TAG: Solar panels

Portable Solar Tracker Boosts Efficiency 30%

Portable Solar Tracker Boosts Efficiency 30%

To get the most electricity possible from a solar panel array, the cells need to be facing directly at the sun at all times during the day. However, many photovoltaic arrays are installed at a fixed orientation and at a fixed angle, which allows them to produce an acceptable amount of energy during large parts of most days of the year. But for the other times of the day, such as mornings and evenings, and at different times of the year, those PV panels aren’t generating very much electricity. With a large enough array, and a big enough battery storage… read more

Unusually Green: Out Of The Ordinary Homes Part 2

Unusually Green: Out Of The Ordinary Homes Part 2

There are surprisingly quite a few oddly constructed green homes sprinkled around the globe. This one has a shared feature with the home in Part 1 of our Unusually Green series, and ranked next on the list because of its unique dominant ability – it moves. Over the course of about 5 minutes this house can do a 150° rotation by way of an elastomeric belt. It is constructed with arches that anchor to a gear ring forged from steel and affixed to a solid concrete base. Unbelievably, it only uses around the quarter of the energy required to run an… read more

U.S. White House Installs Solar Panels

U.S. White House Installs Solar Panels

As part of an energy retrofit meant to improve the building’s overall energy efficiency, the United States White House will be getting solar panels to offset at least some of the iconic structure’s electrical demands. But the move to install a renewable energy source at a very notable location in the U.S. may help to do a lot more good in the long run than just through the electricity they generate, just by their very presence at the home of the President of the United States. According to the Washington Post, an official with the White House confirmed that solar… read more

Unusually Green: Out of The Ordinary Homes Part 1

Unusually Green: Out of The Ordinary Homes, Part 1

Learning about green home constructions and architectural elements is one thing, however seeing them as highly efficient, functioning, up and running living spaces is quite another. At Blackle Mag we are always on the lookout for designs with an eco-conscious focus, and we have come across a few lately that have caught our eye for their environmentally inclined features and noteworthy appearances. Exquisite and distinctive, the homes in this 3 part series will make you wish for a one of a kind green wonder space, too. From the creative minds of Architecture and Vision, MercuryHouseOne is a home like no… read more

Exclusive Eco Retreats Most Can Only Dream About

Exclusive Eco Retreats Most Can Only Dream About

Taking some time off in new surroundings can be good for grabbing a little rest and acquiring a fresh outlook. The majority of us will probably never get to vacay in a luxury spot like one of the following, but their eco conscious designs will give your eyes a little holiday just looking at the photographs of them. Designed by Sarah Featherstone of Featherstone Associates, The Orchid House is a captivating, environmentally engineered home. It is located in the Cotswolds, England, and is reportedly one of the most costly green constructions ever on the market with a price tag in… read more

Would You Wear Your Charger?

Would You Wear Your Charger?

Will solar fashions ever become mainstream? That is the question many designers are playing with. Though there are becoming many available options for solar gear, clothing  that incorporates portable, wearable charging by way of the sun hasn’t taken off as readily as real world equipment pieces. Many style inclined are trying to find the balance between function and fashion, but are they succeeding? One example of a presumably practical concept is the solar necktie and jacket. A concept model for the tie was developed by researchers at Iowa State University. The necktie design was made by adhering small solar panels with special… read more

The Sloping, Bioclimatic House

Sloping Bioclimatic House in Tenerife

Spanish architect José Luis Rodríguez Gil built a peculiar shaped house with the aim to make it self-sufficient. Standing within the rocky arid landscape of Tenerife this piece of unique architecture integrates into the landscape thanks to its sloping façade. An innovative shelter located within the Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization of ITER Park (Technological Institute for Renewable Energies), this house takes into account the cli­mate and environmental con­di­tions of the area while keeping a sustainable equilibrium. Made from a local basalt stonewall, which was the start of the project, this sloping house is topped by a light structure of plywood with galvanized steel walls and glass. Designed… read more

Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

The days of phone cases that just protect your phone may be over. In the past couple of years solar gadgets have been gaining in popularity for their smart, functional designs. They are also becoming more advanced. Many companies are offering solar powered chargers for smartphones and other gear, but some are going beyond basic chargers and are incorporating them into the actual case of the phone. Resiliently made solar panels integrated in a sturdy case can eliminate the problem of battery drain, which is a notorious problem with many smartphones. The SLXtreme from Snow Lizard Products is a durable… read more

Solar Energy Scholarships Available for US Veterans, Active Duty Personnel

Solar Energy Training Scholarships for US Veterans and Active Duty Personnel

To grow a new clean energy economy, it’s going to take plenty of skilled renewable energy professionals, from designers and developers to installers and operators, and one organization is making strides toward training both active U.S. military personnel and veterans for futures in solar energy. For those who qualify, scholarships covering 100% of the tuition costs are available from Solar Energy International (SEI) toward their online PV101 course, which is the first course in the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program. “We believe in the opportunities that renewable energy can afford our country, such as energy independence and sustainable use of… read more

Solar Made Simple

Photovoltaic Panels

The photoelectric effect occurs when a compatible object exposed to a light source absorbs the light and then generates minute electrical currents. Initially discovered in 1839 by French physicist Edmund Bequerel, Albert Einstein defined this relationship and the basis of photovoltaic design. Bell Laboratories built the first solar unit in 1954, but utilizing the information on a larger scale was not introduced in the U.S. until the 1960’s where it surfaced in the space program arena. It became increasingly popular as an efficient energy source in the 1970’s when other power sources were unstable. Solar panels are progressively becoming utilized… read more