Charging with Solar Power

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 11:41 PM

Posted by Kendra Collins

So we are all trying to figure out new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and particularly the footprint caused by use of electricity. Have you ever thought of using something besides the power you get through the power lines? Even for your small devices such as your digital camera, your cell phone, your iPods and blackberries, they all use electricity, sometimes not even when charging something. How often do you set your cell phone on the dash of your car? Wouldn’t it be nice if it was charging while sitting there? Well it is possible by way of solar power. You could even have a solar charging system in your home placed in direct sunlight that you could use to charge some of your “phantom power” sucking devices.

I came across a device called the Solio. So if you can’t afford putting solar panels on your home maybe you could put a Solio to use in a spot of sunshine near you, it is portable. Also, the particular site I visited said that every time they sell a Solio they plant 10 trees to offset their factories carbon emissions. Anyway, I thought this was a pretty ingenious idea, you should check it out at the link above.

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