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Top 100 Solar Inventions

Part I: Gadgets & Fashion

— April 20, 2008 — Eco
Earth Day is right around the corner, so buzz about environmentally friendly innovations is high. One of the most talked about ways to go green right now is opting to use solar technologies by harnessing the power of the sun. In honor of Earth Day, this special two-part feature highlights the top 100 solar inventions.

Solar energy is one of the top sustainable energy sources, and its potential is incredible, as highlighted by the following bits of Trend Candy. They're arranged by category, starting with electronics like cell phones and computers, and gadgets like charging stations, followed by fashion and solar-powered bags. Featured in the main image is the Mana Solar Claw.

The second part of our feature, which can be seen here, includes larger innovations like architecture and solar cities.

Here's a look at what's possible through harnessing this incredible green energy source...
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Eco Friendly Lighting Imitates Nature
Eco Friendly Lighting Imitates Nature
Ravi Solar Flower Power
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68
Solar Powered Art
Solar Powered Art
PowerSEED by UeBERSEE
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67
Solar Powered Linux Computer
Solar Powered Linux Computer
Aleutia E1 Runs on 8 Watts of Power
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66
Solar Powered Arcade Game
Solar Powered Arcade Game
Soccermania
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65
The Solar Shuttle
The Solar Shuttle
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64
Hydrogen Powered Car Requires Only Water And Sunlight
Hydrogen Powered Car Requires Only Water And Sunlight
Corgi H2Go
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63
Solar Powered Ads
Solar Powered Ads
VW Eos "Shadow Poster"
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62
Solar Powered Alarm Clocks
Solar Powered Alarm Clocks
Green Clock Needs Charging Once A Year
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61
Solar Powered Patios
Solar Powered Patios
Umbrella Glows for 8 Hours
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60
Solar Powered Phone
Solar Powered Phone
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59
Asphalt for Energy
Asphalt for Energy
Road Energy System
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58
Solar Roasted Coffee
Solar Roasted Coffee
Eco-Friendly and Awesome
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57
Solar Powered Dress
Solar Powered Dress
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56
Nintendo Wii Goes Solar
Nintendo Wii Goes Solar
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55
Solar Powered Retinal Implants
Solar Powered Retinal Implants
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54
Solar Powered Hearing Aid From Africa
Solar Powered Hearing Aid From Africa
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53
Fuel-Cell Hamburgers
Fuel-Cell Hamburgers
Zemship on the Alster
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52
Charge Gadgets By Wind or Sun
Charge Gadgets By Wind or Sun
MINIWIZ HYmini
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51
Solar-Powered Hybrid Ferries
Solar-Powered Hybrid Ferries
San Francisco Evolves
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50
GM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Luxury SUV
GM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Luxury SUV
Cadillac Provoq (CES 2008)
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49
Solar Boat Race
Solar Boat Race
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48
Solar Powered Cellphone
Solar Powered Cellphone
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47
Google-Backed Solar Panels
Google-Backed Solar Panels
Nanosolar Photovoltaic Prints
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46
Solar Power Hot Dogs
Solar Power Hot Dogs
Solar Death Ray 3000
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45
Solar Powered Charms
Solar Powered Charms
StrapYa for Mobile Phones
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44
2007 L.A. Design Challenge Winner
2007 L.A. Design Challenge Winner
Volkswagen Slipstream Concept
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43
Aussie Solar Car Race
Aussie Solar Car Race
Dutch Enter Panasonic World Solar Challenge
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42
SunFlower
SunFlower
Solar Powerstation and Music Station
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41
WWF's Solar Powered Billboard Warns About Global Warming
WWF's Solar Powered Billboard Warns About Global Warming
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40
Solarized Container Light
Solarized Container Light
Energy Bucket
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39
Solar Golf Cart
Solar Golf Cart
Sunray Cruize Car Makes Golf Greener
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38
Ultimate Outdoors Juice
Ultimate Outdoors Juice
Solar Powered Digital Survival Kit
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37
Solar Tables
Solar Tables
Sun Table Charges Your Electric Goodies
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36
Innovative Solar & Wind Leaf Photovoltaic Shingles
Innovative Solar & Wind Leaf Photovoltaic Shingles
GROW
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35
World's First Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset
World's First Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset
Iqua BHS-603 SUN
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34
Cheaper Solar Power
Cheaper Solar Power
Solient Energy's Heliotube
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33
Motorola Patents Solar Cell Underneath Phone LCD
Motorola Patents Solar Cell Underneath Phone LCD
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32
Solar Powered Jacket Charges Your Stuff
Solar Powered Jacket Charges Your Stuff
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31
Solar Cooking
Solar Cooking
Restaurants Introduce Green Ovens
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30
Super Solar Laptop
Super Solar Laptop
GPS, Sat Phone, Web Access
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29
Solar Powered LED Ski Suit
Solar Powered LED Ski Suit
Improve your Visibility Willy Bogner Style
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28
Aquatic Solar Globe Spins Magically
Aquatic Solar Globe Spins Magically
Mova Globe (CES 2008)
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27
Eco-Friendly Charging Umbrellas
Eco-Friendly Charging Umbrellas
Parasolar
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26
DIY Solar Powered Electric Car
DIY Solar Powered Electric Car
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25
Eco Mobile Chargers
Eco Mobile Chargers
Charge Your Mobile for Free With Solar Style's SC003
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24
Solar Powered Bikini
Solar Powered Bikini
Don't Electrocute Yourself When You Swim
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23
Solar Powered Laptop Case Actually Charges Laptops
Solar Powered Laptop Case Actually Charges Laptops
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22
Portable Solar Charger
Portable Solar Charger
Solio
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21
Solar Empowering Billboards
Solar Empowering Billboards
NEDBank Billboard Lights Up School Kitchen
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20
Solar Powered Computer Mouse
Solar Powered Computer Mouse
Sole Mio Is First Of Its Kind
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19
Solar-Powered Vending Machines
Solar-Powered Vending Machines
Golf Balls & Drinks
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18
Solar Powered Air Conditioning
Solar Powered Air Conditioning
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17
Volkswagon Nanospyder
Volkswagon Nanospyder
Futuristic Concept Car with Organic Body Panels
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16
Charge-As-You-Ride
Charge-As-You-Ride
Solar Electric Bike
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15
Solar Paint
Solar Paint
Turn Your House Into a Power Station
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14
Fly Like A Bird
Fly Like A Bird
NASA's Latest Flight Project
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13
Green Technology Breakthrough
Green Technology Breakthrough
Inkjet Printed Solar Cells
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12
Solar Powered Bags
Solar Powered Bags
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11
Alternative Energy Barbecue
Alternative Energy Barbecue
The Solar Grill
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10
Solar-Powered Pen is a Wireless Spy Cam
Solar-Powered Pen is a Wireless Spy Cam
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9
Color Changing Eco Light
Color Changing Eco Light
Solar Butterfly Light
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8
Solar Purification
Solar Purification
SODIS Water Filters
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7
Simple Solar Shingles
Simple Solar Shingles
So Hot Right Now
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6
Solar Pedal Boat
Solar Pedal Boat
Jonathan Mahieddine's Eco Design
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5
Solar Power Wheelchair
Solar Power Wheelchair
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4
Solar Powered Purse
Solar Powered Purse
Solar Panels on Clothing and Accessories?
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3
Eco Workstation of the Future
Eco Workstation of the Future
Solar Power Desk
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2
Eco-Retro
Eco-Retro
Retro VW Camper Goes Green
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1
Build Your Own Solar Panel Out of Pop Cans
Build Your Own Solar Panel Out of Pop Cans
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