DIY geomagnetic storm monitoring

With the recent increase in solar storm activity, Alexander Avtanski bring our attention to his DIY magnetometer project. The activity of the Sun varies on a cycle with a period of approximately 11 years. Periods of low solar activity are followed by a few years of sharply increased number of solar spots, flares, and coronal […]

TI Deals offers solar experimenter board

TI Deals has the eZ430-RF2500-SEH solar energy harvesting wireless development tool on sale for $74.50 (including free International shipping) while supplies last. According to TI, the board includes 1x eZ430-RF2500-SEH kit, two eZ430-RF2500T wireless target boards, one eZ430-RF USB debugging interface, one AAA battery pack with expansion board (batteries included), one SEH-01 Solar Energy Harvester […]

3D printing with solar sintered sand

Markus Kayser has a very interesting project, called SolarSinter, where he is using the energy from the sun to fuse sand into glass.  This is very thought provoking as it utilizes two very ubiquitous things solar energy and sand.  While the printer does not has very high precision at the moment, it does appear to […]