April 4, 2011

Transformer Goes Solar

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Are you the first in line when a new Transformer movie comes out? Then the T3 transforming Solar Robot Kit is for you. After assembly you get a robot, tank or scorpion that will walk, roll or creep when it is charged up. The solar cell has a two year life span, a lot cheaper than batteries.

Via Solar Transformer Robot Kit

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March 28, 2011

Willis Tower Houses Solar Farm

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What used to be the Sears Tower has gone solar, at least the southern side of the 56th floor. The Willis Tower has photovoltaic glass units and has become a 2-MW solar farm, the result being a cooler lit environment and more effective power system. Pythagoras Solar is in charge of the project and hopes that this building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solution will be an example to other buildings to get with the green plan.

Via Pythagoras

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March 21, 2011

Gargoyle Keeps Its Eyes Wide Open

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For secret Gargoyle fans (we know who you are,) there is now one that operates on solar power, combining the evil with the good. The faux stone statue guards your homestead silently by day and his eyes light up at night. The creature stands 10.5" high, has an on/off switch, is made of polyresin and comes with one rechargeable AA battery.

Via Gargoyles

Read More in: Solar Gadgets | Solar Lights

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March 14, 2011

Prepare for Earth Day Now

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Earth Day is on its way and the organization has a new goal, planting 10,000 trees by March 31. Every dollar you send means a new arboreal life will exist. The Canopy Project will bring back much needed trees to Mexico, Haiti or other places ravaged by disaster. And even if you cannot donate much, you can sign up to help them reach their goal of a billion acts of green. Start a compost pile, pledge to not buy bottled water or try organic gardening and join the over 60 million who have already offered support.

Via Earth Day

Read More in: Saving the Planet

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March 7, 2011

GatherGreen, the Environmentally Friendly Groupon

Imagine a Groupon for the green-minded. The LA based GatherGreen gives you easy access to local sustainable goods and services with 50 to 90% savings. The way it works is explained in the video, but basically you get a deal when you get two others to go in on it. Most of the offerings are food for now, but we expect that they will move up to products like solar arrays and other basic gadgets. The site features World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) if you want to volunteer to make the planet a better place or just want to learn how to build your own.

(Thanks, Julie and Rosette)

Via GatherGreen

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February 28, 2011

Umeox Apollo Solar Cellphone

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The Chinese company Umeox's Apollo made its debut at this year's Mobile World Congress. The solar powered cellphone runs Android, has a 3.2" 320x480 display and has a GB of storage with MicroSD card. The phone needs about 2.5 hours to fully charge, but it must be done frequently to keep it from dying completely. No launch day set, but the unveiling shows a glimmer of solar gadgets to come.

Via Umeox

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February 21, 2011

Dynamis Turns Garbage Into Power

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Although it is not solar powered, we find that this company is certainly noteworthy. Dynamis Energy, located in Alaska, has found a way to turn trash into fuel. Their 3.0 waste-to-energy system is simple to install and operate and they claim that it can prevent up to 11 million metric tons of greenhouss gases annually. It can produce heat, power and power recovery up to 50 MW (the size of a small town) in one of its larger systems. The company has just announced that its next installation will be in Ada County, Idaho. Contact Dynamis if you want your very own garbage converter.

(Thanks, Laurel)

Via Dynamis Energy

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February 14, 2011

DIY Solar Remote: 10 Minutes, Little Expense

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Take a SunMod Solar Kit, solder, tape or glue and blade and you can make yourself a solar remote in about 10 minutes. Figure out the size you will need by the battery voltage in use, add a couple of rechargeable batteries and a small diode, and you have yourself a nifty device.

Via Makezine

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February 7, 2011

Get Solar Radio Now, Before Next Blizzarama

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If you started to panic when you heard about the upcoming blizzard last week, you amassed extra water, candles, a portable radio and scads of duct tape. (We don't know what the latter is for. We only know that hardware stores sell out before disasters.) Prepare for the next cataclysm with Kaito's Voyager Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio. The KA500GRN can reach AM/FM/SW1/SW2 stations, has a reading light and LED flashlight, and comes with earphone, USB cord and 6 cellphone tips.

Via Solar Radios

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January 31, 2011

Boston Power Assists Solar WorldGSM

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Vihaan Networks Ltd. and Boston Power are working together on VNL WorldGSM, a communication service that will soon be able to still work without its solar power source. Used in rural markets in places such as India, the microtelecom system is a complete solar powered GSM and broadband system. VNL's technology will use B-P's lithium-ion technology to back up storage on devices such as notebook batteries. This idea should become almost fully functional later this year.

Via Morningstar

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