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Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023) eco laptop review — Notebookcheck

88% Acer Aspire Vero 15 review: The impressive eco laptop with almost no compromises

High-quality waste-laptop. The Acer Aspire Vero 15 surprises not only with a QHD camera, long runtimes and high performance, but it also features a robust and attractive design, good input devices and a bright, colorful display. Furthermore, the office laptop never gets too loud and depending on the model you choose, the price is right, too.
Intel Core i7-1355U | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 15.60" | 1.8 kg
Marvin Gollor, 15 Nov 2023 17:00
The Zendure Flexible Solar Panels have a maximum rated power of 210W. (Image source: Zendure)

Zendure 210W Flexible Solar Panels now available to pre-order

Zendure is now accepting pre-orders for its Flexible Solar Panels, which have a rated maximum power of 210W. These lightweight panels, which can be bent to fit a curved surface, are designed for use in a balcony power plant and ca...
Polly Allcock, 14 Nov 2023 16:28
Targeted modification of microbial genome. (Source: Philip Gray/ORNL US Department of Energy)

AI modifies microbial genes to produce renewable fuels

In a bid to improve the accuracy of current genome editing methods, ORNL scientists have generated excitement over the potential of their AI model to create sustainable fuels.
Sarfo Ashong-Listowell, 14 Nov 2023 15:59
Amogy unveils the world's first zero-emission truck powered by ammonia (Image: Amogy)

New fuel made from ammonia to drive decarbonization of transportation sector

Scientist Young Suk Jo has created a new technology that aims to use ammonia as a cheaper and lower-emission fuel in the transportation industry. Ammonia offers a higher energy density compared to hydrogen, making it a significant...
Nicole Dominikowski, 13 Nov 2023 17:13
The Bluetti AC200L is a new high-performance power station. (Image: Bluetti)

Bluetti AC200L: New power station with 2,048 Wh and up to 3,600 W charges very quickly

With the AC200L, Bluetti has announced a new powerful power station. It has a capacity of 2,048 Wh, is modularly expandable and has a peak output of up to 3,600 W. In addition, it features app control, UPS function and fast chargi...
Marcus Schwarten, 12 Nov 2023 20:46
The Zendure SolarFlow Battery AB2000 is now available to pre-order. (Image source: Zendure)

Zendure SolarFlow Battery AB2000 with self-heating feature now available to pre-order with Black Friday discount

Zendure is now accepting pre-orders for its new SolarFlow Battery AB2000 and more extensive Balcony Power Plant Set. The power pack has double the capacity of its predecessor, the AB1000, and an intelligent self-heating system to ...
Polly Allcock, 10 Nov 2023 17:28
The Anker SOLIX F2600 Portable Power Station has a 2,560Wh capacity. (Image source: Anker)

New Anker SOLIX F2600 Portable Power Station arrives with coupon

The Anker SOLIX F2600 Portable Power Station is now available at Amazon US, with early customers offered a discount of US$300. The device follows the F2000, with increased battery capacity and more powerful AC outlets. Plus, the p...
Polly Allcock, 06 Nov 2023 19:15
The Anker SOLIX F1500 Portable Power Station is now available at Amazon US. (Image source: Anker)

Anker SOLIX F1500 new Portable Power Station surfaces at Amazon

Anker has launched its SOLIX F1500 Portable Power Station at Amazon in the US. The new model follows the SOLIX F1200, with a greater battery capacity, higher output power and improved solar charging. Other features include app-bas...
Polly Allcock, 06 Nov 2023 18:25
The Anker SOLIX C1000 Portable Power Station is now on sale in the UK and EU. (Image source: Anker)

Anker Solix C1000 Portable Power Station launches with discount

Anker has launched the Solix C1000 Portable Power Station - 1056Wh | 1800W in Europe. Customers in the UK and the EU can now purchase the gadget with a discount code, reducing the price by £250/€300. The power bank features four A...
Polly Allcock, 06 Nov 2023 16:08
Hybrid carbon capture to combat climate change and drought (Image: Avnos)

World's first hybrid direct air capture system removes CO₂ and water out of thin air and receives $92 million in funding

Avnos, a Californian company, is developing a device that separates both CO₂ and water from thin air. This pioneering technology aims to tackle climate change and alleviate drought in some parts of the world. Avnos has secured $92...
Nicole Dominikowski, 06 Nov 2023 16:07
Climate neutrality is a thing of the past - AIR Vodka, which is made from CO₂, has a negative greenhouse balance

AIR Vodka made from CO₂ is the world's first climate-negative alcohol

AIR Company creates the first-ever vodka produced from CO₂ which comes with a negative carbon footprint. The company is devoted to extracting CO₂ from the atmosphere and converting it into a product to combat global warming. Moreo...
Nicole Dominikowski, 04 Nov 2023 18:06
New batteries in MIT Clean Energy Prize semifinals (Image: Anthro Energy)

New batteries for electric cars and wearables, backed by multi-million US$ funding, are both fire resistant and flexible

Anthro Energy's flexible energy storage systems will be used in next-generation electronic devices and are currently being sold to the first wearable manufacturers. The development team has identified promising applications for th...
Nicole Dominikowski, 04 Nov 2023 14:10
In Bremerhaven, Germany, research is being conducted into hydrogen technologies for a sustainable energy transition

Hydrogen systems are more advantegeous than battery storage: Study presents the potential in mobility and logistics

Hydrogen technology will play a crucial role in a climate-friendly energy supply in the future. It has potential as an alternative in transport and logistics and in the development of e-fuels. Thus, hydrogen could provide a basis ...
Nicole Dominikowski, 04 Nov 2023 13:18
Aluminium can be used as an eco-friendly fuel

New fuel made from scrap aluminium delivers twice the energy of diesel

A new eco-friendly fuel, produced from aluminium, stores more energy than batteries and can be obtained from scrap metal. This recycled energy source would otherwise go to waste and can be used in the transport sector to reduce em...
Nicole Dominikowski, 03 Nov 2023 12:13
New battery technology eliminates cobalt in e-cars (Symbolic image: Bing AI)

Researcher develops electric car battery to last three times longer and costs less

To increase the lifespan of batteries for electric vehicles, the Argonne National Laboratory in the USA developed battery systems capable of withstanding frequent charging and discharging. These systems have minimal environmental ...
Nicole Dominikowski, 01 Nov 2023 19:52
Microsoft's AI ambitions: Nuclear power plants as key to energy transition? (Symbolic image: Bing AI)

Microsoft to build nuclear plants for powering AI

Microsoft is betting on nuclear power to drive the development of artificial intelligence. Small modular reactors (SMRs) are now set to power the energy-intensive AI. The company is also investing in a project to generate nuclear ...
Nicole Dominikowski, 01 Nov 2023 19:21
Century, carbon capture and storage project (Image: Google Earth)

Oil giant quietly drops world's largest CO₂ capture plant and invests billions to build new one

Occidental Petroleum is constructing a brand-new carbon capture plant, with billions of dollars of support from companies such as Amazon, Shopify and also from US President Joe Biden, to reach its goal of net-zero emissions. Howev...
Nicole Dominikowski, 01 Nov 2023 16:24
Reolink's latest solar cameras. (Source: Reolink)

Reolink 4K Solar Camera Series launches touted as fully wireless home security solutions

Reolink has announced that all of its latest accessories "revolutionize" battery-powered home security systems with both solar power and "4K clarity" across the board. The line-up also includes choices of either Wi-Fi- or standalo...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 23 Oct 2023 19:15
Jackery announces its latest sale. (Source: Jackery)

Deal | Jackery Solar Generators go for up to US$1,000 off for a limited time

Jackery is celebrating its 11th anniversary and Hallowe'en 2023 at the same time with up to 30% off deals on its portable power stations, even its latest models such as the Solar Generator 700 Plus. Most of the units on sale come ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 23 Oct 2023 16:30
The Anker RS50B solar panel has a 540W output and 23% conversion rate. (Image source: Anker)

Anker SOLIX RS50B new powerful solar panel launches with balcony power plant

The Anker SOLIX Balcony Power Plant RS50B is now available at Amazon in Germany. The kit includes new powerful 540W solar panels with a 23% conversion rate alongside the MI80 microinverter. Two further kits offer floor brackets an...
Polly Allcock, 17 Oct 2023 10:40
The PowerRoam 2200. (Source: UGREEN)

UGREEN PowerRoam 2200 launches with upgraded PowerZip and U-Turbo technology

UGREEN touts its new PowerRoam 2200 as its best and most mobile portable power station yet, with a higher capacity and an increased U-Turbo max output setting compared to its predecessor, not to mention its own wheels. The OEM als...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 09 Oct 2023 18:45
EcoFlow announces a new sale. (Source: EcoFlow)

Deal | Save up to US$900 on EcoFlow DELTA Pro for a limited time

EcoFlow promises the "biggest discounts ever" offered on its DELTA series of portable generators during the Prime Day period. Those deals are to be augmented by various single-day flash sales with extra offers on select bundles. E...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 01 Oct 2023 21:45
Jackery holds a new sale. (Source: Jackery)

Deal | Jackery Fall 2023 sales event kicks off with ~30% discounts on new portable power tech

Jackery asserts that it will be offering "guaranteed lowest prices" during its latest sale, even on newer products such as the Explorer 3000 Pro. The event will also have specials only available for the last two days of the sale, ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 01 Oct 2023 20:12
A collection of FineWoven iPhone accessories. (Source: Apple)

Apple iPhone 15-series FineWoven cases start to come undone with early-adopter criticism

Apple touts its new, in-house FineWoven fabric as an eco-friendly alternative to leather as a material for accessories. However, its cases for the new iPhones have drawn the ire of some correspondents already, as they assert that ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 22 Sep 2023 19:45
The new Residential Energy Storage System. (Source: TCL)

IFA 2023 | TCL One-Stop Smart Energy Solution touted as new path to energy independence at home

TCL has announced that it is bringing its line of energy storage and management solutions to the home to the global market. Its Energy Storage System is based on "high-security, long-life" LiFePO4 battery technology in order to be...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 05 Sep 2023 17:00
The BP2000 and B2000. (Source: Oukitel)

Oukitel BP2000 expandable LFP battery power station system debuts with limited-time introductory deal

The BP2000 is Oukitel's first portable power station that can be expanded with its own add-on batteries, for a total capacity estimated at up to 16,384Wh. The portable power station core is rated to pack 2,084Wh on its own, with a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 04 Sep 2023 15:56
The Solar Generator 300 Plus. (Source: Jackery)

Jackery Solar Generator 300 Plus debuts with LFP batteries and an early-bird offer

With a 288 watt-hour (Wh) capacity and a 300W max output, the 300 Plus is now the smallest member of its series of Jackery portable power stations. Nevertheless, it boasts the same up-to-date LFP batteries of its larger siblings. ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 24 Aug 2023 18:38
The Solar Generator 2000 Pro. (Source: Jackery)

Deal | Get 33% off a Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro during new flash sale

Jackery's latest "Stay Powered, Stay Prepared" flash sale has kicked off with up to US1,200 off select Explorer-series portable power stations and SolarSaga solar panels. There is also ~20% off the OEM's flagship Solar Generator 3...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 21 Aug 2023 19:20
The new AC60. (Source: BLUETTI)

BLUETTI AC60: A new IP65-rated LFP portable power station with up to 1,200W of power

BLUETTI touts its new AC60 as the all-weather portable power station thanks to its IP65 ingress protection rating. The new accessory provides up to 403 watt-hours (Wh) of back-up power - or up to about 5 times that with its option...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 19 Jul 2023 18:42
The new AC180. (Source: BLUETTI)

BLUETTI AC180 launches as new compact portable generator with fast charging and Power Lifting Mode

BLUETTI's latest multi-port generator is its first rated to charge like some high-end Android smartphones. The 1,800W AC180 is thus backed to re-fill its up-to-date LFP batteries from 0 to 80% in under an hour. The portable power ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 27 Jun 2023 15:33
Testing Upway refurbished Lapierre E-Sensium 2.2 e-bike

Testing Upway refurbished Lapierre E-Sensium 2.2 e-bike

Used e-bike mail order company. E-bikes are becoming more and more popular, but the prices are often high. As an online store for used e-bikes, Upway wants to offer a wide range of already used bikes at reasonable prices. A one-year warranty is supposed to provide security. We ordered a Lapierre E-Sensium 2.2 and tested both store and bike.
Benedikt Winkel, 18 Jun 2023 13:49
The Solar Generator 2000 Plus. (Source: Jackery)

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Plus launches as brand-first up-to-6,000W portable power solution

Jackery has made its new Solar Generator 2000 Plus as the first expandable portable power station of its line. Accordingly, it can upgrade its capacity and output through the addition of new, stackable Battery Pack 2000 Plus modul...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 14 Jun 2023 14:40
The F3600 makes its global debut. (Source: Fossibot)

Fossibot F3600 launches as a new 3,600W portable power generator with multiple fast charging modes

Fossibot touts its new F3600 portable generator as a particularly "innovative" example of its device category, particularly in terms of charging options that go beyond AC and solar to include drawing power from a car via a dedicat...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 08 Jun 2023 20:42
The T-Rex 2 Ocean Blue edition. (Source: Amazfit)

Amazfit T-Rex 2 Ocean Blue coral-friendly special edition released to pre-order

Amazfit has partnered with the non-profit group Coral Guardians to present a new Special Edition of the brand's T-Rex 2 rugged smartwatch. Accordingly, the AMOLED-screened wearable is rated to help conserve vital ecosystems as wel...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 08 Jun 2023 20:06
The Solar Generator 2000 Plus is on the way. (Source: Jackery)

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Plus launch teased for later in June 2023

Jackery has announced that its new Plus counterpart for the Solar Generator 2000 Pro is about to be unveiled. It is touted as a new portable power station or backup generator with a build suited to bringing on summer trips from mi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 02 Jun 2023 13:39
The DELTA 2 Max. (Source: EcoFlow)

EcoFlow DELTA 2 Max unveiled as a new portable power station rated for a 10-year life-span

EcoFlow asserts that its latest DELTA 2 Max portable generator can "power every day for 10 years" thanks to its long-lasting LFP batteries. They are rated for an AC output of up to 2,400W, backed to power even large appliances for...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 27 May 2023 21:55
The Explorer 3000 Pro bundle. (Source: Jackery)

Deal | Get up to US$863 off a new Jackery Solar Generator bundle

Jackery has announced a Flash Sale on its line of portable power stations that are also compatible with solar charging. The event lasts only a few days, and offers up to 30% off its latest back-up power supplies, its latest Explor...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 27 Apr 2023 20:50
Some newer House of Marley accessories. (Source: House of Marley)

Deal | House of Marley sustainable audio tech available at up to 30% off

It's Earth Day 2023, and, thus, a potentially ideal time to augment your personal or home audio set-up finished in FSC-certified wood. If so, House of Marley has you covered with speakers, ANC TWS earbuds or wireless headphones in...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 22 Apr 2023 16:27
The Dell Latitude 5340 is powered by a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 and is uses recycled plastics in its chassis. (All images via Dell)

Dell debuts Latitude 5340, 5440, and 5540 business laptops with 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake CPUs

Dell's latest Latitude 5000-series laptops boast 13th Gen Intel processors. Additionally, Dell focused on sustainability with the manufacture of these machines, increasing its use of recyclable plastics by up to 64%.
Sam Medley, 23 Mar 2023 17:00
EBL MP500 and 100 W solar panel hands-on: Powerful mobile power station with charging limitation

EBL MP500 and 100 W solar panel hands-on: Powerful mobile power station with charging limitation

500 W equals 500 Euro. Powerstations, i.e. battery energy storage devices with various USB, and socket outputs, are very popular, but also expensive. The EBL MP500 costs just under 500 euros, offers a continuous power of 500 W (1,000 W peak) and can store 519.4 Wh of energy in its batteries. Of course, you can charge the one-handed portable energy cube with both mains and solar power. EBL includes a 100 W folding panel for the latter.
Christian Hintze, 21 Mar 2023 16:30
An iPhone charger from Salcomp. (Source: Apple Community)

iPhone power brick supplier to move into electric vehicle chargers made in India

Salcomp is an electronics manufacturer associated with the 5W power brick that once shipped with every new iPhone. Now, the company has announced that it is moving into alternative areas, including the supply of components for sol...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 08 Mar 2023 19:04
The AC500 and B300S: now on Amazon. (Source: BLUETTI)

BLUETTI AC500 & B500S 5,000W portable generator goes from Indiegogo to retail

The Indiegogo campaign for BLUETTI's modular AC500 portable power station has now ended, resulting in the release of the LiFePO4-powered generator to retail. It, along with the B300S battery packs that can scale its output up to 1...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 09 Feb 2023 17:16
The Tru Bio earbuds. (Source: Majority)

Majority Tru Bio unveiled as wireless earbuds that are biodegradable

Majority touts its new Tru Bio product as a particularly sustainable example of wireless earbuds as they (their case included) are made with "eco-biodegradable" materials. They are also rated to deliver quality audio via large dri...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 08 Feb 2023 18:40
The ABEARL series goes live on Kickstarter. (Source: Oukitel)

Oukitel ABEARL P5000 and P5000 Pro portable power stations launch via Kickstarter | Sponsored

Oukitel has announced the release of its latest portable generators of the new ABEARL line. Its P5000 Pro variant features "huge capacity" 5,120 watt-hour (Wh) LiFePO4 batteries, an output of up to 8,000W and high-speed charging o...
Advertising, 08 Feb 2023 17:25
Bluetti is currently selling the EB3A bundle with a 68W solar panel for just US$299 on Amazon (Image: Bluetti)

Deal | Bluetti EB3A power station with PV68 solar panel now 40% off

The fairly compact power station with 268Wh of capacity and an included 68-watt solar panel is currently discounted by a whopping US$200 on Amazon, which brings the Bluetti EB3A down to a quite reasonable price of US$299.
Enrico Frahn, 16 Jan 2023 22:53
Bluetti EB3A power station with 200W solar panel hands-on test: A small power cube

Bluetti EB3A power station with 200W solar panel hands-on test: A small power cube

Small but powerful. This small Bluetti power station packs a punch: Although it "only" holds 268 Wh, it can run devices up to 600W, is compatible with solar panels up to 200W, and can be carried everywhere with one hand. We compare the small power cube with the similarly sized Anker 521 power station to show what the small solar generator in combination with the Bluetti PV200 folding solar panel is able to do.
| 4.7 kg
Christian Hintze, 10 Jan 2023 19:56
The Explorer 3000 Pro. (Source: Jackery)

CES 2023 | Jackery Explorer 1500 and 3000 Pro launch as new outdoorsy power solutions with Ultra Charging

Jackery has brought its latest additions to its Explorer family to introduce to the world at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 1500 Pro is the more portable of the two, although some may prefer the larger capacity of the new Ul...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 07 Jan 2023 20:26
How to make more sustainable choices when upgrading your hardware

How to make more sustainable choices when upgrading your hardware | Sponsored

Now more than ever, businesses are making more sustainable choices, from reducing waste and using sustainable materials to shifting to renewable energy sources.
Advertising, 11 Dec 2022 23:59


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