In the video below you will see it, a revolutionary solar island capable of floating out in the sea like a giant lily pad harnessing the suns rays for electrical gains. It’s been designed by Swiss inventor Thomas Hinderling, at the moment, a 5km wide, 20m high island prototype is currently being built in the UAE and is expected to generate hundreds of kilowatts of electricity at a price nearly five times cheaper than current electricity rates. If everything goes well, this might just be a concept that could become reality and full production of these islands could begin as soon as 2011. Watch this video…

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There is a process called the digital textile printing that allows designers to integrate solar cells into clothing or bags by printing fabric that matches the pattern of the solar panel and researchers of North Carolina State University are looking to exploit this idea into the possibility of charging your gadgets using this method in the future. You might argue that something like this is already available (ZegnaSport Jacket), but what we are talking about is actually having the solar cell technology incorporated into the fabric itself and not just having a solar ring wrapped around your neck.

Solar Cell Charging Jacket Fabric Material

At present there is no news on whether this will go into production of any kind, thus remain just an idea or concept, however the future of this does look bright as researchers have already demonstrated that this method does not cause any harm to those wearing it. The possibility of wearing a true ‘solar energy gadget charging jacket (please suggest a better name!)’ may not be too far away…

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All the credits go to the researchers at the MIT this time. As you know, solar energy could become a very promising source of energy for the future, but up until this point, storing it away after collecting it requires expensive technology and its not simple at all. But now there may be another way, scientists at MIT have come up with an inexpensive new fuel cell process that’s similar to the way plants store sunlight energy. The process is indeed not simple but is environment-friendly which is what we need! The theory is that the system uses sunlight to separate water’s hydrogen and oxygen atoms and then puts them back together in a fuel cell, providing energy. If this method is truly sustainable and becomes popular, then its benefits will be so great that it can be extended to all parts of our dailylife – just think about the possibilities and what the future will be like then.

New Latest Solar Energy Storage Discover Invention Research

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I’m not a great fan of Buffalo products, in fact I haven’t actually bought anything from Buffalo as yet, but this latest invention is a brilliant idea. The wireless keyboard featured below is well equipped with 2.4 GHz radio frequency technology and offers users up to 17 hot keys (great for you lazy lot!).

Over at the top right is the solar panel, it is adjustable so you will be able to ‘get the most’ out of your solar energy. The only thing is I don’t know exactly how this will work, it would sound abit pointless to have a solar panel if it also requires some sort of battery in place to work, sometimes these things happen but I’m not sure.

Though we don’t know how much indoor light it will actually need to get it ‘warmed up’? One thing is probably certain, gamers don’t expect great performance if you’re planning on buying this piece of environmentally friendly gizmo, however I do look forward to finding more about it. The Buffalo wireless ‘green’ keyboard will soon be released in Japan for approximately $128 USD.

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The PowerCube makes deployable renewable energy simple. By integrating the latest solar energy, power storage and power management technology, the PowerCube is engineered for home use, emergency response, construction, and any other remote power needs. It’s large size (72 x 124 x 50 inches) enables it to produce 600 watts of solar power, however, given its size you can probably imagine that it’s not actually that portable at all! You wouldn’t be able to fit the PowerCube in any normal family sized saloon trunk to go camping for example…

In emergency situations, access to traditional fossil fuels can be limited and difficult.

The PowerCube’s primary source of power is the sun, which means that the unit provides essential power without reliance on fossil fuel deliveries. Plus, heat, noise and emissions are virtually nonexistent.

From the middle of the Sahara, to the middle of the back yard – Never worry about electricity again. Ever.

Click here for more info…

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I really enjoy it when new inventions take advantage of natural power sources such as solar power! The new FreeLoader 8.0 Portable Solar Charger by Solar Technology (UK) is a smart looking, versatile device that charges a multitude of the latest mobile gadgets for free using Solar Energy. The FreeLoader 8.0 not only charges the latest two most popular gadgets from Apple but also charges devices such as digital cameras, iPods, PDAs, PSPs and mobile phones.

Natural solar power to charge up your iPhone / iPod Touch - the Free Loader 8.0!!!

What is brilliant about the FreeLoader 8.0 is that to ensure batteries never run flat, the Freeloader 8.0 has an extra function which allows it to simultaneously charge its own internal battery which holds its charge for up to three months. As seen in the picture below, it features extra sensitive solar panels which are make it especially efficient at absorbing light in cloudy and dim conditions that the UK in particular is prone to 🙁

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This isn’t just any geeky looking laptop bag, it actually delivers very environment friendly functionality! The Voltaic Generator is actually the world’s first laptop bag to generate strong enough power to charge your laptop via solar energy! Not only does it charge your laptop, it can also charge your mobile phone and handheld. The picture to the right shows you the light which lights up when the bag has gathered enough solar energy to generate a charge.

It uses high efficiency solar cells to generate maximum power in the limited space available. It includes a battery pack custom designed to efficiently store and convert the electricity generated.

Here are some official notes:

  • Solar panel generates up to 14.7 watts, powerful enough to fully charge a typical laptop from a day of direct sunlight.
  • The included battery pack efficiently stores the equivalent of a typical laptop charge and automatically delivers the required output voltages
  • Common adaptors are included for easy connection to laptops, phones and other handheld electronics
  • Other devices can connect via USB or car charger
  • Will hold up to a 17″ Powerbook inside a protective case
  • Fabrics made from recycled PET (soda bottles), which is tough, water resistant and light weight

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