iPhone, iPad & iPod Solar Chargers & Green Apps
In one hour, the earth receives more energy from the sun than the entire world uses during the course of a year, disproving the myth that solar energy is an inefficient incubator of power. While technology advances, new tools that advance our everyday lifestyles are emerging.
One company that is taking advantage of the sun’s power is Novothink, a company based out of California. Their mission is to create innovative solar powered chargers for mobile devices that encourage easy, accessible, and green alternatives for living a life more free from the grid.
Novothink’s Surge Products are the first Apple certified solar chargers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The charger is smartly designed as it serves as a hard-shell case with solar panels built into the back. Reviews have given the chargers five-stars and the case has been described as a sleek, hybrid solar charger. For the iPhone 3G Surge, only two hours of sun exposure powers up to an hour of talk time and the Surge also features an LED battery-level indicator.
Currently, the Surge for the iPhone 4 is slightly delayed and will not be available until January of 2011, and the new Surge Solar charger for the iPad is currently in the works for a 2011 release date. However, the Surge for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are making a swift impact on the green gadget scene, showing promise for their release of future products. For businessmen and women on the go, this is a practical solution for the lack of outlets, lack of time, and a surplus of daylight.
As iPhone chargers become increasingly green, so does the smart phone, itself. iPhone’s now have Green Minded Smart Phone App’s that are useful for entrepreneurs and for cutting back expenses. New apps, such as Meter Read and Fuel Saver, track excessive spending through monitoring energy use and fuel consumption. This creates an awareness of superfluous actions, and resulting in reduced expenses.
Another App, GreenCard, allows you to create your own digital business card. Eliminating the hassle of designing, printing, and carrying around the standard paper card, that can be tossed or lost. The new green card is easy and ready to send by a simple touch on your phone, making you stand out above the rest crowd in competitive business market.
Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process
Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.
Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.
The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content.
In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.
Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.
"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president.
“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.
"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.
Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.
Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.
A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.
The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.