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Ilkka Syvänperä and Esa Karpoff are working at the University of Turku Research Station in Utsjoki, in northern Finland. They both are exploring the possibilities of using a solar powered mobile phone during the summer time, when the sun doesn’t set for more than two months. Meet Ilkka and Esa.

Conclusions: Where, how and when a solar powered mobile phone works best

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Conclusions: A solar mobile phone’s performance is affected by lifestyle

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How well does a solar mobile work at the end of a Lapland summer?

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Hiking the Arctic Highlands with a solar powered mobile

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Trekking in the Arctic wilderness with a solar powered phone

With a population of just 184 000 people, or just two people per square kilometer, Finnish Lapland is one of the least densely populated places in the world. If, then, your job involves spending days in the wilderness, you want…

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