Durable canvas cloth with embedded solar cells generates 120 watts per square meter

November 17, 2017 by  
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Tents , sun shades, and canopies could generate renewable energy with Norway-based company Tarpon Solar’s solar canvas . They created flexible tarpaulins, integrated with bendy solar cells from Swedish company Midsummer . Instead of simply finding shade from the sun, with Tarpon Solar’s product people could obtain clean power from the sunlight striking a canopy or tent. Tarpon Solar laminated solar cells onto a flexible canvas to create a product with numerous potential applications – shade for a restaurant patio, a swimming pool covering, or canopies in refugee camps are just a few of the possibilities. The company says the canvas can also be included in a passive home design. The product could even open up the possibility of solar power generation in places where traditional solar panels couldn’t easily be deployed, according to Tarpon Solar’s website. Related: New solar canopy provides both shade and clean energy Tarpon Solar utilized Midsummer’s solar cells in a product that recently won first place in the MTI Technology Award competition. The CIGS cells, or copper-indium-gallium-selenium, are made without cadmium, a toxic material Midsummer says is often used in CIGS or thin film solar cells. They listed the benefits of CIGS cells as having high efficiency, low weight, durability, and flexibility. The solar cells generate around 120 watts per square meter. Tarpon Solar technical manager Marius Borg-Heggedal said in a statement each canvas is custom made, so the type of fiber and amount of fabric varies among products. The company’s website says the laminated cloth is that utilized in the sailing industry. Borg-Heggedal said solar cells are integrated during production and “become part of the material.” Midsummer described the canvases as very light, saying in a statement with the solar cells integrated “the weight becomes almost the same as with conventional PVC material and the canvas is also stronger and more durable.” + Tarpon Solar + Midsummer Images courtesy of Tarpon Solar and Midsummer

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Signal Snowboards Use Powerfilm Solar Cells To Build A Deck That Charges Your Devices

December 20, 2012 by  
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Every third Thursday, the winter sport experts at Signal Snowboards like to head into their workshop, throw around some ideas and build something truly unique and creative. As the team spend a large amount of their time up mountains, they thought they should build something that would take advantage of the large amounts of sunlight available to them – a solar power-generating snowboard. Read the rest of Signal Snowboards Use Powerfilm Solar Cells To Build A Deck That Charges Your Devices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , flexible solar cells , Powerfilm , Powerfilm Solar , Signal Snowboards , Solar Power , solar snowboard , ultra thin solar cells

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Petter Thorne’s Ethereal Wet and Dry Lamps Use Minimal Materials and Energy

December 20, 2012 by  
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Swedish designer Petter Thorne wanted to make a lamp that would use the  least amount of materials and energy as possible, and his goal was achieved with these beautiful Wet and Dry lights. The glowing pendants are made from a single piece of paper molded by water, and they give off a wonderful subtle shine thanks to warm LEDs placed at their centers. Read the rest of Petter Thorne’s Ethereal Wet and Dry Lamps Use Minimal Materials and Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biodegradable , Dutch Design Week 2012 , ethereal lamp , green lighting , Paper , Petter Thorne , SIMPLE , Swedish design , warm light , Wet and Dry Lights

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Purple Pokeberries Could Provide Low-Cost Solar for Developing Nations

April 30, 2010 by  
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Civil War soldiers used the dye from purple pokeberries to write letters home.

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InterModal Design Launches New Prefab Shipping Container Units

April 30, 2010 by  
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Although modular by design, shipping container architecture have mostly been executed by individuals or firms on a case by case basis. Now, InterModal Design , a subsidiary of Hive Modular , is changing the game with their newly launched line of prefab shipping container living units that you can order and have shipped right to you.

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