Tag Archives: Solar Power

A Kilometer Long Solar Road Opens In France For A Two-year Trial

What you see here is the “world’s first photovoltaic road,” installed in a small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France. Stretching a good kilometer (0.6 mile), this 2,800 square meter (30,139 square foot) electricity-generating solar road will be put through a two-year test to see if it is able to supply the electricity necessary to power the street lighting of Tourouvre-au-Perche. So, yeah, it is kind of in it test phase, though it is worthy to note that prior to this real-road test, similar panels was tested at four carparks in France. So, this would be the next phase of testing and a very costly one, costing a cool $5.2 million. Continue reading A Kilometer Long Solar Road Opens In France For A Two-year Trial

BioLite SolarPanel 5+ Packs 2,200 mAh Battery, Charges Phone In 2 Hours

Portable battery is great, but if you are expecting yourself to be out of the grid for prolong period of time, solar charger is the way to go. However, you are probably not going to go for just any solar charger; you will one that maximizes your charge. Such is what BioLite Solar Panel 5+ has to offer. To ensure you get the most out of the sun, there’s an integrated sundial to aid in aligning the panel to the sun, so you’d be capturing direct rays. In addition, it is outfitted with a 360 degree kickstand for placing the panel on multitude of angles and terrains. It also features auto-reconnect, which automatically reengages charging after the sun comes out from hiding. Continue reading BioLite SolarPanel 5+ Packs 2,200 mAh Battery, Charges Phone In 2 Hours

SolarWindow Wants to Turn an Entire Skyscraper into a Giant Electricity Generating Structure

While companies like Vortex Bladeless is experimenting revolutionary way of turning wind energy into useable electricity suitable for urban landscape, Maryland-based SolarWindow wants to turn an entire building into a giant electricity generating structure. But how do they proposed to achieve that? Well, by an innovative transparent solar panel, which the company called SolarWindow, naturally. Described as the Kitty Hawk moment for the outfit, SolarWindow Technologies demonstrated the working SolarWindow in a video unveiled yesterday. Continue reading SolarWindow Wants to Turn an Entire Skyscraper into a Giant Electricity Generating Structure

Solar Charger Gets Seriously Functional and Stylish with SolarTab

We have featured a handful of solar chargers in the past, but Solartab, a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, is something else. Well, it is solar charger, alright, but this little guy here stands out as one that is extremely sleek, or sexy, if you will. While its iPad-like size may draw some disapproval, but the size is for good reasons. For a start, it has a generous real estate for 5.5W solar panels to capture the free energy Mother Nature has to offer and under its beautiful aluminum, very Mac-like enclosure it packs a lithium polymer battery that touts a whopping 13,000 mAh capacity, ready to be charged and used whenever and wherever you need. Continue reading Solar Charger Gets Seriously Functional and Stylish with SolarTab

The Badger USB Solar Charger Can Survive in Water for Two Days, Shot at by Shotgun and Still Works

Solar charger is one of the obvious source of energy for your gadgets when off the grid, but can your solar charger take the beatings the nature has to offer? We don’t know, but as far as ruggedness is concern, Brown Dog Gadgets promised to have you covered with The Badger Waterproof USB Solar Charger. The product name pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? This thing is built tough like it should be for outdoor rigors. Though IP65 rated, The Badger is capable of more, such as surviving a two-day immersion in an aquarium and still function flawlessly. In addition to that, it is sealed against dust and is tested to be able to take the blunt force of a bowling ball, rolled over by a car and shot at by a shotgun. Of course, the tests weren’t conducted all at the same time, but it is nevertheless, a good enough prove that it can survive it all if bad things were to befall on it. Continue reading The Badger USB Solar Charger Can Survive in Water for Two Days, Shot at by Shotgun and Still Works

BMW Announces New i Collection, Includes Solar Charger for Charging Your Gadgets

Have an unquestionable love for BMW i Series? Or maybe you just have a thing for whatever the Munich automaker serves up? If so, then the BMW i Collection will be a delightful news to you. Apart from the obvious stylish elements typical of BMW, the i Collection takes on a sustainable approach when creating these accessories, which include a jacket made of 100% organic cotton and recycled materials, 100% organic cotton t-shirt for men and women and a 100% cotton cap that uses environmentally friendly cardboard (for the visor). Continue reading BMW Announces New i Collection, Includes Solar Charger for Charging Your Gadgets

ECOXGEAR’s New Solar-powered Gadgets Want You To Live Without Outlets For As Long As Possible

It’s 2015, but we are still plagued by one modern day problem: battery life. It seems that no matter how advanced technology progresses, we still have to reach out for an outlet at the end of the day. So the only solution is to delay such need but how can do so without carrying a 50 lbs battery on our back? Solar power, of course and that’s exactly the direction Grace Digital has taken for the ECOXGEAR ECOSMART outdoor family line of products. The ECOSMART family includes ECOPEBBLE powerbank speaker with over 50 hours of playtime, universal charging Smart Bluetooth 4.0 HD Solar Panel, and ECOSMART 4000 HD solar-powered speaker. It is inevitable that you will have to reach out to the wall outlet, but having an extended battery life means doing so less often – a critical feature when you are spending days out in the wilderness. Continue reading ECOXGEAR’s New Solar-powered Gadgets Want You To Live Without Outlets For As Long As Possible

Pulse is a Super Compact Solar-powered Portable Battery That Can Charge Two Devices Simultaneously

Portable batteries have become an indispensable accessory in our lives, more so if you’re often on the move. The problem is, portable batteries will run out of juice too and that’s not a good thing when you’re not anywhere near wall outlets, but that wouldn’t be much of a problem with the Pulse by Live Work Play. It is a traditional portable battery, packing 5,000 mAh worth of juice enough to charge an iPhone 5 three times over, and offers two ways of charging: via regular wall outlet when you are in urbanized area, or topping up via its integrated monocrystalline solar panel when you are out in the wild. Perfect for outdoor seekers and adventurers, Pulse’s dustproof, water resistant, and shockproof properties ensure it will take whatever beatings you, your adventure and Mother Nature have to offer. Best of all, it has not one but two USB out ports that could charge two devices, be it Fitbit, GoPro, Bluetooth headset, or whatever, simultaneously. Continue reading Pulse is a Super Compact Solar-powered Portable Battery That Can Charge Two Devices Simultaneously

Tiny Solar Powered Toy Car Will Keep On Going As Long As There is Sunlight

conservation of energy should be instill from young and so it only makes sense to grab toys that could educate junior about it? this tiny little thing called Solar Tiny Power Car is one such toy. it may not stack up to those complex (and pricey, if we might add) kit that supposedly teaches your kids about green energy, it is still a perfect example of solar power at work and best of all, it only cost $9.90 a pop, which is a far cry from those kits that supposedly to be educational, but is in fact, out to burn a hole in your pocket. the Solar Tiny Power Car is absolutely a no-frill toy car. it has no battery to replace and it will keep on going as long as there is sunlight. Continue reading Tiny Solar Powered Toy Car Will Keep On Going As Long As There is Sunlight

Lucio Energy Point By Studio Natural

out in the field, solar charger seems like a perfect solution for charging your mobile devices, but what about when you are indoor? oh right. we have wall outlets to deal with it. however, Italian creative agency Studio Natural has a better idea and it is called Lucio Energy Point. energy point sounds like a bad translation, but it is not; it really is an energy point and in this instant, it is a table with a top laid with solar panels that absorbs both artificial and natural light and converts them to power for your electronics gears. a thoughtful slot cuts across the table allows your devices to ‘dock’ while a USB cable directs power from the side of the table to it. Continue reading Lucio Energy Point By Studio Natural