The Consumer Electronics Show, in its 2010 incarnation, is slowly moving towards highlighting more and more green electronics-related items. The massive trade show is in its second year of showcasing specialty green product companies in a small area of the show floor called the Sustainable Planet (this is besides the wide array of green tech initiatives being done by other electronics manufacturers around the show). A lot of these companies we’ve mentioned before here at EarthTechling, while a few others are ones you may not have heard of. We took some time on the show floor to tour the Sustainable Planet area, checking out what we thought were some of the cooler green gadgets being displayed.
The interesting looking blue box attached to a solar panel above from start up Convenient Solar is known as the Go-Plug and it is said to be the first commercially available line of solar generators. It is designed to be portable and self-contained, powering about anything including a furnace or set-top box and TV. It has 1,000 to 3,000 watt hours of storage, offers a choice of different solar panel sizes for generating more energy, can supply peaks of up to 5,000 watts and a LCD panel shows the percentage of charge left in the battery.
Kinesis Industries, who seemed a little too busy to chat with us, was showing off its portable Wind & Solar Charger. This dual charging item, collecting energy from the built-in fan or integrated solar panel, stores its power in a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It sports a USB port you can plug mobile devices into to charge, and Kinesis claims one hour of sun and wind charging provides about 30 minutes of talk time on a typical phone or 300 minutes of music on a MP3 player. It is weatherproof and has a power status LED.