Halloween lighting is an essential component of this holiday. But it presents a big problem – the miles of wires, extension cords, power strips and plugs which all must be hidden. Solar Halloween lights can relieve some of these problems. Although the availability of solar Halloween products is still rather limited, this year has more to offer than ever before. Here are some solar solutions!
Archive for October 31, 2011
The news coverage of energy storage company Beacon Power’s bankruptcy has focused on the $43 million loan it got from the same Department of Energy program that backed the bankrupt Solyndra. But at least Beacon left a beating heart in the form of a flywheel farm humming with megawatts of energy feeding into the grid today — and making money from it.
Keeping your home warm in the colder months each year can be an expensivetime. There’s ways to save on your power bill by taking a few simple steps like insulating your walls and roof, as well as investing in some extra thick, warm clothing. But even so, you’re going to have the heat turned on.
3M has come up with a new product that not only keeps your house warmer through additional insulation; it generates power while doing so. In fact, it almost sounds too good to be true. 3M’s solution takes the form of a see-through, flexible piece of film that can be placed over your windows–the one area of your house that it’s difficult to insulate effectively. However, because the film is see-through it makes perfect sense to use it on top of glass as it won’t block the light.
We all know that deserts and arid regions are prime locations for solar installations but there are areas on Earth that haven’t been looked at. Places at higher elevations, such as the Himalayas, cold be an ideal locale for solar fields.Though solar panels often work better in the cold, to an extent, they would require maintenance on a more frequent basis.