Electric bicycles are a fast and fun way to get around. However, they have limited range due to their small battery packs. Peter Sripol wanted to see if he could build an eBike that never needs recharging as long as the sun is shining. The downside? The trailer of solar panels he has to drag along. Build starts at 2:20.
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Filmmaker Seán Doran processed about a week’s worth of data captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to create this awe-inspiring UHD video of the Sun’s activity. Max out the resolution, go full screen, dim the lights, and crank up the audio for a truly hypnotic journey to our Solar System’s number one life-giver.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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