CES Roundup: Fuel Cells at Home, Casio's Mercury-Free Projector, Controllable Outlets

CES Roundup: Fuel Cells at Home, Casio's Mercury-Free Projector, Controllable Outlets

Aside from a stream of energy-efficient computers, laptops and monitors, companies at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show displayed residential fuel cell systems, projectors made without mercury and outlets that can be controlled through the Web.

Some of the companies showing off the greener side of electronics at the show included:

Panasonic, with its display of residential fuel cell systems being tested at homes in Japan and Denmark. The system, which can be controlled through a home energy management system, generates electricity and heat through fuel cells and stores solar power in lithium-ion batteries. The company also showed off new TVs in its Viera line that use 40 percent less energy than previous models.

ASUS, with its three new Eee PC and nine LCD monitors that have earned the EPEAT gold rating. The Eee PC Seashell models include ASUS' Super Hybrid Engine technology, which reduces power consumption 43 percent below the Energy Star specifications for PCs. Ninety percent of the PCs' parts and 80 percent of their packaging is recyclable.

Casio, which introduced the first high-brightness projector (above) that does not use mercury in its light source. Casio's Green Slim projector uses a hybrid light source that combines a laser, fluorescent element and LED that can reach a brightness of up to 3000 lumens and last up to 20,000 hours.

Qualcomm, whose Mirasol displays mimics how butterfly wings show certain colors. The display technology uses reflective technology that causes wavelengths of light to interfere with one another in order to create color. The technology avoids the need for backlighting or powered lights in most cases.

ThinkEco, which showed off its modlet, an electronic outlet that can be controlled from a Web-based application, allowing users to set schedules for whatever is plugged into the outlet.