More Solar Power News!

August 11, 2008 at 10:08 pm 1 comment

The solar power news just keeps coming in the forms of machinery, gadgets and plans for increasing distribution and lowering cost!

To start off we have a neat application fo solar power, a compacting trash can for parks and similar locations.

From (

“The BigBelly is a trash receptacle that is totally solar powered. The BigBelly can take up as much space as the normal trash receptacle but can accommodate up to five times more than the normal receptacle. This feature will lessen the pick-up interval of the waste collection truck and will eventually help lessen green house gas emission. However, too much amount of wastes may cause some foul odors and will eventually cause some air pollution. But if something can be done to avoid the spread of foul odor, then the BigBelly is top notch. Perfect for school campuses and public places.”

Next we have a step up in size and in general usefulness a solar powered air conditioning unit.  The units by Greencore come in both portable and fixed configurations and would be ideal for trailers in remote locations. As such they are currently being tested by the US Navy.  They are also being looked by McDonalds.

From the website: (

The Greencore 10200 comes in two models: a fixed one, and a mobile version (which can be had with 2 or 4 batteries). Using a single 170-watt solar panel, it can keep a 600 square-foot room cool. One of the good design decisions was to make it run on DC current, so no AC inverter is needed and conversion losses are avoided.”

Since Congress has left town without renewing the tax credits for alternative energy the great State of Connecticut has stepped forward with a new plan to make solar power more affordable to its citizens through a subsidized leasing system. (

Lastly we have IKEA the big box store to end all big box stores committing to work toward producing solar panels, efficient lighting and efficiency meters.  Given this giant’s clout and massive distribution this should mean great things to the affordability of this technology. (

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  • 1. Dave  |  August 12, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Interesting article. The more solar power can be integrated into everyday items, the better. There’s a rumor that Apple are working integrating a solar panel into the iPhone that will sit invisibly behind the screen and recharge the battery when exposed to sunlight. With the focus on alternative energy, we’ll probably start to see more and more of this sort of thing. If you get a chance, check out my blog at Solar Watt Blog


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