To build a solar power plant, you need two things: lots of energy, and lots of silicon. The Sahara desert can provide scads of both, and by using power plants to 'breed' more power plants, the Sahara Solar Breeder Project will theoretically be producing enough green energy to power half of humanity by 2050.
AUO has a laptop that came straight out of left field: solar-powered laptop that has a touch-sensitive keyboard. This special laptop has two built-in solar panels.
Logitech, makers of some of the best computer peripherals ever has something new that's so ingenious, you'll wonder why no one else thought of it first. Introducing a keyboard that has two integrated solar panels instead of using batteries. Who do we thank for making keyboards greener?
Thanks to a molecule called fulvalene diruthenium, batteries may use the sun to provide energy, but not in the same way as solar power.
Back in 2007, physicist Dr. David Criswell came up with the idea for the Lunar Solar Power System (or LSPS), which would see harvested solar energy on the moon beamed back to Earth via microwave. Now, one designer is showing what that could look like.
Back in 1990, inventor Lonnie Johnson (pictured) revolutionized America's suburbs when the first Super Soaker was sold. Now, Johnson could be ready to deliver another gift to the masses: an energy converter that could double the efficiency of solar power, and make it a truly viable source of renewable energy.
Designer Josh Hadar wasn't content to just build himself a solar-powered trike — cool enough when green DIY projects are all the rage — so instead he went for one with plenty of attitude. By all accounts, it's quite the beast to drive, too.
While it may look odd, the Wunda Weeder may be quite the boon for farmers who have to weed large fields — work that involves a lot of bending over. Instead, the Wunda Weeder keeps a farmer in a comfortable position, and is even self-propelled.
How much easier can it get? A company called SoloPower is rolling out flexible solar panels that it hopes will soon grace the flat roofs of office buildings. Looking at something like this, though, you can't help but think how great it would be if you could just toss it on your own home.
The big question with the Solar Impulse, an aircraft designed to fly wholly using solar power, is whether or not it'd be able to continue to operate at night. Well, turns out it can, as the Solar Impulse landed after successfully completing a 24-hour test flight.