When I think about solar power I envision a house with the panels on the roof, we've all see those, right? And even better, I think about the vast inhabitable deserts in this country, and around the world, lined with solar panels powering all the world with clean renewable energy. However, solar power can be use in smaller everyday ways as well- for example powering your cell phone.
In Tokyo, cell phone users could soon be looking to the sun to charge their phones. Japan's number 2 wireless carrier, KDDI Corporation, said the it will start selling a waterproof, sunlight-powered cell phone in June, made by Sharp Corporation.
The firm states that a 10-minute charge from the sun can give the phone enough juice to have a one-minute call or be on stand-by for about two hours. The sun can recharge up to 80 percent of the phone's battery.
“The lower use of standard electricity will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions”, the Tokyo-based firm said. With this announcement, KDDI has intensified the global race to develop and market "eco-friendly" products.
Korean rival Samsung Electronics introduced a new solar-powered mobile phone in February, touting it as the world's first. The company says the phone is made from recycled plastic extracted from water bottles.
Solar powered cell phones may not be as an ideal situation as all our energy being powered by a clean reusable/renewable source, however, it is a step in the right direction. After all, one needs to learn how to crawl before they can walk.