Solar Power

Ocean Empire Super Yacht is Self-Sustainable, Costs $17 Million

Ocean Empire Super Yacht is Self-Sustainable, Costs $17 Million

$17 million for a self-sustainable super yacht may seem like a steal to some people. But, as many yachts have proven in the past, it's all about the features on board that make the price make more sense. For the Ocean Empire, being called the first-ever zero carbon life support vessel isn't good enough. No, the designers wanted to make sure that there's plenty of eco-friendly elements, along with plenty of room for people to live their day-to-day lives on board.

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Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered Devices

Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered Devices

Solar power is becoming a common addition to some gadgets. Yet, it's mostly tied to accessories that charge our more important devices, rather than being an integral part of them. That looks to be changing for at least one company, as Apple has recently been awarded a patent for solar-powered devices. Generally speaking, the patent describes solutions for charging devices that range from smartphones, to laptops and tablet devices, courtesy of solar power.

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Researchers develop chips with solar cells directly on the surface

Researchers develop chips with solar cells directly on the surface

Powering electronics and other devices with energy from the sun collected by a solar cell is nothing new. Solar powered gear like calculators and other items have been around for years. Typically, you have separate chip and a separate solar panel for power. Researchers have developed a way to power chips with solar cells that are directly integrated into the microchip.

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SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California

SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California

Finding alternative energy sources is a cause that many corporations and companies are attached to. And governments, along with entire cities, aren't new to clinging onto new methods for saving energy, and costs. California, which has been known in the past to incorporate solar and wind energy, is now looking at opening a new solar plant, which uses molten salt to store and release energy. The permit was just approved recently, the company behind the plant, SolarReserve, announced late Wednesday.

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Sony Demonstrates Solar Power Window Panels

Sony Demonstrates Solar Power Window Panels

Take a look at this flower power right here. This is what Sony calls Hana Mado (aka Flower Power), a solar panel that uses screen printed dye to generate custom designs for windows. What's that? windows that double as solar panels? I'll take them all, thank you. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) in any color combination and design you like. For the demonstration at Eco Products 2010, Sony attached a tiny cute fan to an approximately 10 inch(?) panel that when light was introduced turned, and when light was taken away, stopped. In my walls and in my car next too, please?

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Solar Powered Watches Updated by Casio at ECO Product 2010

Solar Powered Watches Updated by Casio at ECO Product 2010

G-Shock! OCEANUS! Both intensely well-known watches, the G-version seeming to have somewhat of a resurgence over these past few hipster-laden years. The OCEANUS on the other hand was displayed proudly and at this years ECO Product, Casio having a stand with an exploded view inside the iconic watch to show off its solar powers! The solar panel is placed directly behind the watch face, the watch requiring only 6.3W of power to provide up to 860,000 watch movements - take a peek at the video!

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Philips launches green TV in Europe with sweet solar remote

Philips launches green TV in Europe with sweet solar remote

The TV market is turning into a bit of a commodity market these days with everyone offering up sets that have very similar features and often use the same exact screens. All you get that is different on some sets is the brand name. Philips has unveiled a new green TV for Europe that is a bit boring called the Econova LED TV with a 42-inch screen.

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California McDonald’s gets green arches

California McDonald’s gets green arches

McDonald's is synonymous with golden arches, fries, burgers, and playgrounds for most of us. Another of the many restaurants in the chain is moving away from the golden arches and going green. A restaurant in Riverside, California has turned those golden arches green with green tech in an effort to get the LEED Gold Certification for design in environmental and energy design.

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