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By gorkov
#11540
Having recently spent a bunch of time in some of the world's hottest deserts, I wonder why no one has marketed a portable solar umbrella hooked up to a drinks cooler, or small cooling fan, or one of them electric cooling collar contraptions. Googling for 'solar umbrella' points to large unwieldy umbrellas good for patios and backyards - hardly convenient for hauling around.

Making these should be a no-brainer. You'd have to fix flexible solar panels on top of a folding umbrella, and run a wire through the handle. I bet somebody with a low cost production facility already making umbrellas could easily adopt this and do a pilot batch. You'd start by marketing in the Sky Magazine and the like, hopefully, it catches on to start mass production.

Reward: I'd personally test one of these in the Atacama Desert in Chile next July (a week long 250km ultra run).
By sarahtia
#11590
I think this is a good idea, though I'm not sure how many of them you'd sell. Not everyone goes out into the desert, although many of wish we could of course. ;-)
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By AaronBurns
#11604
You could utilize your design and achieve a patent simply by re-inventing your umbrella to keep it's shape no matter weather you are running or in high wind or both.
I have found they act like sails in the wind especially when running in the wind.
You could add over-lapping small slits and flaps to keep the Sun and heat out and allow the wind through.
The slits would be covered by larger triangles of material attached only at the two furthest ends completely covering the slit. ;-D
Wind, debris, through and Sun and heat out with fan running.
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By AaronBurns
#11605
AaronBurns wrote:You could utilize your design and achieve a patent simply by re-inventing your umbrella to keep it's shape no matter weather you are running or in high wind or both.
I have found they act like sails in the wind especially when running in the wind.
You could add over-lapping small slits and flaps to keep the Sun and heat out and allow the wind through.
The slits would be covered by larger "Rectangles" of material attached only at the two furthest ends completely covering the slit. ;-D
Wind, debris, through and Sun and heat out with fan running.
By mekarls
#12188
This would be too expensive, heavy, fragile and would need other things like inverters and battries.
I think the beach is a more likely place to use it. ;-)
By InventR
#12209
Good idea - I can see this working at the beach. I would'nt however be caught walking through a desert with one hand holding a heavy umbrella and the other a heavy cooler - My efficiency would be like filling up a big thirsty SUV idling at the gas station.
By bookwormjackie
#12929
mekarls wrote:This would be too expensive, heavy, fragile and would need other things like inverters and battries.
I think the beach is a more likely place to use it. ;-)


That's a cool idea, and doesn't have to be used only in the desert. But it's really not too convenient to carry around. I hope people can work towards making such kinds of convenient portable solar umbrella. ;D
By mauraleigh
#15206
With the latest photovoltaic fabrics and a very compact battery, I think this would be very doable provided that you don't aren't trying to get more than 12v for a little travel cooler. It might be too expensive to make now, but I don't think that it would necessarily be too heavy.
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#19485
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By jhonebhrestom
#20633
Well its really a good concept of embedding the coolers on to the solar umbrella and drinking stuffs in a portable umbrella.Truly I didn't have think like this way.Anyways its cool concept.
By pantangliubao
#20657
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