If you live in Florida or Southern California, this might be the Bluetooth speaker phone for you. With an integrated solar panel, the Anycom Solar Car Kit gets a boost to its already impressive battery life from basking in the sun. Its slender design also recommends it, but its fiddly and difficult-to-master controls make it a challenge to use without some time with the instruction manual. Read our review of it here.
Battlestar Galactica freaks, take heart. If you're suffering major withdrawl waiting for the series to return in March, you can still pretend you're a Cylon Centurion with an LED-outfitted ski suit, especially if you wear the jacket backwards.
As funky as they may look, these garments may actually serve a practical purpose; after all, if LEDs are being used to improve bicycle safety on the road, surely it doesn't hurt to have a little protection on slopes that can be equally dangerous (skiiers vs. boarders). And as Gizmodo points out, you can wear them in good conscience … Read more
It would be too easy to say that this was a match made in heaven, so we won't. (Even though we just did.) But it's hard to resist when you have a gadget that involves the Scriptures and the sun.
The "Solar-Powered Bible" plays readings of all the books "in a real human voice," according to Inventor Spot, which is a good thing because any other kind of voice would creep us out. And in case you find yourself under a sudden pall of dark clouds, don't take it as an ominous sign--there'… Read more
Correction: Spokespeople from SunPower and MMA Renewables said the size of the installation at Nellis Air Force base has been revised to 14.2 megawatts, not 15 megawatts as the Air Force and those companies originally said.
Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the land of lots of sun and plenty of land, will be home to a 70,000 solar-panel installation which, at 14 megawatts, will be the largest in North America.
The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday said Nellis and SunPower have finished the first phase of the project, which will save the base $1 million a … Read more
Most of the year, shoppers seeking to be ecologically correct worry about the age-old paper versus plastic bag dilemma (The answer? Bring your own bag.). Around this time of year, those who celebrate Christmas worry whether they should get an artificial or real tree.
Fake firs from the middle of the 20th century that once looked high-tech have made a retro comeback. Dressing up an old one can be relatively eco-friendly, whether it sports flocked snow, aluminum branches, or ceramic gumdrops. The Doris Day aesthetics might irk some neighbors, but at least you'd do the planet a favor by … Read more
Google announced on Tuesday plans to put hundreds of millions of dollars into alternative energy. The question now is whether the company is advancing the state of the art or just imitating everyone else who is dumping loads of money into the field.
The answer is some of both.
One of the first companies to get funding from Google will be eSolar, which will make solar thermal plants based on the heliostat design. In this concept, an array of flat mirrors gathers and directs sunlight onto a water tower. The water boils into steam, which turns a turbine to make … Read more
As much as we like the idea, there must be a more attractive way to design bags that use solar energy. As chic as these "Noon Solar" bags may seem on one side, their fashion points take a deep dive when it's turned over to reveal its industrial-looking solar panels.
That's only half the story, of course, as it can power all manner of gadgetry after six to eight hours of daylight. And the bag's green theme is continued through its construction, according to Gizmodiva, with "Bavarian sourced, chrome-free, naturally tanned and dyed, full-grain … Read more
It may be getting easier and cheaper to harness the sun's energy, but all too often the equipment needed to do so isn't the most portable. At least one manufacturer has figured this out, however, and is apparently responding to that inconvenience.
Brunton started shrinking its solar chargers a year ago with its "SolarPort" and is continuing its weight-loss program now with the "SolarRoll," according to Newlaunches. As its name indicates, the latter is basically a mat of solar panels that can be rolled up and carried around in a bag or even a … Read more
Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday investments in renewable energy as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations.
The computing giant said it will install a 1-megawatt solar array in its San Diego facility.
SunPower will install its solar panels and sell the electricity the panels generate to HP at fixed rates under a power purchase agreement. The system will save HP $750,000 over 15 years and offset 1 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road each year.
The San Diego installation will be made up of 5,… Read more
First Solar, which makes cadmium-telluride solar cells, is having one of those years that corporate managers and investors dream about.
Revenues more than tripled in the third quarter to $159 million from a year ago while profits rose to $46 million, or about ten times what they were the year before. Plant expansion is occurring rapidly and the company's stock has gone from $20 to over $200 in a year. The stock price seems vastly inflated when you look at traditional price-earnings ratios, but it's not the first time people have bet big on a growth stock. It'… Read more