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Green Energy Stories December 27, 2021

China’s largest offshore wind farm is now fully connected to the grid

China’s largest offshore wind farm was connected to the grid at full capacity on Saturday, December 25. It transmitted power through undersea cables.

Green Energy Stories September 23, 2021

EGEB: Minnesota wins by compromising over a wind and solar farm and a historic site

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): A big clean energy project will go forward in Minnesota without impacting an ancient site. Ørsted completes a 227 MW solar farm in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for Facebook. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla […]

Green Energy Stories August 12, 2021

50 years on, ‘The Lorax’ still has valuable messages for us. Here are 3

Remember the little “oldish and brownish and mossy” guy with the bushy mustache who “speaks for the trees?” Dr. Seuss’ character, the Lorax, is 50 years old this week. And his messages are more relevant than ever.

Green Energy Stories July 15, 2021

EGEB: Here’s how much it costs to charge your EV with rooftop solar

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Charging an electric vehicle with rooftop solar in the US is cheaper than using grid power or public chargers. El Salvador commissions its very first wind farm. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now […]

Green Energy Stories April 14, 2017

Electrek green energy brief: Dong building wind without incentives, cheap solar power causing problems, more

Solar Installers Struggle as Panels Become Cheap Enough to Own – This is the best problem in the world for these companies to have. They are going to be forced to sell directly to these populations, book revenue up front and get the Wall Street people – who hate the heavy debt load of the lease […]

Green Energy Stories May 5, 2017

EGEB: Trina Solar 24.1% efficiency coming out of lab, 25-year home battery warranties coming from Tesla?, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news Trina Solar achieves 24.13% conversion efficiency for IBC solar cell – Cool to see the R&D happening not only in the labs of universities, but also the largest companies on the planet. A few notes though – this was a […]

Green Energy Stories May 18, 2017

EGEB: Iowa Republican attacks Perry over fake energy study, coal plant failures, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news Iowa senator slams energy chief for grid study undermining wind energy – Iowa’s Republican senator on Wednesday raised concerns that U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has commissioned a “hastily developed” study of the reliability of the electric grid that appears “geared […]

Green Energy Stories June 28, 2018

Electrek is sponsoring the American Solar Challenge – Join us!

We’re proud to announce Electrek is sponsoring the American Solar Challenge this year. The 2018 event (PDF Flyer), which begins next weekend, will see racers take their Solar-powered “cars” from Omaha, Nebraska to Bend, Oregon loosely through the Oregon Trail. I use quotes because to get the Wh/mile equation on these vehicles to within what’s possible with a car footprint […]

Green Energy Stories June 15, 2017

EGEB: Smart V2G extends battery life, Massachusetts pushing smarter(Tesla)grid, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Over $4.6 Million in Grants for Peak Demand Reduction Projects – The state has put money behind 9 grants aimed at reducing peak demand via, mostly, deploying energy storage intelligently. For instance – Tesla – $996,455 – […]

Green Energy Stories June 30, 2017

EGEB: 10 ‘Gigafactories’ under construction, future price of solar *equation*, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. 10 Battery Gigafactories Are Now in the Works. And Elon Musk May Add 4 More – Two things 1. What a great list of projects underway. Thanks GTM. 2. By 2030, BNEF expects battery pack prices to fall to $73 per kilowatt-hour, […]

Green Energy Stories October 26, 2017

EGEB: ‘Addio Coal!’ – Italy, 32% solar cell licensed, robot solar manufacturing, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Featured Image Source Italy proposes phasing out coal power plants by 2025 – “We have asked (grid company) Terna to identify the infrastructure needed,” Minister Carlo Calenda said in a parliamentary hearing on the document. They’re in the early stages of […]

Green Energy Stories January 23, 2018

EGEB: Grandma will freeze in the dark, 3-10% system price increases due to Trump Tariff, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Featured Image Source Trump tariff on imported solar panels at 30% – residential projects could increase $750-1000, cost up to 23,000 jobs – I know this was posted here yesterday, so leading the brief with it is kinda goofy…but […]

Green Energy Stories January 26, 2018

EGEB: Robotic First Solar, SunPower demands tariff exemption – stops factory, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. First Solar Is Using Robots to Better Tap the Sun – There are just a few dozen workers scattered about; before the renovation, there were hundreds. The company acknowledges that it cut jobs, but it says the ones that […]

Green Energy Stories November 29, 2017

EGEB: More wind in Texas than coal, European solar to grow 35% in 2018, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Featured Image Source. European PV market expected to grow by 35% in 2018 – “The European market is entering a phase of sustainable growth, no longer driven by the Feed-in-Tariff boom and bust cycle,” said GTM analyst Tom Heggarty. This phase […]

Green Energy Stories November 30, 2017

California’s largest solar power plant to extract oil

Yesterday, Aera Energy and GlassPoint Solar announced plans to build California’s largest solar energy project. Located at the Belridge oilfield west of Bakersfield, the project will be used to generate steam to inject into the ground to help extract oil. The site will produce 12 million barrels of steam per year, replacing 4.8B ft3 of natural gas […]

Green Energy Stories February 16, 2017

Electrek green energy brief: 650MW solar plant construction video, world’s largest solar facade, and more

Danish School Has Installed The World’s Largest Solar Facade – When the building is made of electricity generation material, from day one, we change the perception of what a building is. It’s no longer simply a structure to feed material, food, energy for hot, cold and light, etc. In soon time, a building without solar power […]

Green Energy Stories April 21, 2017

EGEB: UK’s 1st coal-free day since Industrial Revolution, 50GW US of utility solar, largest ever 4GWh battery system, more

Major Solar Projects List from the SEIA – The USA has about 45GW of solar power running currently. This report looks specifically at projects larger than 1MW – and they’ve got about 20GW worth in the database. More interesting is that there is another 50GW of solar power in the development stages. The installation dates go […]

Green Energy Stories August 4, 2017

EGEB: LONGi panels ~20/21%; Solar beer in Newcastle; Goldman Sachs buying; more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. LONGi Solar pushes mainstream mono-PERC module to 325.6W – Entry level solar panels are 1/5th more efficient (moving from 16 to 20%) – meaning you get 20% was watts in the same roofspace.  “Mono-PERC” 60 cell solar panels in […]

Green Energy Stories January 27, 2017

Electrek green energy brief: CO2 slows in US 27% over past decade, Scandinavian wind farms threatened by Russian Warships, & more

Flat electricity demand allowing renewables to be part of slowing CO2 in USA – The author estimated that, “CO2 emissions from U.S. electricity generation in 2016 will be 27 percent below the baseline level from 2005.” The Northeast USA saw a fall in total electricity sales in 2015. All the while, cleaner natural gas has […]

Green Energy Stories April 13, 2016

The Lycan Powerbox is a robust solar generator with a swappable battery system

From 9to5Toys.com:

There is no denying the impact that alternative energy sources are having on our world today. Even here at the 9to5 family, we’re taking note with Electrek.co, our newest site focused on electric vehicles. We roundup the best Green Deals each day with a focus on sustainable energy and manufacturing practices that are safer for the environment. There is no shortage of solar-based products on the market that are capable of charging your iPhone, tablet or even bigger things like a refrigerator.

Along those lines, more generators are being released with alternative methods of power as opposed to traditional fossil fuels. Today, Renogy has announced the Lycan Powerbox Solar Powered Generator that utilizes the energy of the sun to provide power in the case of an outage. It uses a replaceable lithium-iron phosphate battery as opposed to traditional acid-based alternatives. More below.

The Lycan Powerbox just launched on Indiegogo a few hours ago with a goal of $75,000. At the time of writing there are 9 early bird spots left priced at $999, after that you’ll have to put up $1,099 or more. It is expected to have a final list price of $1,799+ depending on the configuration if the project is fully funded.

By using the power of the sun as opposed to gasoline, the Powerbox is capable of maintaining a charge without dependency on other fuels. The internal power storage system can be charged in three hours using two solar panels and is easily swapped for powering up additional batteries as well. It can take in 300 watts of energy at a time while putting out up to 10A of power across its three 110V AC outlets. Additionally, it has two 12V DC outputs and four USB ports with three capable of reaching 2.4A charging speeds.

Here’s a look at expected usage times by appliance:

  • LED Flat Screen TV = 11 hours
  • Smart Phone = 120 charges (USB Port)
  • Laptop = 8.5 hours (constant plug in) / 5 charges
  • Microwave = 58 minutes
  • Radio = 24 hours
  • Refrigerator = 8 hours
  • Digital SLR Camera = 25 charges
  • 120V 9 Watt-LED Bulb = 33 hours

The internal battery is capable of producing 900W per hour which is one of the higher outputs available for consumer solar generators on the market. By comparison, Goal Zero offers a few different options with its Yeti line of products but those use acid batteries. The Lycan Powerbox is comparable to the Yeti 1250 in terms of features and charging times. Both have similar rugged exterior designs with the main difference being the location of each product’s ports.

If all goes to plan, the Lycan Powerbox is set to ship in August. At the time of this post going live, the Indiegogo campaign had raised $13,589 of its $75,000 goal.

Interested in solar power but not ready to take the plunge on a big-time setup? Check out this deal on Aukey’s latest solar power bank or this foldout power supply from Anker.

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