Solar Power

  • Double Review: SolarVoice 908 and SolarCharger 906

    Double Review: SolarVoice 908 and SolarCharger 906

    My first experience with solar energy was in Cub Scouts, when we made a solar-powered hot dog cooker. Unfortunately, solar technology hasn't advanced terribly much in the intervening decades. At the consumer level, solar power still isn't particularly useful for very much outside of a few niche markets. i.Tech has a couple of products that make a real effort to bring usefulness to solar power for… Read More

  • Japan to operate solar energy station in outer space

    Japan to operate solar energy station in outer space

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has big plans: It wants to conquer outer space to generate solar energy by 2030. The idea is to collect solar power in space and beam it down to earth, in the form of lasers or microwaves. The so-called Space Solar Power System project is led by big corporations such as Mitsubishi, NEC, Fujitsu und Sharp. Read More

  • Google aims to halve the cost of solar power

    Google aims to halve the cost of solar power

    What a market leader and major dealer in capital does publicly with their money is revealing. One of the things I admire about Microsoft is that through their Labs and Research initiatives, they've done a lot of good work in fields only tangentially connected with Microsoft markets. Google has some initiatives of their own (if you didn't know), and green power has been among their favored funding… Read More

  • Soylent, I mean solar, power is people!

    Soylent, I mean solar, power is people!

    While the developed nations of the world spend huge amounts of money trying to eek out just a little more efficiency from traditional solar panels made from silicon, an industrious young lad from Nepal has figured out how to use human hair to get 9V of electricity from the sun. The fine articles are a little light (ha!) on the science, but even if there's some hyperbole in these reports you've got… Read More

  • DIY: Make your own glowing glass jar

    DIY: Make your own glowing glass jar

    The sun jar is a pretty cool item. I mean, it glows, looks cool, and it's a solar powered light. I actually have one of these I bought for my son to use as a nightlight. We even covered these about a month ago — there's a site in the UK that sells them from about $33 US, plus shipping. So you don't want to spend the money to have one shipped from the UK? Build one yourself. Read More

  • Oregon Scientific launches the +ECO solar-powered line with the Clima Control

    Oregon Scientific launches the +ECO solar-powered line with the Clima Control

    Launched earlier this week from Oregon Scientific is the first of many solar powered gadgets under the +ECO line, the Clima Control personal weather station. It tracks the temperature and humidity in up to four separate locales within your home or outdoors with the help of wireless temperature and humidity sensors. The solar panel located on the back of the +ECO Clima Control juices up in roughly… Read More

  • Japan to generate solar power in outer space, then beam it to earth

    Japan to generate solar power in outer space, then beam it to earth

    This may sound ridiculous first time you hear it, but Japan is thinking about solar power from panels located in space to mother earth, or to be more exact, the nation of Nippon itself. According to the Nikkei (one of Japan's biggest newspapers), the government plans to ask local technology companies to participate in the endeavor as early as next month. Read More

  • iUnikia GYY : a solar-powered netbook with an odd name

    iUnikia GYY : a solar-powered netbook with an odd name

    European technology company iUnika has developed what looks to be the worlds first solar powered netbook. Designed to be as light weight and energy efficient as possible, the GYY defintely isn't a gaming machine, but it could work well for a student or someone lost in the woods. Read More

  • Review: V-Dimension Helius Solar Backpack

    Review: V-Dimension Helius Solar Backpack

    Quick version: V-Dimension’s Helius Solar backpack provides portable power and an ample amount of storage to those who are constantly on the move. While it won’t charge your laptop, it will charge your iPhone/iPod, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Nokia devices. And anything with a mini-USB port or adapter, which is just about everything these days. And thanks to The Gadgeteers for kicking down the… Read More

  • Brit firm developing solar powered parking spots

    Brit firm developing solar powered parking spots

    This comes from the, "well duh!" file. A UK firm is developing a canopy designed to be mounted over a parking spot with solar cells, so people driving all-electric vehicles can charge while parked. This sounds like a really great idea. Imagine being able to charge up your car while you're at work. Read More