The advantage that houses in suburbia have over apartments in the City is that homeowners can install solar panels on their rooftops to save money on the every rising cost of electricity. Some can even take surplus energy produced by their solar panels and sell it back to the electric company at a tidy little profit. Most apartment dwellers don’t have that option as they don’t have a rooftop with which to install panels. But if they’re on the sunny side of the street, they may be able to install a new awning like product to do the same job.
About six months ago, we reported that Toyota was planning on putting solar panels on the Prius to power the air-conditioner. It has been recently been released that the famed Japanese motor company plans to release a car that is completely solar-powered.
As you can see on the photo, the solar panels are on the roof like solar panels of a house. This is only one way the car gets its power, as the company wants to supplement power by somehow attaching the car to the solar panels on the roofs of homes. This way, a car can be powered in a garage or parked outside.
We humans are extremely hard to please, but then again that could be a great trait that helps us pull through the rough times. Take for example, our need to do things much faster – it has led mankind from living in caves or foraging in forests to stay in huge metropolises over the millennia to where we are today, and in our quest to always better ourselves, new innovations and breakthroughs are occurring every single day. Same goes for gadgets and gizmos that are in the market – surely we won’t be content with just an iPod that plays music and comes with a black and white screen! See what we have today? The iPod touch in all its sleek glory. Well, the same goes for notebook bags as well – instead of offering a place that just totes your notebook and its accessories around, Voltaic Systems decided to take the plunge by unveiling its Generator solar bag that is able to harvest solar power to charge a notebook with less that a day’s worth of sun rays.