2010
02.02
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GoldenGadgets.com joins 1% For The Planet

Hi everyone,

I am happy to announce that GoldenGadgets.com is officially a member of the 1% For The Planet Organization. GoldenGadgets.com has committed 1% of our sales revenue to charities that will directly benefit our environment. Our involvement in LED lighting and solar power has given GoldenGadgets.com an opportunity to help our environment and now we can contribute even more by providing funding towards environmental research. Thank you customers for your continued support in GoldenGadgets.com.

Thanks,

Gary Yeung

www.GoldenGadgets.com

2009
10.06
testing the first solar powered 12V DC LED Light Bulb

testing the first solar powered 12V DC LED Light Bulb

WE CARE Solar by Laura Stachel was just announced as one of the winners of the Half the Sky Contest from the New York Times.

Announcing Winners of the Half the Sky Contest

Here is the excerpt:

Laura Stachel, WECARE Solar
A California obstetrician has co-founded a volunteer organization of doctors, solar designers and lighting/communication specialists who devise solar-powered solutions for maternal health facilities in Africa, and are now field-testing a system in Nigeria and Rwanda. Without adequate electricity, hospitals in such under-developed areas often lose moms and babies who would have otherwise lived.

Congratulations Laura.

GoldenGadgets.com started supplying WECARE Solar in August 2009 with 12V DC LED Light Bulbs for her solar powered solutions. The WECARE Solar prototype uses our L-39F 12V DC, L-60F 12V DC, and our L-120F 12V DC LED Light bulbs to provide lighting for maternal health facilities.

2009
09.02
Greggs UK Bakery with Recessed LED Lights

Greggs UK Bakery with Recessed LED Lights

Greggs UK Bakery with Recessed LED Lights

Greggs UK Bakery with Recessed LED Lights

Counters and Shelves lit by LED strip lights

Counters and Shelves lit by LED strip lights

UK bakery chain Greggs has store lighting completely redesigned by Philips lighting. Full LED lighting should reduce energy consumption by 50%. Here is the original article from Philips.

2009
09.02

Philips launches the “new eW® Reach Powercore and iW® Reach Powercore floodlights can dramatically accentuate building exteriors and landmarks with a choice of high-quality white or fixed color light, while at the same time reducing energy consumption and maintenance.”
eW Reach Powercore is powerful enough to brilliantly illuminate large architectural façades and structures. eW Reach Powercore offers an alternative to traditional metal halide sources, providing more lumens of output (over 8,500 lumens at 2700 K; over 11,000 lumens at 4000 K) and unparalleled light projection (over 700 feet at 2700 K; over 800 feet at 4000 K) than any other competitive light fixture. This powerful fixture represents the next generation in exterior illumination.

Here is the press release from Philips.

2009
09.02

Starting September 1st, 2009, the EU has banned the importation of incandescent bulbs. You can still sell the bulbs but you can no longer import and restock. This is a huge move as incandescent bulbs waste most of the energy through heat output and not light. A similar ban of incandescent imports will start in the US sometime in 2012.

This is a great announcement as people and companies are forced to switch to compact fluorescent lighting and LED lights which are more energy efficient and last much longer.

Original story from NPR

2009
09.01

1000 Lumen LEDOsram has developed a small light-emitting diode spotlight that achieves an output of more than 1,000 lumens for the first time. That’s brighter than a 50-watt halogen lamp, thereby making the device suitable for a broad range of general lighting applications. The Ostar Lighting LED, which will be launched on the market this summer, can provide sufficient light for a desk from a height of two meters, for example. Its small size also enables the creation of completely new lamp shapes. Source: Siemens

For more information, please visit this articles web page.

2009
09.01

So I came across a few blogs about farming in the city. “New York” the magazine just published an article about creating a skyscraper dedicated to farming. The building uses renewable energy (solar power, wind, and pellet power), recycles all the waste water as well as plant matter.

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I quote from the article:

Imagine a cluster of 30-story towers on Governors Island or in Hudson Yards producing fruit, vegetables, and grains while also generating clean energy and purifying wastewater. Roughly 150 such buildings, Despommier estimates, could feed the entire city of New York for a year. Using current green building systems, a vertical farm could be self-sustaining and even produce a net output of clean water and energy.

The article even mentioned that 150 of these buildings would be enough to feed all of New York City for a year. Imagine getting fresh grocery right by you instead of having it trucked in from countryside farms.

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For more information, please visit this articles web page.

2009
09.01

I just found this article in slashdot about a new solar cell technology made to increase efficiency and bring down costs. The technology was developed at MIT to redirect sunlight and concentrate it to increase efficiency. The process includes dyeing the glass that will then redirect and focus the sun light to solar cells at the edges thus using less solar cells and still capturing all the sunlight. As I read through the article, the benefits to this form of solar concentration versus the “lets spin mirrors around to chase the sun” method is that it does not require mechanical mirrors chasing the sun and the main solar cell does not need to be cooled. This application could mean solar windows that will redirect light to the edges and create electricity for your home.

The link to the articles is here:http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/solarcells-0710.html

I also read a lot of the comments on slashdot regarding this article and the general sentiment is that none of this technology and said efficiency and cost saving will actually make it to the consumer. One of the best comments on slashdot was…”we solved the global climate crisis at least 4 times this last week”…which is hilarious but at the same time disturbing because for every “new” technology i read about that is suppose to be so dramatically life changing such as this solar cell technology…it never seems to trickle down to benefit the consumer. Solar Powered products continue to be excessively over priced because of the availability of solar cells. I have not encountered a single price drop in solar technology as an importer and distributor of solar products and I do not forsee the change. The scientists in this article claim to bring this technology into the market in 3 years but the real question is when will i be able to walk into a Home Depot/ Walmart or even GoldenGadgets.com and simply order a solar concentrating window that easily installs and then also easily hook it up to my grid without paying an additional 5000 dollars for an efficient inverter. better yet…how about having these windows in say a new Hybrid that will further assist battery charging…..the point is…new technology is wonderful…but its even better when we can actually get our hands on it and use it everyday.

2009
09.01

Recently I read an article by Extremetech’s Loyd Case as he arranged for the installation of solar power for his home. The article is one of the best written article for installing solar power at your home.

The first article details Loyd’s experience with selecting a supplier and contractor. He went through 3 different quotes and finalized on one contractor specifically for the rebates and the “whole package” factor which meant the company did the install, wiring, mounting, rebate processing, and building permits all in one go. I thought that was great as I have spent hours on the phone and in person trying to convince hardcore DIY people that if you have the money, pay someone to do it all at once…it is worth it and it will save you a ton of headaches.

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Solar Power Monitoring and Review after one month

The article goes into details about what can go wrong when setting up such a big solar panel system. From his experience, the process of installing the solar panels seem to be the easiest and the toughest was deciding how much power he wanted to generate and then how much it will cost based on the rebates. (worked out to $38,000 after rebates and $60,000 before). Great part is that the owner is monitoring the system closely to see how long it will take before he will recoup his initial investment…and he estimates 8-9 years. Also his new electricity bill is now $11-12 dollars versus the $150+ he was paying.

For more information, please visit this articles web page.

2009
09.01

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Circa 1988…my parents invest in their first big screen TV (36″ CRT to be exact) and included with the TV was the first solar powered product I had ever seen…a solar powered remote control.

A gallon of gas was approximately $1, a first class stamp was 25 cents, and no one cared about being green or energy efficiency, yet at the age of 8 I held in my hand a remote control that will never require batteries and will operate perfectly for 10 years. Today, energy efficiency and being green is all the rave but I feel farther detached and separated from being green than I did 10 years ago. I speak strictly from my own experience but solar power technology is becoming more and more prevalent but the price and cost of entry has prevented a lot of great innovation for everyday life. Every week I will read about a technological breakthrough to reduce the cost of solar power technology but every time I request a price break from my solar supplier all I hear is that resources are more expensive and solar panel demand is higher than ever – so I have to raise your prices…crap… what happened to technological breakthroughs driving down costs?

Well as someone who trades in solar power products, I have found that solar power is becoming less prevalent and less accessible than before. If you are independently wealthy and have enough foresight to invest in a residential solar power system (approx. $60K initial investment and $40K after rebate if you’re in CA to cover about 75% of your power use), then good for you as you are one in a few that will come in contact with solar power and the benefits they bring. For the rest of us, solar power might as well be pie in the sky as solar powered products are often over priced and under utilized.

When was the last solar powered product you held in your hand? Let me re-phrase that question…when was the last time you held a solar powered product that you can: 1. use on a day to day basis, 2. saved you money and energy, 3. did not have a learning curve.

The answer for me…none. And it wasn’t until I found my old TV remote that I realized the green craze has actually stumped innovation in solar powered consumables. Everyone is so concerned with global warming and alternative energy that most of our resources are spent on chasing one big solution to all our lives. What i’m proposing is small innovative changes where green technology actually touches our everyday life so that we can personally experience the benefits. Imagine if every TV from 1988 till 2008 came with a solar powered remote, think of how many batteries will not have to be wasted…now extend that one step further…everyone that would have benefited from a self-charging remote will also be familiar with solar technology and the demand for solar powered goods will not just spike due to “an inconvenient truth” but already be a part of our lives and readily available. Think of the effect it will have on our product engineers and designers, who became familiar with solar power from a remote, might have gone on to design a solar powered iPod, or integrate a solar power casing for the Nintendo DS, or your PDA or even a GPS which is sitting on your car windshield melting from the sun when it can be converting that energy to power itself.

The rush to be green in my opinion has actively driven our money and resources to chase a pipe dream to fix all our problems in one swoop (see solar satellite plan by NASA ) whereas I believe we need small solutions that is easily accessible to all and more importantly involve individuals to partake in becoming energy efficient.

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