Thanks to new ultra-thin metal electrodes, researchers have created semitransparent perovskite solar cells that are highly efficient and can be coupled with traditional silicon cells to greatly boost the performance of both devices. This represents a big step towards developing completely transparent solar cells. Typically, these cell are made from silicon, but these new ones offer a promising alternative. Read more for a video and additional information.
Many want to travel, but are aware of the risks associated with getting on planes. What if you could stay in your very own floating hotel suite? Introducing Anthénea, which was designed by French naval architect Jean-Michel Duacancelle. This solar-powered, autonomous pod was inspired by “Atlantis”, a deep-sea citadel and laboratory featured in the 1977 Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
SolarGaps has unveiled new smart solar blinds that automatically track the sun throughout the day, adjusting themselves to the optimal angles for generating electricity. These can be installed on windows in your home, apartment, office, or just anywhere that gets plenty of sunshine. They can generate up to 100W-150W of renewable energy per 10-squre-feet of a window, which is enough to keep thirty LED light bulbs or three MacBooks running. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
One vehicle that may have been overlooked at CES 2020 is the Lightyear One, an electric vehicle covered in solar panels that claims to achieve 450-miles of range from its built-in battery. The five square meters of solar panels cover its roof / hood and is capable of charging the car’s battery with up to 7.5-miles of range an hour. These solar cells are reportedly 20% more efficient than traditional models. Read more for a test drive video from CES 2020 and additional information.
The problem with most wireless headphones is that they constantly need to be recharged, but JBL’s new REFLECT Eternal may change that. It utilizes Exeger’s revolutionary light converting material into a stylish form-factor for everyday use, or to be more specific, their Powerfoyle material. These solar cells are specifically engineered to generate power with indoor light and indirect sunlight. Read more for a video and additional information on how to get a pair yourself.
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.