Envision Solar has enjoyed a number of early successes. The San Diego-based start-up has erected its solar-powered carports models at Kyocera, the University of San Diego and a local McDonald's. Now, Envision has caught its first big fish in the industry.
Each time a new product that utilizes solar energy is revealed, it becomes increasingly clear how difficult it is to predict the form and function of future applications of solar technology. One day you could be pedaling along in a solar-powered bike helmet, and the next you could be online tracking the 24-hour historic flight of a solar-powered airplane.