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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Solar powered trikes deliver food to local businesses without the emissions
The major problem with the modern food industry is how much it relies on oil. Consumers demand food from all around the world, even when they can get seasonal fruit and veg from their local neighborhood. Startups such as FreshRealm have already aimed to reduce the number of trips produce makes by delivering it straight from farms to consumers by mail. Now Amsterdam-based FOODLOGICA is using sustainable e-trikes powered by the sun for ‘last mile’ food transport from city farmers’ markets to local catering businesses. READ MORE…
Solar-powered tent keeps festivalgoers’ devices charged
Consumers are so attached to their smartphones, laptops and other electronics that running out of juice is one of the most common mini traumas of modern life. Festival goers especially need to accept that being cut off from their friends because of low battery is almost inevitable. However, the UK’s Bang Bang Tents is aiming to change that, with its colorful camping tents equipped with their own solar-powered charge point. READ MORE…
High-end fashion items collect and store solar energy
The importance of our smartphones has led to charging points being installed in a number of outdoor places, from parasols to handbags. Now a Netherlands-based fashion designer has created Wearable Solar, a range of high-end garments that feature solar panels, enabling wearers to charge a mobile device. READ MORE…
Rugged, solar-powered laptop is designed for developing countries
We’ve already seen how solar power and practical design have allowed the Earl become a suitable tablet for outdoors use, and now the SOL laptop is also utilizing solar panels to create a computer that can be used even in the most remote environments. READ MORE…
Open source distiller uses solar energy to make salt water drinkable
We’ve seen numerous efforts over the years to purify water and make it safe for drinking, but it wasn’t until just recently that we came across one invention designed specifically with desalinization in mind. Sure enough, Eliodomestico is an eco-distiller that uses solar power to make salt water drinkable. READ MORE…
Garden mirror tracks the sun to provide light where it’s most needed
The benefits of increased light in an environment are multiple, from boosting mood to helping plantlife grow more efficiently. We recently covered a window coating designed to let more light in and now green product manufacturer Wikoda has created The Sunflower, the first domestic heliostat that helps owners reflect light in their garden towards the spots that need it most. READ MORE…
Solar-powered kiosks in Africa offer groceries, light and electricity
Italy has already trialled solar powered utility kiosks in the form of Turin’s Smart Booth scheme. Taking this idea a step further, the German-designed SOLARKIOSK aims to be a vital source of electricity for those living in off-grid communities. READ MORE…
Rechargeable battery can be painted onto almost any surface
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our article about On/Off paint, a conductive wall paint that acts as a switch upon touch. Now researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, have gone one step further, developing a paintable battery that can be sprayed onto almost any surface and recharged using sunlight. READ MORE…
Contractors bid to install rooftop solar panels
Environmentally-friendly energy solutions for the home are becoming ever more common, but as the technology is new to many and installation costs fluctuate, how do homeowners know if they are getting the best deal? Aiming to provide a solution, Gridbid is a site which allows quality contractors to bid for solar panel installation jobs on people’s roofs. READ MORE…
Personal solar charger broadcasts and rewards users’ energy savings

Much the way the solar-powered Puma Phone delivers eco bragging rights in addition to a green-minded smartphone, so too the new Changers Starter Kit goes beyond simply giving users a way to charge their personal electronics. Rather, users of the German solar-powered charging kit can both see and share information on the CO2 they’ve saved, while being rewarded with credits at participating stores. READ MORE…
For every purchase online, an investment in solar energy


Much the way California-based Ark turns consumers’ online activity into donations for charity, so Netherlands-based Do The Bright Thing does something similar for solar energy. Specifically, for every purchase made through the site, 10 percent of the purchase value is invested in solar energy. READ MORE…
Pop-up restaurant uses only solar energy for cooking
We’ve seen solar energy used to power a number of innovations featured on our virtual pages, including a UK-based micro-cinema on wheels. Now we’ve discovered the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant, a pop-up venture which uses only the energy of the sun to cook food. READ MORE…
In India, home solar energy on a pay-as-you-go plan


About a year ago we wrote about Nokero’s effort to replace kerosene with solar-powered light bulbs in the developing world, and recently we came across a like-minded initiative that takes such goals even further. Based in Bangalore, India, Simpa Networks has developed a new pricing model that aims to make household solar energy systems “radically affordable” to the 1.6 billion consumers around the world who currently have no access to electricity. READ MORE…
We’ve covered plenty of food trucks on Springwise in the past, and plenty of solar powered innovations as well, but this is the first time we’ve seen the two combined!

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