Tag Archives: Solar Panels

Energy Harvesting – How & Why

What Is Energy Harvesting - Why Is It Needed? The process of extracting small quantities of energy from one or more natural, inexhaustible sources, accumulation and storage for subsequent use at an affordable cost is called Energy Harvesting. Specially developed electronic devices that enable this task are termed Energy Harvesting Devices. The world is facing acute energy crisis and global warming, stemming from rapid depletion of the traditional sources of energy such as oil, coal, fossil Read more [...]

Solar powered LED light in a jar

We love finding products that make great use of solar electricity and our electronic components. How about a solar powered LED light in a mason jar? Perfect for your backyard porch or for mood lighting at a party - or even as a night light in your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen! The ones we found at MyGrillfriend.com give you a choice - it can be a soft deep orange colored light (referred to as a 'sun jar') or a beautiful shade of blue (called a 'moon jar') just by flipping a switch. The solar panel Read more [...]

How about a solar energy bikini for this summer?

We thought we'd seen just about everything powered by solar panels or solar film until we came across this bikini. Made by Solarcoterie, this bathing suit is made of photovoltaic film strips sewn together in series with conductive thread! With a USB connection you could be laying on the beach and powering your iPod at the same time. The suit is constructed of 1" x 4" solar strips which terminate in a 5V regulator and a female USB connector - perfect for powering your iPod. The down side is that Read more [...]

Solar Energy – a beginner’s look

Solar energy is an exciting field for both scientific study and home and office use, representing the modern drive to find clean, sustainable ways to power everyday life while protecting the planet for generations to come. Solar energy is created by the sun, which plays host to constant explosions of heat and energy. This energy radiates light that eventually reaches Earth, where water, land, and the clouds in the atmosphere absorb a portion. This light manifests as heat and helps to regulate Read more [...]

IKEA completes solar installation in Tempe; 8 more planned

Yesterday, IKEA announced it had flipped the switch on newly installed dual rooftop solar units at its Tempe, Arizona store. The new system is one of the largest solar systems in the Phoenix area and the third such solar energy system for the Swedish home furnishings retailer; they have similar units already in place in Brooklyn, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. The 300 kW solar energy system will generate 960,000 kWh of electricity annually from 2600 solar panels. It is the equivalent of reducing at least Read more [...]

The New York Jets are green on and off the field

With the installation of an array of 3000 solar panels, the New York Jets have really set themselves apart from other professional sports teams. Their team headquarters and 120,000 square foot training facility will be powered by the solar panels that will generate an estimated 750,000 kilo-watt hours of electricity. Other sports teams have installed alternative energy systems at their training camps and stadiums, but the system at the Jets facility is the largest to date. The New York Read more [...]

The future of solar power: Flexible solar panels

As the popularity of solar energy grows, so does the selection of solar equipment that is made available. The big trend in solar energy right now is flexible panels. Flexible solar panels have many advantages over traditional framed solar panels. The flexible solar panels are lightweight so there is less worry in the installation process and during use. They can also be installed on a semi-permanent basis because they are very easy to remove and install elsewhere. Probably the biggest advantage Read more [...]

Solar & LEDS: Tech company’s new and improved business model

Applied Materials announced this week that it was planning a major restructuring of it's business. The goal? To place a "primary emphasis" on LEDS and crystalline silicon solar panel technology. This restructuring would effect the bottom line of the company in many ways including the elimination of 400 - 500 jobs and the closing of their thin-film solar technology lab among other plans. The future of Applied Material's solar technology would focus on the crystalline silicon solar product development Read more [...]

Deal Alert! 50W Solar Panels Prices Slashed!

Don't you wish you could save some money heating your house? Here's a super deal you won't want to pass up. If you've been waiting to start building a solar energy system, you're in luck. We are offering our 50W Mono-Crystalline Solar Panels at a outrageously low price of $299.99. We only have 6 4 left, so don't delay! We expect the 50W solar panels to sell out quickly at this price. We're trying to get more, but we can not be sure we will be able to. Multiple 50W Solar panels can be connected Read more [...]

Solar Energy in China: Here Comes the Sun

Growing demand for renewable energy sources has skyrocketed all over the world, but no where is this more evident than in China. Take a look at the city of Rizhao where miles of dark tubing cover the roofs of apartment buildings and private homes. The reason? Using solar powered hot water heaters is mandatory in Rizhao. In fact, due to requirements such as this one, China has become the largest producer (and consumer of) solar hot-water heaters. Rizhao's commitment to solar energy is deep: it Read more [...]