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Thursday, May 22, 2014


Martifer Solar: BIPV – building-integrated photovoltaics

Martifer Solar Mineirao Brazil stadium

Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are an innovative way of making buildings and public structures more energy independent – a practice that is becoming more common as companies become more focused on sustainable energy practices and green building. BIPV installations are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building exterior envelope, windows, roof, skylights, or facings to capture solar energy.

One company that has been expanding the use of solar installs in building construction on a global scale is Portugese-based, Martifer Solar. Martifer participated in the installation of 6,00 solar panels on the brand new Mineirão Brazil World Cup soccer stadium (above). The stadium’s photovoltaic installation will produce 1,600 megawatt-hours per year, enough to supply power to 1,200 households. The stadium itself will use 10% of the energy produced by its solar array, with the rest being distributed to local consumers.

The company is increasingly incorporating solar panels into the construction of new buildings to augment or replace grid-based energy.  The seamless integration of solar panels into new, or retrofitted buildings (BAPV / building-applied photovoltaics), can save construction materials and labor costs associated with that portion of the building.

Below are photos of a few more Martifer 360° solar turnkey solutions:

Martifer Solar facade install

Martifer Solar rooftop panels

Martifer Solar rooftop project

Martifer Solar car port

Martifer Solar ground mounted photovoltaics

Martifer Solar’s growth reflects the trend toward a transition to production of renewable energy. The company is growing fast and has projects in more than 20 countries over 4 continents that produce a total of over 560MW of photovoltaic solar energy – up from 100MW in 2010. They also specialize in off-grid and small solar power generation projects.

The big picture
Global solar energy production capacity is estimated to have increased by 26% in 2013. The continuing drop in the cost of PV cells is making solar energy much more competitive on a cost basis with fossil fuel energy sources – without the emissions. Every day, we see more and more innovative companies, both large and small, installing renewable production capacity to their headquarters and manufacturing facilities. Some of the largest companies in the world – Google and Apple – are building vast solar and renewable energy capacity to power their businesses.

Renewable energy is the future.

related: more alternative energy articles from The Alternative Consumer

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Green Tech: Solar Roadways

solar roadway

Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on – that melt snow and cut greenhouse gases – the design and implementation of this clean energy technology is underway and you can become a part of its installation and production. These new Solar Road panels are the brainchild of Julie and Scott Brusaw and their company, Solar Roadways. The panels can be installed on literally any surface and pay for themselves through generating clean electricity. These panels also have other features such as heating elements to stay snow and ice free, LEDs to make road lines visible, and attached “Cable Corridor to store and treat storm water.”

Sandpoint Solar Sidewalk

Solar Roadways has already received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for research and development and the technology has been tested for traction, weight, and impact resistance. The panels and company have received several awards and the project looks promising in tackling both (more…)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Clip-On Solar Charger for Power On-the-Go

clip-on solar charger

Have you ever had your phone or camera die when at the beach and a perfect photo opportunity comes up? If this has happened to you, then I have some great news and a unique green solution. OC Outdoor Solar now has a KickStarter program online for you to back the project to make this solution possible.

OC Outdoor Solar will provide a clip on, flexible solar panel that can be attached to and folded into a beach umbrella. What’s great is that this is not just a solution for when you’re at the beach, but also when hiking, at a music festival, or anywhere else – whether or not you use the umbrella with it.

clip-on solar charger folded.

The USB cord is 3 meters in length, which is a little less than 10 feet, which is long enough for you to lounge on your beach towel while having your phone or USB device plugged in. The weight of the solar panel charger is 0.4 pounds, measures 8.5 inches by 18 inches when expanded, and 8.5 inches by 4.5 inches and 1 inch in width when folded, making it easy to take along with you. It will take about four hours in direct sunlight to fully charge a typical smartphone with an empty battery, and if you spend a day at the beach or take a hike I’m sure you’ll be out for longer than this.

I think this product is a great idea, and will be convenient for those who spend a lot of time outdoors and aren’t always near an outlet to charge their USB device. In addition to keeping you charged on the go, charging your gadgets off-grid also has some larger benefits – you will be helping to slow global warming by using less electricity, you’ll save money and you’ll be getting your own little slice of energy independence. You can check out the OC Outdoor Solar’s project at:

related: if you need more portable solar power capacity check out our GoSol Power review

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Friday, November 1, 2013

japan invests in wave-energy technology

OPT  PowerBuoy

In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, Japan is looking for renewable energy sources to provide a higher percentage of its electrical power production. One upcoming project involves a partnership between U.S.-based Ocean Power Technologies and Japan’s Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.. (more…)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

GoSol Power for portable solar power


GoSol Power is a company that specializes in solar-powered products and portable power generators. These products are engineered by the Genesis Technologies Group which creates innovative products that are effective, portable and environmentally friendly. The solar products are mobile and grid-free, hence widening the opportunities to use solar power instead of depending on toxic and polluting non-renewables. The line of portable products includes: generators, power boxes and charging stations with a sprinkling of accessories as well.

Generators: They offer generators which are portable and self-contained, which reduces the costs of connecting to power grids when you travel to remote locations. Basically, it gives you the opportunity to be energy-independent through harnessing energy from the sun. The features of generators are pretty awesome, too:

- Up to 14,400 Watts of power
- Unique solar tracking technology
- Automated deploy and stow
- No Noise
- No Black Exhaust Smoke
- No Diesel Fuel
- Operational 24/7
- GPS locator and Wi-Fi capable

gosol power box

Power Boxes: The Power Box is literally a box of power that is reliable and portable. The case is water-proof and contains a foldable solar panel – seriously, how cool is that? You can keep your electronic devices charged everywhere you go – for those who perpetually attached to their phones/laptops/tablets. You can go camping, fishing or hiking with this box of technological goodness! Would surely come in handy in emergency situations. (more…)

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