August 22, 2011
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.
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August 15, 2011
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.
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
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.
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August 1, 2011
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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July 25, 2011
XTG's Portable Charger is multi-usage for smartphones, MP3 players, headsets and portable game systems. Great for campers, travelers or those without power, the SOL1500 can recharge up to 50-60% of your device. A charging and capacity indicator shows status and a built-in LED flashlight is included. The device has a backup lithium-ion battery that can be used in connection with included USB cord, along with 2 adjustable suction cups for attachment to your car. We want one.
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July 18, 2011
Working in tandem with Panasonic, Northern California's Infineon Raceway has taken a further step in going green by installing 1,652 solar panels that can generate 353 kilowatts of power and save about 34,000 barrels of oil over the next 30 years. Infineon has made other environmental moves. They installed a new energy-saving, dual-sided LED video board, have an admirable recycling program and invested in 3,000 sheep in 2008 to trim the track and grounds.
Via Infineon Raceway
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July 11, 2011
Concord Keystone has an ECO Charger for iPads/iPhones, MP3 players and handheld games that they claim will double your usage. Four connectors come with the panel, micro USB, mini USB, PSP and Nintendo DSi. A full charge takes about 5-6 hours, but with an included cable, you can hook it up to USB and get charged in about half the time. Not only does the device shut itself down when fully charged, the power PAK is portable and can come along on all your travels.
Via Concord Keystone
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July 4, 2011
Voltaic Systems has released a solar-powered Bolt Charger for iPad and most other tablets. Powered by a 39 Kwh battery, the carrying case features a high powered USB for tablets and a standard USB for other devices. Conventional batteries can also be directly charged from electric outlets. The bag can be yours for $299.99.
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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.
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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.
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