Portable solar unit fits into a steel drum for off-grid events

February 24, 2017 by  
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The Solar Charging Can fills the gap between large-scale residential photovoltaics and portable solar chargers for your smartphone. The unit unpacks quickly for camping, outdoor events, and other off-grid functions and is ready to use after just a half hour of assembly. In addition to recreational use, the unit can provide crucial power to mobile medical clinics, disaster relief areas, and refugee camps. Mobile Solar Chargers Ltd developed the Solar Charging Can to be an impressively versatile unit that is easy to put together in a pinch. The basic model includes a 180W/18v 5.5A solar panel , which is both flexible and waterproof, on a retractable telescoping pole, as well as two batteries, a voltage regulator, and all other necessary equipment for the unit to run smoothly. An included anchor secures the can to the ground, but the added sand bags provide an extra dose of security. Upgraded versions can be purchased to include a WiFi router, additional panels, a remote CCTV camera, and LED lighting . Related: Portable smartflower POP solar system produces 40% more energy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8yoDfVzWfU The entire unit can be assembled in a half hour by two people, according to the website. And they can be custom ordered to meet the needs of the event it will serve. This is especially helpful for organizations that provide disaster relief support or intend to power housing for refugees for an extended amount of time. One Solar Charging Can starts at about $2,235 (£1,795). + Mobile Solar Chargers Ltd Via Treehugger Images via Mobile Solar Chargers Ltd, YouTube (screenshot)

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Tesla extends free charging at Supercharger stations

January 4, 2017 by  
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As of two weeks from now, there will be no more free lunch for Tesla car buyers, as the company will be cutting off free access to its Supercharger network of charging stations as of January 15, 2017. Engadget reports that this is actually somewhat of a reprieve for Tesla customers, as the cutoff was initially supposed to be January 1, 2017. According to Engadget , Tesla announced this change was coming a few months ago, telling customers they were soon going to have to pay for their own electricity. Given the recent announcement, potential buyers have just a short period in which to get unlimited free electricity for their Tesla car, which amounts to a huge bonus for anyone buying before January 15. Cars bought after that date will be limited to just 400 kilowatt hours of free power per year, and owners will have to pay for the rest. According to Tesla, that’s roughly enough power to drive for about 1,000 miles. Related: Tesla’s next Supercharger could charge electric cars in mere seconds Tesla says charging beyond that amount will be available at an additional fee, the amount of which has yet to be announced. They have said it “won’t be too expensive” and will cost drivers “less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car.” So if you’re thinking about a Tesla, now could be the time to buy. This announcement comes shortly after CEO Elon Musk hinted that a new generation of Superchargers could charge a Model S in just seconds. Near the end of December 2016, Musk hinted in a tweet that the Supercharger V3 would have an ouput of at least 350 kilowatts, or more than double the output of the current Superchargers in Tesla’s network. Via Engadget Images via Tesla Motors, Joseph Thornton and Steve Jurvetson , Flickr Creative Commons

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Furniture folds out of the walls in this tiny transforming apartment

January 4, 2017 by  
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In order to transform this apartment in Berlin into a comfortable environment in which to live and work, Itay Friedman Architects introduced a T-shaped, multi-functional partition that creates a subtle division of space while providing additional storage areas. With furniture that folds out of the walls to conserve space, the renovation takes a distinctly nonchalant Berlinesque approach to combining old with new. The main requirement was to preserve the original apartment’s Altbau feeling, and fit two self-sustaining but interconnected units into only 700 square feet of space. It was imperative to activate every inch and provide adequate levels of privacy to each unit. Related: Renovated Apartment in Barcelona Boasts Flexible Wooden Walls and Gorgeous Mosaic Floors The use of light tones and clean lines helped visually widen the living space. Despite budget and spatial constraints, the architects managed to create a stylish, modern apartment for a trendy urbanite. + Itay Friedman Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Boaz Arad

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Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

October 29, 2014 by  
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Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

October 29, 2014 by  
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Starbucks to Install Wireless Charging Stations in Stores Across the U.S.

June 12, 2014 by  
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Tired of searching for outlets to charge your devices at Starbucks? You may be in luck! The company has announced that it will roll out wireless charging stations in stores across the U.S. The decision comes two years after a successful trial of the technology in Boston and the Bay Area. The coffee shop giant will partner with Powermat , an offshoot of Duracell and subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble, to install the technology. Starbucks patrons across the nation will soon see ”Powermat Spots”–small circles implanted in tables and counters–at their favorite location. Because most devices still aren’t compatible with wireless chargers, utilizing the spots will require purchase of a fairly inexpensive adapter ring. Meet us after the jump to learn more about what this announcement means for Starbucks, and the wireless charging industry in general. Read the rest of Starbucks to Install Wireless Charging Stations in Stores Across the U.S. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Powermat , Powermat wireless charging , Powermat wireless phone chargers , starbucks , Starbucks and Powermat , Starbucks wireless charging , Starbucks wireless phone chargers , wireless charging , wireless phone chargers

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China to Unveil Massive Electric Vehicle Charging Network

February 18, 2014 by  
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The Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has teamed up with Shenzhen Daimler New Technology Co to expand China’s electric vehicle charging network to the largest in the world. Over the next six years, the company hopes to supply enough wall-mounted chargers to make the new DENZA electric car a practical, sustainable alternative to traditional vehicles in the world’s most populous country. Read the rest of China to Unveil Massive Electric Vehicle Charging Network Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ABB , china , china pollution , chinese electric cars , electric car charging network , electric vehicle chargers , electric vehicle fast chargers , electric vehicles        

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New EU Law to Create Massive Electric Vehicle Charging Grid Throughout Europe by 2020

November 29, 2013 by  
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The European Parliament just passed a resolution this week that will require member states to install a specified number of electric vehicle charging stations and hydrogen and natural gas stations by 2020. Germany will set its target to 86,000, Italy will install 72,000, and the UK is planning to build a minimum of 70,000 EV recharging points. This directive will help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and achieve a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transportion by 2050. Read the rest of New EU Law to Create Massive Electric Vehicle Charging Grid Throughout Europe by 2020 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , alternative fuels , electric vehicles , eu states ev charge , europe ev charging network , european parliament , ev charging stations EU , green transportation , hydrogen fuel , plu-in cars        

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Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

November 29, 2013 by  
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Dubai has won a bid to host the 2020 Expo. This will be the first time the international celebration of innovation and business will be held in the Middle East, and Dubai’s aim is to generate 50 percent of the necessary energy on site. The design incorporates an enormous dual purpose photovoltaic sun shade that will harness energy during the day, and provide a dazzling light display at night. Read the rest of Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dubai , Dubai PV sunshade , Dubai to host world expo 2020 , Dubai World Expo , fabric photovoltaic shade , green architecture , green design , green energy , light display , photovoltaic panels , pv sun shade , Solar Power , sunshade , sustainable design , world expo 2020        

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KKA Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Made From Locally Sourced Wood for Sweden

August 8, 2013 by  
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