We’ve never seen this before, and we can’t quite wrap our heads around the underlying concept of how it works. But if the manufacturer’s claims are accurate, every home should have one of these bad boys plugged in to the wall.
Wind power is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of sustainable energy. Most wind energy comes from large-scale “wind farms”, but smaller turbines can be a great source of supplementary power for homes.
Want to harness all that solar energy shining on your roof, but you’re not crazy about the space-age look of a massive PV panel rack? No problem. Apollo Solar Roofing uses lightweight, roof-integrated modules so a photovoltaic array becomes a subtle part of your roof.
Several solid-performing solar device chargers have appeared on the market recently. And now the folks at Wenger (the legendary swiss army knife maker) have joined the action with a foldable, all-in-one solar charger and battery pack.
Given the number of electronic devices and chargers plugged into an average home’s sockets, specialty plug adapters can be a great way to save energy and avoid “energy vampires” that draw power even when they aren’t in use. But what if you could simply plug devices (even USBs) into a “regular” wall outlet and still save energy? Now, you can.
A small, portable solar charger can be incredibly handy to keep your phone or other mobile devices powered up when there isn’t an outlet handy. For camping, travel, or emergency use, the Solar JOOS Orange and Solio’s Classic2 are a pair of our favorites.
Most household solar energy systems have traditionally used a central inverter within the home to convert DC power from the photovoltaic panels into usable AC current. But that trend is changing as individual “micro-inverters” on each solar panel become more common.
Virtu solar tubes utilize a hybrid design that incorporates both PV cells for solar energy, and solar thermal conduction for heating. Best of all, the hybrid arrangement helps both components work better than standalone systems, proving the old adage that the whole really can be greater than the sum of its parts.