It’s no surprise that we’re fans of solar! If you’ve followed us on social media, you’ll already know that we feature global inventions and installations which we think are great examples of how solar is powering people’s lives. In this post, we’re featuring 10 awesome global solar inventions that inspire us. We hope they inspire you too!
#1: The V-Tent solar-powered EV charger.
The V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV charger designed by Hakan Gürsu that protects and charges your vehicle. It is a collapsible canopy that can be used in both personal and public parking areas. Aiming to create a sustainable system for urban environment, V-Tent provides a safe space to store and charge electric cars, either at home or in the city. Start investing now in solar energy with B Solar which offers nothing less than premium quality components, call 1800 932 356 now!
#2. A travel solar charger.
Even though travel is challenging right now, a portable solar charger is a great purchase for every adventurer who wants to travel. This portable energy gadget is easy to use and runs off of the sun’s energy. Since it never ever requires to be plugged into electrical energy, a portable battery charger does not need any global voltage adapters. You will not have to fret about what adapter is utilised in the country you are going to; just remember to pack your solar battery charger.
#3. The Wagan Solar ePower Cube 1500
The Wagan Solar ePower Cube 1500 is a full sized 1500W power inverter to provide your electrical power needs in an emergency or when you are on the road. It comes with 5 solar panels (16 Watts each) which unfold and slide out from the power cube. It can even be used to jump start your vehicle if necessary. Unlike normal power generators, it generates no noise or polluting fumes.
#4. Flower power to recharge on the run
We’ve seen lots of examples of councils globally that have installed solar-powered charging stations like the Power Flower by Art Energy Design in Pittsburgh. This one is a 12-foot sculpture that generates energy from both wind power from the petals and solar cells within the leaves. It is used for plugging in laptops, phones and other electrical devices in downtown areas. (Pictured is the Smart Flower innovative solar collector in Cosmocaixa museum, Barcelona Spain.)
#5. Streetlights powered by solar? It’s a thing.
The Philips Light Blossom concept is for solar and wind powered streetlights, with the petals opening up to collect sunlight during the day or shifting vertically to collect energy from wind when the sun isn’t around. Lights along the stem would illuminate the street. Another example is the Ross Lovegrove created “trees” that solar power streetlights in Vienna.
#6. Melbourne’s solar-powered trams.
Melbourne’s trams went carbon-neutral in 2019. Mid-year the Numurkah Solar Farm was officially opened and it will generate 255,000 megawatts of clean energy annually. Combined with the Bannerton Solar Park near Robinvale, the Numurkah Solar Farm produces enough renewable energy to offset Melbourne’s entire 400-strong tram network.
#7. Adelaide’s Solar Mallee Trees
Have you seen The Solar Mallee Trees in Adelaide? They bear a visual association to their tough eucalyptus namesake. Installed in September 2005, each tree produces an average of 864 kWh each year, uses only 125 kWh of energy, and puts the excess energy generated right into to the power grid.
#8. Netherland’s SolaRoad bike path
SolaRoad is an experimental bike path that also functions as a giant solar cell, opened in November 2014 in Krommenie, a village northwest of the Dutch city of Amsterdam. Within a short period, it generated enough energy to power a one-person household for an entire year.
#9. The space-age SOHO
The most famous spacecraft sent to observe the Sun is the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, built by NASA and ESA, and launched in December 1995. SOHO has been continuously observing the Sun since then and has sent back countless images.
#10. Toyota Prius Solar Car.
In 2019, Toyota started testing a new solar roof for the Prius what it thinks can add as much as 44.5 km of range daily to the plug-in hybrid. The solar cells are just 0.03mm thick, but deliver around 860 watts of power, and can even charge the car while it’s being driven.