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The challenges of using a solar mobile while camping

If there’s one occasion you’d expect a solar powered phone to be useful it would be camping. To test this assumption, we gave Aino Aaltonen a Lokki prototype when she attended the world’s largest scout Jamboree in Sweden. After an…

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A brief pictorial history of solar powered technology

As far back as the 5th century BC, the Greeks were building their homes in grid patterns to utilize solar power. It was such an accepted technology that the playwright Aeschylus wrote that only primitives “lacked knowledge of houses turned…

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Meet the man who invented Nokia’s solar mobile prototype

Solar power has fascinated some of the world’s greatest inventors for centuries. In the 1515, Leonardo De Vinci developed the first industrial use for solar energy utilising concave mirrors to heat water. Four hundred years later, Albert Einstein won his…

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Life with a solar mobile phone in the Arctic Circle: Update 2

Our solar charging tester, Ilkka Syvänperä, has now been using our prototype, Lokki, for over a month up in the Arctic Circle. Will a solar powered phone work better in a place where the sun doesn’t set? Find out in…

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A closer look at the technology powering Nokia’s solar mobile phone

Charles Fritt, an American inventor, is credited with creating the first working solar panel way back in 1883. He coated the semiconductor material selenium with an extremely thin layer of gold, creating a panel with just 1% efficiency. Things have come…

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Why’s it so challenging to make a solar powered mobile phone?

The sun has been used to power gadgets ever since 1834 when British astronomer Sir John Herschel invented a solar thermal collector box to cook food during an expedition to South Africa. Why then, after nearly two centuries, are we…

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Everything you need to know about solar power

In the last couple of weeks we’ve been busy bathing in the glorious summer sunshine. But the sun isn’t just great for tanning. It’s a big ball of potential power too. Amazingly, it produces enough energy in one second to meet the needs of the entire earth for 500 000 years. Efforts to tap into this amazing power source have caused the solar power industry to blossom in the last few decades. Now solar power is hotter than ever. So, what better time to tell you everything you need to know about solar.

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