Super-efficient LED lighting now a real possibility within five years

Andy Merrett Science 1 Comment


The quest for cheaper, more environmentally-friendly lighting has taken another leap forward with scientists’ new-found ability to produce much cheaper LEDs.

The New Scientist article goes into quite significant detail about how the process was achieved in order to avoid the LEDs cracking during the manufacturing process (due to the high heat required to grow them) so I won’t attempt to look clever here by regurgitating it.

Suffice it to say, the “new” LEDs can be produced for around a tenner per 150,000 units…

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CES 2009: LG unveils huge range of plasma and LCD HDTVs

Andy Merrett CES 2009, HDTV 1 Comment


LG has decided that it hasn’t released nearly enough high definition TVs already, and so is spending this year’s CES showing off a jaw-dropping eleven new series (yes series, not just models) of plasma and LCD TVs.

So that you aren’t bored witless with every detailed specification, here’s an overview of what’s on offer.

Let’s take a look at the LCD TVs first…

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PC World launches low-energy Advent Eco PC with decent specs

Andy Merrett Computers 2 Comments


PC World has announced the launch of its new Advent Eco PC, a desktop computer which uses just 25 watts of power, yet hasn’t skimped on specs.

It has a T5250 Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, DVD writer, four USBs and a DVI output, wireless keyboard, and built-in Wi-Fi (hence the big antenna sticking out of the back)…

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Cheap solar-power car conversion kit, for the residents of sunny Bournemouth

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TMP_solar_car.jpgJapan’s (impenetrable Japanese web site alert) Total Mobilty Project thinks it has come up with the answer to our dependence on spending £1 a litre for car juice.

Seven solar panels are the answer, installed at a cost of about £25k, which allow this once mighty Mazda Roadster to…

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Salmon sperm – the new force in energy efficient LED lighting

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salmon-enhanced-bio-led.jpgContinuing today’s exciting DNA theme, we bring you exciting news in the often overlooked world of salmon sperm.

Andrew Steckl, a photonics expert from the University of Cincinnati, has been experimenting with biological materials in an attempt to create newer, better forms of LED lighting…

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Manufacturers and users of technology products have to be responsible for their energy consumption

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andy-merrett.jpgAndy Merrett writes…

So, the latest news is that many of our decrepit coal and nuclear power stations are coming to the end of their working lives, and something drastic needs to happen to ensure that Britain can generate enough power for our 21st century lives.

Whatever your view on nuclear power, fossil fuels, and greener alternatives, there’s no denying that we’re a power hungry nation.

We’re also lazy (but trying, of course.)

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