How Cool! A 100% Solar-Powered Laptop

Laptops have many advantages over desktop computers. Provided there’s a wireless network available, you can shuffle out of your office and flop down on a deck chair with your laptop to continue reading your favorite blog in the sunshine and fresh air. Until your battery dies and you realize there’s no power outlet, that is. Talk about a buzz kill!

But Discovery News reports that the days of recharging our laptops may be numbered. At Fujitsu’s 2011 Design Competition, an industrial designer named Andrea Ponti introduced plans for a mobile computer that’s 100% solar-powered.

According to Designboom.com, the sleek “Luce” laptop has one solar panel “located on the top, and a second one is just under the transparent touch-keyboard.” The design calls for a clear polycarbonate case, bringing the total weight of the computer to approximately four pounds.

The proposed model will continuously charge its battery throughout the day without any cables or AC adapters. It is unclear how long the battery will power the laptop after dark.

No word yet on when the Luce laptop will begin production. In the meantime, consumers looking for a greener laptop can buy solar-powered chargers for their current computer.

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95 comments

Alber T.
Alber T.1 months ago

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Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

cool

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Anja N.
Justin R.5 years ago

Great news.

Howard C.
.5 years ago

This is a great idea, there are other ways of powering your lap top from solar power. I have 16 PV panels on the roof of my property, they charge my lap top during the day so that I can use it for 3 hours at night; they also power my washing machine, dishwasher etc! I live in the UK, not the sunniest place in the world, and I get benefit from these. If you live somewhere that enjoys more sunshine then why not look in to it, electricity is going to cost the earth in many ways!

Miriam W.
miriam w.5 years ago

I bet the biggest problem in designing this was venting. All that heat in such a slim case. I wonder how they did it.

Alberta Gentleman

I want one!

Kanta Of Kol
Kay Bee5 years ago

This is great but it should be affordable too !

pam wilkerson
pam wilkerson5 years ago

WOW! Awesome!!! I want one too!!! Beauiful idea!

Aoife O Mahony
Aoife O Mahony5 years ago

So cool, I want one!! =)