Friday, April 15, 2011

Outlook for the Future Bright

Guys smoking cigs totally oblivious to the solar energy  miracle around them

Kawasaki - I boarded the train for Kawasaki during my jaunt today. The five-minute rail ride away from the placid environs of Temple Valley took me light years ahead into the future. The glass surfaces of the structures in the station plaza incorporate solar cells that turn sunlight into electricity as well as photocatalytic materials that make it entirely self-cleaning! It's a bright idea that has turned the once dark station area into a shining example of how we can harness the power of the sun for something other than tans and tomatoes.

The solar panels that serve as the roof for this taxi stand provide the energy needed to fuel the LED lighting that illuminates the station plaza, including this huge electric candle (below).

Isn't it romantic!

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