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We've heard about "solar-powered" quadcopters before, in which their battery is charged by ground-based photovoltaic panels. Now, however, engineering students have built a copter that draws its power directly from onboard solar cells, apparently allowing it to stay airborne as long as the sun is shining... Continue Reading Solar-powered quadcopter can reportedly "fly for hours" Category:
Airbus' Zephyr program has claimed another record, with a production model unmanned solar-powered aircraft touching down after more than 25 days in the air. That voyage is the longest flight ever made by any aircraft, and was achieved on this particular vehicle's maiden voyage, no less... Continue Reading Airbus' solar-powered Zephyr smashes flight duration record on maiden outing Categor
Although there are trillions of liters of water floating around in the air, it's not easily accessible for those who need it. Now engineers at UC Berkeley have developed a device powered only by the Sun that can pluck practical quantities of drinkable water out of thin air, and they've successfully field-tested it in the Arizona desert... Continue Reading Solar-powered harvester sucks drin
Nestled in between satellites and drones are autonomous aerial vehicles known as High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS), which can soar at the edges of space for long periods of time, acting as telecommunications relays or environmental monitors. Now, UAVOS has conducted test flights of its ApusDuo prototype, an autonomous, solar-powered aircraft with flexible wings that bend and bounce to
Alpine Tiny Homes, the firm behind the aptly-named Tiny Giant, recently completed its biggest model yet. Named the Phoenix on account of it replacing a previous home lost in a fire, the solar-powered dwelling measures a massive 41 ft (12.5 m) long and comprises 410 sq ft (38 sq m) of floorspace. ..Continue Reading Massive solar-powered tiny house rises like a Phoenix Category: Tiny HousesTa
Pop-up tents are designed to spring into shape in a matter of seconds, sparing you the tedious task of setup that goes against the camping spirit of escaping work. Cinch has now pitched the fourth generation of its solar-powered pop-up tents, refreshing the existing line with new features like integrated smart LED lighting, and introducing the Cinch Pod, a portable "living room" that can conn
The Sun can provide an unlimited amount of energy, but there's one major downside – night. For roughly half the day facilities and devices that rely on solar power have to shut down or store extra energy, and the process is particularly disruptive to concentrated solar power (CSP) plants which work on heat. Now, scientists at the German Aerospace Center have tested a solar reactor concept kno
Hydrogen is a clean fuel source, but current methods of producing it, often by converting natural gas, can undo any environmental benefit. Producing hydrogen out of sunlight and water doesn't create any CO2, and recent research has improved the efficiency and lowered the cost of devices that achieve this. Now, engineers from Columbia University have developed a "solar fuels rig" that floats o
Those visiting the northern New South Wales coastline in Australia will have the chance to ride on new sustainably powered transport service. The Byron Bay Railroad Company is setting the wheels in motion for what it describes as the world's first solar-powered train, whose roots can be traced back to World War II...Continue Reading World's first solar-powered train mixes the old and the new
Utah-based Alpine Tiny Homes recently completed a new tiny house named La Ventana. Measuring 32 ft (9.7 m) long, the towable dwelling includes three bedrooms and serves as home to a family of five. It also runs off-the-grid with a solar power setup. ..Continue Reading Solar-powered tiny house sleeps a family of fiveCategory: Tiny HousesTags: Home House Micro-House


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