Sunday, October 22, 2006

Solar power gets even better

Oak Ridge National Laboratories, along with other public and private partners, has developed a new solar power technology. Hybrid solar lighting is more efficient than traditional solar power, needing less maintenance and showing better use of power. Hybrid solar collects sunlight, distributes the light to bundles of small optical fibers, and then sends it to light fixtures that look similar to fluorescent lights. The intensity of the light can even be controlled so there is consistent illumination. Another added benefit: You get a more natural light compared to the harshness of many fluorescent lights.

One of my favorite corporations (and not just because they do such a good job on my hair) is the Aveda Corporation, headquartered near Minneapolis and an Estee Lauder Company (symbol: EL). Aveda is participating in field trials of this new technology .

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