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Wireless transparent solar charging for phones

Posted: 23 Oct 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sunpartner Technologies  3M  wireless transparent micro component  Wysips Crystal  solar charging 

Sunpartner Technologies and 3M Co. have joined forces to develop products and technical solutions, capitalizing on innovative engineered electronics materials from 3M and transparent solar cell technologies from Sunpartner Technologies. The companies are developing a sustainable wireless transparent micro component that will charge devices while they are being used and exposed to light.

The development will give consumers the ability to charge their mobile phones and tablets with just natural or artificial light, with no electrical outlets needed to power.

Combining 3M Optically Clear Adhesives with SunPartner's Wysips Crystal drives this advance in consumer electronics energy management. Wysips—What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface—transforms any surface into a solar panel that can generate its own energy from natural or artificial light. These photovoltaic cells activate from the moment they are exposed to light and charge the battery or power the equipment they are connected to.

Wysips ultra-thin transparent photovoltaic layer is embedded into electronic displays and supplies enough energy to keep the device charged, so it will not run out of power.

The combination of SunPartner's Wysips Crystal technology with 3M Optically Clear Adhesives will be a sustainable answer to the consumer electronics industry's energy management needs, the companies indicated.

Based on core 3M adhesive technology, 3M Optically Clear Adhesives are precision-manufactured to eliminate common adhesive visual defects such as bubbling, which can distort the display and diminish consumer satisfaction with their device.

Suited to indoor or outdoor applications, the technology can be integrated into all kinds of displays and nomad devices: mobile phone, e-readers, electronics shelves labels, watches, wireless sensors. The added source of energy production changes neither the design nor aesthetics of the device. The transparent photovoltaic component is connected to an electronic chip, which converts and manages the energy produced to charge a battery.

The Wysips Crystal with 3M Optically Clear Adhesives is designed to be used with existing materials and screen technologies with an eye on product development for materials and designs of the future. Under the agreement, Sunpartner Technologies is now designing prototypes for three global leaders in mobile telephony. The company plans to finalise two new agreements in the coming months and sign the first licences during the first half of 2014.

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