7 Cool Solar Power Technologies

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Solar power is cool, and is very widely supported by the public -- who doesn’t support getting our electricity from the sun? But as solar has developed over the years, more and more interesting solar power technologies have popped up. Here are 7 that I think you’ll find pretty interesting.1. Solar shingles. Want to 1-up your neighbor who just bought a solar power system? Go with some solar shingles! They aren’t available yet, actually, but mass production is scheduled to begin in 2012. Keep … [Read more...]

Solar Powered 3D Printer and Sun Cutter

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These are wicked cool. I don’t know their large-scale usefulness yet, and maybe they’ll never be that useful on a large scale, but they are two of the coolest inventions I’ve seen in a long time -- a 3D solar printer and a low-tech light cutter.The inventor demos both of them in the Sinai Desert of Egypt in the videos below. Solar Sinter — 3D Solar-Powered PrinterIndustrial designer and inventor Markus Kayser recently created a solar-powered 3D printer, using cutting edge 3D … [Read more...]

Solar Bikinis that Can Power Your iPod, iPhone, & More

Keep your gadgets charged with this sexy solar powered bikini

What’s hotter than a solar panel bikini?Not much for us clean energy geeks.Truthfully, I have to say that this creation of Brooklynite Andrew Schneider looks a little strange, but it’s also quite a cool and interesting concept.Now, you are probably wondering at this point, is this for real? Can you really create solar power from your bathing suit? Can you actually swim in this thing?The answers: yes, yes, and yes. … [Read more...]

Two-Color, Solar Powered, SunJar-Like Lamp Review

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With summer fast approaching, I know I am looking forward to warm evenings spent out on my porch... maybe a good brew in hand as well.Now as the light fades off into the night, wouldn’t it be great to have a lamp to set the ambiance that you could turn on that wouldn’t waste energy?Yeah, I think it’d be pretty cool too. … [Read more...]

2 Cool Green Gadgets That Help You Save Energy… and Money!

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One of the greenest things you can do is be more energy efficient, but that just sounds like a drag or an unsolicited responsibility or something, doesn’t it?There are actually a ton of ways to become much more energy efficient (and technologies to help you do so) that you might actually find some that are cool and fun.Take these 2 gadgets, for example...  … [Read more...]

Shoes that Sprout Wildflowers As Their Final Green Step

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Need a new pair of shoes? Want to go green this time? How about some biodegradable shoes that sprout flowers at the end of their life?No kidding, you can really get such shoes now (or, very soon, depending on where you live).Some Dutch entrepreneurs recently started OAT Shoes and their first collection is about to be launched after two years of research and development. As hinted above, the shoes are made completely of biodegradable materials and packed with “a bouquet of perennial … [Read more...]

Edible Cups Made With Natural Ingredients & Flavors… And They’re Litter-Friendly!

Littering is cool.So, if you haven’t gone and reported me to the “green” police by now, I’ll explain what I mean.A company by the name of The Way We See The World has designed a line of Jelloware cups that are edible, as well biodegradable.As if that wasn’t cool enough, if you end up throwing the cup in the grass after use, it will actually provide added nutrients to the grass!So who thinks this might be the perfect cup for all those outside spring and summer cocktail parties? … [Read more...]

7 Green Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Ladies

OK, following up on 7 green Valentine’s Day gift ideas for guys, here are 7 for the girls: 1. Organic Fair-Trade Coffee, Tea, or Chocolate: Coffee is both the “second-most traded” and “second-most pesticide-laden” crop in the world, from what I’ve read. Go green (and just) this Valentine’s Day by buying your lady (or potential lady) an organic, fair-trade delicacy if she’s a big coffee drinker. And if you want to do a little bonus work, maybe try … [Read more...]

7 Green Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

I’m assuming that the women will get started on acquiring or making Valentine’s Day gifts before the guys, so doing a green Valentine’s gift post with cool green presents for guys first. Here are some ideas (if you don’t have your own yet)... … [Read more...]