Pocket sized solar charger keeps smartphones running at Roskilde FestivalinfinityPV seeks volunteers for field testing of a polymer solar cell charger at Roskilde Festival 2018 1 Febuary 2018
Running out of power on your phone sucks, especially when attending a festival where power options are limited. A solution could be to bring your own solar cells, but lugging around large panels is probably not too appealing. For some lucky festival-goers a new roll-able solar cell technology may solve this dilemma: infinityPV will bring its innovative HeLi-on charger to Roskilde Festival 2018 and use the festival as a living lab for testing and evaluating prototypes. “Roskilde Festival offers a unique environment with 140,000 people living predominantly off the main grid. This makes the festival a prime test bed for new innovative power solutions” says Morten V. Madsen, chief strategist at infinityPV. “We aim to make products people can use to solve energy problems and HeLi-on fits perfectly with the festival environment”.
Using a powerful and flexible solar panel, the Danish-developed HeLi-on makes phone charging on-the-go a breeze. The flexible solar panel allows the product to be pocket friendly while still supplying plenty of energy to charge smartphones and other electronics. Besides being useful in everyday life, HeLi-on is a perfect fit for those situations where no wall plugs are around, such as hiking or camping trips and especially festivals.
“Although you might have seen other solar chargers around, you won’t have seen the likes of HeLi-on”, ensures Morten V. Madsen: “Using our new solar cell technology, we have made the HeLi-on much more compact than existing products. Our design simply makes the solar panel an extension of your smartphone, enabling you to charge anywhere”.
The solar panel inside the HeLi-on is all new energy technology, developed by infinityPV. The panel is made of so-called polymer solar cells; a name that lends to the fact that the main materials used are different kinds of plastics. Such solar cells are both flexible, they bend and roll, but also afford environmentally friendliness as Morten V. Madsen explains: “Our polymer solar cells are an entirely new approach to solar cells; the materials and production methods ensures very low environmental impact compared to other types of solar cells and very fast manufacture”.
The HeLi-on charger was originally developed based on a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016. “Since the original HeLi-on we have worked to improve both the solar cells inside as well as the product itself,” explains Morten V. Madsen. “We intend to use Roskilde Festival as a living lab to test various versions of the HeLi-on and perfect the product and optimize it according to customer requests and wishes”.
infinityPV’s involvement in Roskilde Festival 2018 is backed by The Innovation Fond Denmark and Roskilde Festival in a project to support the development of products capable of solving societal challenges and user needs. “To successfully complete the project we will give HeLi-on chargers to field testers who will use the HeLi-on during the festival and provide feedback” explains Morten V. Madsen. “As the volunteers will keep their HeLi-on after the festival we hope they will keep providing feedback over the summer”. Volunteers can sign up at https://infinitypv.com/about/projects/roskilde-2018.
More information about infinityPV can be found at https://infinityPV.com, https://infinitypv.com/about/projects/roskilde-2018, and https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/node/1906. Additional resources are available at https://infinityPV.com/press/.
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