August 29, 2011

Outdoor Light With Motion Detector

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Concept combines security while saving energy with its Solar Powered Outdoor Light. The SL-100 has 32 wide-angle LEDs with a 190 ft. range, can provide up to 10 hours of usage on a full charge and, best of all, has a built-in motion detector for auto-on and off with a user-defined timer setting. The light itself is 9 3/4 x 9 x 14 3/4" and it comes with a 13 1/2 x 7 1/4" solar panel and 4V rechargeable lead acid battery.

Via Outdoor Solar Lighting

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August 22, 2011

Solar Bulb for Areas With No Electricity

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Denver inventor Steve Katsaros has come up with a solar light bulb that he hopes will make a difference in third world countries. He also has a rather unique attitude towards the distribution of them. He has enlisted the aid of budding entrepreneurs that work in Kenya and Tanzania. Each receives a 'business in a box' that comes with 144 bulbs, displays and flyers. While most of his products have been sold to non-gov. organizations, he believes that in time a network of locals will work to make things easier on the distributors as well as the locals. Think of it as Mary Kay without the pink Caddy.

Via CNN

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August 15, 2011

Beam Me Up, King Abdullah

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A $1.5 billion Star Trek theme park is to be constructed in Aqaba, Jordan under the backing of King Abdullah (the fan was once an extra on "Star Trek: Voyager") that promises to run mostly on clean energy. While that may be an even farther trek than most want to journey, the park will contain a pavilion so that attendees, businesses and students can learn about alternate energy sources like solar power and wind energy.

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The project will include 4 hotels, multi-sensory 23rd century experiences and a space flight adventure. The Amman company Rubicon Group has teamed with Paramount and architectural firm Callison to begin building the TRSA (The Red Sea Astrarium) next year.

Via Hotelier Middle East

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August 8, 2011

Denver International Airport Goes Solar

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Constellation Energy took on the Denver International Airport to make the facility the largest in the US to support solar power. The total amount is 8 megawatts supplied by 19,000 photovoltaic panels which will release more than 5,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The entire project encompasses 7 acres and cost a cool 13 million to complete. Constellation has been busy of late, having gotten contracts to build systems for GM in Baltimore, a Toys 'R Us distribution center in Flanders, NJ and the Sacramento Municipal Utility Distrct.

(Thanks, Caren)

Via Constellation

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August 1, 2011

Sonnenschiff Gives Back

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It may resemble a cheap US motel from the 60's, but this is actually a solar city in Freiburg, Germany. Sonnenschiff (Solar Ship) and Solarsiedlung (Solar Village) not only supports itself, it produces 4 times the energy it consumes. Fifty two homes with passive solar heating and lighting were built with rooftop solar arrays that double as sun shades. In addition, the rooftops feature gardens with rainwater recycling systems. The use of phase-change materials and vacuum insulation in the Sonnenschiff help in keeping the project green.

Via Sonnenschiff (translated)


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