Panther Vision Powercap – a solar-powered flashlight you wear on your head

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Panther Vision Powercap

When you go out into the darkness then you’d better be prepared with a good durable flashlight to light up your path. However,  packing an extra flashlight may sometimes make your gear a bit heavy which can slow you down.

 

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A solar-powered 3D printer that prints glass from sand

Marcus Kayser’s Solar Sinter project

When Markus Kayser, a design student, wanted to test his solar-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn’t do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew there himself, and haggled with officials for two days to get it out of customs. A few small “tips” and 11 hours of driving later, he finally made it to the Sahara. But soon the mercury hit 104 degrees, his components nearly overheated, and he was forced to improvise.

 

 

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Solar Powered Egg House in China

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Not just an egg house, but an egg home

One of the hottest trends in society today is renewable energy. With ideas from wind turbines to solar cells being the bigger options, long gone are the days of expensive and dangerous coal plants. In fact, this trend is becoming more and more popular with consumers that even in my neighbourhood, there are several houses with solar panels attached to the roof.

While the renewable energy trend is definitely spreading, in China, one architect, Dai Haifei, decided to take it to a whole new level, with his own aesthetic sense. Basically, instead of covering a house in solar panels, he built an unusual structure out of solar panels and made the hollow inside his home. (Pics)

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Solar Car Breaks World Distance Record

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This tiny solar car, called Xof1 (Power of One), has just broken the world distance record for a solar-powered vehicle, and is still going and going. Beginning its record-breaking trek last June, it’s gone from Buffalo, N.Y. to the Arctic Circle and back, next making it all the way across the continent to Los Angeles, traveling a total of more than 12,500 miles. Continue reading… “Solar Car Breaks World Distance Record”

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Solar-Powered Art Rainbow Party Tent

Solar-Powered Art Rainbow Party Tent 

Never mind renting a tent with faux Palladian-style arched windows for that chic outdoor soirée – make your guests think a UFO has landed in your yard with the solar-powered Art Rainbow. Providing shade and psychedelic colors akin to multi-hued sunglasses by day, this design concept’s solar panels are charging up its batteries all the while, ready to light up the night with its flexible LED matrix display panels when the sun goes down. (We suggest the designer specify flexible OLED solar panels.)

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Gold Stained Glass Windows An Early Air Purifier

Gold Stained Glass Windows An Early Air Purifier 

 Associate Professor Zhu Huai Yong, from Queensland University of Technology’s School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, said that church windows stained with gold paint purify the air when they are lit up by sunlight.

Scientists have discovered that, in medieval churches, stained glass windows painted with gold purify the air when heated by the sun. The researchers hope that this discovery could also be used for modern technologies, since the chemical reaction involved is very energy-efficient.

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