Nokia unveils solar charger in Kenya

MOBILE

-
Image: By Nokia
Nokia unveils solar charger in Kenya

By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya

Nokia has unveiled new portable solar charger in Kenya, targeting the 80% of Kenyans without regular access to electricity.  

The Nokia Portable Solar Charger, DC-40, which will be retailing at Ksh 1250 , is being marketed by Nokia to test the viability of solar charging as an alternative mobile phone charging system in Africa.

The charger will be available in limited quantities during the pilot period.

The charger 

The technical solution is a thin film panel, measuring 165mm x 237mm with a long cable and 2mm Nokia plug interface. Weighing only 93 grams, the solar charger is highly portable and with one minute of charging, consumers will be able to get approximately two minutes of talk time.

How it works 

The solar charger is most efficient when used in direct sunlight where the average charging time for full charge on a 1000mAh battery would be under four hours.

The solar panel can also be used behind a glass window, but is less efficient in these conditions. 

According to Nokia, Kenya and Nigeria provide the perfect opportunity for testing this solution, with recent World Bank reports indicating that only 16 and 51% of Kenyans and Nigerians respectively had regular access to electricity between 2007 and 2011.

Alternative source of energy

However, mobile phone usage is pervasive in these markets, calling for alternative methods of power.

“There are numerous advantages to this solution, including being able to service consumers outside of regular electricity supply, or those who need a quick charge on the go” says Bruce Howe, General Manager for Nokia East Africa.

“Perhaps the greatest benefit is the cost saving achieved by being able to harness the natural resource of the sun”. 

The DC-40 solar charger will be available in Kenya at selected Nokia Premium Partner outlets across the country. 

“Nokia prides itself on its ongoing sustainability programs to minimize power usage. This solar charger provides an extremely environmentally friendly solution that is free of CO2 emissions,” said Howe.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MOBILE NEWS

Orange, EmmaĆ¼s International launch phone recycling facility in Abidjan

Orange and Emmaüs International have launched a fifth mobile collection facility in Africa, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.  Read More

Mobile device greenhouse gas emissions surge

Smartphone charging will consume almost 14,000 Gigawatt-hours of dirty energy by 2019, says a new report. Read More

Airtel DRC, UN team up to launch social programmes

Mobile operator Airtel DRC has teamed up with the United Nations Development Programme (PNUD) and a local bank, Rawbank, to launch a series of social programmes aiming at improving the lives of rural Congolese people. Read More

MTN Ghana supports Asafotufiami Festival

MTN has donated five thousand Ghana Cedis and assorted items to the Chief and people of Ada as part to its contribution to the Asafotufiami Festival. Read More

4G LTE: more than 1 in 5 active mobile connections by 2019

A new report from Juniper Research forecasts a rapid uptake of 4G LTE mobile technology in the next five years, with active connections crossing the 1 billion mark in 2017 and reaching 1.8 billion by 2019.   Read More

Mobile technologies catalysts for development in Senegal

Alpin Verlet, head of Alcatel-Lucent in West and Central Africa, and  Dr. Awa Marie Coll Seck, Minister of Health Alcatel Lucent is participating in a mobile-based anti-diabetes campaign in Senegal. Read More

Ghana resolves to improve QoS

The Government of Ghana has announced strict punitive measures to be taken against operators whose services fall below the expected quality of service levels. Read More

Vodafone Ghana appoints new Chief Marketing Officer

Vodafone Ghana has appointed Agnes Emefa Essah as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Read More

MTN Ghana Foundation disburses $136 560 to build school

MTN Ghana has delivered a state-of-the-art senior high school its Foundation built at the cost of GH¢437 000. Read More

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 Neo in Kenya

Samsung Electronics’ latest premium devices: the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is now available in the Kenyan market. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Widening ICT skills gap: Cause for concernWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern

Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.

COMPANY NEWS

VMware reports second quarter 2014 results

VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014.

New Sage ERP X3 version puts business information at your fingertips

Sage ERP Africa has announced the availability of Sage ERP X3 version 7, the latest version of its global business management solution for midsized companies. 

How the cloud can power entrepreneurship and urbanisation in Africa

Cloud computing is not only fundamentally changing the way business operates, it is also driving a new wave of job creation opportunities, says SAP Africa.