Solar Panels With Special Uses
By Isabella Woods, Freelance Writer
Even if you’ve lived in the dark these last few years,
you’ll know all about solar panels being used as a source of
energy for electrical power. In fact, one or two television news
headlines reveal that solar panels are used to power cars and even
airplanes. But do you know how they have been used to power a
woman’s bra or mow your lawn?
Fly Like A Bird
Up in the air, Sunseeker II is a completely solar powered airplane. If
you’re flying at 3,000 feet – not high by airplane
standards – would you want to cross states knowing that you
don’t have a conventional engine onboard to keep you in the air?
Maybe you shouldn’t rely on this flight to take you on your
summer vacation, but this 506 pound airplane with a length of just 23
feet and a wingspan of 17 feet is covered with photovoltaic cells and
charges four lithium polymer batteries. They power the 8 horsepower
motor to 40 mph. This might not replace Jetblue, but it’s a step
in the right direction.
No Effort Lawn Care
You can, however, believe in a lawn mower that saves you visiting the gas station every time you want to mow your grass.
The Husqvarnas automower
even remembers the shape and size of your lawn to mow while you sit in
comfort marveling as it effortlessly floats around your garden. Just
like the autovacs you have seen for inside use (like the iRobot), the
same principles apply to the automower. It’s fully automatic yet
runs completely from solar energy. Zero emissions help this eco
friendly gadget to whiz around your lawn without the noise of the 2
stroke engine disturbing the neighbors.
New Style Sunglasses
Why anyone would need solar powered sunglasses is a mystery until now-
one pair has a really good use. They can power your MP3 player while
you walk in the sunshine.
The glass collects solar light and transforms it into electric energy.
This in turn powers any device you connect to it. Don’t expect to
run your household electric supply from the glasses, but an iPod or
other MP3 player can run all day as long the sun stays out.
Solar-Powered Pest Control
If you have a crisis with moles, voles and other underground pests who
build small mountains from your nicely tendered lawn all over your
property, then you consider an underground pest deterrent. The problem
with these is remembering to change the batteries as they lose power
The answer is to purchase one of the many solar powered varieties that
have become available recently. They’re a small aluminum spindle,
anodized and waterproof. The sonic vibrations force the pests run away
to your neighbor’s garden. The only dilemma is how to place the
units somewhere direct sunlight can power them up all day so they can
work all night.
For the lady who has everything, the latest style in bikini cannot be beaten. It will also serve an extra purpose as it powers small gadgets, provided you’re out in direct sunlight.
The distinctive bikini comes complete with small photovoltaic cells
(top and bottom, in case you were wondering) so it works just like any
other solar powered gadget. Sunlight is collected by the cells which
generate electric power so you can either recharge your cell phone or
run your favorite MP3 player direct from your bra. The makers say you
can swim in it and still collect solar power.
How strong are your eco views? Are you green enough to look a little
foolish wearing or using some of the current inventions or would it be
better to sell the parts and take out scrap insurance instead?