Go Power

Sunday, January 7, 2007

by Lloyd Alter, Toronto

Coming soon to every Treehugger’s desk: the solar powered monitor. NEC has teamed up with Canada’s Carmanah Technologies to offer a solar powered system for its entire line of monitors.

“Using solar power not only significantly reduces electricity costs, but it also reduces environmentally harmful emissions. Plus, with the batteries having a life expectancy of over 20 years, depending on the number of cycle times, and a panel life of 50 or more years, the investment return is considerable,” said NEC vice president of engineering, technical and environmental services Richard Atanus. Engadget says “The solar-powered system is designed to produce approximately 293 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, or 800 watts per day”. A meaningless mishmash of specifications. However according to more detailed spec’s we found, the batteries have a capacity of 100 ampere-hours, which would run my notebook computer for 29 hours on a full charge, so this will run more than just monitors. Heck, it could run my espresso machine. ::TG Daily

“Working in the LCD display industry is a new project for Carmanah, and we are excited to work with NEC Display Solutions in this joint venture on new energy-saving technologies,” said Mark Spilsbury, Account Manager for Carmanah.

Saved solar energy can last for days of normal usage when running a typical LCD monitor. Multiple monitors can be run simultaneously; however, the run time of a battery would vary depending on usage and the number of devices drawing on the power.

The full solar-power package includes the following:

  • 2 x EV-120 – Evergreen 120 Watt Solar Panel
  • 3 x EX-1000 – Extreme 12V, Deep Cycle Solar Battery – 100 AHr
  • 1 x GPR-25 – Go Power! 25 Amp Digital Charge Controller
  • 1 x GP-SW150-12 – Go Power! Pure Sine Wave 150 Watt Inverter 12 Volt
  • 1 x GPSC-12-10A – Go Power! 10 Amp Smart Battery Charger
  • 1 x Battery/Solar Wire & Misc.


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