05/04/2009, The SUCK Solar Clock that you see here won’t run out of juice as long as you leave it to suck up enough solar juice throughout the day. Well, this ought to work just nice for folks who get plenty of sunlight in their bedrooms, as the SUCK Solar Clock can bask in the sun after getting you up, ready to work for a full day before nudging you awake […]
02/17/2009, [Mobile World Congress] Better Energy Systems has introduced its Solio Communicator at Mobile World Congress 2009, tackling the going green issue with new gusto. The Solio Communicator hopes to provide virtually unlimited talk-time by harnessing the power of the sun, doing away with the need for pesky car kits, although the latter will come in handy if you tend to do a whole lot of traveling at night. The Solio […]
01/08/2009, [CES 2009] Going green is a pretty big theme at CES this year – after all with the stuttering economy, it makes perfect sense to help renew and preserve whatever we have to save costs (as well as have a green planet for our kids in the future). It is no wonder then that we look forward to the day Xantrex releases its Solar Charger prototype. They are currently fine […]
07/24/2008, It’s simple, and cool, literally. In theory, this would be a great way to cool yourself but in practice you might look like too nerdy. It doesn’t need any battery, since it’s solar-powered and what better place to get sunlight than a cap visor? It might kill attacking mosquitoes too… Brando is currently selling it for $10.
03/12/2008, I have seen all kinds of devices like that. Living in an urban area, I have little use for it, but it has a solar panel, so it sparked my interest. It turns solar energy into electricity that is used to generate a sonic tone that is supposed to deter animals like moles from squatting in your garden. I do not know if it works, but if it does, it […]
03/11/2008, The key Chain solar charger is meant to slow down the drain of your battery, but if you’re patient enough, you might be able to charge it, although I guess that it would take a few days for a full charge (if the phone is turned off). The manufacturer had some kind of marketing gimmick around “being green”, but that’s crap: more carbon will be generated by creating, shipping and […]
03/06/2008, I guess it makes perfect sense that nobody would want to mow the lawn when it is raining, so the premise for a solar-powered lawnmower is a no-brainer. Husqvarna has rolled out its automatic electric solar-powered hybrid robotic lawn mower that claims to be the first of its kind in the world, offering a professionally cut lawn every time at a steep price – £2,000, to be exact. Well, I […]
03/04/2008, Konarka Technologies Inc has demonstrated its solar-cell manufacturing based on inkjet printing technology. They are not the only ones in the thin-film solar cells space, but I guess that having more players increases the odds of having something that we can buy soon. Using thin film instead of silicon decreases the cost of solar panels – a critical reason why solar energy is not ubiquitous, yet.
12/26/2007, If you’re interested in solar energy installation, take a look at this video. It covers basics and frequent questions that one might have about using solar energy.
12/19/2007, This is quite exciting for solar energy fans: nanosolar is shipping their first panels and so far, here are where the three first ones are going (from the nanosolar blog): Panel #1 will remain at Nanosolar for exhibit. Panel #2 can be purchased by you in an auction on eBay starting today. Panel #3 has been donated to the Tech Museum in San Jose. If you don’t know what nanosolar […]
12/18/2007, This outdoor table is made of a big solar panel that produce enough electricity to power a laptop (may be not a gaming one…) or devices that have similar power requirements. Underneath the panel, there is a nickel metal hybrid battery that stores the electricity (156 Watt hour). It takes three hours of sunlight to get a full-charge and an integrated power-inverter provides the 120V AC that our appliances expect. It’s […]
12/16/2007, The Belgian “Princess Elisabeth” station aims to be the first ever zero-emission research station in the world. It will be built in Antarctica by the International Polar Foundation during the summer season 2007-2008, and hopes to achieve its green status by equipping 408 Kyocera solar modules all over. Since the “Princess Elisabeth” research station is located in an extremely harsh environment (temperatures hitting minus 60 degrees Celsius and wind speeds […]
12/13/2007, Australia will play host to the first solar-powered electric bus in the world, with Tindo leading the charge in Adelaide, Australia. 100% powered by solar energy thanks to a BP Solar-sourced photovoltaic station, this green ride can ferry up to 42 passengers at once – without forking out a single cent. According to the Adelaide City Council, “The solar electric bus and the recharging system at the Adelaide Central Bus […]