Those of us who worry about mobile phones draining out of charge while travelling may have a solution – solar mobile rechargers that use sunlight instead of electricity. Among the innovations on display at ‘Renergy’, a two day international conference and expo on renewable energy inaugurated on Monday, the most attractive was the solar mobile charger.
Solar-powered laptops and smartphones that work offline are set to be a reality with the Amrita Centre for Nanosciences in Kochicoming out with the world’s first integrated solar storage tile using a super capacitor, named ‘Amrita Smart’.
The product was launched at NANOSOLAR 2012, the first international workshop on nanotechnology in solar and energy storage applications here on Friday.
The product has been developed by a team of 40 researchers led by Dr. Shanti Nair and Dr.Vinod Gopal.
There would be light in nearly 50 households in Uppukaramedu in Ambattur for the first time in 30 years. The solar-power connection to the households has been possible largely because of the efforts of Grand Lodge of India (GLI), a social organization that came forward to set up solar panels in their hamlet at a cost of Rs 5.5 lakh following a report carried in Deccan Chronicle.
The organisation had set up 800 Kva capacity solar panels to supply power to 46 houses and to install six streetlights. All the houses has been provided with a light bulb and a plug point to charge their mobiles, said Dr Balaraman Biswakumar of GLI. Biswakumar said that this is the 90th hamlet to be covered under their Jyotirgamaya project of providing solar lights to remote villages all over India that do not have electric power.