Items tagged with Solar power

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a breakthrough wireless prototype which they say could usher in a new wave of devices that are capable of producing clean energy. What the device is capable of achieving seems like something out of science fiction and almost too good to be true, but the study author Dr. Qian Wang of Cambridge’s Department of Science says that their device is indeed the real deal. Put simply, the device in effect is able to achieve artificial photosynthesis, mimicking the mechanism that plants use to convert sunlight into usable energy. But in this case, a wireless photocatalyst sheet made of semiconductor powders is able to convert sunlight, water,... Read more...
Apple's just been granted a rather interesting patent for an "Electronic device display module," which is really a fancy way of describing a clever dual-sided laptop display with a solar panel on back. The front of the lid would house your typical LCD, though the backside would be constructed from electrochromic glass atop photovoltaic cells and touch sensors. In other words, it's a solar panel. The idea, of course, is that the lid would pull energy from the sun to charge the laptop and/or offer longer battery life. That's not all Apple has in mind, however. As described in the patent filing, the light energy gathered could be used to illuminate the logo. Apple also envisions the rear of the... Read more...
Samsung has just introduced a product that Al Gore should love. Actually, anyone who cares about the environment and wants to wear their "green" concern on their sleeve--or in this case, in their hand or next to their ear--should find Samsung's new solar-powered, "Blue Earth" touch-screen phone an appealing way to stay connected in style, while producing less climate-damaging CO2 in the process. The Blue Earth phone includes a solar-charging panel on its backside, which Samsung claims "can generate enough electronic power to call anytime anywhere." While this sounds promising, Samsung has yet to release the precise specifications and details of the phone, such as how long the panel needs to charge,... Read more...