Go so­lar

Down to Earth - - CONTENTS - RAGHAV CHAWLA

Start us­ing th­ese so­lar-pow­ered prod­ucts to har­ness more en­ergy from the sun, nat­u­rally

In­dia plans to pro­duce 22 gi­gawatt of so­lar power by 2022. But the coun­try can har­ness much more so­lar en­ergy if peo­ple start us­ing so­lar-pow­ered con­sumer prod­ucts. Here is a list of prod­ucts that can help

BACK­PACK

The back­pack uses a flex­i­ble monocrys­talline so­lar film to con­vert sun­light into elec­tric­ity, which is stored in a bat­tery pack kept inside the bag. It can be used to charge por­ta­ble elec­tronic de­vices such as mo­bile phones. The US army de­vel­oped a so­lar back­pack sys­tem called Rucksack En­hanced Por­ta­ble Power Sys­tem. The three-kilo back­pack was used by the US Army in Afghanistan to power ra­dios

and GPS units in com­bat zones. Key fea­ture: A fully charged bat­tery can power a lap­top for three hours or power an emer­gency light for 14 hours. It can be used for

dis­as­ter re­lief and field re­search.

MO­BILE CHARGER

So­lar cell phone charger is a por­ta­ble al­ter­na­tive to stan­dard elec­tric charg­ers and comes with wrist straps.

In 2011, Siberian firm Straw­berry En­ergy re­leased the world's first pub­lic so­lar charger for pub­lic places. Key fea­ture: It takes roughly three hours to charge a

phone

KIN­DLE COVER US company So­lar Fo­cus re­cently un­veiled a so­lar cover for the popular e-book reader Kin­dle. Key fea­ture: The in­te­grated bat­tery which gets charged through the so­lar panel runs the LED lamp for up to 50 hours us­ing

Kin­dle's main bat­tery.

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