November 7, 2011
When solar technology comes up in the news it is usually related to colossal solar farms or systems for residential and commercial use. Along with those uses are hefty price tags. It is nice for a change to see a truly innovative piece of solar technology, useful to just about everyone, and affordable. The Huffington Post reports in the article, mPowerpad Solar Charger Can Charge Your Smartphone and Keep Away Bugs Too, of a solar powered device on display at the Clean Energy Expo Asia this month.
As described in the press release this solar powered charger is “"the world’s first all-in-one solar charger with gesture-based control." Able to charge an iPhone with just six hours of sunlight, the device (about the size of a tablet) can charge anything else with a USB hook-up. It also protects its user from pesky bugs with a built-in ultrasonic insect repellent.
The article describes the company responsible for this device, as:
“Third Wave Power, led by former Hewlett-Packard executives VS Hariharan and Lim Chuin Kiat, was recently named "Most Eco-friendly Start-up" at Techventure 2011 in Singapore, and is backed by commercial incubator Small World Group and Singapore's National Research Foundation. Pricing is said to be around $80 per unit, with availability projected for this coming January.”
Hopefully with an affordable solar-powered device on the market and performing a function useful to most people, solar power will jump from a great idea to reality. It is time that solar energy begins to be seen as not just a green alternative for the wealthy, but a utilitarian energy source for all people.
Written by Dr. Tyra Oldham