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Shiro SQ-S PMP runs off of solar energy

Shiro SQ-S PMP runs off of solar energy

In case you don't think there are enough PMPs out in the world, then here's another one that might suit your fancy. It's called the Shiro SQ-S and it actually offers something a little bit different than the norm. In fact, you can charge up this PMP with solar energy.

This PMP doesn't require a wired charging method in order to get it going. That really places it at an advantage, because how many times have you found yourself out and about, only to have your music player run out of battery? It does take six hours to completely charge the device however, and that's with "full sun." Even so, you could always plug it into the USB port of your computer and charge it in 4 hours, instead.

Even so, I could see how if you're out without any means of charging a device this would come in handy. A full charge makes for up to 38 hours of audio and 10 hours of video playback time. There isn't a price tag or any availability information just yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Innovative iPhone case takes advantage of solar energy

Innovative iPhone case takes advantage of solar energy

I’ve seen plenty of cell phone cases but not one can take advantage of nature’s resource for cheap power. The Japaneses put solar technology to work; they have transformed an iphone case into an eco-friendly device with an integrated Lithium-ion batteries and solar panel for energy resource.

The LC-1500 is not just a plain iPhone leather case - under sunlight, the built-in Lithium-ion batteries can provide energy resource for charging or put your drained handheld back to work. The battery has capacity of 1500mAhm and weights in 100g; It will take about 13 hours to charge your iPhone with its solar system, or 3 hours via the conventional built-in USB charging port.

Black Silicon could mean improved solar cells

Black Silicon could mean improved solar cells

Silicon is in every piece of electronic equipment we own. However, when Harvard physicist Eric Mazur discovered black silicon, the substance was found to be a whole lot more sensitive to light, which could spell serious improvements in consumer electronics and more.

Black silicon was discovered in the late 1990's after a laser was shone on a silicon wafer that had sulfur hexafluoride on it. Once examined under an electron microscope, the wafer, which appeared black, had microscopic spikes all over it. This later proved to show an increased sensitivity to light. In fact, a "100 to 500 times increase in sensitivity to light compared to conventional silicon detectors," was found and the technology is now being implemented in night vision systems.
 
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Solyndra solar panels generate more energy

Solyndra solar panels generate more energy

Solar panels are a well known source of alternative energy. However, they are often discredited for not being very efficient, in that they do not convert as much energy as they could. However, these cylindrical solar panels made by Solyndra generate more energy.

And really it all is in the form. Apparently, the cylindrical shape makes it so more solar cells are in a more compact area. They are, in fact, curved into a glass tube. This increases energy output substantially, especially when compared to the output of a standard solar panel, which is typically flat.

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Google and GE partner to push for ‘Smart Grid’ Electricity

Google and GE partner to push for ‘Smart Grid’ Electricity

Google has announced a partnership with General Electric (GE) which will see the two companies cooperate on policy and technology solutions around electricity generation, transmission and distribution.  The deal will see the development of a so-called "smart grid" that can prioritize energy efficiency, use of environmentally-friendly sources such as enhanced geothermal systems and support electric vehicles.

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IKEA to sell cheap solar panels, other eco-tech

IKEA to sell cheap solar panels, other eco-tech

IKEA is known for their cheap furniture. And while their products may not be high-end, they get the job done. IKEA can afford to offer furniture so cheaply because they significantly cut costs by flat-packing their products which reduces shipping and storage prices. The only sacrifice is that you have to put the furniture together yourself.
 

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Nanoantenna Skin to provide next-gen PC cooling

Nanoantenna Skin to provide next-gen PC cooling

If you're looking for the next generation of PC cooling technology or consumer electronic recharging, you may only have to look so far as a group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory who have developed a flexible solar cell. This cell could be applied to all sorts of electronics to make recharging a snap and cooling devices a breeze.

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