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knee power; hairy solar panels; spinach home; ZAP progress

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  • Sterling D. Allan
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      • Human Power > Knee Brace Harnesses Human Regenerative Braking - A team of engineers has developed a modified knee brace that captures energy that would otherwise have been lost while the wearer walks. The generator produces about five watts--enough to power 10 cell phones simultaneously. (MIT Technology Review; Feb. 8)

      • Solar / Nanotech > Hairy Solar Panels From Nanowire - Researchers have grown light-absorbing nanowires on carbon-nanotube fabric, made from exotic materials that can absorb more energy from the sun than silicon. The aim is to produce flexible, affordable solar cells that will achieve efficiency of 20% within five years, and 40% longer term. (TreeHugger; Feb. 7, 2008)  (Thanks John Q. Public)
      • Building > A home powered by spinach! - Home design has a photosynthetic, phototropic spinach skin surface and a vegetated roof system that filters storm water in. It also sports a vertical core with super-conductive photosynthetic plasma that allegedly generates 2x more voltage than ordinary solar cells. (EcoFriend; Feb. 7) (Thanks Robert L. Pritchett)
      • EV > Zap Electric Vehicles hit $5 Million in Sales - Zap, that developer of electric sedans and and trucks, recently announced it hosted its largest monthly dealer seminar to date, which resulted in some 614 of its vehicles sold while also adding six new car dealers to its network. (EgoGeek; Feb. 5)
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