Archive | November, 2013

Boeing Subsidiary Spectrolab Sets New Solar Cell Efficiency World Record

Boeing Subsidiary Spectrolab Sets New Solar Cell Efficiency World Record

Example of Gallium Arsenide Solar Cell

Example of super-high-efficiency gallium arsenide solar cells on a satellite.


A new world record was recently set when Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary, produced a solar cell capable of converting 38.8 percent of solar energy into electricity, more than any other ground-based solar cell not using concentrated sunlight.
The record was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. This new record beats the company’s own previous world record by 1 percent.
While the cost of such a high efficiency cell is likely in the hundreds of dollars, it does show an advancement in solar cell manufacturing technology—technology that trickles down to other companies, and on to consumers.
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The JOOS Orange personal solar charger


We are excited at Solar Components because our personal solar chargers use some of the highest efficiency solar cells available on the market today. Our monocrystalline cells are capable of collecting sunlight at an efficiency approaching 20 percent, much higher than the 8-10 percent efficiencies seen on competing products that utilize inferior ‘thin-film’ solar cells.
In fact, our product is even featured as an example of a high efficiency solar product on Wikipedia. Click here to read the Wikipedia page.

Marine Corps veteran, Justin Mentzer, summits Mt. Kilimanjaro with the JOOS Orange

Marine Corps veteran, Justin Mentzer successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro with his friends and the JOOS Orange portable solar charger. The JOOS proved to be the highlight of the trip, providing much needed power for Justin and his friends who needed to charge iPods, camera batteries, and other devices. Realizing the importance of the JOOS, four of Justin’s friends vowed to purchase their own when they got back to the states. Justin also got to experience how efficient the JOOS Orange is by seeing it charging in his tent just from the ambient light from the Sun shining through the tent fabric! Read his full story below:
 
JOOS Support,
First,thank you again for donating this unit to my cause. I was successful in summitting [sic] Mount Kilimanjaro and with the help of the JOOS, I was able to document the whole trip. As for the unit itself, this is my review. The primary purpose of using this unit was to be able to charge my lithium battery for my new Nikon AW100 camera. Since the battery has to be charged via a battery pack, outside the camera, I was unable to charge it. Thankfully, this happened during preparation before the trip. I was able to contact JOOS and they referred me to a universal lithium battery charger that was able to be overnighted to me from Amazon. On a side note, that universal charger is incredible. I am able to charge almost any lithium battery that exists. 
Going through security at the airport with the JOOS in my carry-on was an experience. I had to take the unit out (like a laptop) and place it on a tray by itself to be scanned. The security staff questioned me as to what the unit was to be used for. After a brief explanation, the security staff gave me a weird look andsent me on my way. On the airplane, I did not have a reason to use it but, many people were complaining on the 20 hour flight that their electronics were dying and had no way to charge them. They should have had a JOOS!
On the trail, the unit was almost flawless. I would place it in a mesh outer pocket of my daypack as we hiked and any time we stopped for lunch I would set it in the sun. At camp, I would usually leave the JOOS in the tent. To my amazement, it would still charge inside a four-season tent when the sun wasshining. I was able to fully charge my lithium camera battery, a couple of Iphones, and an Ipad. Most of these were from other climbers in our group. Everyone was so amazed by this unit that 4 of the climbers said they were going to purchase a JOOS as soon as they got back to the states. 
The durability of this unit is enough for active military units, if it was not white in color. I hiked through rain, sleet, snow and sub-freezing conditions and did not have a single performance issue with the unit. The only slight flaw I discovered was that it took a long time for this unit to fully charge. I am still experimenting with how long this can take. I will continue to use this unit on all adventurers and travel. Thanks JOOS I could not have done it with out you.
SemperFideles,
Justin Mentzer

Renewables provide 99% of all new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October

Renewables provide 99% of all new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October

renewables-1694 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity was added last month, of which, 99.3% comes from renewable sources including 72.1% from solar energy. The remaining 5 megawatts came from oil.
Twelve new solar energy generation units were put in place to produce 504 megawatts of generating capacity, followed by four biomass units generating 124 megawatts and two wind energy generation units adding 66 megawatts to the grid.
So what does this mean for solar energy? It means we as a society are taking a more serious look at how beneficial harnessing power from the sun can be and how it can help us move away from non-renewable sources we’ve been dependent on for years.
Now not all of us have the financial resources to install a solar array on our homes or in our backyards but we can help do our part by charging our personal electronic items with renewable energy. The JOOS Orange is one way to cut our ties with non-renewables and start doing our part to charge “off-the-grid.”
Solar Components, the makers of the JOOS Orange are helping to make the switch even easier this holiday season by offering a special promotion on a bundle package consisting of the JOOS Orange, Reflector Kit, and Carrying Case. The bundle sells for $175 and is available exclusively at SolarJOOS.com.

Devices like the JOOS Orange are the way of the future

Devices like the JOOS Orange are the way of the future

A high-efficiency solar cell like the one used on the JOOS Orange personal solar charger

A high-efficiency solar cell like the one used on the JOOS Orange personal solar charger


Alta Devices has announced that its mobile power technology produces up to 5 times more power from indoor light than other commercially available solar technologies. Solar technologies such as dye-sensitized, organic, and amorphous silicon help to achieve these low light energy gathering goals, a goal Solar Components has had for the JOOS Orange since its inception.
Using a patented low-light circuit, the JOOS Orange is able to harvest low light solar energy where other solar chargers fall short. In live demonstrations, the company has shown how the device even charges when placed under a 100 watt light bulb using indoor light, and in several online videos the JOOS can be seen performing well and charging in gloomy, overcast days.
When considering to purchase a solar charger, these are the things you must keep in mind. Will the solar charger efficiently charge your devices or will it not be able to harvest enough solar energy to do so? The JOOS Orange has a proven track record, a patented low-light circuit, and has received the highest accolades from companies including WIRED Magazine, Outdoor Life, and more. In 2011, the JOOS Orange won the Consumer Electronics Association’s ‘Best in Show’ category, beating out products from other large technology companies.
Pick up a JOOS Orange Bundle today for only $175 by going to www.SolarJOOS.com. The bundle includes the JOOS Orange, Neoprene Protective Case, and the PowerBoost Reflector panels.

SunEdison launches solar water pumps in India as more solar companies tailor their products to areas in need

SunEdison launches solar water pumps in India as more solar companies tailor their products to areas in need

solar-array-2Sun Edison recently launched a solar based water pump system in India to help farmers with irrigation in rural areas. The system is designed to increase crop yield by delivering reliable irrigation without dependence on expensive fuels or the rural area’s notoriously intermittent electrical power supply.
In the rural area of Tamil Nadu, for example, about half a million farmers are still awaiting power connection to irrigation pumps—an area SunEdison plans to focus on.
Living in the United States, we tend to take for granted the abundant sources of energy we have at our disposal, even though much of that energy still comes from non-renewable resources. When Solar Components designed the JOOS Orange personal solar charger, it did so to give hope to people in third world countries and to those without reliable power.
A single JOOS Orange can mean a world of difference for people in these countries where cell phones are the predominant means of communication, yet charging a cell phone requires a long walk or ride into the nearest town. People in these areas are now able to harness the power of the Sun to charge their cell phones without ever leaving their village.
You can help do your part to move off the grid by powering your own cell phone with a JOOS Orange. Over time, enough people switching to this renewable method of charging can reduce the strain on the grid and save money in the process, not to mention the convenience of being able to charge your phone wherever you are.
With 7.3 billion cell phones expected to be in operation by 2014, moving to a renewable means of charging them could save billions of dollars per year. In fact, to illustrate this point even further, according to LifeHacker magazine, the electricity used annually by the 170 million iPhone 5’s purchased in the next 12 months will be equivalent to powering all the homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a year! You can pick up a JOOS Orange for yourself by visiting SolarJOOS.com.

Electricity used annually by the 170 million iPhone 5’s purchased in the next 12 months can power all the homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a year

battery-renewable-2By 2014, it is expected that 7.3 billion cell phones will be in operation, guzzling up megawatts of precious energy resources and costing billions of dollars in the process. In fact, according to LifeHacker Magazine, the electricity used annually by the 170 million iPhone 5’s purchased over the next 12 months can power all the homes in Cedar rapids, Iowa for an entire year. That’s a lot of energy for such a large city with a population of more than 128,000.
Many people have taken steps to do their part by using personal solar chargers to power up their smart phones, iPads, and tablets. For $149, you can take the plunge to get off the grid by purchasing a JOOS Orange which many feel is the best personal charger on the market today.
Receiving numerous awards and accolades from the Consumer Electronics Association, WIRED Magazine, and others, the JOOS stands out from the crowd with its efficient monocrystalline solar cell, clean and minimalistic design, ease of operation, and of course its patented low-light circuitry, allowing the user to capture solar energy even in low light situations.