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

After four months, our solar charging project has come to an end. In that time we’ve collected huge amounts of invaluable data from places as far apart as the Arctic and Kenya. We already knew that for solar charging to…

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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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A sunny forecast: 5 reasons why the future will be solar powered

Despite its huge potential, solar power currently only accounts for a meager 0.02% of the world’s energy needs. This figure sounds disappointing, especially when you learn that solar panels were first invented already way back in 1883. Nonetheless, we’re confident…

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Sailing the Baltic Sea with a solar powered mobile phone

If you’re into sailing, you might have recently read about the MS Tûranor, the world’s biggest solar powered boat. The name, from a language in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, means “the Power of the Sun”. Apt when you…

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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 powered mobile phone in Sweden: Part 1

Some of the most passionate mobile phone users are youngsters. Recent research from GFK shows that 90% of under 16s in the UK have a mobile phone. In fact, devices are becoming so popular that many schools have had to…

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Listening to football on a solar powered mobile

Kenya has 16.5 million mobile phone users. Yet only 15% of the population have regular access to electricity. These two facts alone make Kenya the ideal place for an affordable solar powered mobile phone, which is why we’ve been keenly…

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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 Kenya is the perfect place for a solar powered mobile phone

Our Kenyan tester, Amos Omondi, has now been making the most of Lokki, our solar powered mobile phone prototype, for the last couple of weeks. We’re especially keen to see how Lokki fares in this East African nation because the…

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