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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.

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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.

The Sol Cinema

The Sol Cinema

A project of the Undercurrents charity, the Sol Cinema is the world’s smallest solar-powered movie house. It can accommodate 8 adults and mostly shows locally made short films. Video here.

Solar Camera Strap

Solar Camera Strap

Weng Jie has designed an excellent camera strap that features thin solar films across the width of the strap to harness solar energy and charge your camera when out clicking away in the field.

Bambu House

Bambu House

Bambu House from Tanji University Shanghai was recently unveiled at the European Solar Decathlon. Designed by a 20 member team, it’s made almost entirely of bamboo and runs only on solar power.

NASA SDO Solar Pics

NASA SDO Solar Pics

These awe-inspiring photos show the sun like we’ve never seen it. They were taken by NASA’s recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory which captures images and video with unreal fidelity.

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