As the whole world is talking about the environment conservation, the role of solar energy has got its dominant place. Most of the things operated by electricity that we are using presently will be available in new avatars powered by solar energy. Presently, there are lots of gadgets and appliances that work on solar energy like solar water heaters, solar cars, solar device chargers, street lights powered by solar energy, etc. These all looks quite normal things with the use of solar energy but there are some other weird and wacky things that make use of solar energy. Here is a list of such things that are totally unexpected with the use of solar energy and left you surprised whether solar energy can be used in such form. Let’s see these 7 most weirdest projects that make use of solar energy.
1. Solar movie theater
First in this list is a small solar powered movie theater named as SOL CINEMA. You might have seen a theater that has large capacity for people to sit and enjoy the movie with great surround sound experience. But being a movable mini cinema, SOL CINEMA provides seating capacity of 8 people. This whole cinema is powered by solar energy. It contains solar panels that provide energy to run the cinema and giving viewers a home theater like experience.
2. Taco Stand
When we talk about Tacos it reminds us of the delicious taste of it. You must have seen street vendors using fossil fuel powered Taco grills to keep Tacos warm. But in Mexico, now a days the food vendors are using solar powered Taco grills that use solar energy to prepare their Tacos. The initial investment on solar powered Taco grill is only $500 but after this it has long term savings also. Being a solar powered grill, it saves the cost of using fossil fuel like cooking gas hence giving much more profit to the vendors.
3. Solar planes
You might be familiar with solar powered concept vehicles like cars, bikes and boats but have you ever heard about a solar powered air plane. Solar Impulse, the solar powered airplane makes use of solar energy to take a flight high in the sky. It took around seven precious years for the engineers of the plane to make it operational. The plane has a wing span of 210 feet on which 12000 solar cells are placed to power the plane. The plane took its first flight from Switzerland and traveled at an altitude of 4000 feet above the ground. The most amazing thing about this airplane is that during its flight the pilot was able to keep it in the air for around 24 hours even after the sunset with the help of the stored energy.
All of us like honey for its great sweet taste. Honey comes from most of the honey farms where honey bees are kept in artificial beehives. So this solar project is all about the solar powered cooler that keeps the beehive cool so that the production of honey in the colony of bees should be high. This cooler is totally powered by solar energy and allows the bees to live happily in the beehive.
5. Plant lights
The next thing in this category of weird solar projects is ‘Solight concept plant lightning system’. If you are interested in planting trees inside your house, where there is no sunlight you can rely on this Solight concept plant lightning system. This device contains LED bulbs that provide light to the plants beneath it using the energy gathered from the sunlight. Hence, Solight being a weird project can help you a lot in in-house gardening.
6. Vending machines
Japan based electronic goods company Fuji electronics has debuted its solar powered vending machine that works totally on solar power. The vending machine is moss covered and keeps all items cool due to improved insulation of moss. It looks like an ordinary vending machine and helps reduce the consumption of electricity for a greener tomorrow. The concept is totally green as the number of vending machines in the world is very large and if the company is able to replace all vending machines with these solar powered machines than it can help us save most of the electric energy.
7. Farmers market
You might have visited vegetable markets that are totally dependent on electricity or some other non renewable sources of energy. But, Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market has made some changes when compared to other farmers markets. It uses solar energy for every thing like keeping fresh the vegetables, music inside the shop and even the ATM machines that are placed there are totally powered by solar energy. Hence, we can say that they are making a big step towards green revolution.
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