FOUR THINGS THAT COULD AND SHOULD BE POWERED BY SOLAR ENERGY

Solar power is the future. It’s one amazing way we have of combating our catastrophic use of fossil fuels. 

And there’s no getting around it. We need power. To stay warm or cool, to keep our food fresh, to help us grow food! And to stay connected. Somehow, someway, as a society, we are going to have to find better solutions for energy consumption.

Here are some exciting items which could and should use solar power.

Buses

Buses are a perfect vehicle to be powered by solar energy. Their broad topside means that there is easily a good amount of space to add solar cells. 

A standard school bus in the US uses 1,714 gallons of fuel per year. The average cost for fuel per bus per year is $4,471. Solar energy has drastically reduced those costs as well as having the ability to make a jaw-dropping impact on fossil fuel consumption. 

The world’s first solar-powered bus was introduced in Adelaide, Australia in 2013. In Shanghai, 70 solar-powered buses get people from A to B, and in Brighton, UK 10 solar-powered buses have been in operation since 2013. These are important and brave moves by companies looking to transform our world. 

Imagine what an impact it might make if buses all over the world were powered by solar energy!

Cars

Solar-powered cars work much the same as solar-powered buses, but in terms of developing technology, they are way behind! 

Seven car manufacturers are paving the way in solar-powered car development, including Hyundai, Toyota and Tesla. 

The issue when it comes to solar-powered cars is that the space on the roof, where panels could be added is much smaller than the top of a bus, so they generate a lot less energy. 

Elon Musk has suggested adding extra wings to their ‘Cybertruck’ to generate more solar power, but we’re not exactly sure how that would work on the road? 🤔

Glastonbury Festival

Ok, so this is a bit of a long shot as Glastonbury Festival uses the same amount of energy as a medium-sized city would in the same period. 

But in 2010 the wonderful Michael Eavis installed 1,116 solar panels on the roof of Worthy Farm’s cowshed. The solar farm saves about 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year, generating 205,700kWh of energy – enough electricity to meet the annual demand of 40 average households. 

It’s a small but bold chip out of Glastonbury’s overall energy usage, but we’re excited to see what more the festival could do with solar energy in the future.

Watches

And of course, the final item on our list is watches. 

Since you’re wearing a watch all day, it should 100% be powered by solar energy. A watch doesn’t need that much power to run (unlike a car or a festival) so it’s an easy win to turn your regular watch into a completely sustainable and ecological watch. Our ​solar-powered watches​ charge all by themselves meaning you never have to worry about winding up your watch, or replacing the battery. 

And solar-powered watch batteries last far longer than traditional watch batteries which means our watches are truly sustainable. 

There are plenty of small appliances out there that can easily run using solar power, but we do watches the best. Our innovative technology alongside our simple, elegant designs​ creates a sleek, effortlessly chic and sustainable watch that can be worn all day, every day.