solar energy pops up in unexpected places
Researchers have found new ways to make solar energy smaller.
Almost any surface in the sun is a fair game of clean energy.
According to a recent report, solar photovoltaic power generation capacity has been expanding widely and is expected to more than double in the next 10 years. (
See amazing countries where wind and solar are booming. )
Here are some less traditional ways of growing.
You may not have to look for a phone call in the future --
Charging During the trip;
Instead, you can wear it. Solar-
Electric Watches have been around for decades.
Now, many companies are starting from Swarovski-
The parka made its debut on Friday with a solar pocket, and Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen said it could charge the smartphone in two hours.
At least for now, prototype designs like Van Donggen\'s fur coat are hard to implement, but there are a lot of choices for solar backpacks.
A golf course in Japan, forced to shut down after a nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, is now home to solar panels.
Outdated golf courses have weakened interest in golf, forcing many to close, but for the sport, the bad news may be the good news that solar developers are looking for open real estate in densely populated areas such as Japan.
There are at least four solar power plants on abandoned golf courses.
\"Solar energy can provide particularly efficient and eco-friendly use for golf courses that are no longer there,\" Kyoto-
Kyocera, a Beijing-based solar system maker, mentioned a project on its website, noting that \"the vast land area, high sun exposure and low shade concentration.
\"An Idaho couple poses in front of the prototype of their solar road concept.
The emergence of 2014 solar roads on roads and roads, an Idaho couple trying to replace asphalt with solar panels, has attracted great attention. There are 20 million views on youtube in their promotional videos.
While the concept is still developing, solar paving materials have emerged elsewhere.
In the suburbs of Amsterdam, 100-meter (328-foot)
The SolaRoad section is covered in photovoltaic cells coated with tempered glass, and from October 2014 to May 2015, it generates 3,000 KW hours of power.
This amount is very small, close to the third average in the United States. S.
Home is usually used within a year, but it is more than the company expected and heralds the prospect of future applications.
Another way to generate electricity from the road surface is to use the energy generated by footsteps on the road surface.
The concept \"piezoelectric\" has been tested on the sidewalk in Toulouse, France, a shopping center in Sydney, and (of course)in dance clubs. (
Read more about how people generate electricity with their feet. ).
Floating on the water board.
Installed in a sewage treatment plant in southern Australia and a reservoir east of Tokyo, Japan.
The latter array, which will be completed in the spring of 2016, will generate enough power to power nearly 5,000 households consisting of panels designed to withstand corrosion.
In the case of extreme weather attacks, the panel has also been tested to simulate windy conditions.
Read more about water-based solar energy and Japanese factories here.
Solar panels are located on 13 acres of landfill in Kearny, New Jersey.
Brown lands and landfill sites that used to store garbage or toxic waste now have new potential as renewable energy power stations.
For example, the town of Bridgeport in Connecticut plans to install 9,000 solar panels on an old landfill site, creating 2.
Power capacity of 2 MW. (
Read how the plan sparked a struggle between different types of environmental activists. )
In New Jersey, a brown strip, once home to gas plants, is now a solar farm that powers 170 households. (
Watch a video about that website. )
Entrepreneur Fu Bulovic (left)
And Miles bar (right)
Display transparent solar cells that can eventually be placed on everyday objects such as mobile phones and Windows.
Photos taken by Justin netales and Jones the most eye-catching new instance of solar energy is probably something you\'ll never see.
New materials promise to capture the sun\'s energy while remaining transparent, making it possible to use them on windows, mobile phones and other small electronic devices.
Miles Barr, chief executive and co-president
Founder of transparency
Earlier this year, \"you can make your imagination crazy.
We see that this is almost everywhere. \"(
In addition, read \"creative persistence\" by Zheng Zhaolin, a researcher at Stanford UniversityOn the solar panel. )
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