind and solar generators, but all of those that I've read don't get into the same details as Energy Made at Home

This product is the best product I have bought in the last five years, at least. Quality is great. Value is superb.

If you want to save money on your electricity bill, be energy independent, or even help our environment, then you need to grab Home Made Energy right now!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saving energy at home: electricity

In a previous post I wanted to address the issue of saving energy at home , starting with one of the resources more prized, water. I linked the water saving energy, simply because for this it is necessary to waste a series of essential resources for everyone.3340ee5b8cff48ee47133e7e022ef3b2 time is the turn to electricity, and best time to accept good WINS these tips now, when they have risen us greatly light invoice and gas.These tips I will classify this post can serve the same to the House that the place of trabajo:comprueba the door of the refrigerator seal perfectly, placing a sheet of paper between it and the body of the refrigerator; If it slips to pull her, should change the label as this defect makes electricity consumption increased.Avoid that exhaust the fridge cold opening the door as little as possible.Not your clothing in small proportions you laves, join her and load it with a permissible maximum.Where you see the TV it is recommendable to have low levels of illumination, so avoid the reflection on the screen and you save energy.When you leave a room disconnect hot or cold air conditioner.show_image_NpAdvSinglePhoto.php With these simple tricks, surely we can do something to save energy. They look like nonsense, but help us much in the long run.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Depletion of natural resources

In this blog. We often talk about renewable energy . But I realized that is interesting to know because there is so much emphasis on the use of renewable energy. I think it's just because, or we can promote the depletion of natural resources.raffinerie Natural resources are all goods and services provided by nature without alteration of human beings. Also contribute to the well-being and development of directly or indirectly.It is clear that there are resources and renewable natural resources non-renewable natural or non-renewable energy. To do this post I thought it was desirable to discuss natural resources which are not primarily renewable and therefore prone to his exhaustion or more easy to exhaust.Exhaustible natural resources could include mainly: tierra we must be very clear that such a resource may end up one day. Unfortunately, the advance of modern civilizations has echo are you consume much of these resources very quickly, mainly due to the pace of production and life countries more developed. With our obsession with developing new forms of industry and exploitation of mother earth, we have only managed to increase the speed and the depletion of natural resources.Natural resources are of extreme importance for the economy of the countries and the global economy, as a country's economy is usually determined by the amount of resources available.As a result, in recent years, we have moved to rely on a very important natural resource for the industry and life in the last century, oil. It is a resource that we know will end for some decades and therefore has encouraged research into new sources of energy inexhaustible. Addition is being carried out in different countries some political par reduce the consumption of this matter and make it lasts Policies carried out, is the ban on plastic bags , countries as Spain. A stupid way to squander this natural resource, you need to create thousands of years.Unfortunately, this energy change is a challenge for countries developed by some years have to seek ways to technologically evolve that have a low environmental impact.Unfortunately, the reality that holds the current world in which we live, translates into a lifestyle based on oil. We move with oil, consumismos oil, we pay with oil. Although we do not create it, we can do much to solve the problem of exhaustion of natural resources. Simply, if all we stop eating so many resources and products, we can reduce the impact a little. Independent of Governments to impose more sanctions to manufacture or use of non-renewable resources, we must understand that the vast majority of humanity, which uses these resources. Simply to stop using products made from oil, we can make a great well to the planet. Addition, if we think with common sense and look to a future in which we not because so many exhaustible products, we preserve life on Earth, for the good of all and for the sake of humanity.


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Monday, January 24, 2011

Wind farms

Recently we explain things on wind energy in this blog. It was necessary that a blog about renewable energy was here. But often tends to be that when we talk about something, that need to investigate and discover, becomes another topic more. And because I myself I asked where was this precious energy of the future, I decided to talk about parks wind.

Parques eólicos

Let us remember that wind power is all that obtained from wind and is transformed into forms useful for activities human.

parques eólicos

Wind energy He is obtained by wind turbines. These are some generators, which are driven by a turbine which in turn is driven by the wind . They use a system similar to its predecessors, the windmills. They are so similar to the latter, at a general level and vulgar terms often call these windmills.These generators are considered to be a source of clean energy, renewable, that energy production do not require a combustion which produces polluting waste. Thus we can say that a wind park does not contaminate the environment, becoming the means of energy production more clean has discovered the man.As we have said before, a wind farm can be the means of energy production more clean that it exists. But we have not made it clear they are wind farms. These are a set of wind turbine that transforms wind power into electricity .Wind farms are often built in open spaces, both on land surfaces and in the water. It is more common to find them on Earth, but it seems that in recent years it has popularized the build them in the sea, supposedly because the sea floor will not be as expensive as the of land.To build a wind park, are very account different features existing soil and the environment. It is usually a time period important to take steps which makes it conducive to build a wind park, takes into account the direction and power of the wind.In spite of all this is beginning to have a wind farm in the sea is much more efficient. Here is the link to an interesting article where carefully explains how builds a wind farm in the sea.

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If look at general level the situation in Europe . We can say that the biggest investors in wind farms are: Germany, Scotland, Spain and Portugal. Germany has the largest number of wind parks in the world, it shows that they know investing in renewable.Spain, little by little becomes a big gap in this field which has big future. It has 11.615 MW of installed wind power which represents 9% of total demand.Humans do not have a limit set, that is something inexplicable but existing, we have no course and much less a Cap. We move forward, and this will supposedly be the century of renewable.Been long consumiente many exhaustible resources, and that is something that has to inevitably jigsaw in society. It is something of life or death.This type of renewable energy field, you will find one such as wind, very clean and inexhaustible. Only recoup a large investment, which in future will become the only make energy. Change towards clean energy is unavoidable, primarily because the earth itself will never leave that end up with it, through resources limited.




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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kyoto Protocol

To combat pollution and care more for the planet, it is necessary to have a commitment, a conviction which follow, that can be supported with different rules or agreements, if they are founded by a large number of countries around the world, as it is the case of the Kyoto Protocol.


This agreement is found inside of which is the framework Convention of the United Nations on climate change (UNFCCC) and definitively adopted on 11 December 1997 in the city of Kyoto (Japan), although issues, its application was not effective until February 16, 2005.

In November of last year it was ratified no more and no less than by 187 States, with the curiosity that U.S., precisely the largest worldwide greenhouse gas emitter was one of which has not ratified this Protocol.

Emisiones CO2

The main objective of this Convention is the reduction of emissions of the six gases mainly caused by global warming, which are below:

Carbon dioxide (CO2)Perfluorocarbons (PFCS) sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) Gas methane (CH4) nitrous oxide (N2O) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

The primary goal is to reduce emissions by 5% as the deadline to the year 2012, compared to the amount emitted in 1990 (where these gases pollution reached 100%), percentage expressed globally, though each country has a rate that should decrease towards the fixed period.

Chimenea CO2

In regard to the European Union, the following greenhouse gas reduction rates have been set:

Germany (- 21%) Austria (- 13%) Belgium (- 7, 5%) Denmark (- 21%) Spain (- 15%) Italy (- 6, 5%) Luxembourg (- 28%) the Netherlands (- 6% UK (- 12%) Finland (- 2, 6%) France (- 1, 9%) Spain (+ 15%) Greece (+ 25%) Ireland (+ 13%) Portugal (+ 27%) Sweden (+ 4%)

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In Spain, shown is currently far meet the quantity which are committed, as in recent years reached figures that demonstrate the contrary, with increases reaching up to 52%, problems directly related to the development of the transport and industries, in addition to the increase in energy consumption.

This has led to recent years pose different regulations which encourage the reduction of emission of gaseous pollutants, highlighting for example the Plan 2000E and exemption imposed registration discounts applied to cars that are below an quantity of CO2 emitted.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


The over-consumption is currently one of the greatest threats to the environment. Is this that those of us working around the globe are trying to promote a more sustainable consumption. Now, do you know the huge profits that it generates?

When you choose to eat sustainably you start to analyze critically the ads and check your real needs to buy only those things that you need. Needless to say that this is the best action each of us can take in favour of the environment, as we are saving natural resources, water and energy, while avoiding the generation of large amount of pollutants in the manufacturing and waste at the end of the life cycle.

Inclinate towards the recycling of materials such as paper, cardboard, glass, metals, etc. or to reuse objects (plastic bags, containers, clothes, etc.). In this way also aid the planet consume fewer resources.

If we consume less water less affect ecosystems, species spaces will preserve and maintain ecosystem resilience. If you consume less energy smaller amounts of greenhouse gases will emit and therefore decrease the climate change. They will be issued also cleaner that produce acid rain. Less climate change and acid rain will help to preserve ecosystems. As a result of the above will be less accumulation of toxic chemicals in the environment. These factors will help to preserve people's health and the environment.

See an example. If your already have a purse or backpack and you choose not to buy a new one, despite the fact that perhaps many of your friends do, you'll be: avoiding expand the agricultural frontier for growing cotton; probably saving valuable areas of forest; decreasing the consumption of water and energy in their manufacture; reducing the consumption of hydrocarbons used for plastic components (strips, labels, etc.); reducing the impacts of mining linked to the extraction of metallic materials (closure or zippers); preventing pollution in all production processes from the extraction of oil, electricity production, manufacturing and dyeing of fabrics and other materials, etc.; reducing climate change and the rain; etc.

Consequently, the way we consume determines our chances to achieve sustainable development. It is a decision of all and each one of us.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Jalisco, as it has already done in Oaxaca and arises in Baja California, was built a wind farm capable of meeting almost 125 thousand household energy demand.

The project envisaged starting in the last quarter of 2011 and creared in Ojuelos municipality, Jalisco. Approximate investment is 100 million dollars.

"We are now in all approvals and permits the authorities", explained Oscar Galindo rivers, project director. He also said that 100% of the investment will be private.

The new Aeolus-power plant shall consist of 30 wind turbines with a capacity of 2 MW each. What is a wind farm with capacity of 60 Megawatts (MW) and an estimated annual production of electricity from 180.00 GWh per year, which is expected to leave issue 102 thousand tons per year of carbon dioxide.

The company interconectará the energy that produces a plant of the Federal Electricity Commission later sell it to the industries.

For two years Mexico Eoliatec started talks with farmers in the area to conclude contracts and making measurements.

In Mexico, another State that already has wind projects is Oaxaca, where expected that by 2012 already installed 2 thousand 500 MW.

Specialist added that other entities where have projects for wind energy generation are Baja California and Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Zacatecas, Veracruz and Yucatán.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Gradually the sustainable housing in our country begins open way, since there agreement specialists of real estate, approximately 50,000 homes this type in all Mexico, far short of new and used housing.

In the differences we can find a sustainable housing and a common and current, we find the following:

Reduction in the CO2 emissions, use of thermal blocks that retain heat or bring a cooler environment, savers pockets of energy harvesting rain water and wastewater to make them not drinking for purposes of irrigation, changing toilet for 4 litres boxes, use paintings anti reflejantes, use of solar cells to heat water, separation of organic and inorganic waste.

And cost, sustainable housing can be between 25 and 40 per cent more expensive by the type of materials and specific facilities. Savings is in maintenance costs than on average is 25% per month (for consumption of electricity, gas, water).

Yet we cannot speak there a culture of sustainable in Mexico, housing it is first necessary to have the infrastructure necessary to build this type of housing.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

OZONE? Second part.

The amount of O3 varies with solar radiation depending on the place of the world where one is found, the altitude and the season is measured.

The famous "hole in the ozone layer" problem is that scientists have identified variations in the amount of ozone beyond natural changes and which have their origin in the activity of man since more than 50 years ago began to use some chemicals that destroy the ozone and being the shield we were talking about is weakening.

The main chemicals that affect the ozone layer are: CFCs are chlorofluorocarbons used as refrigerants, solvents, foaming agents and some things. Other compounds that affect the ozone layer to contain chlorine (Cl) are methyl chloroform (solvent) and tetrachloride carbon (chemical industrialist). On the other hand there are substances that affect the ozone to contain bromine (Br). Among these, the most common are halons, used to extinguish the fire.

These substances are very stable are dispersed by wind and reach the stratosphere (where the ozone layer). While that these molecules not break happens nothing but when they meet with UV rays are starting and there begins the problem. From they release chlorine (Cl) or bromine (Br) and these are the ozone-destroying.

There are other sources that contain chlorine and bromine (swimming pools, volcanoes, sea, various industrial processes) but they do not reach the stratosphere combined with water and fall in the form of rain.

Some agencies marine and large fires can generate chlorine that reaches our ozone but are responsible for only 15% of the generated chlorine. The rest is the work of man.

Chlorine and bromine break the molecules of O3 and while it continues to produce ozone naturally in the stratosphere, is more the amount destroying that which it is built. And this is how we are losing this powerful shield that protects us from UV-B rays (less amount of ozone protection).

Imagine a chlorine atom can destroy nearly 100,000 ozone molecules!!!!
But surely you've heard of the hole ozone. He is known by that name to the sector in which thinning the layer is greater: Antarctica.

If we take into account that for each 1% less than ozone there is 2% more impact on the Earth's surface UV-B rays, we realize that the problem is very serious.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Will Robots Clean Up Future Oil Spills?

Seaswarm Robots Cleaning oil spills can be costly business. If eco-friendly robots can take over and clean all the mess it will be good for marine life and humans too. MIT is developing Seaswarm robots that will utilize a special substance to absorb and collect oil from the sea surface. If everything turns out well, these robots can be used commercially in a year. These robots work best collectively. They can detect the oil spills on their own and then convey the message to their robotic group and chalk out a strategy among themselves to clean the mess.

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Design of a Seaswarm:
Assaf Biderman supervised this project at MIT. He is also the associate director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab. According to him the $20,000 robots will be put on exhibition in Venice, Italy. The Seaswarm robots give the appearance of a conveyor belt of a treadmill. The conveyer belt contains material which the MIT guys call a paper towel for oil spills. It can absorb up to 20 times its weight in oil. This belt floats on the sea surface and connected to an ice cooler. When it turns the belt pushes the robots frontward and absorbs the oil with the aid of a nanomaterial. This nanomaterial is designed to attract oil and repel water. Biderman explains it as a carpet rolling on the surface of the water.

How Seaswarm works:
After soaking up the oil on the sea surface the robot can burn it on the spot or it can leave the oil in a bag which can be collected later. The heater is located on the “ice cooler” part of the body. The oil stored in the bag can be reused. According to Biderman, robots are good team players. They coordinate with one another with the help of GPS location data. They devise a strategy to clean up the mess in an effective way.

Advantages of Seaswarm:
Cost effective: If the Seaswarm robots are being deployed at the oil spill site they prove to be relatively cheap, quick and effective at cleaning up oil spills. Otherwise cleaning oil spills is quite costly as it need big ships and trained crews in large numbers. Biderman is of the opinion that if the Seaswarm robots would have been used at the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the robots would have cleaned up the oil in two months. The cost of the whole operation would have amounted to $100 million to $200 million. If we care to look at the statistics about 800 skimming boats were in service to clean up the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. It would have needed only 5,000 to 10,000 of MIT’s autonomous robots to complete the same task.

Eco Friendly: The Seaswarm robots use clean and green solar energy. They need only 100 watts of power, or about that of a bright light bulb for their operations. You can utilize them on sea for months and they won’t ask for overtime for working incessantly.

Stability: Biderman says, “Because it (conveyor belt) adheres to the surface of the water, it cannot capsize,” he said, “So it can withstand quite severe weather. Imagine this like a leaf that lands on the surface of the water and moves with the waves and the currents and cannot be flipped over.” The robots can work under extreme conditions and rough weather. Biderman said MIT’s oil-sopping robot would be most effective in situations like the recent oil disaster, where oil is spread out.

Damage can be confined to a smaller area: Biderman shares his opinion, “Ideally, when spillage happens, the best thing to do is to contain it right where the spillage occurs. But quite often the oil goes out of containment, and this is where this technology would be most effective.”

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Energy savings and Home: water

With this article, I have dared to give a series of tips related to the energy consumption at home and natural resources. We dividiremos into two parts, which are two of the resources you figures you can bequeath to consume a House.


The first one, and we will try in this first article is water.It water is a natural resource essential for all known life forms, human beings are made up of 80% of water. This substance covers 71% of the surface of the Earth's crust. It is mainly located in the oceans which concentrates 96.5% of the total water, glaciers and polar ice caps have 1.74%.However, in recent years we have account that water is a good little. I enter all can contribute to that not is he squandered, as taking a series of habits can save a lot of water.There are devices that lower water spending in fitting: Paralizadores: they enroscan in I knob and cost about 16 or 20 euros.


Fittings single: replaced two controllers to have easier control over volume and the temperature of the water.Thermostatic cartridges: They inserted into the tap to avoid the complete change of the fitting and allow to reach the desired water temperature without having the tap open for a long time.Other devices include are: showers ahorradoras and other devices to reduce spending tanks.Apart from trying to transform some supplies or reduce the flow of water, also remains the choice usually very recommended to close the taps when they are not using (brushing teeth, washing hands, etc...)

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Sunday, January 16, 2011


Photovoltaic solar energy can be convertiren a great business for manufacturing, in the North of the country to the can export it to us.

The energy potential of the area is very high, the annual average insolation exceeds 6 kw/h per square meter per day. Due to this, the Secretariat of environment and natural resources (Semarnat) recognized its potential and business opportunity for export to the United States.

In an interview to Juan Elvira Quesada, owner of Semarnat assured even is possible and feasible to export solar energy to the United States, without any obstacle or legal problem. In California, United States, there is an initiative, in review, which would require that 32% of the energy used in that State must generate from renewable sources.

"Now being discussed how much renewable energy must produce the same State of California, rather than import it", he said.

He added that to the extent that this Mexico making solar panels, there will be more opportunities.

The director of the Commission on cooperation ecological border (Cocef), Daniel Chacon Anaya, explained that the team used for the generation of solar energy in Mexico currently comes from China, country maquiladora industry could take this renewable energy source development to become producer and supplier of solar cells.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Bioclimatic housing is housing construction taking into account the climatic conditions and use environmental resources like the Sun, vegetation, rain, wind and reduce energy consumption.

In addition to savings in maintenance, housing built based on the bioclimatic brings health, well-being and comfort to occupants.

Include this type of housing is in designing buildings, taking into account the climatic conditions of the area. Bioclimatic housing may achieve great savings and even become self-sustainable, if take into account the following:

Orientation: consider the location and orientation of the property depending on whether you want to capture or avoid the solar radiation.

Thermal insulation: materials to correct Windows protection waterproofing and thickness of walls, avoiding the loss of heat in the winter and summer gains.

Cross ventilation: correct ventilation prevents excessive air conditioners.

Renewable energy: capture the energy of the Sun, rain or wind and turn it into heat or electricity, gives us the opportunity to have a 100% sustainable housing.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Presentation of 3rd Eco Forum

For third consecutive year, ecological Union team, with the collaboration of public and private entities and the participation of a committed group of experts, organizes on 28 and 29 October 2010 in Espai Francesca Bonnemaison Barcelona the 3rd World Forum of ECHO, an international gathering that seeks the reflection and the creation of networks and synergies with the aim of generating new ideas towards a more sustainable and responsible society.

Conservation and promotion of biodiversity child elements key to achieving the objectives of the sustainability of society. Accelerating social and economic changes have led to a depletion of natural resources and the disappearance of species and habitats often irreversible. These environmental losses impoverished the natural capital of the company and endanger our social, economic and environmental well-being.

The Convention on biological diversity, developed at the United Nations Conference for environment and development, aims to achieve a significant reduction in the loss of biodiversity at global, regional and local level. This challenge is not only the environmental sector, since the concept of biodiversity affects and is the responsibility of all stakeholders: companies, civil society organizations, Governments and citizens strengthening are developed through the exchange of goods and services ecosystem, and have a fundamental role in the protection and promotion.

Eco Forum world 2010 in coherence with the international year of biological diversity (2010), aims to contribute an East multilevel and multidisciplinary, multiagent approach requires the preservation and promotion of biodiversity on the planet. This framework, this third edition drills down transformation, with a program (ecological) and special (bio) diversity so that cross related biodiversity with economy, politics, city, business and society in general.


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

What is the use of cotton plastic bags more sustainable?

According to the President of the international society for industrial ecology, Roland Cliff, use plastic bags daily consumption habits is more sustainable use of cotton, always of plastics are handled correctly as residue.

The expert has defended this idea during his speech on the theory of life held intelligence ecological Congress opened in Barcelona, which intends to analyse the environmental costs of production of materials a Santiago of his "mere" front.

"It is better to use plastic bags if managed correctly, do not use them hay no problem in", has assured Cliff admitting proposals of life cycle shed conclusions "a little popular times".

Cliff has explained a cotton bag 150 times must be used to compensate for its ecological cost of production, whether it contains numerous biopolymers (polymers such as proteins and nucleic acids biological processes involved).

Holds this premise is always kept plastic bags are used repeatedly and subsequently manage correctly a recycling through plastic of the. "Isn't greener bag if of one-time pulls to the sea", has been clarified.,

· cotton bags plastic bags

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Elcogas launches the first CO2 capture plant in Spain

Elcogas, operates since 1998 the plant integrated gasification combined cycle (GICC) of Puertollano (Ciudad Real), has completed the implementation of its pilot CO2 capture unit.

Starting this week the plant will begin producing ready to store CO2 or Santiago, becoming, once optimized processes, to produce up to 100 t/day of CO2, which is enough to continue with research for recycling or Santiago an industrial scale, or to transfer it for tests to be performed previously to the establishment of geological storage of CO2.

This technology is one of the three pillars, along with improving efficiency and the use of renewable energy, referred to by the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change, United Nations, the International Energy Agency, and by the European Commission, para mitigation of climate change in the short and medium term.

The implementation of the capture of CO2 in central GICC is associated H2 obtaining opens it a way to efficiently co-production, economic and environmentally, H2 and electricity with indigenous fuels.

The pilot plant has been built within the singular and strategic project "CO2 technology" with the support of the Ministry of science and innovation, and the key and resolute support of the governing body of communities of Castilla - La Mancha.

In this environment begins a period of testing for characterization and data extraction to determine their application a mayor of scale. Posteriormente unit will be offered as research platform for development and demonstration of CO2, producing clean H2 and Santiago or storing CO2 capture processes scientific and industrial community.,

· OF CO2 · Integrated in combined cycle gasification Elcogas · GICC

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Power Sticker to Boost Solar Power Generation

Solar Power Sticker New and unique ways of making solar panels more efficient in power generation are coming to light every day. The new kid in the block of one such device is a large transparent sticker applied to the front of the panel which increases the power output by about 10% or so. Genie Lens Technologies is the firm which has developed these polymer film stickers. These polymer films are imprinted with special kind of microstructures. Even the panels that have been prior installed and working can have these polymer stickers applied easily to them and the stickers will boost their efficiency.

Specialty of the microstructures:
The microstructures on the polymer stickers are capable of bending and redirecting the sunlight. These materials in the panel are made to absorb more light and so more power is generated. Seth Weiss, CEO & Cofounder of Genie Lens, Englewood, CO is confident of the advantages of using these special films.

Three purposes of the polymer films:
There are three main actions that are activated by these polymer films:

Preventing light from reflecting off the solar panel surfaces.Trapping light to stay inside the semiconducting materials which absorb the light and then convert it into power.Redirecting the light that comes in so that the light will travel along the semiconductor material surface and not just pass through the material; this increases the likelihood of absorption of light more than before.

Special algorithms for the microstructures:
All the above three purposes are achieved by the special pattern the microstructures. The polymer films direct and re-direct the light rays that fall on the solar panel. The glass cover that protects the solar panels, the semiconductor material that is within and the panel’s back surface – all react with the polymer films in a special pattern.

Just so re-direction of light rays:
The polymer films bend the light just the optimal amount so it will not be reflected off and lost. It makes the light to be redirected right into the solar panel again to reap the maximum power generation. Improvement is present even when sky is cloudy.

Results claimed:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory results prove the fact that the films increase power output between 4-12.5% even when cloudy weather makes the light diffuse. Just adding the films increase cost of power generation by 1-10% but benefits far outweigh the cost, claims the lab. The question to be proved is the test of durability – which will be best answered by future.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Cheapest Green Car – Honda Fit Hybrid

Honda Fit Hybrid In tune with its focus on continuing with combining hybrid attempts and smaller size, Honda is offering another hybrid – the smallest and cheapest. This fall, Honda’s Fit will be on sale in Japan priced at 1.6 million yen hoping to become an instant hit. Honda will be launching the cute little car in the 2010 Auto Show at Paris in October under the name Honda Fit Hybrid. Its petrol version, called Jazz/Honda Fit is already in the markets. The Hybrid Fit will have the distinction of being the first hybrid subcompact car model marketed by Honda.

The new hybrid from Honda stable:
Honda Fit is the third of the hybrid series Honda has added to the CR-Z hybrid cars. The neat little line-up includes Civic, Accord and Honda Insight. The economical Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) setup used in the Insight would be incorporated in the Honda Fit Hybrid as well

Electric & petrol Unit in tandem:
Reports indicate that Fit will be fitted with Honda’s 1.3 litre/4-cylinder petrol unit to work in tandem with a 9.7kW electric motor and is expected to generate about 97hp. Plans are afoot to launch the automatic (CVT) version as well as the manual Fit Hybrid version.

Usual features:
All features like brake-energy regeneration that are usually found in Honda hybrids are found along with an Economy button for maximum fuel efficiency. As usual with the hybrid cars – which are known for not being very fast – Honda Fit Hybrid is also projected more for its efficiency rather than for its speed.

Hybrid system – Japanese favourite:
While European market still looks at diesel-driven small cars, Japan leads in going for smaller, more compact and more energy-efficient hybrid models. This has been more due to considerable government subsidies on green-car models. But the Japanese customers will benefit more than before thanks to the competitive deals that will certainly be offered even if subsidies are lifted.

Sales expectations:
Making its advent in the 2010 Auto Show at Paris, the sales are expected to start by 2010 end or early 2011. The car priced at a premium is expected to have the additional attraction of mileage – which in the upper sixties makes it a good buy.

Honda’s future goals:
Honda is firm in its conviction that future market in automobiles will be in small cars – that too in hybrid versions of small cars. The firm is going ahead with its plans accordingly and is busy with the production of 2011 CR-Z vehicles. Seeing that the hybrids have advantages like low price, cost competitiveness, and fuel efficiency, their hopes seem to be well founded.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Advantages of Geothermal Energy - What are the Advantages of Geothermal Energy?

Geothermal Activity

Think of all the advantages of geothermal energy when you have a lava flow in your backyard. You could dry your clothes, warm your house and heat your water. Even cook dinner if you wanted. Well geothermal does help you do that without having to get so close to the source. if you are fortunate enough to live in an area with this geologic activity in play close under the surface of the Earth, you can harness this energy. Let's look at some of the advantages of geothermal energy.

1. No fuel is needed. For me to heat my home, I have to tap into the electric grid powered by Florida Power and Light. They get most of their electricity from The Power Plant that burns coal to run the generators. With geothermal energy, the fuel is already there. No need for coal or oil or wood.

2. No Pollution. Geothermal Energy produces no pollution. There are virtually no greenhouse gases given off. There is no pollution.

3.Relatively efficient. Geothermal energy is also very efficient, because after a site is located and a geothermal power plant is built, the efforts required to channel it are negligible.

You will also find there there is much less land impact when using geothermal plants. They usually are not as obtrusive as are nuclear or electric power plants.

4. Geothermal Energy is Renewable. Perhaps one of the most important advantage of geothermal energy is that, unlike energy derived from carbon-based sources, geothermal energy is a constant energy source. it will never run out. And because it is ubiquitous, its cost will never continue to rise with time.

So after you place your initial investment into researching the site and building the geothermal plant, your expenditures besides maintenance are nil. Virtually free energy from this point on.

Geothermal energy Plant

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What is Geothermal Energy
Disadvantages of Geothermal Energy

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Solar Energy Basics - Sizing Up Your System

Electric System to Fit Your Needs

In regard to solar energy basics, the process for determining the size of your solar electric system is the opposite order of what we just went through in the previous example.

First, you determine how much energy you need on a daily basis in kilowatt-hours (kWh). This data can be found on your electric bill on a monthly basis if you have one for your location.

Otherwise you will need to go through the process of estimating your energy consumption. To estimate the energy usage on a daily basis, take your monthly estimate and divide by 30. You may use the load calculator located here to determine your needs. To estimate the energy usage on a daily basis, take your monthly estimate and divide by 30.

Second, regarding solar energy basics, you need to determine the solar insolation value for your site.

If you're going to be totally disconnected from the electric grid/utility company then you will need to use the minimum (worst case) solar insolation value for your location.

If you're going to be feeding your electricity into the electric grid then use the average solar insolation value.

Lastly, you need to divide your estimated daily energy usage (kilowatt-hours) by the solar insolation value and multiply by an system inefficiency factor:

Total Watts of Solar Electric Panels Neeeded = [(Daily Kilowatt-hours)/(solar insolation)] x Inefficiency Factor

The inefficiency factor for systems that are disconnected from the electric grid (off-grid) is 1.3.

For systems that are connected to the grid (also called on-grid, grid tied, grid intertied or grid connected) that value is usually assumed to be 1.2.

The reason that it is higher for off-grid systems is that these systems have to store the energy in battery banks which are not perfectly efficient.

Most on-grid systems either don't use batteries at all or use them in such a way that their inefficiencies are minimized.

solar panels - solar energy basics

Solar Energy Basics - Choosing the Solar Electric Panels Right for You

Now that you know the total wattage of the solar electric panel array you need, it's up to you select the specific solar panels that will make up this total wattage.

For example, if determined that for your home you needed a total of 2000 watts of solar panels and you decided you liked Kyocera 130 watt solar electric panel then you would need 16 of them (2000 watts divided by 130 watts = approximately 16 panels, rounding up to the next whole number).

People make selections of solar panels based upon many different factors. Some people prefer only larger solar panels (150 watts or above) because it means they have to do less wiring in interconnecting the panels.

Others choose moderate size panels (80 to 120 watts) because they're easier to lift and manuver.

Other people will choose panels based upon color, electric properties, whether or not the manufacturer is a petroleum company, which country the panels are manufactured in, whether the panels are immediately available and, of course, price per watt plays a big role for most people.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Hyundai presents the first Korean electric car

Hyundai has just introduced its first electric vehicle. Series BlueOn, this is the first car such develops in Korea and promises a fairly good performance: maximum speed of 130 km/h and autonomy of 140 km.

A total of 27 million euros is what has invested Hyundai in the creation of this electric car is based on the actual Hyundai i10. At first, 30 the BlueOn drives will be proof 'serving' a number of organizations translate into Korea until 2012. On that date will begin production of the model, which is intended to produce 2,500 units.

BlueOn, whose name derives from the Blue Drive of Hyundai and the word 'On' strategy - turn on - measured 3.58 m long, 1.59 m width and height is 1.54 meters. Its electric motor is powered by a 16.4 kWh lítio ion polymer battery and delivers a maximum power of 81 HP and a maximum torque of 21.4 mkg. The choice of this type of battery is due to the decline of weight and volume - a 30 to 40 per cent, reverts it respectively - in more space for passengers.

Its quite good child benefits with an addition of 0 100 km/h in 13.1 seconds, a top speed of 130 km/h and a range of 140 km on a single charge. Respect a this the BlueOn has two methods for recharging: a current domestic 220V, it takes 6 hours to process, and an industrial power of 380 V allows a recharge of 80 percent in 25 minutes.

· BlueOn · electric car Hyundai

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Course on biological treatment of waste

ATEGRUS programme on management and sustainable recovery of waste 2009-2010 will be held in Murcia, between 20 and 21 October, a course of 14 hours on "Biological waste treatment", a load of Carlos García Izquierdo, Member of the CSIC.

The objective of this course is properly assimilate the biological process of decomposition of waste and pastéis technology choices for their treatment.

This course addresses an those professionals need a vision of the biological treatment of waste set or a specialization in this area: Minister for companies, professionals dedicated to environmental planning, waste professional waste, new professionals in the sector of the waste management industry, workers seek a specialization in the sector of waste for occupational reorientation, professionals in industries producing waste, cement, term managers, researchers, etc..

It's free actions co-financed by the European Social Fund for workers in the private sector with the collaboration of the Green uses programme 2007-2013 and the biodiversity Foundation.

In this link you easy download course information.

· of ATEGRUS · waste management sustainability

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Solar panels economic and accessible

Technology, increasingly, cascaded their efforts on achieving cleaner and in the possibility of generating solar energy that has an affordable consumer technologies. This has been the case of a company in United States has announced a recent product will fill the expectations of all them looking for electricity and alternative solar energy cost savings.

Company is first Solar Inc., and say is to manufacture a type of solar panel that however cost of 1.00 dollar per watt (W), and also is provides for achieving improved yields and possible improvements by the cost refers to the future.

There are currently clarifying the approximate cost of manufacture is 3.00 UFO per watt (W), comparing it with this new technology, is much more economical and accessible to the majority of those interested in using these alternative energy sources.

First Solar Inc., this is just a start and technologies are already brewing to achieve better ways to save environmentally.,,

· Solar energy First Solar Inc.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Wind Energy Industry is Nothing New

Chinese Windmill Though our scientists may claim that they are inventing something new by using wind as a source of generating energy, the truth is that wind is being used for centuries for this purpose. An example of this is an article published in 1838, which clearly shows that even in those times, wind was considered an important source of energy.

Here are a few quotes that were recorded in the past, which prove that wind was always important in generating energy.

John Houghton from Cambridge said in his paper Global Warming: The complete Briefing, ‘Given that it has been used as a form of energy for a couple of centuries, wind is a very common source of energy. The fact that there were about 10,000 windmills to tap wind energy in the Year 1800 itself, goes to show that wind was an important source of energy in parts of Europe like Britain. Therefore it is not surprising that parts of the world like some countries from Western Europe such as Great Britain and Denmark and some countries in western North America are trying to revive ways of tapping energy from wind. Slim, tall and more efficient objects have replaced windmills to tap wind energy.’

Even other researchers from Cambridge have worked on this subject. Vaclav Smil in his paper Energies wrote, ‘The windmills in 19th century, which were at par with watermills of that period with regard to generating power, were of a different design. They were used in farms and on Railway stations. Before that, post mills of 1.5 and 6 Kilowatt and tower mills of 5 to 10 kilowatts were used in Europe for this purpose.’

Studies tend to indicate that though the use of windmill to generate energy started in China, it soon spread to parts of Europe like England in the 12th century and by the end of the century there were 12000 mills in the region that needed little water to produce electricity to meet huge industrial demands.

Other researcher and historians like Cynthia Shea in her paper Renewable Energy: Today’s Contribution Tomorrow’s Promise points out that other European economies like the Danish industry at a particular time used wind-power to satisfy 1/4th of their power needs.

In United States of America, policy makers while stating it to former President George W Bush said, ‘Since around the year 1900, windmills were used to pump water in farms and ranches in the country. They even led to the production of electricity and turbines. Before that grain was ground and water was pumped with the help of wind mills as early as year 200 B C.’

Dennis Hayes in his paper The Official Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair also verifies the same as he says, ‘Before Carbon-fired power plants, 8 million Midwestern windmills made electricity by driving water and crushed grains. There was no other way to do so before villages got electricity in 1920s and 1930s.’

Christopher Flavin in his worldwide paper Electricity for a Developing World: New Directions has also urged the underdeveloped countries to follow American example of how they used Midwestern windmills to generate electricity for their rural sector.

Windmills have been used for centuries for pumping water in rural areas. They also grind grains and do other small tasks. Though traditional windmills can also generate power, latest technology and wind power together can be the foundation of mechanical power and can generate electricity in underdeveloped countries

The history of windmills has been penned down extensively by Wilson Clark in his work Energy For Survival: The Alternative to Extinction. With regard to Europe, he says, ‘Developed in Seventh century in Persia, windmill reached Europe through Dutch and England in thirteenth century enabling them to generate 1 billion kilowatt- hour of electricity. The wind energy produced by windmills was used as a source of power to the sailing ships. The Persians again became the first to use wind to develop mechanical power and used windmills to put out water for irrigation. Whereas windmills were used in Persia in seventh century, it reached France in 12th and Denmark, Germany and the Netherland in early 13th century.’

Wilson further talks of America. He says, ‘Industrial growth in Midwestern United States led to a situation where windmill industry had capital investment of $ 4.3 million by the year 1900 with homesteaders and ranchers having their own windmills. Efficient and long-lasting windmills were also developed due to stiff competition. The windmill industry in United States continued to grow with various windmills being tried out for the best possible option. Whereas some windmills developed in 18th century needed fewer sails, those made in 20th century could run electric generators, pump water and generate electricity for American farmers.’

Wilson also explains how 1250 kilowatt wind electric station generated that much power in the hills of Vermont during the days of Second World War. This was the hard work of a man known as Palmar C Putnam, who was finding it difficult to pay for high electricity rates in the region.

Many new ways have been developed to generate energy in the last two centuries, the world is again returning to the old ways of generating power because of scarcity of oil, gas and coal. This is because they know that energy created with the help of sun, water and wind will never get scarce or exhausted.

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