There are so many amazing alternate-energy technologies out there. Wind, solar, hydro, bio, you name it.. All of these amazing technologies are being developed to help us out of this energy crisis; but not a one of them (so far) has reached any sort of level of scalable practicality. I'm interested in making these Green Energy ideas available to anyone, of any means. Solar is great! If you can afford it =/ Wind is awesome! If you can build a giant-ass turbine somewhere.. I want to see hand-made windmills attached to people's houses and cars generating electricity for their phones and computers. I want to see solar panels on EVERY available surface.. Solar is so damned expensive, but there is so much potential there. IF we can make it available to people at less cost, then we've got a workable solution to an energy crisis (tip of the iceberg, I know, but you've got to start somewhere...)
So, I've been looking around on the web and in stores etc, to find examples of folks taking these large-scale green technologies and scaling them down to a consumer-usable (and consumer-affordable) level... Found a couple nifty ones...http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/solar-charger-laptop-comput...
Here is a portable solar panel with which you can charge any of your electric devices (laptop, cellphone, PDA, PSP, whatever ya got).. With how much gadgetry people have nowadays, anything to take those items off the grid..http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/10/sunhope-solar-balloons/
Next, we've got solar balloons.. Impractical right now, yes.. But here's some folks who are taking the bulky and expensive and space-consuming affair that is installing solar and rethinking it.. Instead of horizontal sq. footage, all you need it vertical clearance.. Instead of heavy, costly, unwieldy panels, you've got a lightweight and shapable solar-absorbing material.. Might not be practical to have permanent balloons installed, but why not take the solar-fabric and wrap a tall building with it? Just a thought...http://www.ted.com/talks/saul_griffith_on_kites_as_the_future_of_re...
A TED talk by a fellow called Saul Griffith.. He's using giant stunt-kites to generate a pretty respectable amount of electricity (upwards of MW, with the right sized wing). Again, a silly premise that is actually being made to work.. Awesome stuff..
Next (and I'm sorry to say that I don't have a link for this...yet...) is one of my favorites.. Those kineticly(sp?) powered bicycles.. Basically its a bike with a motor/battery attached. When you pedal, it creates and stores energy in a battery, which you can then switch on to power the motor and propel yourself up hills and the like. This is genius. I intend to do a lot more research on these and on making home-made kinetic motors for various applications..
I am also, currently, in the process of designing and building my own little devices for creating my own electricity.. Cleverly placed solar and wind generators that I intend will power various other projects that are swirling about in my head.. =D
Anyway, there's a start.. Just a handful of the thousands of people that are out there, just like us, trying to save the world =)