Solar Power

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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Sony Eclipse concept media player gets power from the sun

Sony Eclipse concept media player gets power from the sun

Concept products don't have to be functional; they just need to look cool. A new concept product carrying the Sony brand has hit Yanko Design called the Eclipse. The Eclipse is a media player that sticks to a window with a suction cup.

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Three-layer solar panel sandwich is highly efficient

Three-layer solar panel sandwich is highly efficient

The problem with solar panels today it's that they simply can’t capture enough of the suns free power to really do what most of us want them too. What's the point of a solar installation on your car or gadgets if it only captures enough juice for a tiny amount of usable power.

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European Union Plans for Huge Solar Farm in Sahara Desert to Power Europe

European Union Plans for Huge Solar Farm in Sahara Desert to Power Europe

We can safely say that there's all sorts of implementations for solar power. Even today, we saw what it could do for a soccer ball. But, let's take things a bit bigger, shall we? Start looking at the big picture, more or less. And with as grand of plans as the European Union seems to have, it may not get any bigger than this.

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Terracotta roof tiles have built-in solar panels

Terracotta roof tiles have built-in solar panels

If you are the green type that happens to have a home that uses a terracotta roof, a new green product is available for you. Traditional terracotta tiles are made from red clay like a pot you might plant flowers in on the patio.

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HP producing flexible watchphones for US army

HP producing flexible watchphones for US army

Watch-phones may teeter on the border between awesome and awful, but HP's latest project for the US military sounds like it might definitely fall into the former category.  The company is apparently creating a custom next-generation watch that has - inevitably - been internally nicknamed the "Dick Tracy watch", and will use a new flexible display that can show maps and other strategic information while on the battlefield.

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