Around a fifth of the world's population has only sporadic access to electricity -- if at all. Panasonic is hoping to lower that number with its latest project.
The Japanese electronics giant this week unveiled its eneloop solar storage system, which acts as a source of power for LED lights and small devices, and is designed for regions with little or no access to electricity.
The system is driven by Panasonic's nickel-metal hydride battery, which stores solar cells during the day and uses that energy to power devices like lights, heaters or TVs. Additionally, the storage unit comes equipped with a USB socket that can charge three fully depleted smartphones.
The eneloop solar storage system is set to be shipped to countries in Asia, such as Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, as well as African countries like Ethiopia and Tanzania. The rollout will begin in November, with other regions expected to follow next year. As well as being distributed through retailers, it'll also be sent to relevant NPOs and NGOs.
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