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Gridless Gizmos at CES

00   Solar chargers, speakers, weather radios, wireless accessories, medical devices, toys and other trinkets were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 at the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas. The annual CES fair is always a hit with … Continued

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Solar panels for sunless setting

00   A hunting lodge in Maine with two small solar panels, some old used car batteries,a quarter mile of wire and careful management. An old-timer explains how he does it in this video. The old batteries are important – recycled … Continued

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Don’t believe the hype

Legislation needed to tackle misleading solar advertising. We are being swamped with false claims



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Vegetable factory in a box

00   The world’s first portable, containerised vegetable garden is set to be delivered in April. The scientifically developed  “vegetable factory”, from Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. is an insulated 40-ft shipping container, equipped with water-circulation system and LED lighting. Reacting to … Continued

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China curbs solar boom

A glut of solar panels is good news for ordinary householders, as prices fall, but now the industry is taking steps to cut growth

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On yer bike

Listing of some of the crucial bike web sites in the UK plus tips on the best new bikes.

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Intro to solar power

You can get started with a basic system that will power your phone charger, computer and car stereo most of the year for around �550 (add 25% for dollar price). As you add more or bigger panels, and more batteries, the price rises accordingly. A typical small domestic set-up for solar panels might be 4 � 85W panels costing �1,544.80, plus the extras – batteries, inverter, cabling, surge protector.