Ideas
Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with over 400,000 inspiring examples.
Insights
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 750 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join over 200,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Books
Join 20,000,000+ people getting better and faster with our New York Times Bestselling methods, best innovation books & keynote videos.
Dashboard
Get special access to premium content, topic tracking and customizable tools through our AI-powered Dashboard.
AI
Learn how the Trend Hunter harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Assessment
Enhance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
Overview
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Keynotes & Workshops
Empower your team with the insights and frameworks they need to innovate better and faster.
Custom Research
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Plans
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Futurists
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Contact
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
FAQ
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Community
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Team
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Jobs
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
Internships
Grow your professional skillset in an award-winning workplace.
News
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Join
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Advertising
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Portfolio
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Settings
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
World Summit
Join the world's top innovators at our 3-Day Toronto event.
Innovation Events
Explore our 2020 tour dates and find the best city to inspire your team.
Custom Events
Host a custom innovation conference in your city that will inform and inspire.
Custom Training
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team with custom training packages.
Search our database of over 390,000 cutting edge ideas.

96 Solar Panel Innovations

From Floating Solar Farms to Rainproof Solar Chargers

— July 31, 2014 — Autos
We're living in a world that's constantly on the hunt for ways to capture the energy that's all around us, which is where these solar panel innovations take the cake for being both futuristically beautiful and sustainably designed. Energy demands in North America have sky rocketed and with several countries looking to upgrade their infrastructure in kind, we're looking down the barrel of a worldwide crisis. With that said, the level at which we're looking into renewable and sustainable energy sources is increasing rapidly.

We're seeing a wide variety of gadgets that make use of solar energy to power things like smartphones or portable speakers, but what we're going to start seeing on a much higher scale is subdivisions covered in solar panels, vehicles with them embedded right into the roof and other innovations that push for sustainability as priority one.
6.6
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
96
Speedy Solar Panel Printers
Speedy Solar Panel Printers
This Machine Makes 33 Feet of Printed Solar Cells A Minute
<
95
Solar Roof-Powered Cars
Solar Roof-Powered Cars
Ford's New Prototype is a Hybrid Vehicle Charged Through an Eco Roof Panel
<
94
Aerial-Powered Plants
Aerial-Powered Plants
New Wave Energy UK Has Designed Energy-Harvesting Drones
<
93
Solar Paneled Pushbikes
Solar Paneled Pushbikes
The SolarCross E-Bike Harnesses the Sun's Energy for Propulsion Assistance
<
92
Impressive Solar-Powered Hospitals
Impressive Solar-Powered Hospitals
Partners in Health Created this Large Solar-Powered Hospital
<
91
Hybrid Power Arrays
Hybrid Power Arrays
The World's Largest Wind-Solar Array was Installed by Windstream Technologies
<
90
Unfurling Solar Panels
Unfurling Solar Panels
The Origami in Space Project by BYU Focuses on Cost and Creativity
<
89
Phone-Charging Headphones
Phone-Charging Headphones
These Solar Powered Headphones Can Charge a Smartphone
<
88
Rainproof Solar Chargers
Rainproof Solar Chargers
The 5000mAH Solar Panel Charger is Impervious to Rainfall
<
87
Floral Solar Satellites
Floral Solar Satellites
SPS-ALPHA is Practical, Efficient and Environmentally Conscious
<
86
Satellite-Shaped Sun-Powered Structures
Satellite-Shaped Sun-Powered Structures
The Solar Science Center is Dedicated to Research
<
85
Buildable Space Rovers
Buildable Space Rovers
The NASA littleBIts Space Kit Lets Children Recreate the Mars Rover
<
84
Maintenance-Free Streetlights
Maintenance-Free Streetlights
The EcoLight Lamppost is an Efficient and Independent Fixture
<
83
Sun-Powered Leaves
Sun-Powered Leaves
Be Eco-Friendly While Looking Natural with Solar Ivy
<
82
Buoyant Renewable Energy Plants
Buoyant Renewable Energy Plants
This Japanese Power Plant is Made Up of Floating Solar Panels
<
81
Marvelous Metallic Trees
Marvelous Metallic Trees
This Ross Lovegrove Installation is Eco-Friendly and Elegant
<
80
Split Solar Tables
Split Solar Tables
The Lucio Table Charges Appliances No Matter Where it Is
<
79
Umbrella Phone Chargers
Umbrella Phone Chargers
The Booster Brolly Will Juice Your Phone, Rain or Shine
<
78
Sun-Powered Propeller Toys
Sun-Powered Propeller Toys
The Metal Solar Helicopter Adds Movement to Your Desk
<
77
Employee-Owned Sun Energy
Employee-Owned Sun Energy
Namaste Solar Transforms Businesses Through Innovative Panels
<
76
Energy-Generating Water Fowls
Energy-Generating Water Fowls
The Energy Duck is a Public Art Installation and Power Plant
<
75
Self-Cooling Solar Cells
Self-Cooling Solar Cells
New Scientific Techniques From Stanford Result in Longer-Lasting Panels
<
74
Super-Efficient Solar Cells
Super-Efficient Solar Cells
Physicist Harry Atwater is Designing Advanced Eco-Technology
<
73
Picnic-Improving Contraptions
Picnic-Improving Contraptions
W.E.T. Beacon Improves Park Atmospheres by Harnessing Sun and Rain
<
72
All-Weather Public Pods
All-Weather Public Pods
Roxanna Gressel's 'Oasis' Makes Outdoor Lunch During Winter a Reality
<
71
Solar External Hard Drives
Solar External Hard Drives
Light's Reminiscence is a Rare Eco-Friendly Electronic Device
<
70
Electric Crossover Cars
Electric Crossover Cars
The Ssangyong e-XIV Puts Hyundai and Kia on Notice
<
69
Walker-Friendly Solar Panels
Walker-Friendly Solar Panels
The Solar Walk Literally Gathers Energy from the Ground Up
<
68
Illuminating Avian Abodes
Illuminating Avian Abodes
The Solar Birdhouse Provides a Soft Glow for a Midnight Snack
<
67
Solar-Powered DJ Booths
Solar-Powered DJ Booths
The Fono by Yalp and Lappset is Played Outdoors
<
66
Solar-Powered Pool Skimmers
Solar-Powered Pool Skimmers
This Robotic Pool Skimmer Cleverly Cleans
<
65
Energy-Collecting Roofs
Energy-Collecting Roofs
The Energy Roof Makes Self-Sustaining Homes a Possibility
<
64
Tough Solar-Powered Tablets
Tough Solar-Powered Tablets
The Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet is Ready for an Adventure
<
63
Eco Electric Bicycles
Eco Electric Bicycles
In Austria, IKEA is Adding an Electric Bike to Its Catalog
<
62
Energizing Solar Carports
Energizing Solar Carports
The Latest BMW Electric Car Refuels in a Solar Carport
<
61
Sleek Eco Music Players
Sleek Eco Music Players
The Portable Solar Powered Speaker Pumps Tunes Without the Need for a Plug
<
60
Seamlessly Integrated Solar Panels
Seamlessly Integrated Solar Panels
CertainTeed Apollo Solar Roofing System Ensures a Clean Look
<
59
Solar Vineyard House Concepts
Solar Vineyard House Concepts
This Winery Design by Michael Jantzen is Sleek and Sustainable
<
58
Solar-Powered Ancient City Tours
Solar-Powered Ancient City Tours
'Athens by Bike' Brings Eco-Tourism to Ancient Greece
<
57
School-Made Solarized Vehicles
School-Made Solarized Vehicles
Stanford Solar Car Project to Race in 2011 World Solar Challenge
<
56
Solar-Paneled Cars
Solar-Paneled Cars
The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept by Ford Ups the Ante for Electric Vehicles
<
55
Solar Bench Chargers
Solar Bench Chargers
These Boston Benches by Soofa Charge Your Tech Devices Using the Sun's Energy
<
54
Sail-Like Weather Stations
Sail-Like Weather Stations
Design by Nature Interprets the Weather and Generates Energy
<
53
Ingenious Solar Carports
Ingenious Solar Carports
This Energy-Efficient Solar Carport is Designed for BMW Electric Vehicles
<
52
Solar-Powered Device Chargers
Solar-Powered Device Chargers
BoostSolar Charges Your Fave iDevices by Harnessing the Sun's Rays
<
51
Floating Solar Farms
Floating Solar Farms
This Floating Indian Solar Plant Will Be the Largest of its Kind in the World
<
50
Solar-Paneled Cycles
Solar-Paneled Cycles
The Ele Solar Bicycle Soaks Up the Sun's Rays for an Eco Assisted Ride
<
49
Shade-Solving Solar Panels
Shade-Solving Solar Panels
Unified Solar Likely Solves the Problem of Shaded Solar Panels
<
48
Solar-Powered Race Cars
Solar-Powered Race Cars
The Tokai Challenger Looks Like a Futuristic Surf Board
<
47
Massive Solar Panelled Roofs
Massive Solar Panelled Roofs
Jaguar Land Rover Puts in the Largest Energy-Efficient Rook in the UK
<
46
Battery-Boosting Man Bags
Battery-Boosting Man Bags
The Mini L Solarbag Stylishly Extends the Life of Your Apple iPad
<
45
Sun-Powered Floral Chargers
Sun-Powered Floral Chargers
The Solar Sunflower Soaks up Some Rays
<
44
Sun-Powered Lounge Chairs
Sun-Powered Lounge Chairs
The Rolling Solar Recliner Powers Your Electronic Devices as You Relax
<
43
Solar-Powered Gadget Boosters
Solar-Powered Gadget Boosters
Voltaic Spark Tablet Case Charges Devices with the Help of the Sun
<
42
Disguised Green Fixtures
Disguised Green Fixtures
The Petal Solar Lights by Mohzy Blend with Gardens
<
41
Solar-Powered Brewers
Solar-Powered Brewers
Boil Water Wherever You Go with the SunRocket Thermos
<
40
Fold-Out Green Generators
Fold-Out Green Generators
The Wagan Tech Solar e Power Pair Equip You for Eco Electrical Backup
<
39
Abstractly Roofed Abodes
Abstractly Roofed Abodes
The Sunlighthouse Was Made Asymmetrically to Maximize its Eco Efficiency
<
38
Solar-Powered Confectionery Vehicles
Solar-Powered Confectionery Vehicles
The Springtime Ice Cream Carts are Environmental
<
37
Portable Solar Panels
Portable Solar Panels
These Solar Sockets Can Stick to Any Window for Power On-the-Go
<
36
Solar-Powered Phone Chargers
Solar-Powered Phone Chargers
The Lava Solar Charger can Charge Your Phone in Eight Hours
<
35
Accordion Eco Illuminators
Accordion Eco Illuminators
The Sunshine Lamp Soaks Up Solar Rays for a Cheap and Easy Light Source
<
34
Seed-Shaped Vehicles
Seed-Shaped Vehicles
The Ecco Camper is for Eco-Conscious and Adventurous People
<
33
Life-Saving Tsunami Capsules
Life-Saving Tsunami Capsules
These Survival Capsules Protect Inhabitants from Natural Disasters
<
32
Solar-Powered Parking Spots
Solar-Powered Parking Spots
The EV ARC Turns Parking Spaces into Electric Car Chargers
<
31
Sustainable Solar-Powered Scooters
Sustainable Solar-Powered Scooters
The Solar Electric Scooter is Fast and Furious-ly Eco-Friendly
<
30
Multifunctional Turbines
Multifunctional Turbines
The Skystream Hybrid 6 Combines the Two Most Popular Renewable Sources
<
29
Solar Pool Pads
Solar Pool Pads
This Homemade Pads are a Great Way to Naturally Heat Your Pool
<
28
Sun-Powered Laptops
Sun-Powered Laptops
Luce Solar Panel Powered PC Defines Eco-Friendly Computers
<
27
Solar Panel Smartphone Chargers
Solar Panel Smartphone Chargers
Sol Solar iPhone 4 Battery Case Harnesses Energy From the Sun
<
26
Sun-Powered Headgear
Sun-Powered Headgear
The Solar Ski Helmet Charges Your Gadgets
<
25
Spacious Photovoltaic Boats
Spacious Photovoltaic Boats
The Dan Baker 'Firefly' is Eco-Friendly
<
24
Eco Road Illuminators
Eco Road Illuminators
The Mango Street Lamp Gets Its Power from the Rain and Sunshine
<
23
Foldable Green Paneled Abodes
Foldable Green Paneled Abodes
The M-Velope by Michael Jantzen is a Sustainable Art Structure
<
22
Device-Charging Solar Backpacks
Device-Charging Solar Backpacks
The ‘Birksun Levels’ Solar Backpack Charges Gadgets on
<
21
Solar-Powered Multi-Chargers
Solar-Powered Multi-Chargers
Notebook-Sized Solar Panel Can Charge Two iPads At Once
<
20
Roll-Out Solar Chargers
Roll-Out Solar Chargers
The Compact E-Saving Charger is Ideal for Off-the Grid Battery Boosting
<
19
Adhesive Solar Phone Chargers
Adhesive Solar Phone Chargers
The Solar Window Charger Uses the Sun's Rays to Juice up Your Phone
<
18
Solar-Powered Cargo Cycles
Solar-Powered Cargo Cycles
The Sun Bike Puts an Eco-Friendly Twist on the Christiania Bike
<
17
Mobile Eco Generators
Mobile Eco Generators
The Portable Wind Solar System Harnesses the Sun and Breeze Anywhere
<
16
Slim Solar-Powered Smartphone Sleeves
Slim Solar-Powered Smartphone Sleeves
Keep Eco-Friendly With the EnerPlex iPhone Case
<
15
Sustainable Hovering Hotels
Sustainable Hovering Hotels
The Marijn Beije Floating Eco Lodge Levitates Above Ground
<
14
Sustainable Coastal Abodes
Sustainable Coastal Abodes
The Point Loma House in San Diego is the Epitome of Eco-Architecture
<
13
Solar Disaster Shelters
Solar Disaster Shelters
The V Plus Emergency Relief Tent Provides Victims with Comfort and Power
<
12
Hinged Sun-Loving Seats
Hinged Sun-Loving Seats
Solar Chaise Lounge Passively Stores Renewable Energy
<
11
Hi-Tech Public Transit
Hi-Tech Public Transit
The B2us Hybrid Bus is a Smart Way to Commute
<
10
Wooden Solar Ships
Wooden Solar Ships
Uno from Supiore Recharges Its Battery While You Sunbathe
<
9
Solar-Powered Charging Backpacks
Solar-Powered Charging Backpacks
The Power Pack Stores Energy Using its Built-In Solar Panel
<
8
Sustainable Superyachts
Sustainable Superyachts
The Lou + Lou Yacht is Powered by the Nature it Seeks to Explore
<
7
Pop-Up Solar Generators
Pop-Up Solar Generators
This Shipping Container Turns Into a Massive Mobile Solar Power Station
<
6
Leafy Resource Reapers
Leafy Resource Reapers
Mango by Adam Miklosi Makes Efficient Use of the Sun and Falling Rain
<
5
Dual-Powered Lampposts
Dual-Powered Lampposts
The Solar Windmill Light is Charged All Hours by the Elements
<
4
Multistory Solar Vessels
Multistory Solar Vessels
The Wind Rose Yacht Provides an Eco-Friendly Oceanic Escape
<
3
Habitable Glass Greenhouses
Habitable Glass Greenhouses
Garden Shed by Ville Hara Furnishes Around-the-Clock Nature Lovers
<
2
Solar Cube Refuges
Solar Cube Refuges
This Temporary Housing Unit Becomes a Home to Victims of Damaged Property
<
1
Window Pane Plugs
Window Pane Plugs
The Window Socket Harnesses Energy from Sunlight for an Eco Electrical Source
<