This week at Treehugger: Get RSS newsfeeds on your toilet paper with the RSStroom! A hand-cranked LED spotlight that frees you from batteries, and ultra-thin, flexible kit solar panels to put on the roof of hybrid cars.
Okay, okay. The RSStroom is not really a green product. In fact, it probably doesn't even really exist, but we still have a sense of humor, and in a twisted sort of way you could consider that if you're going to print RSS feeds somewhere it might as well be on paper that you're going to get rid of anyway (recycled toilet paper would be even better).
What we've got here is a hand-cranked spotlight with no less than 16 LEDs. The spotlight has a 6V battery than can be recharged in three ways: through a regular 120V socket, a 12V DC cigarette lighter-style socket, or the crank generator.
Solatec LLC has introduced rooftop-mounted flexible photovoltaic panels to help recharge the batteries in hybrid cars. The panels are very thin (just 0.6 mm thick) and conform to the contour of the vehicle, so aerodynamic drag is not affected. The kit for the model year 2004-2006 Toyota Prius is the first to be produced, though Solatec claims a Civic hybrid version is on the horizon.
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