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Old 06-14-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this but I found it rather interesting. Tinted Windows that Generate Electricity | MIT Technology Review
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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Welll, you posted a page that's old... April 17, 2012

However, I'm always interested in new technology (still waiting on bendable TV screens... the kind you can roll up like a table cloth!)
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:04 PM   #3
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:35 AM   #4
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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a...ezer-warmer--2

This, is also new to me!
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That one scares me. I think I'll wait until it's in production!
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:31 PM   #6
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That one scares me. I think I'll wait until it's in production!
I'm not sure what's scary about it, other than the very high risk of losing your money because it never actually goes into production. It looks like an ordinary thermoelectric or Peltier cooler (the kind which is is currently widely available), with a folding box and some inadequate solar panels on top (which means you need to leave it in the sun - duh : ), plus a battery. I note that in the illustrations in folded mode the cooling hardware and battery seem to take no space, suggesting that they have not even built a complete prototype yet.

I would be interested in seeing on if it ever appears in stores, but then again I'm not sure why I would need a cooler that folds down.
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A vertical solar system isn't going to be very efficient.
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A vertical solar system isn't going to be very efficient.
True, but depending on where you are, it might not be as bad as you think. Up here in winter a south-facing vertical panel would be better aligned to the sun than a horizontal panel would be.

Based on various on-line calculators (just Google search for "optimum angle solar panel") a fixed panel here should be about midway between horizontal and vertical for best year-round performance.

http://solarelectricityhandbook.com/...alculator.html
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I'm not sure what's scary about it, other than the very high risk of losing your money because it never actually goes into production. It looks like an ordinary thermoelectric or Peltier cooler (the kind which is is currently widely available), with a folding box and some inadequate solar panels on top (which means you need to leave it in the sun - duh : ), plus a battery. I note that in the illustrations in folded mode the cooling hardware and battery seem to take no space, suggesting that they have not even built a complete prototype yet.

I would be interested in seeing on if it ever appears in stores, but then again I'm not sure why I would need a cooler that folds down.
That's what I meant. Not big into venture capital....
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