iPhones and Blackberries are becoming the gateway to the world for millions of people now. And of course these tech devices take a chunk of electricity to perform. So any chance to provide that power from solar electricity could be a big step in the Sustainable Energy Transition. Sharp just announced that its first solar-powered cell phone will be released this summer in Japan.
In a tough economic environment for large solar installations, integration of solar cells into smaller devices can help the solar industry continue to innovate and grow.
And it can help make clean power accessible for those of us in urban environments without roofspace for installations. My office is efficient, with day lighting and little electricity consumption for my cell phone, landline, and laptop. But a solar charger (either integrated into my devices or on a separate sheet that I can plug-in to) in my south-facing window would be a great step to green SET’s operations and lower our energy bill. I’ll let you know when this becomes a reality 🙂
Congrats to Sharp and other cell phone and tech companies who are integrating solar into their products! Here’s hoping this helps consumers rely less on coal and more on free sunshine for daily performance.