12/09/2011, While solar power may be a rather attractive option given the state of our environment, sometimes going green might be more expensive compared to the more traditional route, so as good as some of our intentions are, going green is just out of our budget. However that may soon change thanks to Berlin-based startup company Changers.
12/02/2011, So you’re going about your day and your gadgets are running a little low on juice, what are you going to do about it? Well you could run home to charge it or you could instead charge it while going about your daily activities thanks to the Piggyback Solar Powered Gadgetbag, which as the name and the photo above suggests is a backpack that you can carry with you (with […]
11/25/2011, A team over at MIT have recently found a way to make solar panels work just as efficiently in cloudy weather as they do under a clear sky. Instead of just using flat panels that only obtain the most energy when the sun is directly above them, the team has come up with 3D solar structures that are capable of collecting sunlight from all around them (i.e. ambient light) instead […]
11/22/2011, 1.5 billion people in Africa rely on kerosene-powered lamps for studying and working at night, which is a problem considering that fuel for the lamps takes up 20% of their income and a large number of children suffer kerosene-related accidents each year. However a group of guys known as Off-Grid Solutions believe they have the answer in the form of the WAKAWAKA solar LED.
11/17/2011, One of the scourges of winter would be having ice, whether a thin layer or a thick wad of snow, covering the roads as well as runways. Water on a runway alone is bad enough as it would make it hazardous to land on, but at least you can spot water easier than a thin layer of ice. In order to make sure runways remain clear of ice during winter, […]
11/17/2011, In this day and age, it is nearly impossible to live without electricity – sure, you can keep warm with fur coats or use charcoal to fire up that heater in your home, but none of those are going to get your iPad up and running once it has exhausted its battery, right? In order to deliver power to rural Navajos in a green and cost effective manner, a hybrid […]
11/15/2011, The next time you flip the switch for your lights on, take a moment and think about those who are less fortunate and do not have the luxury of electricity at the place where they live. Just in case you did not know, a huge chunk of the developing world still lacks the basic necessities, things which we take for granted. Well, perhaps with the advancement of solar power and […]
11/10/2011, We know that there is moisture around us, and the higher the humidity level, the more water, in theory, the AirDrop is capable of “pulling” out of virtually thin air in order to make irrigation a possibility no matter how dry it is out there. Sounds like the perfect idea to implement when it is nigh impossible to get water from any other source, making it a no-brainer for the […]
11/07/2011, Sharp of Japan has snagged another world record – by introducing the world’s highest solar cell conversion efficiency which stands at 36.9% thanks to a triple-junction compound solar cell. This particular solar cell will feature a stacked three-layer structure that keep sit going at such an energy efficient level. Just how does compound solar cells work? Well, they make use of photo-absorption layers that are made from compounds which comprise […]
11/03/2011, We all know that for the majority of us, we get at least 10 hours of sunlight each day without fail, even more so for those who live in tropical countries. Having said that, don’t you think that it would be a no-brainer to introduce solar chargers in such countries? Granted, the efficiency of such panels are still not as high as what we hope it would be, but the […]
10/27/2011, In a charitable move to help the future generations of South Africa, the folks over at Samsung have launched its first Solar Powered Internet School at the Samsung Engineering Academy in Boksburg, South Africa today. It is also the first of its kind in the world – an “exclusively solar-powered, mobile and completely independent classroom that is geared towards increasing accessibility to education and connectivity across Africa.” Since it is […]
10/27/2011, So you think your new iPad 2 is the bee’s knees? Guess what – soon students in Zimbabwe will be able to get hold of solar-powered iPads, which makes perfect sense considering just how much sunlight their country receives all year round. This move was agreed upon after Apple decided to enter a joint-venture with the Zimbabwean government with the aim to reduce the digital divide between rural and urban […]
10/20/2011, Solar power is definitely something that companies ought to figure out how to harness to its maximum ability – after all, it is free and pretty consistent, depending on which part of the globe you’re residing at. Changers’ latest solar powered gadget-charging system was specially designed to deliver juice to your USB devices via a simply one-button device. It does not matter whether you’re rocking to an iDevice, e-book reader […]
10/19/2011, If there is an Achilles heel for modern day smartphones, it would definitely be the lack of lasting battery power in a stock model. Having a case that has an extended battery attached to it does not count – we more often than not need to juice up our smartphones before we retire for the night, otherwise they won’t last through the morning. What if there was a way to […]