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Small Scale Solar Electric Power Systems
May03

Small Scale Solar Electric Power Systems

In the natural world, solar energy has two primary effects: heating and photochemical. The primary photochemical effect is photosynthesis, which is the foundation upon which all carbon fuels are built. Coal, oil, natural gas, wood, alcohol and any other fuel built by life are all forms of stored solar energy. The heating effects of solar energy can be used for both heating and cooling by proper design of buildings, a practice that goes back many thousand of years. Wind power and ocean current power systems are basically means of capturing solar power for human use. A sail boat is a solar powered boat, even though most people don’t usually think of it as such. In the modern technological world we have learned to use focused sunlight to generate heat and, perversely, power refrigeration systems utilizing absorption type refrigeration. Focused sunlight can be used to power steam operated electrical generation plants and very high temperature ovens for scientific research. The ancient Greek scientist Archimedes was said to have used focused sunlight to set Roman ships on fire during the siege of Syracuse in 214-212 B.C. Modern technology has a much simpler system for producing electrical power from sunlight. The photovoltaic effect ( a very distant relative of photosynthesis) produces electricity directly from sunlight. Devices called solar cells capture sunlight and produce electricity. Solar cells are usually small, perhaps a few square inches at most. They are not very thick and are usually supported and protected by glass or plastic and can be arranged in panels with up to several hundred cells connected and supported by some sort of framework. GoGreenSolar.com offers a considerable selection of panels providing power up to 250 watts or as small as 7 watts. Portable power systems are usually designed to charge batteries and provide constant regulated power. In many parts of the world, even in remote parts of the United States, electrical power is hard to come by. If you live 50 miles from the nearest power line, the connection fee for electrical service can be quite prohibitive. Many businesses and ngo’s have designed solar power systems to provide electricity for remote sites. GoGreenSolar.com offers portable systems suitable for remote sites. They also offer components to create permanent off-grid power systems. An off-grid system can be as simple as garden lighting or a charger to allow you to sit in the park or on a mountain trail with your portable electronics, whether a cell phone or lap-top computer. Perhaps it can be a back-pack system to provide power for a back-woods camping trip. Off-grid systems can be an emergency power system or a complete power...

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Fresh-Squeezed Solar Energy: JOOS Orange
Mar29

Fresh-Squeezed Solar Energy: JOOS Orange

Introducing the JOOS Orange, the best portable solar charger on the market today.     The JOOS Orange allows you to get out and experience all that the world has to offer without worrying about the low battery warning on your phone.  Utilize the power of the sun to stay connected to the people you love. Explore the world you live in without worrying about where you’ll find an outlet to charge your iPhone. After it’s had a chance to soak up an hour’s worth of rays through it’s solar voltaic cell, the JOOS Orange’s 20-watt hour lithium-ion polymer battery has enough charge for you to talk on your iPhone for two hours.  You can also charge the JOOS Orange by connecting it to the USB port on your laptop.  A fully charged JOOS Orange stores enough power to completely charge an iPhone four times! Not only can the JOOS Orange charge your mobile phone, but it can also charge an iPad, GPS system, video camera, Kindle, iPod and more.  It’s convenient for traveling, camping, and emergency situations like power outages or natural disasters. One of the main benefits of the JOOS Orangeis its virtually indestructible construction.  Given that your new JOOS Orange will spend a significant amount of time under the open sky, it has to be prepared for any weather.   The JOOS Orange’s dense exterior is entirely waterproof and resistant to heavy abuse.  It’s powerful enough to charge even when the sky is cloudy and overcast.  To prevent theft, the JOOS Orange is designed with a hole for a security cable to fit through.  A pair of sturdy retractable legs can be adjusted to position the angle of the JOOS Orange for maximum exposure to the sun. The JOOS Orange is easy to use.  All you have to do is connect the item you want to charge and let it go to work.  Two LED lights blink, showing you when your JOOS Orange is getting enough sun and how much power it’s currently holding.   JOOS users can also download myJOOS, a free application that allows you to monitor the power of your JOOS Orange in real time. The JOOS Orange gives you incredible mobility for less than two hundred bucks.  The JOOS Orange is getting the attention of traveling business people, campers, and technophiles everywhere.   Where would you take the JOOS?  ...

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