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California firm to build three new Apple solar farms in China

11/19, 2:52pm

SunPower to create 170MW of renewable power in Inner Mongolia with partners

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.


QuickerTek rolls out USB 3.1 Type-C 30W solar panel for MacBook

08/17, 8:37am

New panel provides enough power to use, charge new USB-C MacBook

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.


Goal Zero launches IPX6 weatherproof battery for USB charging

05/13, 2:52pm

Battery bank takes 9 hours to charge with compatible solar panels

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.


Apple, SunPower team for pair of 20MW solar installations in China

04/17, 9:01am

Companies have worked in the US before; effort is first international deal

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.  


Apple announces biggest-ever solar farm project in California

02/10, 4:44pm

To be built just south of HQ, will supply enough power for 60,000 homes

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.


Hands On: Solar (iOS)

02/03, 4:44pm

Header: Beautifully designed weather app for the iPhone

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.


Tommy Hilfiger debuts $599 solar panel-equipped jackets

12/04, 9:45am

New coat also contains 1500mAh battery, ability to detach panels

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.


Briefly: Canon plans PowerShot with large sensor, Ikea pushes solar

09/22, 9:40am

Canon plans PowerShot camera with large sensor, extended zoom

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.


Secur Products ships Sun Power Bank 3000 solar charger

06/17, 10:50am

New panel claimed to gather four times the energy as previous models

Portable power solutions company Secur Products has unveiled the Sun Power Bank 3000 -- a portable solar charger with battery designed to harness solar power on-the-go. The Sun Power Bank 3000 combines a high-capacity, 3000mAh lithium battery with a solar panel that the company claims is capable of harvesting four times the power of conventional panels.


Google partnering to form $250 million residential solar lease program

04/23, 2:12pm

SunPower corporation tapped for funds, solar panels, installs

Google has announced a plan intended to boost solar energy adoption to residences in the US. In parallel with purchasing up to 407 megawatts' worth of wind energy from Iowa utilities, Google is partnering with SunPower Corporation to create a $250 million fund to finance the purchase of residential rooftop solar systems and offer them to consumers at a cost said to be lower than monthly energy bills.


Apple looking to hire engineers with solar technology experience

09/13, 11:02pm

Could indicate an interest in solar power or super-thin conducive materials

Apple has posted a job listing on its website for a "thin films" engineer with experience in the solar industry to join the company's Mobile Devices group and "assist in the development and refinement of thin films technologies applicable to electronics systems." While many outlets have assumed that the listing may hint at the company's use of solar power in future products, it is also possible that Apple seeks to apply the thin-film technology used in solar panels to be applied in other areas, including display and touch technologies.


Gomadic unveils SunVolt portable device solar charger

12/13, 9:20pm

SunVolt provides 10 watts of power, SunVolt Max gives 15 watts

Gomadic, creator of "intelligently designed mobile business solutions," has launched the SunVolt and SunVolt Max portable solar chargers. Unlike typical solar chargers, the SunVolt allows for charging speeds identical to that of a traditional wall charger, while still boasting a portable design. Equipped with multiple charger outputs, users can power more than one electronic device at a time from the output of the solar panel.


Hands on: Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard for Apple users

12/05, 5:43am

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 works with Mac, iPad, iPhone

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760is the most recent in a line of Logitech keyboards that can be powered by any light source. It is aimed squarely at Apple users and does not offer support for Windows- or Android-based systems. MacNN has been using one for the past week and we have been impressed by the functionality it offers.


Researchers develop all-carbon solar substrate

11/02, 2:16am

Durable material suitable for utility in extreme environments

Stanford University researchers in conjunction with a team from the University of Rochester have constructed the first solar cell created entirely out of carbon, giving an alternative to sometimes exotic and expensive materials used in normal photovoltaic cells. The material isn't intended for light panels, but rather the thin film material is possible to be applied out of solution, and could coat surfaces like paint.


Apple's Maiden, NC datacenter solar plant nears completion

09/14, 5:03pm

Apple intends on providing 60 percent of required power

Aerial photos of Apple's enormous solar array adjacent to its data center in Maiden, NC have surfaced. The field, nearly complete less than three months since groundbreaking, covers 100 acres and generates 20 megawatts of power, with California's Sun Power sun-tracking panels.


Logitech redesigns its solar wireless keyboard for Mac, iOS

05/30, 8:14am

Logitech K760 with quick-switching for Mac, iOS on pre-order

Logitech has released a redesigned Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac, iPhone and iPad. The latest entry in the companys expanding line of Bluetooth keyboards resembles Apples own wireless keyboard and supersedes the K750, which was much less compact. As with all of Logitechs solar-powered products, the device will maintain its charge provided it has access to any light source, indoors or outdoors.


Eton launches solar-powered Bluetooth sound system

01/09, 3:55pm

Rukus leverages energy efficient E Ink display

Etn, a producer of high-performance, green-powered consumer products has announced a solar-powered Bluetooth sound system. The Rukus integrates two 2.25-inch drivers with a 14-watt amplifier, an energy-efficient E Ink SURF segmented display, and a monocrystal solar panel to offer environmentally friendly portable stereo sound. The Rukus can also recharge the source device while it is playing the music.


LG's solar-powered Optimus Sol smartphone leaks out

08/11, 11:00am

Mid-range Android phone features solar charger

A hands-on video of LG's solar-powered Optimus Sol has leaked on YouTube. The LG E730 OPTIMUS Sol is similar to the solar-powered prototype shown at MWC earlier this year. The source says the smartphone has a 3.8-inch AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor. The E730 in the video had Android 2.3.3 and LG's custom user interface.


Solar chargers for new MacBook Airs available

01/04, 1:05am

New higher-wattage solar kits available as well

QuickerTek has expanded its line of solar chargers for Mac notebooks to include the MacBook Air (11- and 13-inch third-generation models) as well as all the current MacBook and MacBook Pro models. The Apple Juicz Solar Charger, a photoelectric tarp, is available in 27- and 55-watt capacities and is designed to be used outdoors or in environments where sunlight is available but reliable convention power is not. The 27-watt model is designed for MacBooks and MBAs; the larger 55-watt version is intended for MacBooks and MacBook Pros.


New solar energy tech promises to double efficiency

08/02, 6:55pm

System utilizes heat and light for conversion

Engineers at Stanford University are working on new technology that aims to double the efficiency of existing solar energy systems. Researchers are testing a conversion method, "photon enhanced thermionic emission," that thrives in higher temperatures, overcoming a drawback of traditional photovoltaic technology that becomes less efficient as temperatures rise.


Solar Charger case available for the iPhone

12/19, 12:25pm

iPhone Solar Charger cases

Solar Arcadia has launched its Solar Charger for both first generation and 3G iPhones. Capable of charging the iPhone while out in the sun, features include LED indicators for the charging and discharging state, and a reverse-current protection-circuit, integrated to prevent iPhone batteries from being discharged. Using a lithium ion polymer battery; the case offers a max output of 5V, and a charge of 6V. Material for the casing is made from sheepskin.


Solar power for the Macbook Air

07/11, 5:40pm

MacBook Air solar power

QuickerTek is offering what it calls a "green" method of charging a Macbook Air. Announced on Friday, the Apple Juicz Solar Charger for the Macbook Air allows users to charge a Macbook Air using nothing other than solar power. There are three available models -- differing in size and charging power. All three are capable of folding up for storage and all also come with a stylish element bag for storing and carrying around the charger and a Macbook Air. The Apple Juicz Solar Charger is capable of charging a Macbook Air in between 5 to 14 hours, depending on the model being used. In order to use the charger an additional MagSafe adaptor must be purchased at the cost of $100 or QuickerTek can modify the customers current MagSafe adaptor for $25.


Apple looking to turn to solar power?

05/26, 10:25am

Apple interested in solar?

Apple may be seeking to use solar cells to power future devices, a newly-published patent application suggests. Solar power may offer a means of greatly extending the battery life of Apple devices, including both MacBooks and handhelds like the iPod and iPhone; the difficulty, according to MacRumors, is that portables often have limited space to fit solar panels, and if they do have space the panels may be fragile, and occupy room that could be used for other functions.


Freeloader charges iPod, others, through solar power

02/29, 12:15pm

Freeloader for iPod, more

UK-based Solar Technology today unveiled the Freeloader 8.0, a portable solar charger with a built-in battery, designed for the iPod and several other electronic devices. The Freeloader comes in silver and pink, and features two small sold-away solar panels that can charge the internal battery within 5 hours, supplying up to 18 hours of power for the iPod. Solar Technology is selling the Freeloader 8.0 for 30 (~$60 USD); as of now, it is available only in the UK.



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