Chasing the Sun

When there’s a huge solar energy spill,
it’s just called a “nice day”.

It’s difficult to highlight just one person responsible for the idea of capturing solar energy to generate electricity. The technology has been around for well over a century.

Some of the earliest uses of solar technology were actually in outer space where solar was used to power satellites. In 1958, NASA launched, the Vanguard I satellite which used a tiny one-watt panel to power its radios. In 1973, the University of Delaware was responsible for constructing the first solar building, named “Solar One.” The system ran on a hybrid supply of solar thermal and solar PV power. It was also the first instance of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) – the array didn’t use solar panels but instead had solar integrated into the rooftop, similar to the design for Tesla’s new roof product.

Then in 1979, President Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed on the White House during his term as president. However, in 1981, President Ronald Reagan ordered the White House solar panels to be removed. In 2010, President Barack Obama requested that solar panels and a solar water heater be installed in the White House.

Solar energy today is being used from charging our phones to powering office buildings entire energy source. There are companies popping up all over the world to harness this clean free energy source from the sun.

I recently read about a new company based in Boston, SmartFlower. They created a large solar panel consisting of twelve solar panels shaped like a sunflower. Just like a sunflower, as the sun rises SmartFlower activates its panels to open. Not only does it open up like a sunflower, it also mimics this heliotropic flower. The pedal like solar panels slowly turn their panels so they continually face the sun throughout the day. It also has the capability to close and shut itself off in harsh weather. This beautifully sculptural designed devise is paving the way in solar technology. It’s the world’s only, all in one, solar solution to power your home and your electric automobile.

Although, we are still chasing after the sun to improve our planets energy source, we now have these beautiful flowering solar panels that are literally, chasing the sun.

Shine On

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