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Solar Panels To Re-charge Mobile Phones?

There are very few people these days without a mobile phone in their pocket or bag although it has to be said that they are usually “attached” to someone’s ear for a considerable period of time. More and more people are investing in smartphones that can be used to not only make and receive phone calls and texts but also to play games, listen to music and use on the Internet.

Will solar panels shortly be used to help charge your smartphone?
(image credit: MIKI Yoshihito (´・ω・))

A problem with smartphones is their limited battery life. This is because they have so many uses as already referred to. How often does yours come up with a message warning you that you will shortly need to re-charge it? Frequently, no doubt.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea if solar panel technology were utilised to provide the power to keep some charge in your battery whilst you are on the move. Apparently, back in 2009 Samsung had a go at doing this but it was not all that successful as the solar panel was located on the reverse of the mobile phone-perhaps not the best place to site it.

Well, a company in France are currently developing a solution that is hoped to be more practical than the attempt back in 2009. The company is called SunPartner and has been set up by a businessman by the name of Ludovic Deblois and an optician by the name of Joel Gilbert. They are to place the solar panel on the smartphone’s screen that should allow the phone to be partially re-charged by increasing the battery life of the mobile phone by around 20%.

Solar cells made of a thin film are to be placed on the screen of the mobile phone and these are to be covered with tiny lenses meaning that you can still view the screen. At the present time the solar cells are 82% transparent but it is hoped that the company can increase this transparency to 90%.

So, is this likely to add any manufacturing cost to the price of a smartphone? Well, yes but only an extra $2.30 and surely that is a small price to pay for the extra convenience using solar panels in this way will make.

Apparently, the company are working with a total of three manufacturers on this project and it is hoped that these phones will be available to the public at some point in 2014.

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