Solar Power

  • Solar power making huge difference in Haiti

    Sounds like technology is making a difference in the lives of the victims of the Haitian earthquakes. Several different companies that produce products that use solar power have been sending equipment as part of the aid mission. Among the equipment are lights for hospitals and solar panels to help with water purification. Read More

  • Alternative solar power: Weird roof orbs provide lighting (video)

    Nani Kore (“What’s This?”) is the name of a Japanese TV show that digs up bizarre things and phenomena observed around the world and explains how they work. In the latest show, they presented a house in central Tokyo that proves solar power can be used in a residential setting without those expensive solar panels and cells. Just take a set of orbs that look like giant… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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

    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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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

    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… Read More

  • 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

    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

    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… Read More

  • 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

  • Super-easy solar panels hang out your window

    I think I can safely say that we all wouldn’t mind getting a little greener in our everyday lives, but one of the most obvious steps — going solar — is simply impractical for people of limited means like myself. By making a solar easier and, if not cheap, then at least cheaper, Veranda Solar is surely only one of many companies that will grow on this new wave of green. Read More

  • DIY solar rechargeable batteries

    So there are already rechargeable batteries, and there are already solar power devices to charge batteries, but what if you could make a rechargeable battery that was completely self contained, that all you had to do was put it in the window, and let it charge? Read More

  • LG's solar powered gadgets

    Recently, many companies have announced green initiatives and recycling programs. LG is following suit and has announced its own green products and initiatives under its a new slogan: “Life’s Good When It’s Green.” We saw the beginnings of this with their big solar and wind charger at CES. Read More

  • Spray-on solar panels coming soonish

    One of the major issues with solar panels is the cost. Since they require some pretty advanced technology to manufacture, it’s not so easy to make them cost-effective. So when you consider that in some cases it can take literally years to pay back the investment, justifying the purchase can be a bit problematic. Read More

  • Solar-powered Toyotas in the works

    Although it’s pretty certain that every major car manufacturer has “plans” to develop a solar-powered vehicle, Toyota appears to be actually putting out PR about it. According to the Nikkei, they’ve got plans for what is likely a Prius augmented by solar panels on it and elsewhere, and later for a solar-only vehicle as well. Read More

  • Traffic lights backed up by solar power – why don't we all have these already?

    I suppose this is one of those “trickle-up” technologies, where it first is found in places that need it, like Africa and India, and then everywhere else in the world once the idea is proven practicable. This tech has made its way to Istanbul so far. I know that whenever there’s a big storm in Seattle, the city grinds to a halt, not because people don’t know how to drive… Read More

  • Kimberlina solar plant in California generates electricity like it's its job

    Asura just opened the first-of-its-kind thermal energy plant in California, which should generate enough electricity to power some 3,500 homes. The best part is that this plant, which is named Kimberlina, is merely a proof of concept of sorts— the real plant, to be constructed by 2010, will generate enough electricity to power, like, 120,000 homes. The idea is dead simple: you’ve… Read More

  • Brando harnesses the power of the sun, charges your crap

    I can honestly say that I’d buy one of these things, but don’t the Solio solar chargers do the same thing? Oh, yeah, they do. Nevermind. Read More