Monday, November 30, 2009

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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FREE ActiveDen File of the Month – December ‘09

Posted: 30 Nov 2009 09:00 AM PST

Christmas comes early on ActiveDen! It’s the start of a brand new month which means it’s time once again for a fresh, fabulous, FREE ActiveDen file! In addition, we’re giving away one free file on each of the other marketplaces ( ThemeForest, AudioJungle, GraphicRiver, and VideoHive).

Author: Barisintepe

File: Magic Christmas Star


  • It’s magic
  • It’s full of holiday cheer
  • Santa likes it
  • It’s 100% vector making it totally resizable
  • It’s only 3kb



You are granted ONE free usage of the item in a project, either commercial or non-commercial. You may not use the file in multiple projects unless you purchase licenses in the usual way. You may not redistribute the item in any way. If you need a different license for this file, you may purchase it here.

A big thanks for the free file, Barisintepe! Here are some of his other great files:
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Download it here!

Also, be sure to check out this month’s free files from all the other Envato marketplaces.

Latest From : CleanTechnica

Latest From : CleanTechnica

Largest Working Hydro-Electric Wave Energy Device in the World Launched

Posted: 30 Nov 2009 02:41 AM PST

The largest working hydro-electric wave energy device was launched by Queen’s University Belfast, Aquamarine Power Ltd. and the Scottish government recently, bringing the global wave energy industry one major move forward.

The device is called Oyster. It is the only hydro-electric wave energy device producing power in the world, according to Queens University Belfast.

How does it work?

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US and China Ink Cleaner-Coal Tech Transfer

Posted: 29 Nov 2009 09:23 PM PST

GE and coal power plant operator Shenhua Group are among three pairs of companies who have inked deals to create joint ventures to build cleaner coal technology plants in China.

The $150 million joint venture will be shared between the two biggest carbon emitters in the world under a low carbon energy initiative agreed to this month between President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China, as part of a deal to reduce carbon emissions.

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California Solar Power Transmission Line Approved at Thanksgiving

Posted: 29 Nov 2009 03:35 PM PST

On Friday the California Public Utilities Commission approved a new 500 Kilovolt transmission line from desert areas deep in southeastern California where numerous solar projects have been signed, to urban centers on the coast.

As originally submitted the line was to have also carried electrons from sunny Arizona deserts too, but the project is having to moving forward without its neighbor. Arizona officials were concerned their state could become an "energy farm" for California, using up Arizona’s resources and costing the state’s rate-payers.

Even just the California portion could help bring many of the backlog of solar projects in our desert onto the grid, now that there is the transmission that they need.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Latest From : CleanTechnica

Latest From : CleanTechnica

German Company Unlocks Ancient Secrets of Amazon “Dark Soil”

Posted: 29 Nov 2009 07:51 AM PST

The new joint venture Palaterra GmbH&Co.KG is building the world\'s first production facility for Amazonian terra preta or \

The world’s first demonstration facility for the large scale production of Amazonian “dark soil” is under construction in Hengstbacherhof, Germany.  Dark soil, also known as terra preta, is a manmade, ultra-fertile soil that was first developed thousands of years ago in Amazon communities. The buzz about terra preta is its potential as a carbon sink, so a widespread revival of this ancient formula could help resolve the most modern problem in history: how to slow, stop, and even reverse the world’s growing carbon imbalance.

The new joint venture PalaterraGmbH&Co.KG plans to use its Terra Preta prototype production facility as a springboard for a commercial-scale plant to be constructed next year at the Morbach Energy Landscape, which is home to sustainable energy operations including wind, solar, and biogas.  As part of its feedstock, the terra preta plant could recycle tons of biomass byproduct left over from the Morbach biogas facility.

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Germany Runs Out of Solar Panels Due to Generous Feed-In Tariff

Posted: 28 Nov 2009 05:06 PM PST

A burst of new business at the end of 2009 put Germany close to adding a record of solar power to the grid, according to the head of Germany’s BSW solar industry association, Carsten Koernig. He estimates that in this year alone; it will be very close to 3 Gigawatts.

While he is not sure what the final end-of-year number will be, he is sure of one fact. It can’t be over 3 gigawatts, simply because there is no more capacity than that in the pipeline.

German supplies have completely sold out. Demand for parts, especially, and equipment such as inverters has outstripped supply. Germany’s very consumer-oriented feed-in tariff legislation makes it profitable for any homeowner to install panels on their roofs to supply the grid - - and so they do just that.

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Scotttish Researchers Revolutionize Wind Turbine Engineering With Minor Tweak

Posted: 28 Nov 2009 01:51 PM PST

A wind turbine efficiency breakthrough by Dr Markus Mueller and Dr Alasdair McDonald of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Energy Systems has the potential to revolutionize the wind energy industry by making large turbines more failure-proof by cutting their weight in half.

It is expensive and hazardous sending workers out to off-shore wind farms for repairs when there is a mechanical failure. By reducing the weight, the researchers reduce mechanical failures, caused by the sheer stresses in these very large turbines.

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