Juice Up Your Phone At Social Solar Charger While In NYC

Solar energy is known as the future in power generation, commonly present in solar-powered roofs as an alternative to conventional electricity or in more sophisticated applications such as solar charging cars through a combination of photovoltaic cells and carbon fiber rods.

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Now you can add social solar charger to the list. CityCharger is a social solar charging station located at Bryant Park in New York City, which enables “on-the-go” users to charge their devices. Powered entirely by solar energy, it comes equipped with a solar panel that can be manually rotated to point South, six charging cables and a communal table that encourages social interaction while the users wait for their devices to be charged. Each small round table has an internally illuminated power-icon that indicates when the unit is turned.

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CityCharge is the result of two years of product development collaboration between, Bryant Park Corporation, Green Barrel Energy Inc., a New York City based solar company, and Landscapeforms, USA’s leading manufacturer of high quality street furniture. With plans to expand around New York City and other areas in the US, CityCharge is an ideal choice for any public space manager, allowing easy relocation in case of events and maintenance activities, and no need of storage during rain or snow. The carbon steel with an electro-coated and polyester powder-coated finish provides incredible protection against rust and UV degradation and is easy to clean.

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CityCharge doesn’t let down when it comes to its anti-scratch experience. The soft blue polycarbonate table takes easy on users’ phone casings, whilst “visually connects the product to the sky and nature, where the power comes from”, says Ignacio Ciocchini, the designer behind CityCharge.

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Source and pictures: yankodesign.com, blog.bryantpark.org, weburbanist.com

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Solar Charging Car – The Next Big Thing

We may have seen almost all kinds of cars, hybrid cars running on both petrol and ethanol or electric cars that rely on chargeable batteries, but I bet you haven’t seen this one: solar charging car.

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Volvo launched a solar charging car known as V60 Plug-in Hybrid. The new technology was presented as the winner of the 2013 Switch to Pure Volvo Pavilion Design competition held by Volvo in Italy last fall. The creation was designed by Alvin Huang’s Synthesis Design + Architecture and serves as a portable solar charging station for the first-ever diesel plug-in hybrid.

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How does it work? The car is charged over the course of a day when parked beneath a mesh structure made of photovoltaic cell, which generates energy from the sun or indoor lighting. Once charging is complete, the structure is able to collapse and fit into the V60’s trunk.

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“The creation of ‘Pure Tension’ is proof of how modern and innovative Volvo Cars’ mindset is. The Pure Tension pavilion demonstrates performance, form and technology, just like the new Volvo cars.”, says Mr. Huang. Volvo added by describing the new creation as a vision of the future where cars can simply charge themselves by deploying structures such as this.

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Practicality, however, may say otherwise. The current design, certainly interesting to look at, may be a little tricky when charging your car, let’s say in a parking lot. But even if you wanted to purchase the plug-in right away, according to Volvo, the structure is currently for demonstration only, with no plans for production in the near future. However, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid will be available in Europe, while a gasoline-only version of the V60 can be seen in the United States already.

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More interestingly, I’d say, is the fact that the new technology provided by the V60 addresses the issue of sustainability in the form of combination of EV and solar; a tensioned and perforated HDPE Mesh skin with embedded PV transparent panels and a perimeter ring made of carbon fiber rods. Environment-friendly, continuous and sensual, the design of V60 offers an organic sense to the spectators, as well as invites them on a visual interaction.

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Source: cleantechnica.com, nydailynews.com, synthesis-dna.com, theverge.com

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Camilla G.//SMC Editor