What is solar power?
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses, mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam.
What comes to mind when you think of solar power? Solar powered water geysers? Solar panels?
Solar power has quickly become the go to clean energy source, especially with electricity issues and fossil fuel issues that keep arising.
Below a few examples of some unusual solar powered inventions:
Solar Powered boats
Turanor PlanetSolar is the biggest solar powered boat in the world. This impressive catamaran runs solely on energy found in sunlight. The removable parts allow for it to expose a total of 537 m2 of photovoltaic surface to the sun.
These backpacks are impressive as they are eco-friendly mobile power generators. These mobile generators have the capacity to power small electronics such as cell phones and MP3 players anywhere anytime. This is perfect for campers or hikers in the wilderness who need to be in communication with authorities in times of emergencies or for family member contact when there are electricity shortages.
Solar powered cell phone
Although still in the early stage, a solar phone technology has been explored by cell phone companies such as ZTE, Sharp and Samsung. This cell phone technology will include an integrated solar panel to provide battery power instead of the conventional electricity powered battery. These cell phones will be useful for anyone who find themselves away from any power source and need to be in contact with anyone.
Solar powered oven
This invention can bake, boil and steam food by harnessing the power of the sun through solar panels without the “unclean” energy of fossil fuelled electricity. This invention has brought much joy to rural communities who are too remote to have access to gas or electricity supplies. It also allows these communities to experience thoroughly cooked food and in doing this, it reduces the amount of diseases that can come from consuming uncooked food. Some companies have taken it a step further by producing specialised solar barbeques and solar grills.
The iKini, solar powered bikini
Brooklyn based designer Andrew Schneider released a limited edition solar panel bikini. This device can power small electronic gadgets such as iPod and cameras via a USB port. Ladies may swim in the bikini provided that no devices are hooked up to it and are well dried off before hooking up any devices to be powered. The designer has said that in the future a men’s range will be released in the form of solar shorts which cool beer.
Solar powered inventions are a creative and clean way of producing everyday items and even luxury items that not only make you unique but is beneficial to the Earth. With solar power the possibilities are endless.