Oct 26, 2007

"Air Dolphin"

Zephyer Corporation
“Air Dolphin”
(exhibited in Ecoproduct 2006)

Zephyr has their focus on developing wind energy product with:light weight, low noise, high effieciency, safety, reliability and weartherproof performance, plus superior cost effectiveness.

Air Dolphin is their representive products.

-Suitable for all Condition
  1. generating power under conditions ranging from light breeze to gale-force winds.
  2. Generating power even in hurricane conditions is something that up until now has been considered too dangerous.
  3. Airdolphin actually generates more power in variable wind conditions, even when the average wind speed is small. This revolutionary finding suggests that the Airdolphin can actually be more cost-effective than large wind turbines.
  4. The Airdolphin could show new possibilities of small wind turbine generation. The Airdolphin generates 100-120kWh per month for an average wind speed of 6m/s, resulting in an effective annual CO2 reduction of 800Kg / or more.
-Size and function
  • Low mass, Airdolphin Mark-Zero is only about 17.5kg.This is only 20% of the weight per generated watt of large wind turbines. This light weight also allows the unit to be installed such as on top of your building
  • Ultra low mass blades,reinforced by a carbon fiber skin of for superior rigidy.This technology allows the turbine to capture wind effectively and respond flexoibly to changing condition
  • Plays Biomimicry: “silent disrupter blade”. This new blade has has ability to reduced air flow noise. Designer were inspired by the wings of owls that fly almost silently and unnoticed while approaching to its preď˝™.
  • Robust body, and it is constructed with a “no screw”.Make it superb durability in a wide range of weather.
  • The Power Assist Function also prevents freezing of the rotor due to low temperatures.

“airdolphin has won Good design award 2005 for its unique appearances.
http://www.g-mark.org/library/2005/ (only in Japanese)

Oct 11, 2007


Sanyo "Eneloop"
by Shiro Hosojima

I am frequent user of rechargable battery.

I take alots of photo on the road, and my single reflex lens camera requires battery.

Last year at Ecoproduct Exhibition 2006, Sanyo has displayed and presented great details about their rechargable battery "eneloop".

●It can be used and recharged 1,000 times.

●battery that you don't throw away

Please check out Sanyo's "Think Gaia" page!

Sep 17, 2007

Power-Generating Floor

Japan East Railways
Power-Generating Floor

As part of research aimed at developing more environmentally friendly train stations, is testing an experimental system that produces electricity as people pass through ticket gates. JR claims that this sort of human-powered electricity generation system may provide a portion of the electricity consumed at train stations in the future.

The ticket gate electricity generation system relies on a series of piezo elements embedded in the floor under the ticket gates, which generate electricity from the pressure and vibration they receive as people step on them. When combined with high-efficiency storage systems, the ticket gate generators can serve as a clean source of supplementary power for the train stations.

Busy train stations (and those with large numbers of passengers willing to bounce heavily through the gates) will be able to accumulate a relatively large amount of electricity.

"Walking on New Power-Generating Floor Creates Electricity"
(Japan for Sustainability)

Sep 14, 2007

Eco & UD House

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd
Eco & UD House
(exhibited in Ecoproduct 2006)

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd, also know as Panasonic,
well know for excellence of electronic products.

The Eco & UD (universal design) House is built with Panasonic's 6 principles of Universal Design.
  1. Simple operations
  2. Comfortable posture and motion
  3. Consideration to safety
  4. Displays and phrases that are easy to understand
  5. Easy movement and space characteristics
  6. Environment in which product will be used a factor of 10
This is found by dividing the resource output, by the input. This means you can either decrease resource use for the same productivity, or increase productivity with a fixed amount of resources.

Panasonic uses a version of Factor X that refers to the measurement to achieve a balance between the "improvement of quality of life" from the customer's viewpoint, and the "reduction of environmental impact" over the entire product life cycle.

Quality of Life is defined by number of functions a product performs for
  • Safety / Sense of security
  • Comfort and convenience
  • Versatility and Flexibility
  • Universal Design and Flexibility for all environmental impact if found by measuring
  • Prevention of global warming (GHG factor)
  • Effective use of resources (Resource factor)
  • Reduction/elimination in use of specified chemical substances

Panasonics current goal is to reduce 60% of greenhouse gas (GHG) by the year 2010.
According to their current calculations, they have already achieved a factor of 5, meaning that the number of functions for products in the house have doubled, while GHG emissions have been cut by 40%.

-What's displayed?
  1. fuel-cell co-generation and solar power generation systems
  2. green roof the increase energy efficiency, reduce the warming effect of the urban heat islands.
  3. House Shelter with High Insulator and Air Tightness Rainwater Pooling System.
  4. a self-cleaning air conditioner
  5. a hydro-fluorocarbon free refrigerator, a dish washer and a tilted-drum washer
  6. dryer which clean with significantly less amount of water and long-life LED lighting devices which virtually do not need to be replaced.

Sep 6, 2007

Organic T-shirt& Capilene recycled wear

Organic T-shirt& Capilene recycled wear

(my favorite Patagonia Organic T-shirt& capilene Long sleeve)

●Why recommended
When I look to purchase T-shirt, I look for:
2. Corporate Social Responsbility
3. process of how its mad
4. design and concept

And Patagonia fulfills my requirements!
Patagonia is known for"1% for the planet". (donate 1% of their annual sales to NGO to contribute to preserving the environment
Patagonia is well respected from urban lifestyle to outdoor activities.

by Shiro Hosojima