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Posted on Apr 10 2017 - 7:20am by gchoe
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The Little Planet Factory (really, that is their name) is making a tiny Solar System In A Bottle ($37). Inside the bottle are all 8 planets of the solar system at a scale of 1:5,000,000,000. Much more manageable to carry around. Also, a great piece to keep on your desk to keep things in perspective when work seems too important.    Contains: Jar/Cork Mini Mercury Mini Venus Mini Earth Mini Mars Mini...

Posted on Mar 29 2017 - 9:28am by Steve M
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Holy $800 dollars Batman! This solar powered grill can cook a meal for up to 8 people in about an hour without using any fuel. It uses aluminum reflectors to direct sunlight to the food (converts nearly 80% of entering sunlight) which is inside a borosilicate glass vacuum tube. Did I mention it costs $800? The GoSun Grill can cook meat, vegetables, stews, soups, and can even bake bread.    ...

Now that Tesla has completed the incestuous acquisition of Solar City they can begin the deeper integration of solar and battery. In my opinion solar and battery go together like chocolate and peanut butter. It just make sense. Back to the story at hand, Solar City recently completed a 1.4 MW array on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa. The array features 5,328 solar panels that cover 2.5 acres. This microgrid is paired up with 6 MWh’s of Tesla Powerpacks. This battery setup can charge in just seven hours of sunlight and...

Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this one. It is either the best or the worst idea. The premise behind The Sunflower Labs system is that you have outdoor sensors (Sunflower Smart Lights) that look like typical accent lights. These Sunflower Smart Lights sense movement and/or vibrations and alert the drone Flying Camera to checkout the potential intruder. The Sunflower Home Awareness System has me...

The Anker 15W Dual-Port USB Solar Charger ($40) is perfect for outdoor excursions where you may not have access to chargers for your smartphone, camera, or other gadgets. First of all, the price is down from $79.99, now just $39.99 with free shipping. This flexible solar charger has 2 usb ports and can put out 2.1 amps per port (3a max). The panels are 11 × 6.3-inches folded or 18.1 × 11-inches when opened...

I am not a fan of the government (city, state, or federal) mandating where or how we spend our money. With that said, I agree that all new construction should install solar panels. And this is just what San Francisco, CA has just mandated with their latest legislation. The specifics state that new buildings 10-stories tall or less will have to install photovoltaic solar panels or solar water heaters....

The PhotonGrill is amazing in that it uses the sun to cook your food, but it is better than you might imagine. It can get to 500°F in just 5-minutes which is faster than your oven at home. It can also fit into a small backpack and takes just 3-minutes to set up so it is perfect for the prepper, hunter, or hiker. ...

Posted on Feb 15 2016 - 7:52am by Russ
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It is simple enough and is sure to be a conversation starter. The Solar Suntree sports 9 tiny solar panels, a built-in 1400mAh rechargeable battery, and USB port. Just give it a space near a window so it can get sufficient solar energy and let it do the rest. The internal battery will charge up during the day so you can even use it through the night. ...

I am a bit of freak when it comes to LED’s and solar panels. Put the two together and you got me. The LUCI Outdoor ($15) hits on all cylinders as it has LED’s a solar panel and more. Turns out the team at MPOWERD donates some of these lights to countries without electricity. Kinda cool. Now back to the product. The LUCI Outdoor Inflatable...

Tesla Motors recently announced their Powerwall product which is essentially a giant battery for your home or business. The idea is that you can store energy in the battery packs when the kWh rates are lower and use energy from the packs when energy rates are higher. Great idea. Not sure why it took so long for someone to do this in the first place. Apparently many people agree because Tesla sold out of their first run of Powerwall batteries through mid-2016. Enter Mercedes-Benz...