Global warming is an eminent threat to human survival and governments as well international organizations are searching for ways to mitigate it. The most implicated cause of this problem is emission of gases that destroy the ozone layer which are released as byproducts of oil combustion. In a bid to address this problem, innovators came up with what is known as green energy. One of the most efficient and effective alternative energy is solar.
Solar energy has been harnessed to produce electrical power to supply many appliances using either direct or indirect current. Today however, innovators and solar energy experts have come up with crazy, mind blowing; out-of-the ordinary uses solar panels. Here we will discuss 5 of the coolest, highly advanced and the most creative uses of solar power.
1. Solar Trash Cans
There are designed to minimize the impact of trash and other wastes in cities. You cannot miss to recognize one of these if you see it on the streets because they are absolutely marvelous, beauteous and technologically advanced. They are compactors, powered by the sun and allow the can to store as much trash as possible. This lowers fuel consumption, operational costs and greenhouse emissions from the garbage collections.
2. Solar Pyramids
Pyramids are synonymous with the Egyptians but this ancient technology was constructed with bricks. Imagine a similar technology but instead made from solar panels. The Lunar Cubit is a renewable energy plant made from a series of solar panels. The plant is still under construction and intended to power homes in Abu Dhabi. It will also serve as an attraction site by offering a stunning, illuminated artwork installation to the public at night.
3. Solar Powered Plane
If you thought that planes only run on gasoline, you are dead wrong because a plane has been developed to use solar power. This plane is known as Solar Impulse. It is fitted with as many as 12,000 panels, as wide as a jumbo jet and as heavy as a mid-sized car. The plane can fly both day and night powered by its solar energy derived from its numerous panels on its body.
4. Solar Powered Artificial Plant
We all know that natural plants use sunlight to help with photosynthesis. In this case the plants use solar energy to their advantage. Imagine using a plant to power your electrical appliances. This is what some Japanese technologists did. They created an artificial houseplant consisting of high-efficiency thin-film solar cells acting as its leaves. Each of these leaves is flexible and complex in structure and protected by a thin plastic film. The engineers intend that this technology be incorporated into buildings, toys and clothes later.
5. Solar Paint
Still in its early stages, solar paint technology is poised to revolutionize renewal energy requirements. Preliminary findings indicate that this technology is promising and if harnessed, could forever solve the greenhouse puzzle. Solar paint consists of nanoscale mix of photovoltaic components that can be sprayed or painted on to various surfaces to serve as cheap, very efficient solar cells. Imagine how much renewable energy will be produced if all buildings were to be sprayed by solar paint.