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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...

Typically wind turbines are like giant fans that spin in the wind to create electrical energy. This new style of wind turbine, the Vortex Bladeless, is just a vertical pole that captures energy from what is known as vorticity. Huh? Apparently that is the aerodynamic effect that causes spinning vortices or whirlpools of wind. This vertical pole of a wind turbine then uses magnets acting as a nonelectrical motor to capture the energy. While the Vortex Bladeless is 30% less...

Going solar makes all the sense in the world, assuming you live in a sunny area of course. The idea of investing in a roof panel system comes with a few concerns including ugly panels on your beautiful roof, the fact that if you move you are most likely leaving the panels behind, and the risk of damage to your roof. The Smartflower POP Solar System is made to be quick and easy to install and can be up and running in about an hour. The Smartflower POP Solar System...

The future has arrived in the form of a solar powered airplane making a trip around the world. The Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi yesterday with plans of going around the world. The Solar Impulse 2 is being piloted by the co-founders of this amazing plane, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. The solar powered airplane will make 12 stops across the globe. The Solar Impulse 2 has 17,000 solar panels, and batteries, which allow it to fly day and night. The first stops are in India, Myanmar, and China. After that it will cross...

Elon Musk and his team at Tesla Motors must never sleep. In addition to launching new models of the best electric vehicles on the planet, they are also about to unveil a lithium-ion based home battery storage system. Why would a home owner (or business owner) want to store energy in a battery? There are many reasons. Some folks just want to be independent of the expensive energy grid, others want to have more control and savings of their solar production. I imagine the main users will be folks with solar arrays on their houses that are...

Posted on Feb 12 2015 - 10:33am by Russ
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If you happen to have pavers (basically bricks of some sort) on your driveway, walkways, or around a pool check out this cool household upgrade. Simply find out which brick size you have (7.67″x3.85″x2.36″, 4″x4″, 4″x8″, 6″x6″, or 6″x9″) and then decide a lighting pattern. Pluck out some of your original pavers and replace with these awesome Solar...

Yard lighting, when done right, takes a yard from good to great. Not only does it look better and shows off your house, plants, and trees it is also safer. Typically these accent lights are simple black plastic and are made to be hidden. Not with the Garden Critter Solar Lights. They are cool little raccoons wearing glasses, the glasses being where the LED lights reside. Simply place them in a spot...

This clever desktop solar phone charger comes with a solar panel, a 2500 mAh internal battery, and a female USB port for gadget charging. Just place the Sunflower 2500 on your desk, face the solar panel towards a bright window and let it harness the power for your next smartphone charge. I doubt the tiny solar panel will charge the internal battery too quickly but still good for the occasional free powered...

Renewable energy just makes sense. I mean, why not use the natural sunshine, wind, and in this case, waves to generate “free” power. Scotland’s Albatern has created a product called WaveNET that is a scalable floating array of energy harvesters. These floating wave energy generators grab energy from the motion of the waves as their arms rise/fall. Each WaveNet system can be connected to three others to make more energy. Albatern hopes to see 1.25 kilometers of floating...

LEED Platinum homes are still pretty rare as the certification is a tough one to achieve.  The home has to be incredibly efficient and energy friendly.  The BioCasa 82 is Europe’s first LEED Platinum home.  The BioCasa 82 looks small in the picture but it has over 5,000 sqft.  The home was designed by Rosario Picciotto Architechts and build by Welldom builders.  This LEED Platinum home gets 55 percent of its energy from renewable sources.