The BBC is launching a new show on Wednesday called Smart: The Secret of the Sun, in which guests will get to see and interact with some of the most cutting-edge research and development being conducted around the planet.
The show will follow the development of a smart lightbulb that can read a person’s sunspot and temperature, and send out an alarm if it detects a strong solar storm.
The idea is that the device can act as a remote control for a solar panel, so people can use it to protect themselves from the damaging effects of solar flares.
The device, which is based on research into the behaviour of bacteria, is being developed by the University of Oxford and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) at the University at Oxford.
“It’s a real innovation, it’s a technology that could have real consequences on society,” said Professor Stephen Waugh, director of the DECC’s Centre for Solar Energy and Environment (CSE), who also leads the team behind the project.
“I think it’s exciting to see that there’s a lot of excitement around this technology, and it’s an exciting opportunity for people to get their hands on this technology.”
It’s not clear when the show will air, but it is expected to be a regular feature on BBC1 and online at the end of the month.
The smart light bulb has been developed by researchers at the Universities of Oxford, the University College London, the Department for Energy and the Environment, and the University Health London.
“What we’ve done is to build an artificial biological system that is able to control a solar system with very simple, inexpensive, and reliable hardware, with a very short life cycle,” said Prof Waugh.
“The technology can be designed for different situations and can be used to control everything from a solar array to a gas turbine.”
So we’ve built a system that can control both of these systems.
It can turn on the sun or turn off the sun.
It has an output of light that can be controlled remotely and it has an energy storage that can power a generator to power a fridge.
“We’ve built an artificial organism that can interact with solar systems and with these other systems.”
“We have done something that is completely new and exciting,” said James Stagg, an associate professor of engineering and computer science at the university.
“We’ve been doing this for decades.”
The system, known as the ‘Sunflower’, is designed to be small, lightweight and cheap.
It works by using sunlight to charge a battery that runs on a solar cell.
The Sunflower uses photovoltaic cells made by SolarCity, a US company that has been trying to develop batteries for solar power generation and storage.
SolarCity has invested $1.5bn into the Sunflower project.
SolarCity and DECC have also worked together on solar energy devices, and have been collaborating on other solar projects.
Prof Waugh said the device will be “a bit like a mini-grid”, because it will use photovoresis, which involves converting sunlight to electricity.
“This is a solar power system that turns sunlight into electricity,” he said.
“When the Sunflowers solar panels are operating, they have a little device called a photovore that converts light to electricity.”
“It can be set to charge and discharge, and so it can go through the cycle of charging and discharging at the same time.”
This is why the device is capable of generating electricity at a rate of 0.5 Watts per kilowatt-hour, or 5,000 times more energy than a conventional solar panel.
“They can also control the rate at which the SunFlowers solar cells are charging and the rate of discharging, which are both controlled by the solar cell itself,” he explained.
“These systems have been demonstrated to be highly energy efficient and are very robust, so we think that they are the best solar system systems on the planet.”
The Sunflower is a prototype that has already been tested by the SunLife Group, which operates the world’s largest solar power company.
SolarLife is a consortium of solar power companies, including SolarCity.
The SunFlower is currently being tested by SunLife and a team of researchers from the US Department of Defense.
The team has demonstrated how the device works in a laboratory setting.
“If you put it on the roof, the device converts sunlight into energy and when it’s at 100% efficiency, the energy is used to power the battery,” said Peter Buechel, who works on the project for DECC.
“You can also see it running at full power, which means it can generate enough electricity to charge your fridge and your mobile phone at night.”
The device can also be controlled by a smartphone, or via Bluetooth, and has been tested