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Solar Vox is a Portable Solar-Powered Charger Looking for Funding

Solar Vox is a Portable Solar-Powered Charger Looking for Funding

For a concept design to become real, and find its way into consumers all over the world, it needs money. That's where Kickstarter comes in. A service designed to help creators find the means to get their ideas off the ground, and hopefully onto shelves where people can actually buy them. We've seen an iPod Nano watch hit the big time thanks to Kickstarter, and now a solar-powered portable gadget charger is looking for some funding. Designed by Eric Strebel, it's a simple device with a lot of potential.

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SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California

SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California

Finding alternative energy sources is a cause that many corporations and companies are attached to. And governments, along with entire cities, aren't new to clinging onto new methods for saving energy, and costs. California, which has been known in the past to incorporate solar and wind energy, is now looking at opening a new solar plant, which uses molten salt to store and release energy. The permit was just approved recently, the company behind the plant, SolarReserve, announced late Wednesday.

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BamBoo Electric Vehicle is a Grown-Up Golf Cart

BamBoo Electric Vehicle is a Grown-Up Golf Cart

When it comes to concept cars, Frank M. Rinderknecht is a name that has become synonymous with outrageous and unique designs. With his Rinspeed company behind him, Rinderknecht is able to bring to life some of the craziest ideas when it comes to automobiles, but it looks like next year will be a bit different. He's taking a more "laid-back" approach with his latest idea, which he is calling the BamBoo, and opting for something a bit more simpler, but still unique in its own right.

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Oriental Hornet is Actually Solar Powered

Oriental Hornet is Actually Solar Powered

Solar power is a hot topic for those who want to be eco-friendly. Or, for those who just want to find ways to save on energy bills. But, it looks like insects in the animal kingdom know how to take advantage of the sun in a more direct way, too. It's been recently discovered that the Oriental Hornet, which features an iconic yellow strip around the hornet's abdomen, is actually solar powered.

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Poland’s Inspiro is a Recyclable Subway Car [Video]

Poland’s Inspiro is a Recyclable Subway Car [Video]

With partners like Siemens and BMW, there's no surprise that Poland would want to go ahead and move forward with the aspirations of one day in the near future of having a completely recyclable subway car. The country has put forward plans to make the dream come true, and have teamed up with the pair of companies to make it happen. The end result, if everything goes to plan, should be a subway car that's near 100% made from recyclable items, and is ready to carry passengers by 2012.

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Nissan Reveals Fuel Efficient ECO Pedal System

Nissan Reveals Fuel Efficient ECO Pedal System

For a car only available in Japan (for now), a car called the Nissan Fuga, Nissan has created a system called ECO Pedal, a system that'll improve fuel efficiency anywhere from five to ten percent. How does this pedal work, you might ask? It provides resistance so that the user will be less inclined to press it all the way down. But there's more, right? It can't just be harder to press down the gas pedal, right? There's just a little bit more, it's not just a brick under your pedal, but essentially it's just a system that suggests you be more sensible about how hard your pressing the gas. I know more than a couple people who could use this.

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TÛRANOR PlanetSolar is World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat

TÛRANOR PlanetSolar is World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat

When you're aiming to break records, there's no reason to just aim for one, when you knock a couple of them down in one try. That's what the owner of the TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar powered boat, is trying to do. He's already got the record for the world's largest solar powered boat, and now he is aiming to be the first person to sail around the globe without using any fossil fuels at all.

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Volvo’s Air Motion Concept Car Runs on Air

Volvo’s Air Motion Concept Car Runs on Air

Probably the best part of being a concept, is that you get to use your imagination a little bit more than you would in an actual production model. At least, until you have to figure out how to actually get what you conceptualized to work in the real world. While we've seen plenty of other concept vehicles in the past work on all sorts of things, this new design from Volvo, called the Air Motion Concept, is a design that would have the vehicle running on nothing but the air.

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