Top 10 Green-Tech Breakthroughs of 2008 Swiss researcher, Thomas Hinderling, proposed to build solar islands several miles

across which can produce hundreds of megawatts of relative inexpensive power. A chemist at ULCA and an engineer at Georgia Tech reported new chemical compounds to capture CO2 for Carbon Capture and Storage which makes CCS more cost effective. MIT chemist, Daniel Nocera created a catalyst that could drop the cost of extracting the hydrogen and oxygen from water to make hydrogen cells. Nanosolar has developed and commercialised a low-cost printable solar cell manufacturing process and is planning to sell them at $1 per watt, one fifth the price of silicon cells.

Tucson Homeowners Can Pay Fixed Rates to Build Community Solar By buying $3 shares, individual utility customers can choose to own a portion of a 1.6 MW community solar project, a single-axis tracking PV array built at the future UA Science and Technology Park by a Tucson-based solar manufacturer and system developer, Solon. The $3 rate they pay for each 150 kilowatt-hour block of solar power will remain fixed for 20 years.

UV Water Bottle Sterilizes Water in Just Two Minutes A new bottle design in UK, Pure, can sterilize water in just 2 minutes Water is first pushed through a traditional filter in the bottle before be subjected to a UV bulb for 90 seconds to sterilize it. And there are no batteries to change, as the bottle features a wind-up bulb. According to the product description, it can clean dirty water from any lake, stream, or dirty puddle.

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Nano Power Tata Motor is developing a safe, road-worthy car costing about US$2000, the Nano Nano may paint the way to the future, one that likely revolve around smaller, more fuel efficient and more cheaply produced vehicles. Bio-Bug: A VW Beetle Powered by Sewage GENeco has developed what they call the Bio-Bug: a Volkswagen Beetle powered by methane gas, which is produced as part of the sewage treatment process. Average waste produced by 70 homes in a year could power the car for 10,000 miles

Waterpebble Helps Users Cut Down Shower Time, Water Use The Waterpebble seeks to reduce water usage through behavioral modification rather than hardware. When first installed, it records how much water you use on your first shower. On subsequent uses, it glows in a series of changing colors, advising you how much water you've used relative to your last shower. It begins green; when you've used half as much as last time, it glows yellow; when it flashes a gentle-yet-firm red, you've gone over your previous usage. The Waterless Washing Machine Using nylon polymer beads, which pull stains off fabric, this machine requires just a cup of water. It saves energy as well because the clothes come out virtually dry,and there’s little need for a dryer. The washers, developed by U.K. company Xeros, will initially be marketed to commercial laundry operations, beginning in 2010.

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