Title: Impressive Solar Consumer Products Word Count: 419 Summary: An interesting article exploring so me of the most exciting solar energ y consumer products to hit the mark et. Keywords: Solar, Renewable Energy, Environment al Education Article Body: Being in the business of solar ener gy, we see a lot of new and excitin g products long before they hit the store shelves. We attend a lot of tradeshows and industry conference s, and it never ceases to amaze me how passionate people are about the ir newly-developed applications. W hile it is nowhere near the end of the year, we felt we would share so me of these amazing products with y ou, our loyal readers. One of the most interesting product s we have seen this year comes out of a university in UK. It is being called the "Sun Trap", and it is g arnering a lot of excitement in the world press. It is not exactly a revolutionary idea, but it certainl y is an innovative use of existing technology. It is a handbag design ed using photovoltaic material as a n exterior, while the interior of t he purse is lined with electrolumin escent material. When the bag is o pened, the interior lights up! It is powered by a small battery that is continually charged by the sun t hroughout the day. No more searchi ng for your keys in the night! Another fine product that we see as being incredibly practical is the solar panel for notebook computers. This an incredibly handy tool for those people who spend a lot of ti me outdoors. We have all had situa tions when we are far from an outle t and the laptop dies. Isn't that the worst? Well, this product has the potential to solve that problem &so long as a light source is avail able. I plan on taking mine on my next camping trip! There are also some awesome new pro ducts designed for use in your yard or garden. I am particularly keen on some of the great garden lighti ng systems that have recently been released. These are basically smal l lights that are used to illuminat e garden paths and walkways. They are charged throughout the day by t he sun, and they stay lit well thro ughout the night. There are also n ew solar powered rodent repellers t hat are an excellent alternative to using chemicals or traps to keep r odents out of your garden. These are just a few of the excitin g products that have seen the light of day. Engineers and inventors a round the world are working to deve lop some wonderful new products. I t is very refreshing to see that pe ople are devoting time and effort i nto developing sustainable energy a pplications. It is only a matter o f time before all energy products a re designed with the interests of s ustainability in mind.