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Enjoy power while your neighbors sit in the dark.
Oct19

Enjoy power while your neighbors sit in the dark.

This year in the USA, there have been countless natural disasters that have had many Americas sitting in the dark for weeks without access to the energy resources we don’t even appreciate everyday, until they are gone. From the flooding in the Midwest to the hurricanes in Florida and Texas many people that had gas generators thought they would be safe but found themselves paying ridiculous prices at the pump or found it hard to fill up their gas tanks due to the availability of gas during a natural disaster. A solar powered generator can provide reliable electricity for emergencies without the need to refuel. A solar powered generator can recharge itself through the sunlight and can be a tremendous source of electricity for your most critical loads when you most need it. Many customers just don’t like the fumes that traditional gas generators and rather switch to a clean solar powered backup generator to just avoid noxious fumes. Based on customer feedback, we have created a new kit to help people get started with a solar power generator. Our 80W Solar Electric Backup Generator Kit is affordable, easy to setup and includes a high quality battery, inverter, Sharp Solar Panel and charge controller to keep your home or business going through a blackout. Obviously this generator does not have the capacity to power your air conditioner or your entire home for long but its great to keep the lights on, have access to a computer and a cold refrigerator when the electric gird is gone. During an extended blackout, its best to conserve energy and make temporary lifestyle changes until the power is restored. The solar powered backup generator will keep you prepared for the worst case scenarios and being prepared will pay off when your home is the only one on the block that has it’s lights...

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Open Energy’s SolarSave Roofing Tiles

Open Energy Corporation , a company focused on building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) for the residential, commercial and industrial markets showcased a product called the SolarSave Tiles. These tiles have photovoltaic cells embedded within them that create clean energy while maintaining the natural look of your roof. The materials and electric power has a warranty of 25 years and can easily be installed by roofers without any demolition. Unlike traditional solar panels you do not need racking or structural reinforcement for the SolarSave Tiles. The tiles are weather resistant, fire rated, and virtually require no maintenance. There are not that many solar tile products out on the market, although the SolarSave tiles claim to have the highest watts per square foot. Similar to traditional solar panels solar tiles can are scalable, since the product is modular you can grow the system by adding more SolarSave Tiles as your budget increases in the future, the product is easily expandable. The SolarSave Tiles come in black, red and brown colors. What do you think about...

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Day Three: Solar Power International 2008 Exhibits

Solar Power International 2008 has been a blast, what an exciting conference it has been! Today, is the last day the exhibit hall will be open and the crowd is dwindling down and the exhibitors are ready to pack up and go home. Before they close out here and kick us out of the exhibit hall lets take a look at some very exciting products in the rapidly growing solar power industry.Sanyo HIT Double A two faced solar panel, collects energy from the front to the back of the panel! The back face of a HIT Double panel generates electricity from ambient light reflected off surrounding surfaces, and combines with power from the front face of the panel. Depending upon system design and site albedo, this results in up to 30% higher power generation (more kWh) per square foot. These panels are great when mounted on parking and patio covers. Konarka Thin Film Solar Ultra Flexible, lightweight thin film solar cells made out of organic plastics versus silicon. This thin film solution can be integrated into products such as solar backpacks, flexible cell phone battery chargers, the possibilities are endless of where this thin film product can be implemented. As you can see from the picture, indoors in low light level conditions, the flexible thin film roll is producing 4.23 volts. Sharp Solar OnEnergy solar power system includes Sharp Solar Panels, plus a low profile racking system that can be installed on asphalt-shingle, flat-concrete tile and even curved high-profile “Spanish” tile roofs without compromising the integrity of the roof. OnEnergy system is UL listed as a complete system and can be easily retrofitted on existing roofs or installed during new home construction. Sharp also displayed a “thin film” solar panel which are less efficient than traditional silicon based panels but on the flip side cost less per watt. Typically thin film solar panels make most sense when you have a lot of surface area to play with. BP Solar Mounting Systems The Integra Flush and Alternative Mounting systems resembles Sharp’s OnEnergy system. These systems are supposed to look attractive on the roof and are designed to be very streamlined to save the installer time, money and avoid critical mistakes during the process of mounting solar panels to residential roofs. Schott Solar Poly Schott Solar showed off their Poly 225 series which will be manufactured right here in the good ole USA, specifically in New Mexico. The company did not have a spec sheet or to much information on the solar panel since its not out on the market yet, although its been great to see more panels that are...

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Solyndra’s 360 degree commerical rooftop solar panels

Solyndra has introduced an innovative solar panel system for the commercial rooftop market. Traditional, solar panels are flat and can harvest energy at an angle, although Solydra has taken bold approach to introduce a cylindrical solar panel that collects energy from multiple angles, thus producing more watts per square foot than traditional flat solar panels! Solyndra’s panels employ cylindrical solar cells which capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface capable of converting direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into electricity. Solyndra’s panels perform optimally when mounted horizontally and packed closely together, thereby covering significantly more of the typically available roof area and producing more electricity per rooftop on an annual basis than a conventional panel installation. The result is significantly more solar electricity per rooftop per year. According to the company the benefits to the solar power system owner include a lower upfront cost and faster return on investment due the fast and easy installation that does not require any roof penetrations or ballasting due to the mounting and design of the panel. Solyndra’s system enables its customers to realize significant savings on installation costs. Because wind blows through Solyndra’s panels and horizontal mounting is optimum, simple, non-penetrating mounting hardware is used in the Solyndra system. No roof penetrations, attachments or ballast are needed. Panels and mounts are quickly attached together, enabling installations to be done in one third of the time of conventional PV installations. The solar panels in this system literally install like snapping together Legos, the innovation in the design of the panel has not only allowed each panel to harvest more energy, but provided an installation framework to also reduce costs. This is where this produce shines, because it reduces installation costs and improves efficiencies at the same giving the customer the most bang for the buck. This product is currently being sold through select retailers who are field testing the panels ,in 2009 full distribution is expected to open up. What do you...

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Three Flavors of Photovoltaic Solar Panels

As we explained in our previous post titled, Solar Arrays Explained a group of solar cells make up a solar panel. Not all solar cells are created equal, in fact there are three major flavors of solar cells that most solar panels that we see on homes and businesses are made from. Solar cells come in the following three flavors, as you can tell from the pictures each solar panel has a unique look: Single-crystal (Monocrystalline) Monocrystalline solar panels produce the most electric power per square meter and are mounted in a rigid frame. Multicrystalline (Polycrystalline) These solar panels are made up of solar cells that are cut from multiple crystals grown together in an ingot. These solar cells are built very strong structurally although are slightly less efficient then Monocrystalline solar cells. Amorphous Silicon (Thin Film) Thin Film solar panels are made through a deposition process or printing photovoltaic material on glass, metal or plastic substrate. Solar Roofing Shingles are made up of Amorphous silicon because the ability to print solar cells right onto the shingles. They are significantly less efficient than Monocrystalline or Polycrystalline solar cells therefore to generate the same power you would need more than double the surface area. Although they cost much less than traditional solar panels. Depending on the substrate the thin film solar cells are printed on they can be very robust and...

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The Sunweb Solar Cell offers 2% higher output

Solland Solar, a solar cell manufacturer based in The Netherlands has developed a unique looking photovoltaic cell called the Sunweb. Not only does the new technology look cool but the Sunweb solar cell concentrates the generated electricity to the back of the cell, resulting in a 2% higher output per cell. The Sunweb solar cell was developed in conjunction with the Energy Research Center of The Netherlands. Typically, with traditional solar cells, a bus bar on the front of each solar cell result in a smaller surface area to collect sunlight. Although with the SunWeb the bus bars are located on the back of the cell allowing more surface area to generate electricity. Commercial production of the SunWeb solar cell will begin in 2009. We’re seeing more developments down to the cell level in increasing efficiency of a solar power system, every time the industry makes developments to increase the efficiency solar becomes a more attractive solution for the mainstream public. Even though the Sunweb only increases output by 2%, every small gain is a step in the right direction. What do you...

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