WASHINGTON, September 12, 2016 — Renewable energy products driven by wind, solar and water powered energy sources offer great, environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional power sources. These technologies are being created, studied and tested, with the aim of offering alternative energy sources to numerous industries worldwide.
Ranging from ambitious, large scale projects like renewable energy, to smaller scale technologies for individual homes, solar energy products in particular are being deployed in a variety of ways. Such versatile products are proving extremely versatile, whether powering homes with innovative products like solar shingles, or miniaturizing solar technologies for small-scale products like solar-powered watches.
Other current examples of solar power use include the following:
Solar backpacks offered by brands like BirkSun have built-in solar panels able to to charge the owners electronic devices. The backpacks absorb abundant solar energy from its solar panel that you can use to charge your phone, laptop device, or whatever else you’re carrying that needs portable power. The backpack’s battery pack can also be charged via a conventional a wall charger if you’re experiencing a cloudy day. The BirkSun’s solar backpack is a genius way to improve this everyday item especially in areas like the American Southwest where daily sunlight is virtually a constant. With so many different options, there’s a solar powered backpack to suit nearly every lifestyle.
Solar powered lighting is becoming the norm in many different situations. Street lights, porch lights, and other types of outdoor lighting at sporting events, bus stops and walking paths are great examples of devices that benefit from solar powered lighting. Using the same solar technology that powers many other products, strategically placed solar panels absorb solar energy to supply power for outdoor lighting fixtures large and small. Not only are these lighting fixtures effectively operating off the grid. They are also proving cost effective, environmentally friendly, and safe to use. While we often see this kind of lighting employed on a larger scale, many solar powered lights and lighting system are available for home use.
Solar chargers come in all shapes and sizes and are extremely affordable. Despite not charging devices quite like a traditional wall charger, solar powered chargers available are great on-the-go accessories that only cost around $20. Many are designed to hang on your keychain or on a backpack from a carabiner, where they soak up the sun to be ready and waiting for use. There are many other solar chargers that cost more and work better, but they tend to be larger and not as easy to carry around. Solar chargers are not just available for phones and laptops on a consumer level. These devices are used for many other things like solar fencing chargers and solar generators with a wide variety of uses.
The Skylock bike lock is a smart bike lock that does a whole lot more than just running on solar power. It provides the user with keyless entry, theft detection, crash alerts and more. Its keyless entry function connects to your phone so you never have to remember a code or keep a key. If you don’t have your phone with you, it also offers a touch interface. Another key feature alerts people in a trusted network if you’ve been in a serious accident, lets you know if your lock is being tampered with, and share access to it with anyone in a network of your choosing. This technology wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Skylock’s built-in solar panel that recharges its battery. Just 12 hours of sunlight will power it for 6 months.
Solar products range from little dancing flowers to fully solar powered structures, like London’s Blackfriars Bridge. The amount of solar powered gadgets continues to grow, and each one of the following combines a number of different properties.
ELF is an interesting mix between an electric car and a bicycle. Its solar roof panel supplies enough power to drive the device at speeds of up to about 20 mph. It can go about 15 miles on a charge, but can be peddled like a normal bicycle if the power is drained.
Solar Powered Cars
There aren’t any solar powered cars commercially available. The Stanford Solar Car Project and the Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept are creating prototype cars with roof-top solar panels, but they’re only concept cars for now.
The Pacific Science Center in Seattle is home to an exhibit featuring five 33-foot flowers that absorb solar energy during the day and light up at night. They also hum when people come near them and are intended to raise awareness about renewable resources.
Two companies, Kaleidoscope and Orange, have teamed up to create a solar powered tent that soaks up solar energy during the day and illuminates itself at night, while also powering a camper’s electronic devices.
We’ve already discussed a few different types of solar powered lighting. Moser Lamps are another example. They are simply plastic bottles filled with water and bleach. When installed in the roof of a house, sunlight refracts through the bottles to make them glow like lamps potentially providing cheap and renewable light for families all over the world.
Logitech’s solar wireless keyboard charges using either the sun or artificial lighting as its source. It will keep a charge for up to three months, even in total darkness.
Renewable resources like solar energy are great for the environment. Because of this and also due to their efficiency and even portability, solar powered technologies are continuing to make their way into our lives. By taking advantage of the sun–an endlessly renewable resource–we are helping both ourselves and the environment. As additional renewable energy technologies are released in the future, customers will gain valuable knowledge regarding these alternative energy options. From solar tents to solar backpacks, the versatility of solar energy is becoming more relevant and more affordable.