Solar Paint? $1 Million To Market It? NextGen Solar, Please Be Right.

Len Batterson Nextgen SolarFrom ChicagoBusiness.com and Cleantechnica.com – It’s difficult to not be a little cynical when a company comes out and says it has a paintable solar solution that is supposed to be more efficient than the currently available solar panels. And the craziest aspect is that they’re only asking for $1 million to bring it to consumers. The organization is NextGen Solar and it is led by Len Batterson, a tech investor who has been backing startups for 27 years. His product, developed by Argonne National Laboratory, hopes to beat the current solar panel efficiency high-mark of 14% sunlight to power conversion by taking it to 25% and then possibly up to 40%. The paint would be applied to rooftops, outer building walls etc.

Very Jubbling if it works but only $1 million to take it to market? I guess that is where my cynicism lies. $1 million might get you a logo, website and some nice office chairs but if it were such a viable idea, especially in this green-gold rush era, why would somebody need just $1 million to market it? Please prove me wrong and create a product that does everything you’re saying it’ll do. I’ll be a customer and I might even paint my car with solar paint. Because we do need a more efficient solar solution and it needs to cost less than the current solar panels that are available. What we don’t need is the Jubbling equivalent to vaporware and more eco-hype.

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Fedex Moving Toward Electric Vehicle And Hybrid Fleet

Federal Express Electric VehicleI’ll be the first to admit that I’m not completely sold on the whole consumer marketed hybrid/electric vehicles yet, but for a delivery company like Fedex, electric and hybrid vehicles are a no-brainer and a definite Jubbling. It all has to do with the whole “start/stop” idea inherent in the delivery business and having an electric vehicle that doesn’t idle and never has to be restarted gives Fedex a Jubblingoligical advantage over other parcel companies. That is why Fedex is also converting their older vehicles into more efficient hybrid models that will lessen the effect of idling and restarting after each package delivery. And to re-charge some of these electric vehicles, Federal Express’s Oakland HUB will use electricity generated by their Bloom Box from Bloom Energy.

Mapping delivery routes to follow the “right-turn” only idea was a good start but converting their delivery fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles will help get Fedex the Jubbling patch.

Related News: Not to be outdone, UPS just announced the addition of 200 hybrid vehicles to its fleet of delivery trucks. Service levels, however, will remain the same.

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Solar Surge iPod and iPhone Cases Are Shipping Now.

Solar Surge iPhone iPod Touch Novothink
The Solar Surge iPod Touch and Solar Surge iPhone cases from Novothink are now available and shipping for $69.95 (for iPod Touch) and $79.95 (iPhone 3G and 3GS). According to the Solar Surge specs, you should get “30 minutes of talk time on a 3G network or 60 minutes of talk time on a 2G network after 2 hours of solar exposure.” From Inhabitat and Novothink. Unfortunately for dinosaurs like me, the Solar Surge is not compatible with the iPhone 2G.

For more information on the Solar Surge or to place an order, please visit http://www.novothink.com/.

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Wave Power Farm – $60 Million To Power 400 Homes

Not a typo – it is going to cost $60 million to build a wave power farm on the Oregon coast that will supply 400 homes with electricity. It’s the first of it’s kind in America and involves installing ten 150 ft x 40 ft, 200 ton buoys. The up and down movement of a buoy will be harnessed to drive an electric generator. It’s an idea that has been around for over 100 years and is only now being explored due to our mad search for alternative energy sources. The first commercial wave power farm, the Aguçadora Wave Park, was built in Portugal in 2008 and was suspended indefinitely in March of 2009. So lets get back to the $60 million – I truly hope we don’t look back on Jubbling projects like this the way we look back on the dot-bomb fiasco or even more recently, the mortgage banking crisis. You know, that feeling of “I knew it was a bunch of crap!”

Wave Power Farm Buoy

That is why I think ideas like the Humancar deserve a second look. The Humancar is kind of MacGyver-Jubbling that generates electricity for your home when it’s paired with the optional chassis driven electric generator [skip ahead to 4:40 in the video]. And for 60 million bones, you could buy 4,000 Humancar Imagine_PS NEV’s. Inhabitat

[youtube width=”350″ height=”280″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glmlby7HIx0[/youtube]

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Humancar’s Imagine_PS NEV – Human/Electric Hybrid Car

A cool article out of Treehugger about Oregon based Humancar™ and their Imagine_PS NEV (PS = Power Station; NEV = Neighborhood Electric Vehicle). The Imagine_PS NEV is propelled by a rowing action that also generates power stored in the vehicles battery.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”300″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXUJjFvgOdk&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Humancar is taking pre-orders on the Imagine_PS NEV. It’s $50 to hold your place in line and it’s fully refundable. Humancar plans to start building the cars when they reach 800 pre-orders and the final Imagine_PS NEV price will be $15,500.

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The Bloom Box

February 22, 2010 – 60 Minutes did a story on The Bloom Box from Bloom Energy last night and pitched it as a replacement for power plants and substations. The main advantage of the Bloom Box is that the power it creates can be delivered more efficiently than the current power grid and it works like a personal clean power source in a box. Besides oxygen, the Bloom Box will need a fuel source – natural gas or landfill bio-gas (methane) – to generate electricity. And according to Bloom Energy, the Bloom Box can convert natural or landfill gas to electricity at twice the rate of a normal power plant.

Bloom Energy’s showed their box working at Google and eBay but they didn’t show the future home version. Based on the interview, the home version should have a footprint close to the size of a Macintosh cube computer. Watch the video for more information.


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Related articles:
Cnet: Bloom box challenges: Reliability, cost
GreenBiz: eBay, Walmart, Google Among First to Hop on the ‘Bloom Box’ Bandwagon

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