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Samsung Galaxy Watch patent points to a solar charging strap

Samsung Galaxy Watch patent points to a solar charging strap

When the first modern, fully-featured smartwatches launched almost eight years ago, they were mostly ridiculed for the need to recharge on a daily basis. Even Apple's first Apple Watch got a lot of flak for that, and the smartwatch industry hasn't exactly made leaps in battery life. Mirroring the smartphone market, smartwatch makers have resorted to indirect strategies to either reduce power consumption or speed up charging, but a Samsung patent wants to make that moot by having the smartwatch constantly charging even while on your wrist.

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Bluetti AC300 Portable Solar Power Station is finally available

Bluetti AC300 Portable Solar Power Station is finally available

Very recent natural disasters have again shown the need for emergency power that is not only environment-friendly but also safe for use. Fuel-powered generators are a dime a dozen, of course, but consumers should be aware by now of the dangers these power sources pose. A good number of portable power stations have popped up left and right in the past few years, but Bluetti's new AC300 makes one of the most interesting propositions. Backed by B300 battery modules, the power station mixes power and portability in a distinctly modular design and is now finally available for purchase to keep the lights on in the event of another hard-hitting hurricane.

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US solar roadmap makes Biden’s surprisingly bright predictions for 2035

US solar roadmap makes Biden’s surprisingly bright predictions for 2035

Close to half of America's electricity needs could be handled by clean solar energy by 2035, the US Department of Energy has concluded, as the Biden Administration looks to ways to trim emissions without increasing the costs of power. A focus on solar power has been key to that strategy, but even record-setting installations so far have been a relative drop in the ocean compared to the sort of solar farms required to ween America off its fossil fuel dependence.

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IKEA offers wind and solar electricity to customers in Sweden

IKEA offers wind and solar electricity to customers in Sweden

IKEA is a name many people know around the US for its iconic blue building, meatballs, and furniture that can be complicated to build. IKEA is branching out in Sweden with the announcement that it will begin offering electricity generated through wind and solar via STRÖMMA. IKEA Sweden has added STRÖMMA to its existing Clean Energy Services offering.

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This 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road has a Redarc power station

This 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road has a Redarc power station

Australian RV electrical specialist Redarc has 40 years of experience in outfitting off-the-grid power stations to overlanding rigs and off-road vehicles. Redarc is entering the US market with its latest build, a Toyota Tacoma with more electrons than you can handle.

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Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk is in court today, as the Tesla chief exec testifies in a SolarCity lawsuit brought by shareholders upset with just how much the electric car company spent on the solar panel business. Tesla acquired SolarCity for $2.6 billion back in 2016, though the case alleges Musk applied undue pressure in an attempt to drive through the deal before the solar firm ran out of cash.

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Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Google parent Alphabet has been working on "a moonshot" for the electric grid, with a secret project in its X R&D division aiming to figure out how to make power use more stable, and more green, than it is today. The research, revealed at the White House Leaders Summit on Climate, has been underway for the past three years.

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Apple is building a mega battery for Tesla-style solar power storage

Apple is building a mega battery for Tesla-style solar power storage

Apple has revealed plans to build a huge energy storage battery in California, near to the vast solar farm which it counts on to provide renewable power for its operations. The strategy takes a leaf out of Tesla's book, among others, and will store excess energy generated by the 130 megawatt solar panel installation for use later on.

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Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station Review

Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station Review

California-based Jackery has been in the portable generator business for almost a decade now but recent events have shown how alternatives to gasoline-powered generators are even more important these days. Safety, environment friendliness, and flexibility have become just as critical as having a power source while off the grid or, more importantly, in an emergency. At its annual Jackery Day, the company announced two new such solutions and we take the Jackery Explorer 1500 for a spin to see how much it has improved since we met the Jackery Explorer 1000 last year.

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POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

The folks at POC revealed a new sort of bike helmet this week - one with a solar panel. This new bicycle helmet has a red light at its base (at the back) and obtains power from the sun's friendly rays. This is only the latest in a collection of collaborations between POC and companies that bring advanced tech to the classic helmet line.

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: The solar roof is really good for one thing

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: The solar roof is really good for one thing

Hyundai offers a solar roof on the Sonata Hybrid sedan, though the promise of free driving courtesy of the sun isn't really where the technology shines. The frugal family car eschews plug-in hybrid technology in favor of the altogether simpler pairing of a decent-sized gas engine and an electric motor that play together, though the solar cells embedded in the glass roof do step away from the norm.

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NASA shows off new solar panels for the ISS

NASA shows off new solar panels for the ISS

The ISS has been in orbit above the Earth for decades. Power for the space station and the experiments onboard comes from four pairs of solar arrays designed for a 15-year service life. Those solar arrays have been operating continuously since the first pair was deployed in December 2000. Additional array pairs were delivered in September 2006, June 2007, and March 2009.

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