June 27, 2011
Team Obama announced last October that they intended to install solar panels and a hot water heater on the roof of the White House by the first day of summer, but sadly the project has not been completed. While the Energy Department claims that they are working on it, a feat this large probably entails more than a minor installation.
A lot of fuss is being made about the missed deadline but we figure that the administration has been busy with other matters, i.e. fighting terrorists and readying the White House for Will and Kate. Perhaps they could be part of the newly approved $1.4 billion dollar Project Amp, with solar panels to be installed on buildings nationwide. Not only will this contribute electricity to power grids, it should create about a thousand jobs.
June 20, 2011
The Solar Impulse came to Paris last week to attend the air show there that is taking place this week. Perhaps the preflight was made just in case...as in just in case it tried to come earlier but couldn't due to inclement weather. Or as in the fact that although the plane is impressive in that it can operate without fuel and has a wing span of 64 meters, it can only move at a snail's pace of 44 mph. Ah well, if you are tooling around France this week, you can check it out for yourself.
June 13, 2011
DIFFUS has introduced a Solar Handbag that is as much about fashion as function. The solar panels charge the bag's battery as well as a mobile devices carried in it. The company describes their product this way:
"The shape of the bag resembles the story between the relationship between the sun and moon - between light source and enlightened. Therefore the shape mimics an eclipse where the moon - the enlightened - interfere or interact with the sun - the light source. The surface is embroidered with an integrated combination of normal embroidery and conductive embroidery that is able to convey the energy harvested for the solar sequins to the rechargeable battery."
We posted this because in this day and age of just getting along, there are still companies that try to go beyond the mundane. This really translates into paying bigger bucks for designer products, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
June 6, 2011
As Japan continues to move forward in their cleanup efforts, Panasonic, partnering with 6 other companies, is building a clean tech replacement neighborhood. Consisting of 1,000 houses on 47 acres, the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town will have solar panels on every roof that will provide power for the homes and store the unused in storage batteries for, you guessed it, electric cars. There will be sensors everywhere to control public lighting via smart grid and lots of greenery with parks and main road vegetation. Hopefully residents can start moving in by March 2014.