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Squad Mobility Redefines Affordable With Its $6,300 Solar-Powered Urban Electric Vehicle

Squad Mobility solar-powered EVUpstart Squad Mobility set up shop in Amsterdam to develop a new generation of urban solar electric vehicles at truly affordable prices. And by affordable, they mean affordable, with a target retail price of €5,750 (ex. VAT) / $ 6,300

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Solar-Powered Electric Car Lightyear One Receives Prestigious Climate Change Innovator Award

We previously wrote about an interesting project called the Lightyear One, a fully solar-powered electric car. The project just recently won the prestigious Climate Change Award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

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Hanergy Unveils Plans For Solar-Powered “Zero Charge” EVs

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Originally published on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath Just weeks after Japanese car maker Toyota unveiled its market ready solar-integrated Prius hybrid EV, Chinese solar panel maker Hanergy has announced plans to commercialise four PV-powered – “zero charging” – electric vehicle models of its own design. Launched amid much fanfare in Beijing over the weekend, the [&hellip

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PG&E Commits $1 Million To Solar-Powered Habitat For Humanity Homes

Habitat for Humanity homes are a remarkable support to families. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), the leading utility with rooftop solar in the nation, deserves more praise for new support for Habitat for Humanity. In a news release, the utility announced its $ 1 million commitment to the installation of rooftop solar on nearly 100 solar-powered Habitat [&hellip

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Awesome Solar-Powered EV-Charging Station Initiative In San Francisco Aids Apartment Dwellers

Many of those who live in apartment complexes in the San Francisco area will soon have access to solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (equipped with battery storage) thanks to a new initiative put together by a startup named Powertree Services, which is utilizing Panasonic batteries. As per the new program, 68 apartment building complexes throughout San Francisco will

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BMW’s Beautiful Solar-Powered Charging Station

GAS2. Working with design and construction firm EIGHT, BMW has installed the first of its Point One S solar-powered charging stations in front of its ultra-modern BMW World building in Munich, Germany. Looking like the wing of a bird, the station is part of a national program to develop and popularize e-mobility in Germany. EIGHT also created

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Dell’s Mobile Solar-Powered Classroom Brings Computers To Areas Without Electricity

We generally take computer-assisted learning for granted in the developed world: even schools in underserved areas can find funding to provide at least some computer technology for their students. That works because even our most disadvantaged communities have something that may be scarce in the developing world: a reliable power grid that serves everyone. Dell has created a computer lab designed to serve some of the world’s students that don’t have the luxury of regularly-available power; read more about it in my post originally published at sustainablog:

The Portable, Solar-Powered Computer Lab: Dell Learning Labs

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Most of the solar-powered schools we’ve encountered have sprouted up in the developed world, driven by a desire for lighter environmental impact, lower electric bills, and additional educational opportunities provided by the technology itself. In the developing world, though, solar power may be the only way to provide educational opportunities that require electricity: political unrest, poverty, and lack of development all keep power grids from expanding into remote areas in many parts of the world. For young people in those places, that means the chance to learn about the latest technologies are limited… if they’re available at all.

So, when I was checking out the 2014 Corporate Responsibility report from Dell yesterday, the story that caught my eye involved the company’s efforts to support computer science education in Nigeria and South Africa. In collaboration with a number of non-profits, including LEAP Africa, SHAWCO, and Computer Aid International, the IT giant has used its Wyse cloud computing technology (acquired with the company itself in 2012) to create a portable, solar-powered computer lab for students in remote areas. Take a look at the Dell Learning Lab (and click on the image if you need a larger version):

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The cloud-based arrangement keeps this computer lab very energy-efficient… enough that a solar array can power it. The building itself is a reused shipping container, so it’s also relatively easy to move into and out of setting where it’s needed. The efficiency of the lab allows for enough energy storage to use it at night, also.

A system like this strikes me as beautifully flexible. While there’s certainly a lot of need in Africa, there’s no reason that these Dell Labs couldn’t also be used on, say, Native American reservations, or even in blighted urban areas. The only thing really needed is a need for educational opportunities; Dell and its partners are even training teachers in the best methods for making use of the technology provided.

Know more about providing technology training to underserved communities than I do? Let us know what you think. And if you’re interested in other part of Dell’s Legacy for Good plan, check out the CSR report itself.

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Solar Cup: Largest Solar-Powered Boat Competition (VIDEO)


Originally published on 1Sun4All.

Three days of racing launches this Friday, May 16 at Metropolitan Water District’s (mwdh20) 12th annual Solar Cup at Lake Skinner in Temecula Valley, California, reports mwdh2o. The nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition features nearly 700 students on 40 southland high school teams. Here’s some more info from mwdh20:

12th Annual Solar Cup 2014

The Official Solar Cup Video

There are many videos available on YouTube for the Solar Cup Competition, this is the official video made in 2008 and gives us the best overview of the very cool event.  

About 10,000 students have participated in Solar Cup™ since the inaugural event launched with just eight boats in 2002. The program is a team-based educational competition that allows students to apply their skills in math, physics, engineering and communications, while learning about Southern California’s water sources, resource management, conservation and alternative energy development.

solar cup Image courtesy of mwdh20

Since building identical hulls last November from kits supplied by Metropolitan, students have worked nights and weekends to maximize their boats’ endurance, speed and mechanical and electrical efficiencies. Over the past few months, working with their sponsoring Metropolitan member and local agencies, they have equipped the 16-foot-long shells with solar panels, batteries, electrical systems, drive trains, propellers and rudders.

solar cup Image courtesy of mwdh20

The weekend of racing culminates the students’ school-year commitment to learning about alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, engineering and teamwork.

Solar Cup serves as an educational benchmark for our future workforce while students gain hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering and environmental sciences to round out their textbook curriculum. –Solar Cup coordinator Julie Miller, a state-certified teacher in Metropolitan’s education programs.

The competition begins with teams being put through a series of qualifying events by
Metropolitan and a technical advisory team from Harvey Mudd and Occidental colleges to ensure boats meet rules and are safe and seaworthy. The races will be followed by an awards ceremony, with trophies awarded in veteran and rookie divisions for teams with the highest points, as well as to teams honored for “Hottest-Looking Boat,” teamwork and sportsmanship.

Winners are the teams with the highest number of points gained in the competitions, technical inspections, submission of three technical reports and creation of a public service announcement focusing on water conservation.

Solar Cup 2012 PSA

Races are easily visible from the lake shoreline and are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission and parking. More local information is available here.

Event videos and photos from past Solar Cup events can be found under Education Programs at Metropolitan’s website, mwdh2o.com.

For a look back at the evolution of solar-powered boats, check out this article: “Firefly” — Solar-Powered Boat Putting Progress into a Modern Perspective

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Israeli Man Converts Box Truck Into Solar-Powered RV



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A professional illustrator living in Israel, 50-year old Joseph Tayyar, saw a Mitsubishi box truck and wondered what it might be like to build it into a luxurious, off-grid motor home. The end result is a $ 225,000 realization of a dream that makes clever use of wood and efficient solar power a work of art. You can check it out below, in an article that was originally published on one of our sister sites, Gas 2.

Recycled Hawtness: Israeli Man Turns Box Truck into Kickass RV (via Gas 2.0)

50 year old Joseph Tayyar is not like the rest of us. You and I look at those 35′ long UHaul moving trucks and think, “I could fit my whole house in there.” Tayyar looks at them and thinks, “I could fit my whole house in there.” It’s a subtle…

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Solar-Powered Cars Hit The Racetrack

Whether it’s a plane, car or boat, some vehicles are now relying on solar power to get from here to there. At the new Formula One track in Austin, Texas, there are even solar-powered race cars.

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