One of those cool things we reported on was a solar iPhone mobile charger, and that Solar Tech USA had been given the green light by Apple to begin development.
Green resources are now reporting that just yesterday, Apple received a patent (number 7,868,582 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for those of you who that deep into the stats) for a system that will power various portable electronic gizmos, including your iPhone,using solar power.
So how does it work? I don’t want to confuse any of you laymen withtoo much tech-speak, so to put it simply the device takes some of thatsunshine energy, incorporates some high-tech wizardry, and converts that power to an energy form that meets the power requirements of yourhand-held electronic thingamajig. It can also be used to rechargebatteries, thanks to a voltage converter.
Green sources indicate that while Apple has yet to actually release anysolar-powered products, the patent move is a clear indication that Apple is very interested in developing ideas that focus on renewable energy. In fact, Apple has taken a number of steps to make its product more environmentallyfriendly by phasing out toxic chemicals and using recyclable aluminum in its products. Last year, it also released a line of rechargeablebatteries that it says will last longer and are more energy efficientthan others.
This reporter attempted to reach Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, for a morein-depth discussion. Unfortunately the restraining order apparentlyforbids even telephone contact. Who would have figured?
But I digress.
For those of you prone to headaches by “science stuff,” may I suggest that you avert your eyes from the following diagram, which outlines the nuts and bolts of Apples new patent.
Solar Patent Diagram – Courtesy of CNet News
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