The Solar Pocket Factory
With the decrease in fossil fuels and increase in power consumption all over the world, there is a burning need for green energy resources. Solar energy, being the most abundant and freely available energy is used in a number of instances for meeting the electricity requirements in a number of utilities. But, this green energy, has always been deemed costly and hence not widely used.
A micro solar cell can utilize twice as much light as other panels, without the need for expensive optics or cooling systems. Adding concentrating lenses to solar panels increases the amount of electricity they can produce. Because of the smaller size of these chips, they can also dissipate heat much easily.
Two innovative young minds, Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, have come up with mind blowing ideas to use this blissful and omnipresent energy in a much more cost effective way. They have invented cost effective chargers, which can be used for any device, by using micro scale solar cells. The economy of the product comes from its manufacturing. These young people call their work place “The solar pocket factory”.
Generally, when the solar cells are manufactured, they are soldered manually, making them very costly. More than 50% of these panels are discarded because of their imperfect soldering. But, the solar pocket factory has designed a device for fully automating the process of manufacturing these cells, making them near perfect and reducing the number of flawed panels to a great extent.
The materials used to create a solar charger are really simple. The solar pocket kit offers these necessities for any charger. They make their chargers by gluing together the required number of silicon cells on a card, which is then taped with a copper tape. A wire is connected to this to charge the device. Thus, “The solar pocket factory” has created these effective green energy chargers, which can save a lot of fossil fuel and create a green environment. We would like to see this effort get off to a good commercial reception as environmentally sensitive measures are what we should be looking into right now.