This hybrid carport harnesses wind and solar energy to charge your EV

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The Giraffe 2.0 features the same 24 solar panels and Windspot 3.5kW wind turbine as the original model from 2013, yet has been upgraded to include an EV charger . The unique curve of the photovoltaic panels allows for solar energy production that runs two hours earlier and two hours later than traditionally mounting. This artistic curve, and the wind turbine sitting atop wooden beams 12 meters off the ground, also resemble the majestic creature from which the structure gets its name. Related: New European Union law could require EV chargers in all new homes InnoVentum estimates the Giraffe 2.0 produces about 13,850 kWh of electricity every year through both the solar panels and wind turbine, or enough to power two EVs over 45,000 kilometers each, annually. The use of wood in the construction of the framework was a focused decision by the designers, who value a minimal carbon footprint whenever possible. The going rate for one of these bad boys is about $60,800 USD with a “relatively quick and easy” assembly. +InnoVentum Via Clean Technica Images via InnoVentum

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Affordable and compact Dinky Dub camper offers a modular twist to the vintage VW look

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Weighing in at just 1,000 pounds, the Dinky Dub does come with some sacrifices when compared with its full-sized sibling. The smaller VW Type 2 tow-along loses a pair of windows, 3 feet in length, and the pop-top roof, which means the interior height is maxed out at 4.3 feet. In return for these tradeoffs, the Dinky Dub starts at just $12,800—a fraction of the cost of the larger models. Related: Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere The Dinky Dub is centered on a convertible dinette set flanked by benches that transform into a two-person bed. A modular kitchenette is tucked into the rear hatch and can be customized to include a sink and portable stove. Since the Dinky Dub was created with a modular design, buyers are free to customize their trailer from the inclusion of solar panels to additional appliances. Dub Box is finalizing design details and plans to launch the Dinky Dub, which is available for reservations, in 2017. + Dinky Dub Via New Atlas Images via Dub Box

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SolarAid launches "the world’s most affordable solar light" for just $5

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UK charity SolarAid and solar panel manufacturer Yingli Solar just launched “the world’s most affordable solar light.” Sold by SolarAid’s social enterprise SunnyMoney in Africa , the SM100 solar light costs only $5. People in the UK can buy one of the lights for 10 pounds, and the money will help distribute two more solar lights in African countries. The SM100 is designed for off-grid use by African families and children working on homework at night. The light is “two times brighter than kerosene” according to SolarAid, and the light’s battery provides five hours of illumination. The SM100 is equipped with an adjustable stand that can be removed or be used to hang up the light. In the UK, the SolarAid is marketing the lamps for campers or festival goers, suggesting users add a strap and wear it as a headlamp. Related: SunFire fights energy poverty in Africa with parabolic solar kits SolarAid CEO Nick Sireau said in a Yingli Solar statement, “When I first started at SolarAid 10 years ago the lights we sold in Africa were $25 each. Over the last 10 years prices have come down and now SolarAid is proud to be launching what we believe is the world’s most affordable solar light on the market…We sincerely hope this step change in pricing will help us to eradicate the kerosene lamp for good.” SolarAid’s goal is to get rid of the need for expensive, polluting kerosene. During the past ten years, SunnyMoney has sold 10 million solar lights in Africa, and gathered feedback on the features people need in a small solar light. In August 2016, SunnyMoney distributed 9,000 of the little lights in Malawi, Zambia, and Uganda to gain insights from users for future solar light designs. The SolarAid SM100 is available for purchase here . + SolarAid + Yingli Solar + SunnyMoney Via Treehugger Images via SolarAid

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