December 27, 2010

PlanetSolar Attempts to Circumvent Globe

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A solar powered catamaran is endeavoring to circle the globe without the assistance of other fuel. Meant as a way to draw attention to the industry (and no doubt a kewl way to visit the planet,) the TÛRANOR PlanetSolar left Monaco in September, and is now in Switzerland. So far it has traveled about 7,000 nautical miles, about a quarter of the full journey. The 5,700 sq. ft. cat cost a whopping $17.5 million to build and you can follow its progress via the link or invest by picking up a t-shirt in its e-shop.

Owner Immo Ströher made this claim about the project, "It is my vision to see solar power take its rightful place - not only on rooftops, but also on the roads, seas and in the skies of the future." How noble!

Via PlanetSolar

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December 20, 2010

DOD to Test Solar Arrays

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Skyline Solar is installing solar arrays for the Department of Defense on two bases in the US. The testing is meant for seeing if the military can use the technology in other countries to cut back on fuel for generators and vehicles. The arrays will produce about 436 mega hours of energy yearly. Since your average home consumes about 11 mh yearly, this is quite an ambitious experiment. We don't care who is testing, we are just happy that another organization has jumped on the solar bandwagon.

Via cnet

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December 13, 2010

Solar Light Cap Review

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Want to go green this holiday season? Russ Wright discovered the Solar Light Cap from New Zealand about a year ago and bought one for himself. He was so impressed that he began to give it to friends and family and they dug it, too. He and wife Shannon formed Current Wear so that everyone can have one here in the States.

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Russ was kind enough to send us 3 samples to review and we are now fans as well. The cap has two ultra-bright LED lights that are turned on with a simple button. Weatherproof and washable up to the brim, the SLC has four lighting modes, will run for 3 to 4 hours on normal setting and up to 35 hours on dim.

Our review had a bud of ours testing the cap while we shot some video and he liked it enough to ask to keep it. Merry Xmas, Mike. We also introduced it to Grace, a cat that will attack a Furby, but was mostly unimpressed by the cap. Radar, our other cat, was moderately interested for a few seconds.

The video is very brief because to test it you should be in the dark and if you are in the dark there is not all that much to see. Duh. But we did have fun wandering around and trying out all the modes with simple button pushing. Head to the Current Wear site to see some professional video.

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The SLC is adjustable and may feel a bit heavy when you first wear it because it does have a small solar panel in its brim. But you get used to it fairly quickly and it is quite comfortable after breaking it in.

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Each cap has a life span of 5,000 hours (3 years.) Amazing for a mere $39.99 and although they offer a money back guarantee, you will not want one. This is a must have for campers, late night joggers, nighttime sporting events and parties, car breakdowns or those who are beset by a power outage.

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By the way, Current Wear was an official sponsor for SolarDay 2010 last June, a national celebration to bring awareness to the benefits of solar power. Contact Russ and Shannon to get one or several Solar Light Caps for gifts this holiday season or to become a distributor.

Via Current Wear

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December 6, 2010

Kyocera to Build Solar Cycle Stations

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Kyocera has begun production on Solar Cycle Stations, eco-friendly charging stations that will charge 6 bicycles simultaneously. At a humongous cost of $23,000 apiece, each has 3 solar panels, a maximum output of 79.8V and up to 1.14kWh per day.

Via Akihabara News

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