06 Jun '12, 9am

Solar Powered Gadget Charging Stations Could Make Street Corners into Coffee Shops

Solar Powered Gadget Charging Stations Could Make Street Corners into Coffee Shops

If you've ever found yourself in the street with a dying phone and nowhere to power up, you'll be interested in this idea: charging stations, using photovoltaic cells, built into street signs and other existing infrastructure. Called "Street Charge," the proposed setup is the work of Pensa , a New York design group. Asking the question, "How can we use what's already here?", Pensa proposes to add thin solar cells to things like street signs, with USB outlets. PENSA! /Video screen capture The idea has its weak points: it looks fragile, and would be vulnerable to vandalism as well as the elements. I'm not sure how much electricity the small cells could generate, and how many gadgets they could charge. A phone, computer or tablet needs to charge for longer than most would want to spend sitting on the street. Considering how coveted the few outlets in airport waiting areas are...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/solar-technology/street-charge-...

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