Solar Powered Ice Cream Cart - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Scientists and governments all over the world are spending billions and numerous people resources to come up with creative ways to employ alternative energies.
Among the most successful alternative sources so far has been solar energy which has been used in diverse places ranging from bringing power to a remote poor village to suppling power for high-rises in the world's largest cities.
An interesting application of solar energy is a 'sustainable ice-cream cart'. Although you typically think about keeping your ice cream away from the sun so it does not melt, in this concept ice cream is made possible by the sun. As the design team notes - The sustainable ice-cream cart is an innovative vending cart that keeps the ice cold by solar energy. The photovoltaic panel in the roof charges the vehicle's batteries during the day, resulting in a energy neutral solution.
One of the focus areas in future growth of solar energy is how to make it more scalable. For instance, can we use it to power our cars? In one such development, a German based startup announced recently that they will start production of flexible, organic photovoltaic cells within weeks.