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Watch how much electricity the UK is generating in near real time

As environmental concerns are ever more important, how can we make informed decisions about what we should do? Check out this website where you can monitor the real time energy situation in the UK. Gridwatch was created a couple of years ago by an electrical engineer looking to get past what they viewed as a…

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James O'MalleyWatch how much electricity the UK is generating in near real time

Hot Stepper Orange Power Wellies charge your phone using heat from your feet!

Here's a great gadget idea for the green-conscious festival goer (or tech savvy farmer for that matter). Introducing the Hot Stepper Orange Power Wellies that can charge your mobile phone just by using the heat from your feet. How's this…

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Review – Infinit Solar Charger Bag

Name: Infinit Solar Charger Bag Type: Backback with solar-powered gadget charging technology Price: £89.99 (Infinit) As the Summer sun slowly begins to peek through the ever-present layer of British cloud-cover, you're probably looking to head on out, tastelessly displaying…

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Sharp launch Aquos LED LCD TV series with Quad Pixel Technology

Sharp have today launched their new range of Aquos LED LCD TVs. While most of the industry's energies right now are going into the big 3D push, Sharp are looking to refine the current HD standards by pioneering a new…

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Nokia looking to patent self-recharging phone batteries

Nokia are looking to file a patent for a mechanism that would allow phone batteries to recharge themselves when out and about by collecting the kinetic energy generated by movement. It'd work like this: the heavier components within a phone…

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Excess datacentre energy used to heat homes

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Telehouse is a company based in London’s Docklands that runs massive datacentres providing servers and other network gear to major companies.

It’s building a new one – Telehouse West – that’s costing $180 million, but the carbon footprint for such a facility is absolutely massive. Tonnes of heat is generated and the cooling systems involved have to work extremely hard. The company realized that the heat could be reappropriated for use in local homes.

As a result, the company’s been able to generate up to nine megawatts of power for local homes – the equivalent of boiling 3,000 kettles continuously. It’s the first major UK datacentre to implement such a strategy, and the first datacentre to gain planning permission in London since strict sustainability rules were introduced.

(via DataCentreKnowledge)

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Duncan GeereExcess datacentre energy used to heat homes