Tag - Solar
Because it currently -- and will continue to -- produces more power from alternative energy sources than it needs for present operations, Apple has created a shell company, "Apple Energy LLC" run from its Cupertino headquarters to allow it to sell any excess power generation from its US solar farms back to the grid, with some latitude in the filing to allow for future expansion of solar power generation, as would be expected. The wholly-owned subsidiary, registered in Delaware, may also allow Apple to take advantage of present and future tax shelters and incentives for alternative-energy production.
I suppose it's fitting that I was asked to write the Crowdfunding Critic today, seeing as I'm currently heading into my senior year of a conservation and sustainability degree -- and this product is designed to be, well, geared toward conservation and sustainability. This week, our crowdfunding column takes a look at a new project on IndieGoGo for a heavy-but-totable portable generator -- a solar-capable battery that promises to give you both mobility and security. Today, I dissect the ideas behind the Lycan Powerbox.
California energy firm SunPower, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor, and an unnamed third partner said to be Apple have partnered to build three new solar farms in China that are intended to help Apple offset the power needs of its manufacturing and supplier operations in the country, which gets most of its power from coal-based plants. SunPower, which is already working on a 20-megawatt pair of solar farms for Apple in Sichuan province, said that the total output of all the solar farms, when complete, will top 210 megawatts.
Solar power device purveyor QuickerTek today announced the 30 Watt 2015 Type-C MacBook Solar Panel. This solar power charger is the only in the world to feature the USB 3.1 adaptor cable which powers and charges the 2015 Apple 12-inch MacBook simultaneously given strong enough sun.
Portable solar power vendor Goal Zero today announced availability of the Venture 30 Recharger. The Venture 30 Recharger is intended to charge smartphones, tablets, and other USB-powered devices in unpredictable environments, and is the only portable power product on the market that is IPX6 weatherproof-certified without any port-covering plugs.
SunPower Corporation today announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects, totaling 40 megawatts, in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the People's Republic of China. When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development, SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple.
At the Goldman Sachs Technology and the Internet conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company is planning to build its "biggest, boldest, and most ambitious project" in renewable power ever -- an $850 million solar farm to be built in Monterey county, which is expected to eventually provide enough power to run all of Apple's operations -- from the new HQ to retail stores -- in the state of California.
There's no denying that apps are great. There's an app for almost everything at this point, and many are loaded with more features than we can even make use of. While we're appreciative of developers who strive to cover all their bases, there are times we don't want to be overwhelmed as well. Sometimes, less is more. Solar, by Hollr, Inc, is one such example.
Clothing vendor and designer Tommy Hilfiger is rolling out a new line of jackets with embedded solar panels to charge mobile devices. The battery-equipped tartan garments, available in both mens and womens' styles, have detachable solar panels manufactured by solar company Pvilion.
Canon is working on a new addition to the PowerShot compact camera range, one which may end up with a similar one-inch sensor to its recently-launched G7 X. A press release spotted by Ubergizmo mentions a camera which "combines the merits of both a large image sensor and a high-magnification optical zoom lens," packed into a "compact body." The release does not hint at when Canon will unveil the device.