SunUp Solar Panel Travels With You
Innovation from UK
This is a wearable solar panel that's called SunUp for easy use to travel with you. There's a lot unique about this technology. But a couple of outstanding points. These are flexible solar panels that can fit around your backpack as you walk to university. Or they are flexible enough to fit around a tent as you go on a forest adventure. Or they wrap around your boat in a stream. This portable system pulls in 15 watts of solar energy to fully charge a mobile device within 12 hours. This device is a national top runner-up at the James Dyson Awards.
UK Brunel University Innovation
This new, green energy system comes from the UK's Brunel University and design student Bradley Brister. The design overcomes low efficiency, thin film silicon panels that have traditionally been used in flexible displays to pull in solar energy. What's innovative is that Brunel has changed the game by using triangles of polycrystalline panels joined by a hinge and it's working with more efficiency.