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Reading with Solar Power: Solar Kindle Cover

Reading by the Power of the Sun: Solar Kindle Cover

Owning an e-reader, such as the Kindle, can make your reading experience greener by eliminating the use of paper and ink to deliver words to your hands, as well as eliminating the need for shipping a physical object to your door in order to read the latest bestseller. And if you pick up one of these solar-powered covers for it, you can also power the Kindle itself with the sun’s energy. The Solar Lighted Kindle Cover, from SolarFocus, integrates a small solar panel in the cover, which can not only power the Kindle itself, but also energizes the built-in reading… read more

First Ever Solar Sidewalk Installed

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You no doubt have seen or own solar-powered ambient lights for your garden and/or driveway. Those are cool and all, but they aren’t solar-powered sidewalk cool. That title belongs to the students at George Washington University, who recently installed a 100-square-foot stretch of solar-sidewalk covered entirely in solar panels. How’s that for a recruiting tool? The solar panels will collect power during the day, and convert it into electricity for the 470 kilowatt-hours of electricity needed to light the sidewalk up at night. The 450 LED lights inside the panels are sure to create an awesome light show after sundown…. read more

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Student housing has changed a lot in the last decade. Architects and designers have made attempts to update temporary accommodations, allowing affordability, style and a mix of ecofriendly features. These student flats represent all of the above, and the amenities are interestingly packed into some fairly compact spaces. This new construction model is from the Tengbom architectural firm and is meant to be a cost efficient and sustainable use of space for student living. The layout was reduced from the size of other current student housing arrangements, and a lot of specifications had to be incorporated into a small space,… read more

First Solar-Powered Family Car

First Solar-Powered Family Car

Imagine how wond¬≠erful it would be if your car could continue running without you spending money on fuel. Much like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun converting it into energy for fuelling the car’s motor, but instead of using a battery, some solar cars direct the power straight to an electric motor. We just found out that a team of students from the¬†solar team at Eindhoven University TU/e were working on that matter and have recently unveiled a vehicle called “Stella”, which is said to be the world’s first solar-powered family car. The team of 22 students… read more