Posted 08.03.2016 in Reviews by Editor
With almost 15 years of product development, Segway continues to improve their self-balancing transporter. A simplified handle removal procedure makes removing it easier than on previous models. Just unscrew two bolts and the handle detaches for storage or transportation. The streamlined foot bed features a charging plug port that has been beef up, recessed a little and given a sturdier cover that closes when not in use.
Posted 06.29.2016 in Reviews by Editor
An electric kick scooter can be a perfect solution as a last mile mode of transportation or for low speed recreation. They are smaller than electric bikes and more stable than electric skateboards. They are not just for kids, either. Built with sturdy frames, using lithium batteries and reaching speeds of 15 MPH, these scooters can carry up to 250 pounds 15 miles.
Posted 06.15.2016 in Reviews by Editor
Trina Solar is the world’s largest manufacturer of solar photovoltaics and for the past few years has repeatedly been on Fortune 's list of 100 fastest growing companies. Trina is a fully vertically integrated manufacturer. This means they handle every step of the solar panel manufacturing process from raw material to production. The company produces mono- and multi-crystalline panels for utility, commercial and residential applications. Trina makes two models of panels for residential installations.
Posted 06.09.2016 in Reviews by Editor
Worldwide producer of electronic products, LG Electronics, solidified their commitment to being a provider of solar products in 2004 when they consolidated several research laboratories under one umbrella. By doing so, the company was able to leverage R&D experience that had begun with GoldStar Electronics. In 1985, GoldStar conducted its first research into the use of multicrystalline solar cells. Then in 1989, the GoldStar Central R&D Lab and Lucky Chemical developed solar cell technology and established a photovoltaic power plant. Over the next decades there were more advancements until the 2004 consolidation. Mass production began in 2010 from the company’s Korea facility.
Posted 05.26.2016 in Reviews by Editor
The Dow Chemical Company took a different approach to solar panels when they introduced the Powerhouse Solar System. The system uses shingle-sized solar modules called building integrated solar-photovoltaic (BIPV) products. These photovoltaics are copper indium gallium selenide solar cells, or CIGS cells, that can be manufactured to be a thin, flexible membrane. This allows them to be made into the shingle-like product. Although BIPV products had been on the market before Dow's Powerhouse product, Dow worked hard to create a product that could be installed by roofers without a lot of extra training or extra labor-costs, which results in lower overall system costs.
Posted 05.23.2016 in Reviews by Editor
When Tesla announced the Powerwall lithium-ion battery storage system it was a loud shot across the bow of the utility companies. The Powerwall positions the Silicon Valley company to be as big a disrupter to the electrical utilities as its vehicles have been to the automotive industry.