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Changers offers redeemable credits for charging gadgets via solar power

Changers offers redeemable credits for charging gadgets via solar power

The market has no lack of solar chargers for small gadgets, such as smartphones and tablets, but they often take longer than a wall charger and are less convenient, needing full sunlight in most cases. Such negatives aren't much incentive for gadget owners to go green, but the startup Changers hopes to change that. Those who use the company's solar charger will earn credits that can be redeemed for goods.

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Solar cell project creates hydrogen fuel and bypasses batteries

Solar cell project creates hydrogen fuel and bypasses batteries

Batteries are a distraction: the best way to store excess solar energy for nighttime use is using it to create "solar fuels" that rely on energy-dense chemistry, one research team has concluded. The prototype takes a cue from plants and uses a new type of solar cell that relies on the sun's energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The latter is released, but the former can be stored and then later used for power, including potential in fuel-cell cars. Best of all, the system requires no external power source in order to work its hydrogen-generating magic.

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Luna Ring concept puts solar panels on the moon to power Earth

Luna Ring concept puts solar panels on the moon to power Earth

Solar energy is one method for powering homes and such with renewable resources, something that has seen great strides in past years but that still suffers from various limitations. One Japanese company has a big vision for the technology that would overcome some of these limitations, and it involves putting solar panels on the moon and beaming electricity at the Earth with lasers.

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Apple to build manufacturing facility and solar power grid in Mesa, Arizona

Apple to build manufacturing facility and solar power grid in Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona is in for a dose of Apple-fueled economic growth, according to an announcement the state's governor made today. Apple will be constructing a new manufacturing plant in the city, and with it will come 1300 new jobs for the construction itself and management, and 700 jobs for manufacturing once it is open. Beyond that, Apple also has some power-harvesting solar ambitions.

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EnerPlex Surfr Samsung Galaxy S4 case has solar and battery power

EnerPlex Surfr Samsung Galaxy S4 case has solar and battery power

If you use the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, and is that a lot of time away from an outlet you may be looking for options that help your device from longer. A company called EnerPlex has unveiled a new case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone called the EnerPlex Surfr that has an internal battery and an integrated flexible thin-film solar panel on the back of the case. This is the same company that unveiled the Packr solar backpack earlier this month.

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Solar flares hit Earth, SWPC predicts more grid fluctuations Monday

Solar flares hit Earth, SWPC predicts more grid fluctuations Monday

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center predicts more solar storms Monday, disrupting the power grid and satellite communications. The predictions come during the peak of the current solar cycle, an eleven-year period of sun spot activity, solar storms, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The effects on Earth are expected to be relatively mild.

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EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

Anyone who's on the road a lot for work, school, or pleasure knows it can be a challenge keeping your gadgets charged up and ready to use away from an outlet. If your travels take you outdoors a lot, keeping your gadgets charged and keeping you in touch can be particularly troublesome. A company called Ascent Solar Technologies has announced a new backpack called the EnerPlex Packr that not only has plenty of room for all of your gear, but helps keep your gadgets powered working.

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IKEA brings solar panels to the UK, aiming for mainstream

IKEA brings solar panels to the UK, aiming for mainstream

Though they've made clear that the decision to sell solar panels to the masses on a market-by-market basis, the results are already clear: IKEA is aiming to make solar energy mainstream. If there's one company that can take this green push to the market in a way that's not-quite-cheap but certainly not overpriced, it's IKEA. And here with the IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard speaking on the subject with the AP this week, "It's the right time to go for the consumers."

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Solar cell developed with highest efficiency ever at 44.7%

Solar cell developed with highest efficiency ever at 44.7%

The teams behind the world's previous record-holding solar cell for efficiency, which was unveiled back in May, has trumped its own achievement, announcing that they've boosted that cell's efficiency even higher to 44.7-percent. The latest solar cell works by utilizing four solar subcells, allowing it to achieve nearly a 50-percent efficiency rate, and was developed based on a bit over three years' worth of research.

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