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Loochi – more than a smart lamp!

December 5, 2012 in Efficiency, Random Cool

Loochi, brought to you by TBIdeas based in Santa Cruz, CA, is the first Bluetooth4 smart lamp that allows the user to control and animate lighting wirelessly from a smartphone.  Moreover, Loochi is open-source for hardware, software, AND design, allowing for endless lighting creativity to evolve.  Did someone say Loochi-based building-size Tetris? While the LeWeb [...]

Pavegen. Renewable energy from footsteps.

August 6, 2012 in Distributed Power, Efficiency, Energy Storage, Random Cool

London-based Pavegen builds energy-harvesting tiles based on a hybrid piezoelectric technology that transform footsteps into electricity. The technology is featured at the London Olympics, where 12 tiles have been installed at the West Ham tube station connecting to the Olympic Park.  These tiles generate and store electricity (each has a small battery) in order to power [...]

dontflush.me

July 27, 2012 in Random Cool, Water

DontFlushMe is a NYC-based crowdsourcing project to engage residents in reducing the amount of sewage pollution in the New York Harbor through network-connected Arduino-programmed sensors. Did you know that approximately 27 billion gallons of raw sewage (re. the goods you flush down the toilet) gets dumped into the New York Harbor every year? New York [...]

Weather Harvester. Turning rain into electricity.

July 20, 2012 in Random Cool, Wind

Canadian Raymond Wang is developing a roof-mounted system based on piezoelectric technology (converting mechanical stress into electricity) in order to harvest energy from rain, hail, and snow and convert it into useful electricity. Did I mention that “Weather Harvester” is not a company, but the name of a science fair project? Oh yes, and did [...]

WeBike. Wheel to feel it.

May 14, 2012 in Efficiency, Random Cool

Belgium-based WeWatt is developing the WeBike, a pedal-powered table that generates electricity for devices such as laptops and cell phones — to be installed in offices, restaurants, or even at home. Human power is not an efficient means for generating electricity.  But the WeBike is not solely about generating electricity.  The objective of the WeBike is [...]

Where are they now? Zoom in on Humdinger, Purpose Energy, Altaeros.

April 24, 2012 in Random Cool

The following projects were documented on Watt Now over one year ago.  Where are they now? Humdinger.  Wind Energy Reinvented. Purpose Energy.  Saving the earth.  One beer at a time. Altaeros Energies.  High Altitude Wind Power.   Humdinger. Original article: March 21, 2011.  Watt Now kicked off over one year ago with the Humdinger wind-belt, a radical [...]

Watt Now turns… 1 !

March 30, 2012 in Random Cool

Watt Now started on March 21, 2011 as a personal project to learn about renewable energy. 1 year and 128 posts later, the website has developed into a deep exploration of innovation in cleantech and sustainability – from solar.  wind.  and biotech.  to recycling.  to crazy storage technologies.  to efficiency.  to transportation.  to appropriate technologies that [...]

La Ruche. A beautiful and earthy incubator space for social innovation.

February 1, 2012 in Random Cool

La Ruche is a Parisian co-working incubator space dedicated to social business and innovation. The space is designed to foster collaboration and community among the residents, mostly fledgling entreprises composed of no more than one or two employees per entreprise.  In this regard, La Ruche does not have a drop-in option to work for a [...]

Watt Now in 2012

January 4, 2012 in Random Cool

Happy 2012 everyone.  Hope you had a fantastic holiday.  I’ve spent the past two weeks trotting all over France (Paris, Brittany, Auvergne, La Rochelle, Bordeaux) eating way too much melted cheese (raclette, fondue), reading the Steve Jobs biography (getting way too caught up in his reality distortion field), and shaking booty to Just Dance II [...]

Watt Now’s Best of 2011!

December 23, 2011 in Random Cool

top 11 of 2011 For the past 9 months, wattnow.org has documented an inspiring list of cleantech companies. As we close the year with 92 articles, we look back at the exciting projects and bring you a selection of our favorites. In no particular order, we present:            Just click on the image [...]

BICEP. Clean energy prototyping.

December 2, 2011 in Random Cool

BICEP, the Boston Institute for Clean Energy Prototyping, is (or will soon be) a non-profit helping cleantech startups develop and build prototypes. The problem is simple.  Small cleantech startups will often start with a good idea — but not a lot of money.  In order to get money from VCs and other funding sources, a [...]

The Blue Economy. A new way of designing business.

November 28, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Random Cool

I consider myself to be pretty up-to-date on interesting energy companies and initiatives, and then sometimes I find myself feeling like a kindergartener in the world of energy – like with 350.org which I only discovered a couple weeks ago.  How did I not hear this massive international movement before? And that’s today how I [...]