The display on your mobile device is by far the most power-hungry component. But Japanese device maker Kyocera, intends to make the display power your mobile device. In partnership with ‘SunPartner Technologies’ of France, they introduced a prototype smartphone at the Mobile World Congress, with a screen that can charge the device both indoors and outdoors.
Other phone manufacturers have tried to incorporate solar tech into their products but with limited success. Samsung’s Blue Earth has solar cells embedded on the back. But when using the phone your hand covers the cells and you must remember to keep the phone face-down when not in use. So Kyocera has incorporated transparent solar technology into the screen itself.
The solar layer is less than 0.5mm thick and up to 90% transparent, so it doesn’t visibly interfere with image quality and can be incorporated into existing phones. This layer lives below the touch layer and houses transparent crystals that soak up light and a chip converts that light into energy. Dubbed ‘Wysips Crystal’ by its French creators, currently generates 2.5 milliwatts but they expect to improve that to 4 milliwatts by the end of 2015.
This solar layer is not meant to be the primary power source of the device, but it can extend the battery life substantially or power an emergency call. According to the company, “With ten minutes of sunlight, you can get 100 minutes standby gain, which could also be about two minutes of additional talk time.”
Read Article (Matt Safford | smithsonianmag.com | 03/05/2015)
With larger displays it’s easy to see how this innovation could have a serious impact on the future of mobile power.
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