Solar Powered Steam Turbine
A Professor at Tohoku University in Japan has created a system that can power a steam turbine using solar energy.
According to Professor Saito, he's been able to generate twice as much energy as was possible with early solar cells. He was spurred on during the period of Japan's "bubble" economy by energy and environmental concerns, feeling that if we continue on our present path society may collapse.
The first application he believes will be putting a minature version in devices such as washing machines.