November 15, 2010

Solar Toothbrush Zaps Plaque, Stains


The last time we heard the word 'ionic' was in connection with the "Ionic Breeze," a supposedly revolutionary air purifier from Sharper Image that ran silently. At a price that seemed way overpriced for the masses, we expect that this was not a staple in most homes.

So now we find the Soladey Ionic Toothbrush, due out next year, that contains a titanium dioxide rod that is said to generate negatively charged ions (electrons.) It does this from reacting with light and interacting with water and saliva. Further claims say that it needs no toothpaste but will still cut down on plaque and whiten teeth. While a solar toothbrush sounds like a good idea, that introductory $29.95 price sounds a little iffy to us.

Via Soladey

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November 8, 2010

Logitech Solar Keyboard


Logitech continues to spit out those clever peripherals. This time it is the super-slim wireless Solar Keyboard. Ambient light solar panels are placed on top of the 1/3" device so it needs no charging for up to 3 months. Other features include a 2.4 Nano Unifying receiver, chiclet keys, and plug and play USB set up. The K750 can be preordered now at a price of $79.99.

Via Logitech

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November 1, 2010

Solar Fridge Developer OBP Honoree


Emily Cummins recently became an Oslo Business for Peace Honouree for the work she has done developing a solar refrigerator that was originally devised by Mohammed Bah Abba with his pot-in-pot refrigerator. Her fridge can be made of cardboard and recycled metal with organic material such as soil or sand placed between the chambers that is soaked in water. The sun warms the material, the water evaporates and the temperature is reduced to 43ยบ, a process that is similar to the way that your body does when it sweats.

The fridge is already being used in various African countries like Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The 23 year-old is the first female and only European to be so honored by the jury of Nobel Prize winners.

Via Inhabitat

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October 25, 2010

Solar Lighting for Halloween


Save some energy this year as you get into the holidays. While all your neighbors are eating up kilowatt hours, you have Westinghouse's solar Pathway Lights costing you nothing. These weatherproof Halloween Ghosties come in a 3 piece set, soak up the sun all day, then automatically come on at dusk and light up your walkway all night while changing colors for a bit of extra charm.


While you are at it, add a string of orange Solar Lights to your walkway, railing, doorway or bush that you can probably keep up until there is nothing left to the turkey besides the wishbone. And while the waterproof Solar Pumpkin will not freak anyone out, he will certainly keep him/her from tripping over other things that go bump in the night.

Via Outdoor Solar Lighting

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October 18, 2010

Solar Rock Serves as Outdoor Nightlight


This Solar Rock nestles into your garden or walkway and brightens up your path at night. The wireless rock emits soft lighting and its built-in sensor means it automatically comes at dusk and shuts itself off at dawn. Four LED bulbs and 2 AA Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries come with it.

Via Solar Rock

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October 11, 2010

Solar Panels to Be Added to White House Roof


As part of Prez Obama's push to make the White House Residence greener, there will soon be solar panels on the roof. The Department of Energy announced last week that a solar water heater will also be installed as a way of not only leading by example, but also as a way of getting the word out to the public. As we mentioned previously, Jimmy Carter originally had the idea, only to have them removed by Ronald Reagan when he took office.

Viia DOE

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October 4, 2010

Sports Centers Go Solar

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It would seem that the NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL and MLS have decided that green is in and has asked the Natural Resources Defense Council to develop and distribute a solar development guide suggesting stadium add-ons to help them. Those that have already done their bit for the overall good include the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles (it seems that Nokia took the hint as well,) the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix and several MLB fields and parks.

(Thanks, Kathy)


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September 27, 2010

Elite Preserve Community Offers Solar Option Homes


SunRun, a major player in the home solar market, and builders Toll Brothers, recently cut the ribbon on their new Preserve community, located in Vista Del Verde, Yorba Linda, CA. While we are not all that crazy about the name if someone who is retired wants to move there, we are jazzed that one of the options is to sign up for solar power for $0.00, as opposed to investing up to $30,000 for a system.

The service will run about $42.00 a month, which should lower power bills by $50 - $100 per month, depending on how much is used. It is no surprise that of those who have already purchased a home, 90% have opted for the solar deal. The panels have been integrated into roof tiles on the residences.

There are several models to choose from in the upscale community that has access to the Black Gold Golf Club, two parks, and walking and equestrian trails. Housing is priced at around $600,000 for 2,160 - 2,450 sq. ft. for up to 4 bedrooms that also features energy-saving devices like tankless water heaters with on demand hot water, dual pane low E Max Glass and Energy Star Appliances.

(Thanks, Kelley)

Via Vista Del Verde

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September 20, 2010

Kikkerland Dynamo Solar Radio


Who knew that the same company that produced strange, wind-up toys would also have the ingenuity to produce strange, waving royalty? At a of size 6" tall , the Kikkerland Solar Queen will wave from either a window sill, garden or your car windshield. With the solar cell located on her purse, she will arrive in one of three pastel colored dresses.

Via Kikkerland

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September 13, 2010

MIT Self-Repairing Photovoltaic Tech


A team at MIT has created molecules that can be repeatedly broken down and reassembled, just as plants do in nature. The solar process is not like the static PV cells on a panel. Instead, the repair allows constant energy to occur without any damage. This takes place in synthetic chloroplasts, the parts in cells that consume carbon dioxide and utilize light to produce glucose. The project, headed by Michael Strano, may eventually be able to increase productivity up to 50%.

Via Eureka Alert

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