Geely’s Solar Hybrid

We’re really liking the latest iteration from Chinese automaker Geely. According to a press release, it’ll have a hybrid powertrain option and go more than 60 km on a battery charge.
For plug-in hybrid electric power, a relatively mature alternative energy power technology, Geely has finished its application design in serial and parallel forms and ready for mass production. Geely’s EC7 is applied with GPECs(Geely Serial Plug-in Electric) with iron phosphate battery + 1.0 L engine, 60 km range when solely by battery, launch recently; EC8 is applied GPEC (Geely Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicle, parallel), good at fuel economy and dynamic performance, fitted with 2.4L engine to challenge international premium alternative energy vehicle.

Via autoblogreen

Mosquito Blocker That’s Solar-Powered

Just in time for the Texas summer and the arrival of the dreaded mosquito. I’m not sure about the chemical Linalool, but it’s been approved by the USDA and rumored to be more effective than Deet and Citronella. At just over $10 in the states, I can this moving off the shelves.

"This Mosquito Blocker using a solar panel built into the top of its design to charge the rechargeable batteries allowing them to power the device after dusk. The Blacker uses a chemical called Linalool that was developed in cooperation with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). This chemical has been shown to be twice as effective as DEET and even more significantly better than Citronella oil which both work to deter mosquitoes by stopping them from being able to track human scent. "




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Nation’s Largest Rooftop Solar Installation


It’s nice to see this type of scale and equally refreshing to see this type of deal-making.

Under an agreement with BP Solar, FedEx would buy the power generated by the system, while BP would install and operate it.


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Plenty Of Texas Sun For This: Solar Powered Battery Charger

I’m not sure who makes this, but it appears you can buy it at ecotopia’s UK site. With the Texas sun about to be in full force, this one might be on the summer wish list.
Via Envirogadget.
The solar panel has been built into the lid of the device with the main body of the device to take the batteries requiring charging. The charger can be positioned at an angle due to its adjustable stand so the solar panels can take full advantage of any sunlight around.

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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