All posts tagged solar

OpenCharger 6.0 Panels Printed

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 3:21pm by russs.net Comments Off
OpenCharger 6.0 Panels Printed

I am excited. Our version 6.0 OpenCharger panels are hot off the press in Schenzen. I’ve been working on these babies for the last two years. They are compatible with bamboo, old CDs, and don’t require soldering. Plus they allow indefinite power scalability by joining one panel to another into mandalic matrixes. We’ll be using these babies to moblize small […]

Calling for Riders of the New Wave!

Posted on July 25, 2015 at 8:57pm by russs.net Comments Off

Our version 2.0 solar bamboo bike is complete!  While working hard on it the last month our team has mined the essential insights on how to make it better.  We are now ready to make our first production run.  If I can get 10 orders, we can bring the price down to 1000$US– a spectacular price for a super unique, […]

OpenCharger Solar Organic Backpack

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 2:16pm by russs.net Comments Off

Our latest organic solar backpack is ready to ship!  Our amazing duo of high-powered women makers in Mt. Province, Philippines has been working hard to get this Pasiking (that is the Igorot name for their ancestral backpack) done… right. 

To pull together this most unique and unlikely confluence of “high” and “low” tech has required working with mountain-top weavers, solar […]

Low Energy Solar Panel Assembly

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 4:28am by Russell Maier Comments Off
Low Energy Solar Panel Assembly

 
Its a really simple innovation, but I am excited about it.  Its easy to overlook the amount of energy that has to go into making something.  Coming up with ways to make things with less energy and without specialized equipement means making is open to way more people.  When people can make their own things, not only do they have […]

Solar Rattan Day-Pack

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 12:10am by russs.net Comments Off
Solar Rattan Day-Pack

Our latest Solar Backpack is shipped!  Just before I sent it off to its lucky new owner, I remembered to snap some photos.  I’ve been reluctant to send this off because well, its so awesome!  I’ve been “field testing” it for the last few weeks.  With a built in solar-powered battery pack connected to a USB cellphone charger (accessible under the […]

Prototype Bamboo Supercapacitor Solar Bike

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:50pm by russs.net Comments Off
Prototype Bamboo Supercapacitor Solar Bike

I am wrapping up my work in the Coordilleras.  I am super excited to conclude this latest project for two reasons:  One, it’s an awesome collusion of the latest green-tech and the oldest of organic traditions.  Two, its a gift for my Igorata lover who have never had a bike before!

The frame is from my old traditional bike before […]

Solar Rattan Bike Panier Backpack

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 11:21am by russs.net Comments Off
Solar Rattan Bike Panier Backpack

In your face, Northface!

We’ve just completed our latest solar rattan backpack!  Woven from rattan from the rainforest in the remote community of Barlig, by Remecio (who was taught by his father, who was taught by his father. ..  ) the bag is finished by my friend Gaon-gen in Sagada.

Gaon-gen helped me add a 3 Watt solar panel and a Coke […]

V 1.8 — Ecocharger Progress

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:22pm by russs.net Comments Off

Progress! Imagine a device that you can carry around with you anywhere that generates and stores your energy needs simply from you carrying it around. Best of all, its made from trash, local materials, and you can fix, upgrade and make it on your own. Heh. . . Here is my progress thus far! Version 1.8.

The prototypes […]

What Sorcery is this?!

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 11:47am by russs.net Comments Off
What Sorcery is this?!

The other day I got the best compliment ever.

My sister, Ian and I had been walking the dark Sagada streets to get to the local bar and I had been using the flash light functionality of my latest prototype EcoCharger. I set it on the table as we ordered our beers, the light still on. One of the waiters came […]

Unhibited Charger Progression v 0.9

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 9:52am by russs.net Comments Off
Unhibited Charger Progression v 0.9

We are now at version 0.9 of the Uninhibited Solar Charger.  I am now working with a select group of talented guys in Bontoc, on readying the design for community manufacture.  In the Philippines, there are all these little stores where you can get your cellphones and computers fixed.  The guys behind the counter are a vast untapped pool of […]