June 13, 2011

DIFFUS Solar Handbag

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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.

Via DIFFUS

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June 6, 2011

Japan Building Smart Town Despite Troubles

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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.

Via Panasonic

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May 30, 2011

Solar Tulip Lights Up Spring

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Fake out your neighbors with this three-pack of Eternal Tulips. In shades of yellow, red and purple, no tools are needed to set up these solar flowers that will soak up sunshine during the day and nicely glow at night. Stakes come with them for easy installation.

Via Solar Flowers

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May 23, 2011

Solar Kitchen Restaurant Tours Europe

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The Finnish beer company Lapin Kulta came up with a great way to spread the word about indulging in their product this summer and keeping it green. They will be tooling around Europe with their Solar Kitchen Restaurant. The team of designer Marti Guixe and foodster Antto Melasniemi will be setting up shop at different locations and cook on pots and pans on solar dishes. Because the weather can vary, the menu will change each day. They are expecting barbecues on sunny days and salads on gloomy ones. We suspect that as long as the beer is flowing, the entrees will not matter.

Via Lapin Kulta

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May 16, 2011

TRU Distribution Center Gets Huge Solar System

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Toys 'R Us claims that it will soon have the largest solar system in North America. Located atop their distribution center in Flanders, NJ, the roof spans about 32 acres and about 20 of those will be covered in panels. The Constellation Energy project should be completed by the end of summer and will provide about 72% of the building's electricity.

Via Bloomberg

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May 9, 2011

Top Ten US Solar Cities

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See if your state is on the top ten solar list released by the New York Times. California ranks first with 47% of the power that is coming out of the US, not surprising as the former Governator was pushing for it when he was in office, followed by New Jersey with a mere 14%. Here is the remainder of the list:


  • 3. Colorado: 5 percent

  • 4. Arizona: 5 percent

  • 5. Nevada: 5 percent

  • 6. Florida: 4 percent

  • 7. New York: 3 percent

  • 8. Pennsylvania: 3 percent

  • 9. New Mexico: 2 percent

  • 10. North Carolina: 2 percent

Via NYT

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May 2, 2011

BTX Solar Drapery System

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BTX has created a solar-powered drapery system that will fit nicely in to any solar-powered domicile. Completely plug and play, the Tumo Excel Eco-line can handle up to 44 lbs. with its motor and you can also use it manually on gloomy days. Each comes with switch, RF remote and network control to make it super simplified. Contact BTX for price and availability.

Via BTX

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April 25, 2011

Cincinnati Zoo Sports Solar Canopy

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The Cincinnati Zoo recently unveiled their newly installed 4 acre solar system that should produce 1.56 megawatts of electricity, enough to cover about 20% annually of the zoo's need. The $11 million canopy has 6,400 solar panels on more than 100 metal arrays. Standing 15 to 18 feet high, they cover about 800 of the 1,000 parking spaces at the zoo's main entrance.

(Congrats to the zoo on their recent addition, a baby giraffe named Zuri!)

Via Cincinnati Zoo

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April 18, 2011

Mini Cooper Powers Up From Home Solar System

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Talk about being creative. Tom Moloughney of Chester, NJ actually powers up his all-electric Mini Cooper via his residential solar system. He drives 62 miles round trip to his restaurant Nauna's Bella Casa in Montclair and figures that he saves about $5,000 a year. Moloughney, concerned about our foreign oil dependence, was allowed to participate in a BMW pilot program that included 612 Mini Es.

After he realized that the electricity he used came from coal and gas-fired power plants, as well as from nuclear sources, he came up with this solution. By the way, his license plate reads "EF-OPEC." Check out his journey via the link.

(Good job, Tom and thanks for the tip, Jason.)

Via Tom Moloughney

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April 11, 2011

Go to Eco Music Festival, Plant a Tree

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The first Eco Music Festival will be held the Fourth of July weekend (June 30-July 3) at Snowmass, Aspen, CO. EMU will feature a variety of musicians giving mountainside concerts, guided hiking tours and even yoga lessons. Tents will be 100% sustainable, local foodsters will provide green dishes and even biodegradable water bottles, plates and utensils will be used. Tickets are $59.50 pre-sales, $70 general admission and VIP tickets are $150. With an adult ticket, kidlets 12 and younger get in free.

One of the coolest aspects is that for every ticket sold, a tree will be planted by Trees, Water & People. Not only will this offset up to 220 lbs. of carbon emissions for each tree, if the concert sells out, that makes 1.2 million lbs. total of CO2.

(Thanks, Denise)

Via Eco Music Festival

Read More in: Saving the Planet

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