Wouldn’t you agree that having a constant source of power for your cell phones is a great advantage?
Being the most widely used device by several people across the globe, cell phone use accounts for a large part of our electricity as we constantly have to recharge their depleted batteries. Thankfully, cell phone chargers are devising ways to go green in order to do their part in environmental-friendly ways. This article will discuss just how cell phone companies could achieve that.
Cell phone chargers to go green
As of 2015, roughly nine out of ten adult Americans own smartphones, while tablet users have jumped to 45 percent. With its increasing ubiquitousness, however, means that charging them makes for a large part of our electric consumption. No worries; reports have concluded that cell phone charging costs less than a dollar a year. But the real threat to our ecosystem, really, are the pollutants that compose a charger—lead, cadmium, mercury—which create toxic wastes in landfills.
Thankfully, handset manufacturers have recognized the importance of manufacturing not only an environmentally-friendly handset but also eco-friendly chargers.
Renewable energy as sources of cell phone power
A need for the mobile communication to go green has brought forward innovative designs to harness renewable energy for cell phone chargers. Solar energy, wind energy, and kinetic energy are just some of the few prospective energy sources for chargers.
Major players in the mobile industry are getting their hands deep into manufacturing solar-powered cell phones. Blue-earth by Samsung, Pop by LG and two other Sharp Models are among the new solar-powered cell phone prototypes.
Ecofriendly cell phone chargers
With eco-friendly cell phones gaining popularity, cell phone chargers, too, are going green. Many chargers are composed of environmentally friendly materials and then powered by renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power.
For example, India, which currently has the largest market for smartphones, has proposed the plans for cell phone towers that are powered by solar energy. China Mobile, a top Chinese telecommunications operator, has already set up the world’s biggest solar-energy-powered mobile communication.
Nokia, meanwhile, is trying to manufacture cell phones that use ambient radio waves. The prototype is believed to harness 50mW of the power from radio waves, which is enough to power a cell phone on standby mode.
Other future ideas
Using kinetic energy in generating power for cell phones are also being explored. This is the principle behind wind energy generation. Other unconventional sources for power currently being tested are alcohol or cold drinks. They may seem unlikely, but they are no more outrageous than being able to build solar-powered roads--and that has been accomplished!