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Lightyear One Solar EV

Lightyear One Solar EV

Startup Lightyear is showing off a pure electric sedan that can gain up to 7.5 miles per hour of added range while in sunlight. It still plugs in for its base charge, but the solar panels covering its hood, roof, and trunk are designed to increase its range. It’s ideal for stop, start, and slow traffic for minimizing trips to the outlet.

Window Solar Charger

Window Solar Charger

Grouphug’s Window Solar Charger provides an effortless way to charge your gadgets using the sun. Simply stick it to a window using the included cotton cord and suction cup. It has a 10W solar panel, a bamboo frame and a 22000mAh battery.

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ecoRobotix Weeding Robot

ecoRobotix Weeding Robot

ecoRobotix dramatically reduces the use of herbicides with this solar robot which can identify good plants vs. bad ones, then apply chemicals in tiny amounts only to the weeds, killing them with 95% effectiveness. It would be cool if it were strong enough to yank weeds.

Goal Zero Solar Panel Briefcase

Goal Zero Solar Panel Briefcase

Goal Zero’s Boulder 100 Solar Panel Briefcase is a 100W solar panel to charge the company’s high capacity Sherpa and Yeti portable power banks. It’s waterproof, comes a bag and has a built-in handle and kickstand. If you need more power, check out the Boulder 200.

GoSun Fusion Hybrid Stove

GoSun Fusion Hybrid Stove

The Fusion is a hybrid stove that expands on GoSun’s original solar-powered cooker. It can still use the sunlight to cook a meal. But when the sun goes down, you can plug it into a vehicle’s cigarette port or an external power source to keep on cooking.

BioLite SolarHome 620

BioLite SolarHome 620

An affordable and user-friendly solar home solution. Biolite’s SolarHome 620 consists of a 6W solar panel, a plug-and-play control box that has a 20Wh battery, a music player, a light and USB charging ports, and three daisy chained lights with individual switches.

IKEA Home Solar Energy

IKEA Home Solar Energy

IKEA teamed up with Solarcentury to start selling and installing solar panels and batteries in homes in the UK. Prices start at around $3900. Customers will save up to $450 per year with just the solar panels, and up to $730 when paired with batteries.

Deal: Waterproof Solar Charger

Deal: Waterproof Solar Charger

This handy charging pack has a 5,000 mAh battery inside, along with a solar panel to help keep it topped off on sunny days. It’s got both 1A and 2.1A USB ports, and is both waterproof and shockproof. Save 72% off the original price in The Awesomer Shop.

E.ON x Gorillaz

E.ON x Gorillaz

To promote their solar storage batteries, E.ON teamed up with Noah Harris and Gorillaz to create this vibrant commercial, packed with battery-powered toys. The energy company also built a mobile version of the fictitious Kong Studios which runs on battery power.

SolarGaps Window Blinds

SolarGaps Window Blinds

Window blinds with integrated solar panels. SolarGaps claims that its product can save you up to 70% of your electric bill, generating up to 150W per 10sq.ft. The slats are motorized so that they will automatically move to maximize their exposure to sunlight.

BioLite SolarPanel 10+

BioLite SolarPanel 10+

BioLite’s latest portable solar-powered USB charger sports two solar panels that generate up to 10W of power. The SolarPanel 10+ can charge a phone in as little as 1 hour under direct sunlight. It also has a built-in 3,000mAh battery for storing captured energy.

Folding Clover Solar Lantern

Folding Clover Solar Lantern

This battery-powered lantern provides a bright, directional light source which can be stood up, flipped over, or hung from above. In addition to its quick-charger microUSB port, it can be juiced up via its three solar panels. Offers two brightness modes, plus an SOS flashing mode.

Consol Solar Jar

Consol Solar Jar

Developed as an alternative to kerosene lamps, the Consol Solar Jar has four LEDs underneath its lid and a battery charged by the solar panel on top of the lid. It gives an hour of light for every hour of sunlight, has a clever magnetic switch, and can also be charged via MicroUSB.

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Tesla Solar Roof

Tesla Solar Roof

The third part of Tesla’s bid to make going green appealing and reasonably-priced. The Solar Roof is a set of tempered glass tiles that look just like normal roof tiles. Paired with the new Powerwall 2 batteries, the system can easily power a four-bedroom house.

BioLite SolarPanel 5+

BioLite SolarPanel 5+

A 5W solar panel with a built-in 2200mAh battery. It has a sun dial that will tell you how to best position the panel. It’s also waterproof, scratch-resistant and has a 360º kickstand. There’s also a cheaper variant that doesn’t have a built-in battery.

Self-filling Water Bottles

Self-filling Water Bottles

When you’re outdoors, you always want plenty of water. But carrying around a huge pack can be a pain. Fontus is developing water bottles that can capture condensation at a rate up to 0.8L per hour. The Airo goes anywhere, while the Ryde grabs water while you ride your bike.

Inergy Kodiak Solar Kit

Inergy Kodiak Solar Kit

A compact, lightweight and easy to use heavy duty solar power rig. The 50W Predator 50 solar panel is waterproof, shatterproof and modular. The Kodiak generator has a 90Ah Li-ion battery, 6 110V outlets, 4 USB ports, a 30A RV outlet and 2 12V car sockets.

Solar Paper

Solar Paper

Yolk claims its Solar Paper is the world’s thinnest and lightest solar panel. Each panel generates 2.5W of power, but you can connect up to four of them using their built-in magnets. Note that the final product will have only 1 USB port.

Metal-Melting Solar Death Ray

Metal-Melting Solar Death Ray

Kevin and Grant from the Science Channel’s show What Could Possibly Go Wrong harness the power of the sun, using the fresnel lens from an old rear-projection TV to focus a dangerously hot beam that can melt metals.

Coca-Cola Bio Cooler

Coca-Cola Bio Cooler

Coca-Cola and ad agency Leo Burnett Colombia came up with a cooler that runs on solar power. It uses evaporating water and a refrigerant to cool drinks. We hope they share their design with the public. More here.

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Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept

A concept hybrid car based on the Ford C-Max Energi. Its battery can still be charged on charging stations, but it also has solar panels on its roof. Using a special canopy, the car’s battery can be recharged entirely through solar power.

OnBeat Solar Headphones

OnBeat Solar Headphones

A pair of headphones with a solar panel on the headband. The power that the panel gathers is stored in two batteries inside each ear cup, then harnessed via a USB port. It can also be plugged in to store power for later use.

Solar Kettle

Solar Kettle

It kind of looks like a dismantled torpedo, but it’s actually a kettle that brings liquids to a boil by converting solar energy into heat. It takes about 2 hours to bring 17oz to a boil. A little long but much welcomed when out in the rough.

The Power of the Sun

The Power of the Sun

By turning the screen of an old rear-projection TV into a giant fresnel magnifying lens, Grant Thompson magnifies the light of the sun to cook food, boil liquid, ignite fuel, and melt pennies.

SunVolt Solar Charger

SunVolt Solar Charger

Solar chargers are handy, but most of them take forever to power up your gear. The SunVolt’s fold-flat panel is capable of charging multiple gadgets as fast as if they were plugged into the wall.

3D Fabricated House

3D Fabricated House

Rodrigo Rubio and his colleagues only needed 5 weeks to create the Solar House 2.0 – and were able to customize it for its surroundings – thanks to digital design and digital fabrication technology.

SOS in a Box Solar Generator

SOS in a Box Solar Generator

A portable generator made of flexible thin film solar panels, a charge controller and a battery. It can produce up to 2500W of electricity and has a built-in 120V AC outlet and 12V car adapter.

Eton Rukus Solar Speaker

Eton Rukus Solar Speaker

A Bluetooth sound system powered via AC or sunlight. Its built-in solar panels can fully charge the Rukus in 6 hours. It also acts as a charger, with a USB port for juicing up other gadgets.

Solar Railway Sled

Solar Railway Sled

(NSFW: Language) Just because this motorized sled runs on solar power doesn’t mean that it can’t zip along at breakneck speeds, taking its creators for a scenic ride along an abandoned railroad track.

Luce Solar Laptop Concept

Luce Solar Laptop Concept

Andrea Ponti’s entry into Fujitsu’s A LIFE with Future Computing competition envisions a laptop that’s got large solar panels built into both the lid and under a transparent touch-sensitive keyboard.

SOFT Rockers

SOFT Rockers

Created by professor Sheila Kennedy and a team of MIT students, these rockers capture solar and kinetic energy, passing it along to USB gadgets and a cool electroluminescent lighting system at night.

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