A well known fact is that there is an increase in the amount of mobile phone owners around the world. A lesser known fact is that about 500 million of those owners lack electricty in their households and therefore have no way of charging their phones. A Hong Kong and Denver-based company has come up with two solar-power charging panels that are specially designed to remain affordable and viable “to users who live in off-grid, often impoverished regions of the world.”
Nokero International, the company that designed these solar-powered charging panels, say they remove cost in part by containing no battery. “We’ve heard stories of villagers traveling by foot and by boat, sometimes for days, to reach a place where they can charge their phones,” said Nokero founder Steve Katsaros. “In other places, people pay exorbitant prices to have their phones charged by vendors using diesesl generators and car batteries.”
Villagers in off-grid areas pay local vendors about US $2-$5 per kilowatt hour to charge a phone, according to the Carbon War Room. That’s compared to 10-20 cents per kWh in the average US household. The recharging stations use fossil-fuel generators to create power, polluting the air and creating unnecessary expense for people who only make dollars a day.
The newly developed 1-watt P101 is said to directly charge a typical cell phone in three hours, while the 2-watt P102 powers up a similar phone in 1.5 hours when there is enough sun. The pocket-sized panels are USB compatible and come with phone adapters. The chargers are not suitable for smart phones, that’s not the market Nokero focusses on.
For the press release, see: www.prweb.com/releases/2011/7/prweb8685172.htm