The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit that aims to rid the oceans of harmful plastic founded by entrepreneur Boyan Slat, has unveiled “The Interceptor,” a new vessel that collects plastic from rivers, then deposits the waste into floating dumpsters. Put simply, it’s a catamaran that glides across rivers while channeling plastic toward a conveyor belt, which then gets deposited into attached dumpsters. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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The issue many people have with electric cars is that they just take too long to charge compared to their petrol counterparts, but California-based Aptera Motors just might have the solution for that. They’ve debuted the first prototype electric vehicle that will never require charging, thanks to the company’s “Never Charge” system, which uses solar panels integrated into the car’s body that supply a reported 40 miles of driving per day and up to 11,000 miles per year with no impact on performance. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Lightyear One definitely isn’t the first solar car, but it’s the only one that could become a reality in the near future. Its roof and hood is covered in over 16.5 feet of advanced solar cells that can operate independently of one another. This means that even if half of the vehicle is shaded, the section under the sun will generate electricity to power the car. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
RAVPower’s Solar Charger (16W) has dual USB ports and is perfect for emergencies, all for $35.69 shipped, today only. The highly efficient solar cells convert up to 21.5-23.5% of solar power into free energy, which means you can charge up to two USB devices simultaneously, while iSmart technology automatically provides the optimal charging current to minimize charging time. Product page. Read more for two videos reviews and additional information.
Launched into space last week aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the crowdfunded LightSail 2 solar spacecraft left Prox-1, its carrier vehicle, and transmitted the first signals back to Earth. This 11 ponund cubesat is designed to prove that solar sailing is a practical way of keeping satellites moving, so future missions into the deep space can be propelled by photons, or particles of light released by the sun, rather than fuel. Read more for another video and additional information.
Lightyear, a pioneer in clean mobility, unveiled the world’s first long-range solar car today. It boasts a 450-mile range and a small battery that can be charged directly under sunlight, or with conventional charging stations. “Climate change is such a frightening development that it’s almost paralyzing. We decided to do the opposite; as engineers, we believed we could do something. Lightyear One represents an opportunity to change mobility for the better,” said Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear. Read more for another video and additional information.
GoSun is no stranger to solar cookers, but this year, they’ve unveiled a new model, called Fusion, which integrates an electric heating element. It keeps the familiar cylindrical cooking chamber that draws heat from two parabolic reflectors which capture heat from the sun and adds a 150-watt electric heater. Fusion can be powered either using a car’s cigarette port, a lithium ion power bank or a solar panel charger for the battery pack. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
SolarStratos, a manned two-person aerial vehicle, may not be able to circumnavigate the globe on a single charge, but it is a 100% solar-powered aircraft. It currently holds the record for being the first solar-powered airplane to reach a height of 25,000 meters, with power stored on an Austrian-made 20 kWh battery, while the solar panels are sourced from California-based SunPower. When you reach the edge of space, a specially designed pressurized spacesuit, made by Russian company Zvezda, protects its passenger(s). Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
Grant Thompson, also known as “King of Random” on YouTube, created a 2000° F solar scorcher years back, and just recently, he decided to see what would happen if he used his homemade contraption on a block of dry ice. Just for reference, this solar cooker can easily melt pennies, lead, and even a plate of steel. All of those items were placed on the block of dry ice, and the results are quite surprising to say the least. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about why Nintendo’s Virtual Boy was an epic failure.
Renogy Phoenix’s Portable Solar Generator is suitcase-sized and perfect for the zombie apocalypse, all for $352.49 shipped, today only, originally $506.52. This all-in-one portable solar power system was specifically designed for mobile, off-grid applications, and is ideal for emergencies. The compact, lightweight back-up system combines two highly efficient Renogy 10W Monocrystalline Solar Panels and is capable of expanding up to 120 watts. The included 16Ah Li-ion(NMC) battery is replaceable giving the capability of limitless power. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review, more pictures and information.