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New Technology Smartphone Charges Using Solar Energy

Several sets of researchers are currently working on New Technology Smartphone Charges Using Solar Energy to make transparent solar panels better and cheaper, which means that next year could be the year consumers finally get hold of them. Once on the market, they could invisibly collect solar power on phone and computer screens, and even on windows.

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At Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona this week, Kyocera is showing a prototype that turns one of the modern smartphone’s biggest battery life liabilities into an asset – a smartphone that incorporates solar power technology into the touchscreen.

New Technology Smartphone Charges Using Solar Energy

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According to a Smithsonian Magazine report, Kyocera developed the technology in partnership with SunPartner Technologies and installed it on its Torque smartphone prototype, which was designed for rugged outdoor use.

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At less than 0.5 millimeters in thickness and as much as 90% transparency, the screen technology could fit any of today’s popular smartphones without inhibiting their users, SunPartner Technologies said in a press release. The component that captures sunlight – called Wysips Crystal – can be installed just below the touchscreen panel of the smartphone, so it doesn’t affect the user experience, and feeds the solar energy into the battery.

New Technology Smartphone Charges Using Solar Energy

New Technology Smartphone Charges Using Solar Energy - futurestuffs.com

While the technology may not be strong enough to replace the plug-and-charge smartphone battery, it does mean users could access apps and information on their phones at least for a brief period after the battery has completely died. This could prove critical for emergency situations though it may be limited to those that occur during the day time.

SunPartner marketing director Matthieu de Broca told Smithsonian that the Wysips Crystal technology can currently generate up to 2.5 milliwatts of power per square centimeter in “typical sunlight conditions,” and added that the company aims to reach 4 milliwatts by the end of this year.