The WIOSUN PV-Therm-180.
The WIOSUN PV-Therm-180 - a solar panel over what looked like small light-show combined with a tub of water - was on display at New Age Energy, Inc.'s booth. The PV-Therm is a hybrid system that generates hot water while cooling solar electric cells - raising electric cell efficiency. The technology was developed by Solarzentrum Allgau (near Munich, Germany) from 2003-2008, and the company designed, manufactured, and installed many prototype systems. An automated production facility is slated to open in the U.S. next year.

I did end up talking to a lot of LED companies, so get ready to read about them in February's Lighting Technology eZine!

Finally, being a fan of reusable tote bags, I took a last discerning look around all of the expo loot, and settled on Schneider Electric's bright green and yellow design. It is now in my grocery store trip rotation.

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