EarthTimes: China-based Hi-Tech Wealth has developed a mobile phone that uses solar energy to recharge itself.
The company also says it is the world’s first to use solar power to recharge a phone battery. The solar energy phone has a scale-like solar panel on the top side of the clamshell-design that can also be recharged by light from other sources, including candles. It can provide 40 minutes of talk time after sitting in the sun for an hour.
“With more than 400 million mobile phones in the country, China would save a great amount of electricity if all its mobile phones were recharged by light,” said Zhang Zhengyu, chairman, Hi-Tech Wealth. Many companies around the world are working on similar mobile phones technology, but many are still in the experimental stage. Hi-Tech claims to have developed the most advanced solar power technology and own eight patents with applications for others.
China’s Interfax writes that BYD Company Limited, a Hong Kong-listed electronics component and automobile manufacturer, claims that Hi-Tech Wealth has infringed its patent with the launch of a solar-powered mobile phone and the company may file a lawsuit against HTW.