Why Facebook Wants A Solar Drone Company

A rumor’s been swirling around the Internet this week that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are interested in acquiring solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace. The social media giant is rumored to be interested in the drone company to make the Internet truly mobile. Such a purchase could be part of the Internet.org initiative, which seeks to […] Read more

Solar-Powered Computers for Students in Africa

A business which is based at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) has developed a unique solar-powered off-grid computing solution which is being used by students in Africa. Sustainable Computers was founded by Tony Winfield, a former Head of ICT and Business at a local secondary school, who recognized that one of the issues holding […] Read more

New York City Gets 25 Solar Streetchargers

Goal Zero’s solar chargers and battery backups have been used in some of the toughest environments on earth, places like Everest, and Eric Larsen used the company’s chargers on his recent attempt to bike across Antarctica. But they may be facing their toughest challenge yet—New York City. Goal Zero partnered with AT&T and design studio […] Read more

Pictoral Installs 757 Kilowatt PV Array

Pictorial, a family-owned, New Jersey commercial printer since 1938, is now benefitting from its new solar rooftop. It’s a757 kilowatt photovoltaic array installed by N.J.-based Solis Partners. Printing companies use a fair amount of electricity running printing presses, machine operated cutting machines and more, so it’s no surprise that the system, which covers two-thirds of […] Read more

The Princeton Satellite Systems’ SunStation EV Charging Station

Solar EV charging stations are hardly new – as regular readers of SolarChargedDriving.Com surely know. But every now and then something comparatively new comes along in the world of solar EV charging. Now is one of those times, at least according to Princeton Satellite Systems, which claims it will soon be producing “the first 100 […] Read more

Lockheed Martin Working on Solar Generator for Navy

One of the most dangerous situations for the armed forces is simply delivering fuel. It costs lives and adds a significant cost to the fuel itself. So one of the things the armed forces in the U.S. are trying to do is reduce their use of fuel. Lockheed Martin won a contract from the Office […] Read more

Solar Powered Emergency Shelters from Song Kee Hong

The Haven is a concept emergency shelter that can easily beairlifted to disaster areas or war zones. Designed by Song Kee Hong,Timothy Hoo, Ng Teck Tiong and Felix Lee, the Haven units can beflattened and stacked to ease transportation. The panels of theseshelters are made using plastic sheets that enclose a thin core ofhoneycomb and […] Read more

The “Double” Solar Powered Cell Phone from ZTE Corporation

Designers at ZTE Corporation have unveiled a new concept cellphone, dubbed the Double, which willnever run out of juice on a sunny day. The concept phone featuresphotovoltaic panels across its entire façade, which harness sunlight torecharge the onboard battery. On the technical specification sheet, the phone will come equippedwith a 360-degree hinge and a 3.2-inch […] Read more

U.S. Army Testing Solar Powered Tents and Shades

The U.S. Army is testing a host of flexible, portable andlightweight solar-powered shades and tent-like technologies, which havebeen designed to allow units to deploy transferable and exportableelectrical power that can charge batteries, computers and otherelectronic gear without needing a fossil-fuel powered generator. The products are based on the use of flexible photovoltaics toproduce electricity, thus […] Read more

Solar Powered Air Conditioner from Gree Electric Appliances

China’s Gree Electric Appliances has developed the country’s first solar-powered air-conditioning system that can also send excess electricity to the power grid. The companyhas stated that the first 50,000 units of the air conditioner will besold in the American market, after which the system will be madeavailable for purchase in China. The system, which mainly […] Read more

Chinese Student Creates Solar Powered Egg House

In an effort to reduce his living expenditure in a city likeBeijing, Daihai Fei, a 24-year-old Chinese student, has started livingin a house that he crafted on a bamboo frame covered with variousinsulating materials topped with a layer of stitched bag. The bags arefilled with sawdust and grass seeds, which the creator waters to enhance […] Read more

The Solar Powered Water Collector and Purifier Concept

With more than a billion people on our planet still striving hardfor fresh water, industrial designers have started thinking of new waysto quench the thirst of these individuals using natural resources.Designers Chun Yen Tsao and Hsing-Tan Yang have created a concept watercollector and purifier that works using solar energy and can one dayhelp provide safe […] Read more

The Solar Powered Lightbulb from Nokero

According to statistics, over a quarter of the world’s populationstill burns fossil fuels for light, resulting in about 190 million tonsof CO2 being emitted into the air each year. Nokero tried to reduce emissions by developing the world’s first solar lightbulb – the N100. The company has now bettered its own technology by developing the […] Read more

KYOCERA starts supplying solar-powered recharging stations for electric bicycles

Kyocera Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Kyocera CommunicationSystems Co. Ltd announced the development of its new "Solar CycleStation" — an environmentally friendly solar-powered recharging stationfor electric-assisted bicycles that uses the company’s high performancesolar modules. The system, which was codeveloped by the two companies,is sold in Japan by KCCS starting this month. The stationsutilize solar modules […] Read more