January 30, 2012

Turanor Global Tour Nears Completion

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The planet's largest solar-powered boat has almost completed its trek around the earth. The Turanor has 700 panels and began its journey in 2010. It has not used the back-up diesel generators that were required for insurance reasons. Swiss company Planet Solar built the vessel for use as a marketing tool to encourage solar power. The Turanor will dock in Monaco this April.

Via Planet Solar

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January 23, 2012

Solar Flashlight Holds 3 Year Charge

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You would think that a Solar Flashlight would almost be an oxymoron, but this SolarLite holds a single charge for over 3 years. The 1W 2X LED has 11 years of burn time and 16 hours of light. Because this 2-pack comes fully charged, they can be kept in a drawer or glove compartment. The company promises that extreme temperatures will not affect operation and each 14 x 7 x 2" flashlight is both waterproof and floats.

Via Solar Flashlights

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January 16, 2012

SolarKindle Wins CES 2012 Award

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One of the standouts of the last week's CES 2012 was the SolarKindle, winner of the Innovation Award. SolarFocus' flexible leather e-book cover has a solar panel built into the cover and a built-in LED reading lamp that is good for up to 50 hours after a full charge. It also features a dual-charging USB/solar battery that, under normal sunlight, will produce about 3 months of Kindle 4 usage when unplugged. When on the go, one hour of sun produces 3 days of reading.

Via SolarKindle

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January 9, 2012

Nokia Says No Solar Phones For Now

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Don't hold your breath waiting for that solar cell phone. Nokia recently completed a study and tested 5 of them in different areas and climates. Some of the results were obvious, as those used closer to the equator worked better. The greatest charge occurred in Kenya while the Artic Circle needed the phone's user to constantly seek the sun. The smaller phones had less efficient solar panels and the angle that the light entered them made a difference as well.

Viia Nokia

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January 2, 2012

Cat and Bunny Solar Bobbleheads

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Place this Solar Kitty Bobblehead on your desk or car back window and we promise it will either amuse you entirely or drive you crazy. At a size of 4 x 4.5", the front solar panel collects its energy.

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There is also a Solar Bunny available for those who are early Easter shopping. Hit the link for even more cutesy solar bobbleheads.

Via Solar Bobbleheads

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