Previously, we discussed the innovations at Kyocera and the fact that they were working on a motion-powered cell phone. Well, they aren’t the only cell manufacturer who is working on creating a green cell phone. Sharp and AU have added a solar panel to one of their newest phones. They aren’t the first company to add solar power to a cell phone—Ericsson and Motorola both have models on the market or coming out soon. However, solar powered cell phones are still quite limited, even if they are becoming more popular.
Sharp’s newest solar powered phone will be debuting in Japan in June of this year. The device features a solar panel embedded on the phone’s lid, making it easy for users to simply set the phone near a window or other sunny location. Leaving it in the sunlight for around ten minutes charges the battery enough for it to last for about a minute of call time or around two hours of standby time. That’s not a huge amount of power, so it’s obviously not a way of continuously charging your phone.
While the amount of power this solar powered cell phone generates isn’t really that much, the fact that it generates any power at all is impressive and a step in the right direction. Someday, it may be completely possible to power your cell phone via solar energy. If everyone invested in one of these solar powered cells, it would save a lot of energy every day. Seeing how many phone manufacturers are already jumping on the idea is certainly a very hopeful sign.