Solar Powered Tent

Solar Powered Tent - Earth Friendly Cool Camping

The Concept Tent (also known as the solar powered tent) was thought up because of festivals and the fact that partygoers always need to keep in touch with mates while they’re camping and roaming around the festival site.

solar powered tent

Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication designed it in partnership to celebrate Glastonbury Festival. For us the best bit about it is the revolutionary new way it collects direct sunlight, and what this design might mean for glamping and eco camping in the future… particularly if you want to have a nomadic lifestyle.

Solar Energy Collection

The idea is that specially coated solar threads are woven into conventional fabric so designers wouldn’t have to use fixed solar panels to harness the energy. It would also have three directional glides that can be moved throughout the day to maximise solar efficiency and energy collection.

Control Centre

But the most amazing bit about this concept solar powered tent is its central wireless control hub which lets you see the amount of energy being generated and used, as well as sending out a wireless internet signal for anyone who needs to surf the internet. This is displayed on a gadget geeks dream… a touchscreen LCD display screen.

Solar Powered Tent - Earth Friendly Cool Camping Solar Powered Tent At Night






The control hub also has a wireless charging pouch which powers mobile phones and other portable devices without the need for messy wires and multiple chargers. The ‘magnetic induction’ technology passes an electric current through a coil embedded in the charging pouch and this in turn generates a magnetic field which creates a charge and powers the battery. For non-tecky people like us out there… this means it’s extremely clever!

Central Heating

Also controlled by the central hub is the most amazing bonus for the ultimate posh camping experience… an internal heating system. This takes the form of a heating element that’s embedded within the tent’s groundsheet giving under floor heating that can be triggered automatically once the temperature falls below a set level.


Finally, to avoid festival-goers ever losing their tent (uh huh…we know all about that!), the Concept Tent is designed to have “glo-cation” technology. This works by enabling the lost camper to find their tent by sending out a text message that triggers a distinctive glow in the tent helping them see it from a distance.

But before you throw out your old tents, solar panels and thermal underwear you’d better note that this Concept Tent is just that… a concept. It was designed to celebrate Orange’s 11th year at Glastonbury Festival and – lets face it – a bit of a PR stunt. However we’d like to be optimistic and think it’s a glimpse of earth friendly cool camping for 2012 and beyond.

If you have any good ideas or know something about eco-friendly camping equipment of the future then we’d really like to hear from you, and don’t forget to enter your email in the free updates box so you don’t miss out on future articles on this from us.

solar powered tent

Learn how to make your own solar powered tent with the Solar Stirling Plant. All you need is a smaller more portable version scaled down to size to fit your camping needs. It can be a portable unit for tents, campervans, caravans, or any other method of camping or glamping. Then when its not in use for camping it can be used at home.


Happy Glamping!

Sarah – Founder of Inspired Camping

Picture credit: Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication


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65 Responses to “Solar Powered Tent”

  1. Travis Smithlin
    13 May 2012 at 5:38 am #

    Where can i purchase this, and for how much?

    • 13 May 2012 at 7:17 am #

      I wish we could… sadly it’s only a concept at the moment but the technology is developing so much I don’t think it will be long before it’s available to buy. In the meantime we’ll have to calm our eco-warrior selves by looking into buying this amazing piece of technology – the Biolite Stove. Happy camping..

      • chaoshidden
        12 August 2013 at 10:25 pm #

        well get busy!!!!! I have 2 sons bugging me for one. yeah I want one too!!

      • Marian
        18 February 2014 at 11:12 pm #

        Hi Inspired Camping. Think you are giving wrong and incorrect information to Travis Smithlin. This tent was a concept. The people who designed that I spoke with told me that they are only doing it only up on request with payment other wise it’s a concept and will not going to be on the market.

        • 24 February 2014 at 10:28 pm #

          Hi there. Yes you are indeed right. This design is never going to get off the drawing board. However, there are some solar tent designs finally coming to the market… so watch this space.

          • Jomar Carminati
            25 February 2014 at 11:43 pm #

            Hi how can I buy one of those concept tent? Thank you, Jomar

      • Marcel
        30 January 2015 at 5:02 am #

        Hi all,

        I would like to find out if this concept tent has been manufactured yet?

        Looking forward to your reply.
        Regards Marcel

        My best

        • 3 February 2015 at 9:59 pm #

          We haven’t been informed of its manufacture as yet.

  2. Diane Babbe
    12 September 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    This is pretty great! Great for camping in the Keys and in cold weather!

  3. safeinhiskeeping
    20 September 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Actually it is available to buy right now… I just looked it up online…

    • 20 September 2012 at 9:54 am #

      Very interesting… I’m on it… *smile*

    • 20 September 2012 at 10:05 am #

      What web link do you have for it? I’d be very interested to see what you’ve found. Sarah

    • Andriks
      21 September 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      Can you give me the website for these tents?

      • 21 September 2012 at 7:54 pm #

        Unfortunately this is just a concept, but it holds great promise for the future. I’ve also heard on the grapevine something with alternative energy is about to be released, and you can be sure that as soon as we find out about it we’ll report on it here. Sarah

    • tony pedroza
      2 February 2014 at 12:57 am #

      If it is available. Where and how much. Really intrested.
      I’ll get one tomorrow.
      Thanks and please reply back.
      Have an awesome day.

      • 3 February 2014 at 2:53 pm #

        Sorry this is just a concept tent. However, we will let you know more if one actually comes to the market soon. Sarah

  4. Peacenlovegirl79
    22 September 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Awesome, awesome concept!! I love it!

  5. Aubrey
    22 September 2012 at 2:24 am #

    How about central cooling? I think more people tend to camp when its warm, not cold.

    • 23 September 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Great idea. I’m sure this concept can be adjusted to suit most needs. However, as with all concepts, its about how costly they are to produce and if there would be anyone out there able to afford it. Thanks for popping by. Sarah

    • Uden
      16 February 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      While a cooling option would ne nice, the heating option would be more essential, as you said “more people tend to camp when its warm” but warm is survivable, whereas those who camp when it is cold may need to keep warm to survive.

      • 17 February 2014 at 9:11 am #

        A very good point, very well made…

  6. Fernando
    27 September 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Where can i purchase this, and for how much?

    • 27 September 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Sadly, for now, it’s just a concept… however, we really feel it’s a great sign of things to come. Keep watching this space and we’ll keep you updated. Sarah

  7. Familyofpeace76
    4 October 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    I love this concept! Not sure about the charging of electronics unless its really needed! But i love the fact of solar power being used! What about using sustainable resources for the fabric :) Keep working on this concept thou great job!!! I love the fact solar power is becoming more popular!

  8. Teri Orlando, VA, USA
    5 October 2012 at 5:29 am #

    I have seen this “concept” since 2009…when is this baby coming out?? I WANT ONE!!! (Ok, actually, I want THREE!!)

    • 5 October 2012 at 7:14 am #

      I wish I knew… There are similar (definitely not so cool) versions on the market… (see the link in the comments above) but this one still hasn’t been released. We’ll be first in the queue when it is! *smile*

  9. Bas
    24 November 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Great idea, but crap in this society.
    Illuminated by nightfall? So easily checked if the owners are ‘away for a moment. So will the tent be, when they return…

  10. Alexandria
    8 January 2013 at 1:31 am #

    i would love to purchase one of these tents when they are ready for market. oh and i want mine in pink ;P

  11. Su Smith
    22 January 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    This tent would look amazing at Townsend Touring Park, alongside our new underground pods which will be launched this spring

  12. Lady D
    15 March 2013 at 8:12 am #

    I want a jumbo sized one for a horse backing riding ring….please!

  13. Susan DeFanti
    7 May 2013 at 2:55 am #

    How about a/c for those of us that live in warmer climes?!

    • 7 May 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Good idea.. but this is only a concept tent so its still on the drawing board.

  14. Bernard Frederic Bouygues
    7 May 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    well I guess forget about watching the stars in the evening….

    • 9 May 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Noooooo…. Never forget that…! After all that’s what its all about isn’t it!

  15. belinda
    19 May 2013 at 2:41 am #

    this would be great to have this would allow my son to be able to go along with us camping. due to nedical issue his not able to go camping in our tents but with this tent he could. cant wait till it s on the market

    • 21 May 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Although this tent is only a concept, there are lots of other options. We will be publishing some information soon on how to make your own version of this tent for a fraction of the price of this one. Keep watching. Sarah

  16. Shirley Dickson
    25 July 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I would most definitely be buying one of these one day! Hopefully its not over the top expensive!!!! Maybe electrical companies will help fund the project? Companies like ABB etc…

    Big up for the concept, I find it amazing and inspiring for the future!


  17. Nancy S-I
    17 January 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Please, hurry and make this a thing because I WANT IT, NOW!!

  18. Tony
    17 January 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    So, it is now almost 2 years since this “concept” tent was written about here. Is there any news on whether or not this is available..or when it will be?

  19. Allen
    25 January 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Great idea, really revolutionary. You are essentially making a blend of tent with rv. I read the comments and there are a lot of good points. The glow at night thing should be remote controlled in my opinion that way users can create the illusion of being there or asleep if they decide to leave. Another good point since I imagine this will be pretty pricey, it will need an anti-theft measure like a tracking chip (GPS) or a way to remotely shut it down if it is stolen rendering it nothing more than an ordinary tent. Aside from that the only other thing I can really see being an issue is bug control I can’t really see anything netting or other pest control measures. And since I know it’s only a concept idea, what is the projected power storage versus power consumption rating. I mean it’s a really great idea just needs to be fine tuned while still on the drawing bored

  20. Ray
    3 February 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Even at a high price this might have a considerable market. I think a couple major issues would be how heavy and how bulky is it when packed? If it is not easibly portable, no one will want it no matter the price.

  21. Wendy
    10 February 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Is this available yet?

  22. Gumbo
    18 February 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Hey Sarah, how many more times can you say ‘concept’?

  23. Leighton
    20 February 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    i want 2 of them

  24. Tami
    20 February 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Is there an estimated date for when the concept will materialise???

    • 24 February 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      I’m afraid not. This design is unfortunately never going to get off the drawing board.

      • Nicholas Mathew
        3 December 2014 at 3:13 pm #

        NEVER?!? WHY??????

  25. Junk Mafia
    24 February 2014 at 2:41 am #

    Tent city love it..

  26. Tahi
    28 February 2014 at 3:37 am #

    It’s a fantastic idea but the logistics of having say a mono crystalline thread is a long way from being developed and it’s probably easier to carry around a couple of small panels than three glides. And if you were going to carry around glides, wouldn’t you just buy/hire a campervan? I think it’s an awesome idea if it can be done. But personally I like traditional tenting as it is, basic, true to nature and frills free :) …I also think the design has been made by a camper, not by someone who knows about solar power so much. Good luck, if you can get it on the mainstream market in the future, I’ll be impressed. Only time and the progression of technology will tell :)

  27. susan mcinnes
    4 May 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    My family and I love rough camping, this will give our kids a touch of the rough with the smooth. We were ecstatic when we saw this new tent.

  28. Anonymous
    15 May 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi! This is so awesome. Is it available now? Or are they still developing it?

    • Wendy
      19 May 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Sadly apparently it is still only a concept with this company, but check out Zulily.They have a tent eith a solar panel etc..

  29. Aaron Davis
    29 May 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Ok how do you get in touch with the people that make it cause I’m willing to pay for that one! ?!?

  30. jessy
    6 June 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    Okay if this tent isn’t made and on the market and it basically made to full payment order how much is it because my dad really wants one and I would love to get it for him so could some please tell the price of it and how I could get one. Please and thank you.

  31. James
    10 July 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Where can I buy this ????

  32. Nicholas Mathew
    3 December 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I would very much like to find an e-mail about this when it comes onto the market, I would love to purchase it promptly (yes, I understand that it IS an concept (for the moment, hee hee hee) and that it has not made it’s way off the drawing board… yet). Please redouble efforts to make it a reality, because I have a dozen friends on facebook buzzing about it. As soon as it hits the market, you will only have one problem…… keeping them on the shelves!

  33. Jack
    18 December 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Just found out about this tent from my venturer leader over facebook. It has got to be one of the best concepts ever. Can you pleases email me when this product is close to being on the market (yes I know it’s just a concept, but for if/when it gets off the drawing board)

  34. Fishar
    27 January 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    I’m with Sarah, this design is flawed, great idea but not new by any stretch. I designed systems such as like 5 yrs ago and the Military already have them. This design as you will see, shades the very panels that needs the sun. And for those attempting to talk panels, you would use aSi or a similar thin film panel. Either way, you’d charge a laptop or 3 after a days exposure but not a whole lot more and you’d be carting around a heavy battery and inverter. Oh and cost wise, forgetting the tent, $2-$4k would be a starting point.

    • 3 February 2015 at 10:00 pm #

      Thanks for your useful comments Stewart.

  35. Roderick Harden
    29 January 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    Please gmail me when this comes out

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