A handful of companies have been on the scene of portable solar power for some time now. They seem to all be selling to the same niche market of the adventurous #optoutsiders who camp, hike, and explore nature each weekend. On the contrary, there are outfits that are focused on bringing solar light sources to developing countries reduce pollution (stop burning w/kerosene), to enhance their safety (allows for combustion-free inside lighting), and ease-of-access to a reliable lighting source to allow for more reading, socializing, etc.
I'm watching as these companies evolve and sprout as solar tech becomes more affordable and main stream. It's exciting to see the new products for powering and charging our battery operated lives.
Next up, I'm hoping to see a solar breakthrough into the "generator" space. There are basic portable solar systems that can be rented and transported to job sites, farmers markets or concert venues to provide a quite and pollution-free energy source. More on that in another post.
Honorable mention (but didn't make the list because it's not solar) for a story of sustainable tech goes to the Soccket Ball. Unfortunately, after scouring the web for their website, all I could muster was the remnants of their successful Kickstarter campaign, and the many comments of backers who are still awaiting their ball :-( Maybe I'll have to jump onto this R&D team!
Did I miss any others up-and-coming portable solar tech? Please comment below: