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London phone booths converted into solar-powered charging stations

London phone booths converted into solar-powered charging stations

It's the question of our age: what to do with all those unused pay phone booths now that almost everyone has their own cell phone? Well, two entrepreneurs in London may have found the perfect solution, and it's eco-friendly to boot! Six of the city's iconic red telephone boxes have been painted bright green and transformed into charging stations with solar panels on their roofs.

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New solar cell is its own battery

New solar cell is its own battery

Solar power is an important part of our future, but in many ways it is still too expensive. The Ohio State University has helped lessen that issue with a new device it created -- a solar cell that serves as its own battery, doing so using a type of panel design that introduces air into the "breathing" battery.

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MIT recycles old car batteries into cheap, long-lasting solar panels

MIT recycles old car batteries into cheap, long-lasting solar panels

Lead pollution is a serious issue, particularly when looked at from the perspective of thousands of old car batteries that are increasingly unneeded due to changes in the battery technologies used. Researchers at MIT have developed a new way to recycle these batteries, and rather than creating them into new car batteries, they've figured out how to make them into very efficient solar panels.

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Tesla and Panasonic to kickstart Gigafactory plans

Tesla and Panasonic to kickstart Gigafactory plans

Every journey begins with a single step. For Elon Musk and his 200 Gigafactory dream, that single step is this agreement with Japanese electronics company Panasonic. The two will be working together to build and manage Tesla's first gigafactory, a large-scale manufacturing plant that will produce batteries for its EV cars.

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NomadPlus is an external battery that uses your Apple power plug

NomadPlus is an external battery that uses your Apple power plug

External batteries come in all shapes and sizes, few of which are as handy as the NomadPlus. This particular portable battery is aimed at Apple users, utilizing the iPhone's power plug to charge itself when you're near an outlet and your mobile when an outlet isn't available.

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Smartphone battery “holy grail” may double life in near future

Smartphone battery “holy grail” may double life in near future

This week the folks behind a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology have suggested they’ve stabilized the "holy grail" of batteries. Standard batteries for smartphones and tablets today use Lithium Ion battery packs while this new conglomeration will bring on the age of the lithium anode. What’s that mean for your smartphone? Great things!

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Flexible batteries aim to transform wearables

Flexible batteries aim to transform wearables

As technology transforms into a wearable reality, makers are left having to work non-flexible power sources into devices that would otherwise curve to match the contours of one's body. The introduction of flexible batteries will solve this problem, and perhaps sooner than anticipated.

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Why Chrome browser on Windows eats batteries like crazy

Why Chrome browser on Windows eats batteries like crazy

If you're a dedicated Chrome user and have noticed your Windows laptop plunging into an earlier death than normal, then you may very well blame a "feature" that was introduced way back in 2010. Though that feature made sense in a day and age when browser plugins, Java applets, and Flash dominated the Web, Chrome's high-performance system tweaking has now become a liability that Google doesn't seem to be keen on addressing quickly.

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New dual-carbon battery trumps li-ion in safety

New dual-carbon battery trumps li-ion in safety

Power Japan Plus has unveiled its new battery dubbed the Ryden Dual-Carbon, which boasts being both more durable and safer than currently used lithium-ion cells. Among the new battery's various features, it is nearly completely recyclable.

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Panasonic looking to expand its energy presence

Panasonic looking to expand its energy presence

Panasonic is looking to expand its energy presence, with the company's head of Energy Solutions Center Hiroshi Edo Hanafusa announcing at the Cleantech Group forum that the company is on the hunt for new talent -- specifically, for those who develop energy services utilizing Panasonic's technology.

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Researchers make high energy density battery that runs on sugar

Researchers make high energy density battery that runs on sugar

Battery innovations have promised to change mobile technology for the everyday user, and we've seen all sorts related breakthroughs, from the 30-second battery charge to the urine-powered Samsung cell phone. One of the newest comes from Virginia Tech researchers who have created a high-energy density battery that runs on sugar, making way for cheaper biodegradable offerings.

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Vorson Bookmark 2500mAh portable battery is slim, colorful

Vorson Bookmark 2500mAh portable battery is slim, colorful

Vorson, maker of all sorts of portable and professional batteries for a variety of gadgets, has introduced its latest offering: the Bookmark, said to be the thinnest backup battery ever. As its name suggests (and title confirms), the Bookmark is roughly shaped like a bookmark, and, while not as thin, is still slim enough to be tucked away in a pocket or sleeve. Adding to the features is a touch-activated functionality.

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