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Ikea Starts Selling Solar Panels And Home Batteries

Adnan Farooqui August 2, 2017


Ikea is jumping on the renewable energy bandwagon that’s starting to signal a shift in the energy market. The furniture retailer has announced that it has started selling solar panels and batteries to customers in the United Kingdom. The products that it’s selling include panels that can be integrated with existing roofing solutions that are provided by Solarcentury, a solar solutions company based in the country.

The panels have a 25 year guarantee while there’s a six-year warranty on installation and all aspects of the solar system hardware. This covers customers in case anything should go wrong and provides them with peace of mind.

The prices for installations start at under $4,000. The battery storage products being sold by Ikea work with solar panels that are available at the retailer as well as those sold directly by Solarcentury. They can also be bought as add-ons for existing home solar solutions.

Ikea says that this is going to help increase solar usage rates in the United Kingdom with the battery solutions enabling the average home with a solar system to achieve almost 80 percent solar usage.

Ikea has become a one-stop solution for customers in the UK that are looking to go solar. They can get everything they need as quickly as possible, starting from a free quotation to final installation of the panels and the batteries.

Whether or not Ikea will offer similar services in other markets that it services remains to be seen.

Ikea Starts Selling Solar Panels And Home Batteries , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Has Protected Enough Forests To Cover Its Packaging Needs

Tyler Lee August 1, 2017

We know that Apple has always been very environmentally-conscious, what with the company opting to use recycled materials for its packaging or even making its operations green by relying on alternative sources of energy, such as solar. Now it seems that it has gotten to the point where Apple is protecting enough forests to cover its packaging needs.

According to a report from Chinese news outlet Xinhua Net, it turns out that Apple’s conservation efforts have been coming along rather nicely, to the point where they have protected enough sustainable forest land where it can actually cover the company’s entire packaging needs. Basically however much Apple needs for packaging, they are protecting as well, which we guess kind of offsets what they are consuming, so while it isn’t exactly in the surplus, at the very least Apple isn’t in the deficit.

Apple’s plans to protect forests was launched back in 2015 where they bought up 36,000 acres of private forest land in Maine and North Carolina. These forests were to be used by Apple for harvesting for its packaging needs, but it would also be a sustainable solution where Apple could also sell the fiber to other companies.

Speaking to Greenbiz, Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives said, “We found that the Chinese were willing to be wonderful partners, both on the private- and public-sector side because they have a real appreciation for the forest resource. We’re finding that China is very fertile soil to grow green programs.”

Apple Has Protected Enough Forests To Cover Its Packaging Needs , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Singapore Testing Out Glow-In-The-Dark Roads For Better Visibility

Tyler Lee July 26, 2017

Image credit – Ng Yi Shu/Mashable

Street lights are usually the preferred method when it comes to illuminating roads and pathways at night, but what if there was a more “green” solution that would not require any electricity? This is an idea that the Singapore government is testing out by implementing a pathway that glows in the dark.

This pathway is part of the government’s project to overhaul part of an old railway track, and the glow-in-the-dark pathway is one of the ideas that is being tested. The pathway glows thanks to the strontium aluminate compound embedded in it, in which it absorbs ultraviolet in the day from the sun in order to glow at night when it is dark.

Apart from being greener, the test was also to find a surface material that would be safer and more resilient to the daily wear and tear of people walking on it. The stretch of glow-in-the-dark path is pretty short at the moment at 100 m, but if successful it is possible that more of it will be implemented in the future.

Unfortunately as clever as the idea may be, the reality is that it isn’t quite as effective as you might think. Singaporeans have shared their thoughts on social media in which most are saying that the glow isn’t as bright as they had hoped. The photo above from Mashable was actually achieved through long exposure, but the reality is that it is still pretty dim.

Singapore Testing Out Glow-In-The-Dark Roads For Better Visibility , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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UK Wants Smart Homes To Integrate With The Energy Grid

Tyler Lee July 24, 2017

The way a lot of home appliances work these days is that when you want it, you turn it on, and when you’re done, you turn it off. A light is a good example where you can turn it on and forget to turn it off, meaning that regardless of who is at home, the light will be on and wasting energy and racking up an expensive bill when the time comes.

However this is something that the UK government is hoping to avoid, and with our appliances starting to get smarter, they are looking at a future where smart homes will be connected to the country’s energy grid to help balance the supply and demand for energy. This means that when paired with smart appliances, it could alert users to when electricity is cheap and suggest that maybe now is a good time to use the washing machine/dryer.

Or it could inform users that they should turn off certain appliances as the grid is currently experiencing a bit of stress, so what they don’t need can be disabled temporarily. Of course this also means that manufacturers of such smart devices need to take these things into consideration, but it is a good idea and it is also a good start.

UK Wants Smart Homes To Integrate With The Energy Grid , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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India Debuts Their First Solar-Powered Train

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

As cars and trucks are motorbikes are starting to make the move towards greener options, such as going electric instead of consuming fuel, it looks like trains are headed towards that direction as well. In fact over in India, it seems that the country’s first solar-powered train has made its debut, bringing the country’s train network one step closer to more sustainable options.

At the moment India’s train network is pretty much powered by diesel trains, which makes this new train a first for the country. Speaking to Business Standard, Sandeep Gupta, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Jakson Engineers Limited revealed that installing the solar panels on the train proved to be a difficult task.

“It is not an easy task to fit solar panels on the roof of train coaches that run at a speed of 80 km per hour.” However before you get too excited, the whole train won’t be powered by solar. The train is still expected to be pulled by a diesel locomotive, so in reality the solar panels will actually be used to power the passenger comfort systems, such as lights, information displays, and fans.

However we guess it is still a start and perhaps one day we could see an entire train powered by solar energy.

India Debuts Their First Solar-Powered Train , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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