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Wilson Solar Grill Stores the Sun's Energy For Nighttime Grilling

Wilson Solar Grill Stores the Sun's Energy For Nighttime Grilling
Many of us will be firing up our grills this weekend for some well-deserved barbecue time. After all, barbecuing is one of America’s greatest pastimes, but it certainly isn’t one of our most environmentally friendly. Whether you prefer charcoal, wood chips or propane, grilling releases emissions and contributes to poor air quality. Up until now, solar powered grilling has required, as you might expect, the sun, which means traditional fuel-fired grills are required after sunset. Wilson’s technology harnesses the sun and stores latent heat to allow cooking times for up to an amazing twenty five hours at temperatures above 450 degrees Fahrenheit. “There are a lot of solar cookers out there,” says Wilson, “but surprisingly not many using latent-heat storage as an attribute to cook the food.” A group of MIT students are working with the technology to develop a prototype solar grill. + Solar Grill on Barbecue Lovers Via Treehugger Images ©Derek Ham Related:  House, building, energy, waterEnergy

Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator Today’s smartphones are dominated by their screens – and researchers just unveiled a new type of 100% transparent solar panel that could turn displays, windows, and other transparent surfaces into clean energy generators. Vice Motherboard reports that Michigan State University has come up with a crystal clear solar concentrator that can be integrated into anything with a clear surface – from the window of your house to the screen on your smartphone – to gather energy without blocking the view. The new technology was developed by a team at MSU’s College of Engineering. Once absorbed, the light waves get trapped and guided to the edges of the plastic solar concentrator where photovoltaic cells turn them into electricity. Related: MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes There is a big downside to this tech as it currently exists – the conversion efficiency sits at a lowly 1% – compared to as much as 25% for traditional solar panels. Via Motherboard Images via MSU

72 A grade 3x6 solar cell kit for DIY solar panel DIY solar cells are the cheapest way to generate electricity from the sun for small projects. Building panels from solar cells is highly educational - both electrically and mechanically - and provides days of fun in the sun for those of us who like to build for the sheer pleasure of it. They are also versatile, as you can customise your voltage/current to suit your needs in a way that is impossible with pre-assembled panels. PV cells have a rated lifetime of +20 years if they are maintained and housed correctly. KnowYourPlanet have sold over 1 million solar cells to date, so you can trust us to supply solar cells which work and are sourced from trusted manufacturers in Europe. We recommend that you mount the cells effectively to ensure a long lifetime, low corrosion and cracking. If you are looking for bigger installations please don't hesitate to contact us, we also have a wide range of solar panels, inverters, batteries and much more available at very competitive prices. Features

Brilliant SUNplace table beams solar energy on a cast iron cooking surface | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building The Sunplace is a concept piece created by an Italian and Singaporan brings together the couple’s diverse perspectives to create a practical and inspiring BBQ tool for social gatherings. Solar-powered cooking devices are typically pretty simple; there aren’t a lot of steps needed to convert sunbeams into cook-worthy energy, just a little concentration. In the Sunplace, an adjustable fresnel lens heats the cast iron cooking surface, concentrating the sun’s energy and directing it where it needs to go. Related: SunOven provides solar kitchens for developing countries The Sunplace table is a new-fangled green gadget, but that’s not its only purpose. + Lanzavecchia & Wai Via Fast Company Images via Angelo Becci for Lanzavecchia & Wai

How a Modern Root Cellar Could Help Small Farms Sell Food Year-Round At Food Farm in northern Minnesota, Janaki Fisher-Merritt is getting back to his roots. This second-generation farmer is putting a modern twist on an old-fashioned idea that could help scale up the local food economy in the region. He hopes to build a 3,700-square-foot root cellar that he says has the potential to keep fresh vegetables—not just root vegetable, but winter squash, cabbage, apples, and other cold storage food—available all winter long. “Not even pushing it, we should be able to store about 300,000 pounds [of produce],” Fisher-Merritt said. “It’s going to be really nice.” The project is not just about satisfying a craving for local carrots in February. To help pay for the ambitious plan, the popular farm is turning to the community. “This is an idea that is completely needed,” said Kathryn Draeger, director of the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships program. “It was a pretty simple design and it worked really well,” he said.

Solar panel roads 'could solve energy crisis' Asphalt roads and car parks would be torn up and replaced with glass solar cell panels capable of generating enough power to support local communities, under the scheme. A US firm is currently working on a prototype panel that could be embedded into existing roads, having won a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation. The panels would also be covered with a mosaic of small lights, which could be illuminated to provide road markings and warning messages to drivers. They could also be embedded with heaters to keep the road clear by melting snow and ice. With each 12 ft by 12 ft panel capable of producing 7.6 kilowatt hours of power each day, the company Solar Roadways calculates that resurfacing the entire US interstate highway network would meet the country's energy needs three times over. A four-lane, one-mile stretch of road made from the panels could generate enough power for 500 homes, it claims.

GoSun Grill: A Breakthrough Solar Oven that Cooks at Night by Patrick Sherwin Risks and challenges Timeline: We refuse to compromise on the quality of our products. During the manufacturing process of the GoSun Sport in early 2014, we established an extensive quality assurance plan, which caught some mistakes, and in turn, delayed the fulfillment of our product for months. We’ve learned to be extremely accurate and completely transparent with our backers regarding the latest developments. Shipping: The GoGun Grill is going to need additional package design and engineering to ensure safe transport to your home. This is entirely GoSun's concern since you’re covered with a Two-Year No Questions Asked Warranty on the evacuated tube. Battery Costs: We have not fully defined our costs on the Thermal Battery encapsulation vessel and production costs. Social Media Sharing: As a small start-up business, we depend heavily on the word-of-mouth and enthusiasm of our customers. Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Hemp Insulation: A Carbon Negative Alternative To Rock Wool Hemp insulation mats are usually made from 85% hemp and 15% polyester. They can also be treated with boron salts to protect from fires, mold and insects. – As industrial sectors start to take interest in sustainable materials, one plant has caught their attention. Hemp is now being considered as an eco-friendly alternative to concrete, fiberglass and, as it turns out, building insulation as well. Besides the fact that hemp is one of the fastest growing industrial crops, it also makes a great thermal insulator. Their findings, published last month in the Environmental Science & Technology journal, looked at the energy requirements and greenhouse gas emissions involved with making hemp insulation, including plowing and sowing, cutting and harvesting, fiber and core processing, and final production of the hemp panels. The researchers evaluated every step involved with producing hemp insulation. It’s also interesting to note that hemp panels are lighter than rock wool.

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