TAG: Solar power

Graphene Paint: A solar wonder

Graphene Paint

A little while ago, we wrote about the potential new uses for ‘Graphene’; a natural element similar to silicon in its uses. Today we’re showcasing the possibilities for graphene paint. Basically, graphene is a light, efficient, and cost-effective alternative to silicon and other such elements. It’s planned uses include solar farms, vehicles, and electronics. Graphene paint opens the door to wonderful possibilities, and makes it widely available to the public, rather than just commercial/industrial uses. For now, graphene paint won’t be available until some time in the future. Still, scientists are very optimistic about the development and conversion of paint. Since graphene… read more

Artificial Leaf Nearing Completion

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Researchers are close to completing the development of an artificial leaf that could generate hydrogen. The leaf would run on solar power and convert water into hydrogen and oxygen efficiently. The goal of the project is to create a viable renewable energy as part of the BISfuel initiative by the Energy Frontier Research Center — a company funded by the Dept. of Energy. “Initially, our artificial leaf did not work very well, and our diagnostic studies indicated that a step where a fast chemical reaction had to interact with a slow chemical reaction was not efficient,” said ASU chemistry professor… read more

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefabricated homes can be smart choices when it comes to cost efficiency and time constraints. Soleta has designed a series of manufactured homes that are on the mark for their economical and ecofriendly features. They offer a zero energy version that comes fully equipped with hydroelectricity, solar and wind power. It is heated with thermal energy that is supplied by a system that combines geothermal and solar power. Cellulose is integrated in the building supplies to aid in retaining warmth along the base. Other sustainable and energy saving features include using materials that decrease heat transfer and energy loss. Additionally, there… read more

A Rugged Waterproof Solar Charger: JOOS Orange

A Rugged Waterproof Solar Charger: JOOS Orange

For meeting all of your mobile power needs, nothing beats a portable solar charger, except maybe a portable solar charger with a built-in battery. A standalone solar panel is great when you can plug your device into it and let it sit while charging, but if you want more flexibility, the built-in battery storage allows you to store that solar energy for when you need it, so you don’t have to surrender your device while it’s charging. For plain-vanilla urban use, there are plenty of good quality portable solar chargers available, but if your lifestyle includes lots outdoor activity around… read more

Solar-Powered Offgrid Mobile Desk

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If you do any type of work that might entail using a laptop or other mobile devices in the field, (or perhaps you just want to work outside) and want a mobile workspace that can not only be used as a desk, but can also supply power to your devices, this mobile solar desk ought to be on your wishlist. The KANZ Field Power Desk is based on the company’s Field Kitchen design, and features a Baltic birch interior within a marine grade aluminum housing, and when the legs are assembled, can be a standalone workspace, complete with solar power…. read more

This Glass Sphere Might Replace Solar Panels

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Solar panels are efficient at converting light from the sun into energy, but are extremely inefficient on cloudy days, as well as being unable to follow the rotation of the sun. Since sun-tracking solar panels are expensive, a new solution must be created. In comes the Rawlemon Spherical Solar Energy Generator. Check it: Glass isn’t cheap, but it’s more affordable than the aforementioned solar technology. The sphere is also aesthetically pleasing, which will encourage more people to join the green movement. What do you think? Bright idea, or a waste of time and money?

Build This Renewable Energies Solar Kit

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Solar power is a hot topic these days, considering the burgeoning success of eco-friendly companies such as SolarCity, Tesla, and others. Why not take some time out of your day to learn a bit more about the process behind making energy from sunlight? Check it: You can build 6 different experiments with this kit, and it’s not just for kids! From a walking robot, to a wind turbine, this kit will help you explore several areas of solar power you might not otherwise get a chance to learn about. You might even be inspired to look into solar power for… read more

Solar Powered Charging Stations for Public Spaces

Solar Powered Charging Stations for Public Spaces

For business owners, municipalities, and property managers, offering a way to charge your customer’s mobile devices could be a big benefit, and these solar powered charging stations from CarrierClass Green Infrastructure (CCGI) just might be the ticket. The new ConnecTable™ Solar Charging Stations include integrated photovoltaic solar panels and backup power storage, and are designed for both commercial and residential installations. These robust outdoor furniture configurations are available as café tables, picnic tables, and deck tables, and could be a draw for customers looking to top off their mobile devices. “These fully engineered solar power charging and backup power systems… read more

Charge Your Phone In 5 Seconds

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Graphene is an amazing technology. It’s biodegradable, flexible, super-conducting, and will literally change the world. In the next few years as the technology is refined, we’ll discover an entire array of possible uses, including the ability to charge your cellphone in seconds, your car in minutes, and after that? Well, I suppose we’ll have to wait around and see. In the meantime, check out how this technology is even possible:

How Do Solar Panels Work?

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You’ve undoubtedly asked yourself this question many a time over the years, and simply forgot to Google it when you got home. No worries–we’ve got you covered. A short piece on “How It’s Made” on the Discovery channel explained in simple terms how we use solar panels to convert sunlight into energy. Check it: Solar power companies used to be a novelty a few decades ago, with many scoffers and naysayers for entrepreneurial spirits to deal with on their quest to introduce the future to us. Nowadays, these companies are nearly a dime-a-dozen here in the U.S., especially in the… read more