Solar Powered Laptops or SOL
We all have been talking about solar energy for the green environment. Recently, Scientist have successfully designed a solar laptop. This amazing laptop is developed by WeWi Telecommunications and recently introduced the SOL. This laptop computer is powered entirely by sunlight. Precisely it’s powered by a battery that can be recharged with sunlight.
This laptop SOL runs the Ubuntu operating system and includes a wealth of productivity and creativity software. It supports a 1.86GHz Intel Atom D2500 dual-core processor with up to 4GB of RAM and a 320GB SATA hard drive and 1080p graphics with a 13.3 inch display. Laptop also supports WiFi and 3G/4G LTE capabilities. It doesn’t have a DVD drive and but it does provide three USB ports and a universal card reader.
Under normal conditions the SOL uses about 22W of power. The battery is capable of providing 8-10 hours of life. The solar panels used in this Laptop are American-made mono-crystalline panels with an efficiency of around 21%. The panels produce around 20W of power in full sunlight - just slightly less than the computer uses, based on their size and efficiency. This means 8-10 hours in full sun should charge the battery pack almost completely. It also comes with an AC adapter is also included in case of extended overcast days or a lot of indoor use.
For low-power applications the Atom processor seems the best choice. The WeWi choses a low-power screen and hard drive as well, the SATA hard drive isn’t quite as energy-efficient as a solid state drive (SSD), but its much less expensive. SATA drive draws less than 3W when actively seeking and less than 1W when idle, it’s also designed for durability and housed in a proprietary shock-resistant cage. The company WeWi plans to incorporate an SSD in a future high-end model, but the SOL-X will stick with the SATA drive for its base models.
Image courtesy: solaptop.com
This laptop is quite durable; the SOL is made from reinforced materials using military and industrial specifications. Most of the electronic components are coated with a commercially available waterproofing substance which alleviates the need to waterproof the entire unit. Amazingly, The SOL “Marine” version is even submersible!
It is expected that the standard SOL will sell for $350 (US) and the SOL Marine will sell for $400.It’s exact release date is not announced yet but I am sure that it’s the best package you can get.