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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
When design and sustainability come together results can be extraordinary. The utmost example is a very elegant, sleek window socket, designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh. The device offers a neat way to harness solar energy and use it in a plug socket.
Its logical operation is straightforward: the charger sticks to a window with a suction plate that encircles the solar panel, and a basic outlet feeds the converted solar power to a device. The Window Socket draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug in small devices to the outlet, or save the stored power for use during night time hours. The battery on the solar window socket is very small; at 1000mAh the stored power could be about enough to charge a mobile phone.
Until now we have seen solutions that act as a solar battery backup, but none as a direct plug-in. Hence this tiny elegant device is revolutionary in its kind. And most importantly, you can bring it around with you and use it on any window that comes in handy, as long as there’s daylight. It’s very handy, particularly where there is restricted use of electricity, such as outdoors or on a plane.
This solar-powered window socket isn’t on the market yet, and the availability and its price has yet to be announced. But in the near future, Song & Oh hope to increase its efficiency, energy storage and charge time.
Hopefully, this concept will inspire other industrial designers to follow the similar path and bring more environmentally-friendly, impressively convenient products on the market.
Running your electronic devices on pure solar energy is more than thrifty, it’s free! And most importantly, it helps to safeguard the planet.