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Portable solar power tech is taking off, surprising even the most dedicated solar believers with sustainable power on the go. It’s not hard to understand why this technology is finding new markets.  People today want sustainable power that moves with them.  These 'solar plus battery storage' kits are becoming as ubiquitous as LED flashlights. The newest breed of portable solar power is mPower’s Solar Generator. It handily combines PV solar, a battery, and an inverter system for an all-in-one power solution that’s made to order for off-grid and emergency use. Portable Power Sized to Your Needs The mPower Solar Generator piggybacks on the strides made by the Lycan Powerbox, from Renogy (which led the way with 75Ah battery chargeable via an external 100W solar panel). Seeking an all-in-one solution, mPower unites solar panels, battery, power inverter, and the outlets into a handy hard-case that’s currently available in three different sizes. There’s the M6, which includes 50W of solar panels and a 300Wh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery; the M12 with 100W of solar panels and a 600Wh battery; and the… Read more

No, we’re not talking about an Apple device you plug into your ears. JPods are ushering in an entirely new approach to public transit. The solar-powered pods—a cross between light rail and self-driving car—are not unlike Disney’s Sky Tram, the people mover aerial transit system, except on a much larger scale. Think Rideshare on a Grand Scale Instead of crowding people into large, bulky train cars currently used in trams or subways, Jpods are more intimate, moving small groups of people to specific destinations. Individuals, coworkers and friends can share a fully enclosed people pod to commute to work, shop or other excursion, rather than taking a big gas-guzzling SUV. Like busses, trams, subways or trains, JPods are designed to move people along their rail network as close to their destination as possible. Each JPod is designed to function like a mini, personal train, moving passengers from point A to point B along specific rail networks. Once commuters enter a Jpod, they simply enter their desired destination on an interactive touch screen, sit back and enjoy the ride. One key… Read more

Throughout the world, one can find rural areas where schools must decide whether to keep lights on or shut down computers. The missing ingredient is always the same: a lack of access to affordable electricity. Technology has proven time and again to be the gateway to learning for many students. It can heighten interest in many subjects and prepare young minds for further learning and possible careers in many of today’s highly competitive fields. To provide the power these classrooms need, many educators in these far-flung remote areas have turned to solar energy. Solar Makes the Grade Recently, Dell Wyse developed solar-powered classrooms called Learning Labs. There are already six such Dell Learning Labs in South Africa. All told there are now 11 labs throughout the world—nine in South Africa, one in Nigeria, and one in Colombia. Each solar-powered Learning Lab is basically a low-cost, energy-efficient mobile classroom fashioned from a converted shipping container. The self-contained labs employ cloud-based computing technology to power each workstation with about five watts of energy. This is orders of magnitude more efficient than the typical… Read more

Solar-powered streetlights and photovoltaic panels are becoming as ubiquitous as smartphones. But will smartphones ever be able to run on solar energy? After all, makers of these devices are constantly touting longer and longer battery times—before they need to be recharged or replaced. If smartphones were solar powered, the seeming drawback of the annoying “low batt” light might just become a problem of the past. Enter the Solar Phone Japanese cell phone maker Kyocera Corporation recently unveiled a prototype solar-powered phone. The new device provides a minute of talk time for every three minutes of exposure to the sun. Kyocera teamed up with France-based Sunpartner Technologies, adding a translucent film impregnated with photovoltaic cells. The film is sandwiched between the LCD display and the touch screen, allowing the phone to be easily charged while in use. Earlier designs put the solar cells on the backside of the phone, which forced users to charge their phones face down creating a potential for cell damage. Competitively Priced Kyocera has announced plans to introduce its solar-powered smartphone to market for the next Mobile… Read more

Passenger electric vehicles (EVs) have been grabbing headlines for nearly a decade now, extending driving ranges and using less and less gas to get from point A to point B.  So it should come as no surprise that the solar tech revolution has finally found its way into the world of trucking. Whether it’s extending the range of traditional half-ton trucks or helping to refuel today’s massive 18-wheelers, solar is making life easier and less expensive for truckers. World’s First the Solar Powered Truck Proponents of Solar energy and EV followers have waited long enough for electric vehicle manufactures to mimic Fisker Automotive’s pioneering efforts. Time to implement photovoltaic (PV) solar cell technology into the design of plug-in vehicles. Well, it seems the wait is over. VIA Motors, based in Orem, Utah, recently unveiled the world’s first extended-range electric truck. Designed around the Chevy Silverado platform, and introduced at the recent November LA Auto Show, the truck features a solar panel bed cover option called the SölTRUX. This “tonneau top” opens and closes much like a conventional tonneau top with… Read more