You don’t need solar panels or wind turbines in order to promote an eco-friendly workplace. While these additions would certainly help improve the environment, there are smaller alternatives that may be more practical.
With ever changing technologies in solar panel design, having your own set of solar panels on your home is becoming more affordable and feasible than ever before. I was able to sit down with a friend of mine who is a Professor of Systems Design Engineering to discuss his experience in installing solar panels on his home.
A lot of people are using Tablet’s and e-readers, and the more they use them, the more power they draw from the grid to charge them up again. That’s what makes the SolarKindle Lighted Cover such a cool green gadget. With Amazon Kindle being the hottest e-reader on the planet, SolarFocus has designed the world’s first solar-powered e-reader cover. The cover features an environmentally friendly design with a lightweight, flexible and high-grade solar panel built right into the cover. Now you can keep your kindle charged up without having to plug it in! It also has a built-in LED lamp to make night time reading a breeze.
Some stats on the charge: 1 hour of solar charge gives you 3 days of uninterrupted use. The USB/solar dual charging reserve battery provides backup equal to months of unplugged reading time. The cost ranges from $39 to $90 on Amazon. Not a bad trade off to get protect and charge your Kindle!
We’re always looking to introduce our users to cool gadgets that are also green. We recently came across the Raspberry Pi Computer project. It is a fully functioning computer that starts at only $25.While the specs are very modest, roughly equidistant to a 300MHz Pentium 2, the device is capable of outputting full 1080P blu-ray quality video which makes it great for a home theatre.
The device runs off a very low voltage micro USB power supply, or 4 of those cool USBCell AA batteries we featured earlier, making it incredibly energy efficient. The Raspberry Pi Foundation was formed with the goal of teaching kids around the world how to program with affordable computers. They are a non-profit organization, and each purchase helps them continue to grow. The credit card sized device runs Debian Linux, so this computer is definitely for our true geek clients out there.
Have you used this device before? Let us know what you think in the comment section.
A couple of us were watching the Colts vs Redskins NFL pre-season game and they made mention of FedExField having added a solar panels to power its stadium. Thought it was worth mentioning. They claim it can provide 20% of the power needed during game day and provide 100% of the power the stadium needs on non-game days.
The use of the solar power system the stadium keeps 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere which is equivalent of replacing 349 gas powered vehichles with zero emission electric vehicles.
Here’s a time lapse of the solar power system being installed by NRG Energy.
So while thinking of new ideas to bring to our blog, we thought we would find cool green gadgets that are available and share them with you. We’ll post these cool gadgets from time to time. This time, we came across USBCELL, which is a USB re-chargeable AA battery. Disposing of batteries is as we know wasteful and can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. This is why this gadget is so cool. You can recharge the batteries simply by plugging them into your computer’s USB port.
Produced by Moixa Energy, USBCELL batteries are simply batteries that recharge from any USB port. They require no separate recharging devices, cradles or cables and can be used exactly like a normal battery. The design itself is rather like a typical memory stick with its flip top lid and honestly speaking they might do to regular batteries what memory sticks did to floppy discs.
The batteries have a capacity of 1300mAH which is similar to most NiCD and NiMH batteries. It usually takes 5 hours to charge a totally flat battery. It includes an LED on the side that will light up to indicate charging, flash for 10 minutes after charging is complete and then switch off after that.