solar technology

Spray-on Solar Cells from Mitsubishi

You probably don’t think of cleantech when you think of Mitsubishi, but it’s been pushing its name into the field lately. A couple years ago, it broke the PV solar cell efficiency record. This year, it unveiled solar-powered EV charging stations at it headquarters in Cypress, California. And I’ve just read that it is developing spray-on solar cells.

Solar Bikinis for iPhones, iPods, etc? Apparently, Yes

An NYU student from Brooklyn decided he wanted to create a swimsuit that would cool his beer. The result: using flexible solar photovoltaics surrounded by plastics, he created a bikini that can power your iPhone, iPod or similar devices. Apparently, he’s getting to work creating a male version as well, the iDrink. This one, having more surface area, will be able to power a 1.5 amp peltier junction that can cool a beer in a custom coozy.

Solar Day 2011 (Tomorrow!)

Just a note for all you solar lovers (I think we’ve got a few on here :D): SolarDay 2011 is tomorrow, June 18 (in Canada, the U.S., and the UK).

You have to love the line from the folks behind this great day: “The world’s energy future: 50 years of oil reserves, 200 years of coal reserves and at least 5 billion years of solar energy.” That puts things into perspective a bit, eh?

5 Reasons I Love the Solar Panel Industry

Its funny how a simple thing like a computer virus can make take a step back appreciate your business. This morning a virus shut down my computer and let me have some time to just think about the business I have. (Anyone else notice how useless you are without a computer these days?)

And in thinking about my business I was able to break down what I love about this industry and why.

U.S. Solar Energy Growth Continues to Crush Records (10 Key Findings)

A new report published yesterday by the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and GTM Research, U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q1 2011, indicates that the U.S. solar energy industry is continuing its record-setting growth. It is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S. economy and is making noteworthy strides in both installed solar power capacity and solar manufacturing.

Mobile Clean Energy, Water Purification, & Telecommunications Solutions (+ Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations) from SSI

I’ve been wanting to cover this company’s products for months now, but I always get caught up with breaking cleantech news and decide that I can push the story off a little longer. Well, today I decided to forget the news for a short time and cover these cool products….

The company is Strategic Services International and it has created cleantech solutions of various types and for various purposes — I’m just going to focus on a bit of what it offers, so check out its site if you’re interested in learning about more.