Solar Panel Water Splitting Hydrogen Photosynthesis
Photo credit: Brenda Ahearn / Michigan Engineering, Communications and Marketing
University of Michigan researchers have developed an innovative new kind of solar panel that can harvest cheap, sustainable hydrogen through artificial photosynthesis. In other words, this new process is around 10-times more efficient than previous water-splitting experiments of its kind while also driving down the cost of sustainable hydrogen.

Sailboat Solar-Powered Floating Home
If the U-Boat Worx NEMO 2 personal submarine is a little too pricey for your budget, you could always buy a sailboat for $23,000 and transform it into a solar-powered floating home. Journeyman and sailor Daniel did just that after he picked up a 1984 Beneteau Idylle sailboat. It may not be the most luxurious of living space, but this sailboat does offer him the opportunity the maximize the amount of time he can spend exploring off-grid.

MIT Paper Solar Cells
Photo credit: Melanie Gonick, MIT
Living in a floating solar home is nice, but imagine if you could cover it in paper-thin solar cells? MIT engineers have developed just that, and these fabric solar cells can turn nearly any surface into a power source. Each one is thinner than a human hair and glued to a strong, lightweight fabric, making it a breeze to install on fixed surfaces.

Charlie Solar Floating Home 25-Years
Charlie built an off-the-grid floating home 25-years-ago after retiring from his foresting job and has been living there ever since. His wife Ellen joined him in 2016 on this solar-powered living space that spans 900-square-feet over 2-levels. Most of the wood used in the build was milled by Charlie himself, while a hydraulic splitter can be found in the workstation to make splitting the pieces easier for additions.

Solar-Powered Adidas RPT-02 Sol Wireless Headphones
The new solar-powered Adidas RPT-02 Sol wireless headphones may not be the first, but are one of the only with Exeger’s Powerfoyle technology built into the headband. Powerfoyle is unlike typical solar cells, as it a light-cell material that can draw power from both natural and artificial light sources. It’s so efficient that a full charge is good for up to 80-hours of continuous use.