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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.