I’ve reported on Wind and Solar energy seen at last fall’s NextFEST in my Article here. That technology is what most people know about Solar and Wind power. Large enough to rest on the roof of your home or office. There’s even a student design to adapt Highways into Windfarms. It’s a really clever way to use existing land for two purposes. And it even looks attractive!
You can now also use Wind Power to Recharge your Mobile Phone. Orange Wind had GotWind to design this clever portable wind generator. It’s designed to fit most modern dome tents – just tie it down to the top of your tent. Overnight your phone can be recharged while you rest. And obviously, you can attach this wind generator anywhere. Your boat, your camel, your beanie (?) And considering how important GPS can be for people out in the “wild”, keeping your cell active may just save someone’s life.
Paper – Scissors
Here’s a video of the news report. Stuff like this just fascinates me.
How Sweet It Is
And this is the kind of technology that could work nicely with small devices that need to be recharged regularly. Pop in a sugar battery, Recharge, then throw the used battery in the potted plant to water it. Now that’s the ultimate in recycling.
As you can see in this video explaining how to install thin film PV solar panels, it’s available now. Thin-film PV is shipped in 16-inch-wide rolls. Because it’s a peel-and-stick laminate, just unroll the sheet and apply it to your roofing panel. Instructions available here. It can be done by any bunch of construction guys. Or anyone brave enough to climb a ladder, I suppose.
Right now the efficiency of plastic solar cells is more than 6 percent – twice what it was a couple of years ago. And I we can expect it to improve.
Renewable energy is not child’s play. Choose any, choose all!
Written by Cecilia