January 09, 2009
| by Steven Castle
Darn! I left my cell phone charger at home. And luckily, LG is pushing its green initiatives at CES in Las Vegas, so the company has set up a solar- and wind-powered cell phone charging station.
CES attendees can charge their mobile devices in an hour, thanks to eight solar panels producing 880 watts and a Bergey 1-kilowatt wind turbine. “The perception is that green doesn’t mean good performance,” says LG’s Jason Todd. “So we want to show that this station can charge a total of 104 phones at one time form the wind and the sun.”
The station was built by gotwind.org, and gotwind’s Dave Pain was on hand to oversee his baby.
LG has plans to bring the Skycharger station to other trade shows and events, possibly including concert venues, to show people how alternative energies can be used effectively today.
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates