World Solar Challenge

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There are a ton of cool solar technologies out there or in development these days -- solar bikinis, solar-powered 3D printers and cutters, peel & stick solar panels, solar paint, and solar shingles, for example.But, while cool solar technologies are fun, it’s hard to beat a solar vehicle race!The World Solar Challenge is just that.  … [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...]

Can You Install Solar Panels for Free with Government Rebates?

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Solar power refers to the production of electricity by utilizing sunlight.Solar power has 2 main advantages:It produces electricity in a renewable way that doesn’t damage the earth; And once the installation has been completed, power is generated free of charge.Its main disadvantage is that the initial installation can be very costly. … [Read more...]

Epic Pedal-Powered Snow Plow is Zero Energy and Back Friendly

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The snow has cleared now.But if you're living in a place that’s still getting snow -- or still has it on the ground -- and you need some bike paths or sidewalks or even parts of the roadway plowed (or if you think you might run into a problem with snow next year and want to be prepared early), I just recently discovered a cool DIY pedal-powered snow plow you might be interested in. Check out this video to see it in action:Basically, as you can see, the seat and wheels of an … [Read more...]

Peel & Stick Solar Panels For Your Roof

OK, it may not be exactly as easy as the title makes it sound, but not far from that.An innovative solar energy company, Lumeta Inc., has developed “peel ‘n stick” solar panels that have a number of advantages over normal solar panels. These “peel ‘n stick” solar panels really are quite easy to install. The company website includes a short video walking you through the whole process as well as a 7-point list on how it’s done. … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Home Owners Should Consider Going Solar

Most consumers know that solar power is currently the technology when it comes to renewable energy, but too many consumers do not fully realize how solar power can help them.Check out these three critical areas that solar power can help average consumers...  … [Read more...]

New iPhone Wind Energy App Released

Do you think using more solar energy and wind energy is a good idea?Of course you do.Do you ever think, “I wonder how much wind energy I could produce with a wind turbine in my backyard,.. or on that piece of land,.. or on top of that mountain?”Maybe, maybe not.If you have, or if you think you will ponder such things now that I’ve brought this up, you’ll be happy to find out that Danish wind energy giant Vestas has released a new iPhone/iPad/iPod touch wind energy app … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways To Find Out If Solar Power Is Right For You

Solar power has become a more attractive and affordable way to lower your energy bill and produce your own energy. However, many interested consumers – homeowners and commercial business owners – are still unsure about how they should go about evaluating whether solar is right for their situation.Solar is potentially a large investment, so it’s advisable to look into both the technical and financial considerations before either getting the wrong solar panel system or dismissing the chance to … [Read more...]

4 Unusual Ways To Use Your Car To Live Green

If you own a car, you may not think of it as a creative means to be a bit more green.And to be honest, the best way to make your car green is to not drive it. Instead take the bus or other forms of public transportation. Or better yet, walk or ride a bike.However, if you are in a situation where a car is needed, then there are a few unusual ways to tweak it a bit and get a few green benefits.We have a few listed here to get you started, but with a little creativity you may think of … [Read more...]