Samsonite’s Solar Luggage Is A Sign Of Things To Come

Boy how I’d like to get my hands on one of these. Besides reducing power consumption, we can reduce the number of cords and adapters we have to lug around. And as Candace Lombardi writes, the cost of the technology enabling these applications is decreasing

One of the main things holding back small incorporable solar has been the cost. But with CIGS coming along further in terms of both efficiency and production cost compared to silicon solar cells, integrating flexible thin-film solar cells finally looks commercially viable.

CNET says data from Ascent Solar suggests the Samsonite products will ably keep power-hungry gadgets charged like media players and handheld navigators.
 

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Dear Hoteliers: Pedaling Hotel Guests Can Help Pay Your Electric Bill

How’s this for innovation in the hospitality sector? A Copenhagen hotel has hooked up iPhones to exercise bikes to deliver extra power. Brilliant.
 

"From next Monday, those staying at the 366-room Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers will be encouraged to head down to the gym to spend time on its new fleet of electricity-generating exercise bikes. The bikes have iPhones mounted on the handlebars which monitor how much power is being produced and fed into the mains supply of the hotel. Any guest producing 10 watt hours or more will be rewarded with a free meal."

 
 

 

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The Pro-Climate Change Collective — 3,000 Businesses Create New Ad for Climate Change Action

CleanTechnica had details recently on how businesses large and small have banded together to get climate change on the front-burner in Washington.

American Businesses for Clean Energy (ABCE), the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and other businesses outside of these organizations have created a new national advertising campaign to push for swift action on this important legislation.

It’s no coincidence that big oil and chemical companies aren’t represented. But you can bet they’re mobilizing their own lobbyists and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a counter ad campaign soon. Let’s hope this continues to move forward with vigor.

 

Chevy Volt Hits 40-mile Target On a Charge

Chevrolet has given us another good reason to cut our commutes. Freep published info from Chevy’s engineers that showed its long-awaited Volt could go 40 miles on an electrical charge. Now all you have to do is load the  app on your iPhone that finds the nearest EV charging station.

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GM has said the Volt will be able to travel about 40 miles on electricity alone. After 40 miles, a gasoline generator is to kick in to create power.

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Creating Buy In For Sustainability

I ran across this presentation from one of the green Twitter Lists I follow.
The thing I liked was its common-sense approach to positioning sustainability initiatives. I’ve prepped hundreds of pitches and sales decks and invariably it boils down to understanding motivations.

Whether an organization’s moving towards sustainability is altruistic or money-motivated, you have to hone in on specifics, as Collective Responsibility outlines.

And it’s ok to have financial motivations as the basis for your green initiatives. Wal-Mart’s chairman talked about the genealogy of its green movement recently.

"What Wal-Mart has done is approach this from a business stand point and not from a point of altruism. If we as a company focus on waste, we can make Wal-Mart a better company and at the same time, become a better citizen," he said.

 

And this was the best part from Martin LaMonica’s piece.

From there, it spread to the point where now people who don’t have an environmentally oriented initiative in the company are "outliers," he said.