No, this isn’t some bad joke that will make you groan when you hear the punch line, and it’s not even a rhetorical question! I got very excited about solar power after the last two posts I wrote (on camping gadgets and solar park benches!) and I came across this article on some unusual applications for solar power while I was googling for more ideas to share with you! So I guess I just gave away the answer, yes, it’s Solar Power! Check out how solar power is integrated into these three things (there are a couple more in the original article too)…
Since the attack on Pope John Paul 11, “popemobiles” have been used whenever there is a public appearance to be made. Pope Benedict XVI (known as the “green pope” for his environmental awareness–check out some more ways he has incorporated going green), suggested a solar powered popemobile to replace the gas-powered Mercedes currently in use. While this is a very enlightened idea, the Vatican (which is the world’s greenest state) has concerns about the dependability of this type of vehicle in the even of a crisis and has opted to look for a hybrid-type replacement instead.
It appears, however, that fears remain within the Vaticanover the dependability of a fully electric vehicle to escape threats has prompted a compromise. According to the site Whispers in the Loggia, officials have signed with Mercedes-Benz to develop “a hybrid variation on its M Class SUV that’ll be able to run some 16 miles (30km) emission-free thanks to a rechargable lithium-ion battery.”
Still, kudos to the Green Pope for working towards a more energy efficient means of travel!
OK, so now I am sure you want to hear about how a taco stand would use solar power, and, better yet, why?? Well, it seems a Swiss (??) inventor has worked out a solution for street vendors that is more efficient and cost effective than cooking with charcoal or natural gas. Check out the video below and see how they developed this super-green idea!
I really like the solar powered wheelchair, developed by Haidar Taleb (who has had polio since he was 4) – not just because of the DIY factor, but because this guy set a world record for making a 200-mile trip in the same wheelchair! This is not only amazing innovation, but is also incredibly inspiring!
Haider says, “By taking-up this journey, I want to raise awareness about disability and tell people that we, despite our disability can achieve anything as an individual, if we are determined to try and have courage to do so.” With this journey Haider also wants to send out a message to other persons with disabilities like him, who have mobility problem. He wants to tell them, “There are no obstructions because you can do as you think. Given a chance, persons with disabilities can perform miracles.” During the course of his journey, Haider will share the above message to inspire everyone when he talks to both disabled and non-disabled people in schools, colleges and centers working for the disabled.
What motivates you to change the way you perform daily tasks to help the environment? Have you created any DIY solar powered gadgets? Let me hear about your ideas for creating a “greener” world!
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