Jorge Chapa

Sharp's Solar Powered Television

by , 07/07/08

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As part of G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan, Sharp will be showcasing some futuristic new technologies in the Zero Emission House. Amongst the future-forward prototypes to be shown: a 26-inch solar-powered LCD television that can be powered by a thin-film photovoltaic panel! Sharp’s plan is to distribute the TV and solar module to areas that have no easy access to grid power.


The triple-junction thin film solar cell module is the cost effective panel to date that is being mass produced by Sharp. The panel can be produced to be made semi-transparent, to be as windows, and is manufactured to not require rare or scarce metals. The television itself is an ultra low-powered LCD screen that uses less than a third of the energy required by conventional LCDs. The area required to power this television would be similar to that of the TV screen, something which is not possible with current TVs.

So, is a TV really the most practical use for a new solar panel? Initially, we would’ve thought that people living off the grid with no access to electricity might want that electricity for something else — something more useful like lighting or cooking. Still, we have to admit, an ultra-low powered LCD is certainly a positive development.

+ Sharp to Exhibit at Hokkaido

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3 Comments

  1. Jawona October 10, 2008 at 9:35 am

    i need one solar television for africa pal B how can i get it

  2. somayeh September 9, 2008 at 12:08 am

    price Sharp’s Solar Powered Television & Datashite

  3. mikeyb66 July 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Glad to see the article picked up on some of the points I was thinking. Chances are, if you live off the grid a 26 inch TV is the least of your needs. And why cant they roll it out to everyone? I want one.

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