Solar Roadways / Brusaws

SolarstraÃen / Solar Roadway

Prototype of a modular heavy duty paving system, that generates electricity by collecting solar power with photovoltaics, an alternative to conventional asphalt motorways, invented by Idaho based engineer Scott and his wife Julie Brusaw of Solar Roadways



Apart from energy collection, the Solar Roadways could have a number of additional benefits, like on-the-go charging for electric cars, LED lighting to show signs and lines and heating to melt ice and snow.

For further exploration check out the Phase II progress here and read more here + there

illustrations by Sam Cornett – via prosthetic knowledge

You may also read here + there why some people think this idea is completely utopian.

Gervasutti bivouac / LEAPfactory

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The amazing Gervasutti bivouac is a prefabricated high tech climber’s hostel, commissioned by CAI Torino -the Italian Alpine Club on Mt. Blanc, Italy- designed by LEAPfactory.

The hostel is named after the great Italian mountaineer Guisto Gervasutti and looks out over the same mountain range he was the first to conquer – the east face of the Grandes Jorasses – which he scaled in 1942.

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The Gervasutti shelter is solar-powered and equipped with a unit to measure local conditions (self-diagnosis, weather conditions, web-cam, emergency rescue communication) connected with logistic and rescue headquarters. The shelter offers a sanitary module with a biological toilet, wooden bunk beds, living area with kitchenette and a breathtaking view above Freboudze glacier.

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ELF velomobiles / Organic Transit


A more conventional three-wheeled velomobile, made with 45% recycled aluminum, electrically assisted by a 480w lithum battery and built in 60w solar panels, storage compartment, created by Organic Transit, a Durham, North Carolina-based company.

via wired

check a cool three-wheeled electric car here!

SOFT Rockers

These smart outdoor rocking lounge furniture ( in Killian Court, MIT),   are  also  interactive clean energy stations,  charging or playing  any USB device. The bottom of the rocker is rounded off  to allow rocking and solar-tracking, to ensure that maximum sunlight is being captured by the solar panel.  Soft Rockers  are developed  by architecture students lead by MIT Professor  Sheila Kennedy

via markdreams

mobile egg house / Dai Haifei

Beijing architect Dai Haifei lives in this mobile house, made of bamboo and covered with grass for natural insulation. The house has solar panels on top and in it there is one lamp, bed and water tank, and it really only works for one person. Dai created this egg home with the help of his friends, as he couldn’t afford Beijing’s high rental prices. Haifei managed to stay in structures on the streets for several months until local media attention forced him to leave.


via vulgare

also here + here

wristband 2015

Hybrid energy harvesting wristband by Fujitsu, capable of generating electricity from either heat or light. Release date: 2015. Found here.

Eco Halos

Eco Halos are ethereal structures that can be used both as public art and as monitors of changing levels of environmental pollution (a supernatural warning against air pollution?). These changes are reflected in the color and intensity of the Eco Halo’s light, using data relayed from existing local air quality monitoring stations. Green stands for good, Blue stands for OK, Red for bad, and Flashing Red for critical (run now!).
In any case, Eco Halos present certain advantages: they are not conventional pollution readers, they are pretty, they can be rapidly installed, they are protected from casual vandalism, and if solar powered panels are used as the energy source, the Eco Halos would involve no running costs.
Here are some inventive applications taken from the Eco Halo site

London Oxford Circus (fictional application)

London Notting Hill Gate (it was granded planning permission, it is unknown if it was realized)

Lake District (possibly fictional application, why would you need a faulty Eco Halo showing critical pollution levels in the middle of the natural resort?)

Somewhere (possibly fictional application, with three Halos going nuts in terms of polution level accuracy)