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Yolk: Paper-Thin Solar Panels Are Here #CES2017

B. J. Murphy

Serious Wonder

January 11, 2017

The age of solar energy is upon us. Last year alone, we witnessed solar energy prices drop lower than that of coal. As we move along into 2017, how might this ever-expanding industry continue moving along its own current of change.

To answer this question, Serious Wonder‘s Gray Scott made his way to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) and spoke to Sungun Chang, designer and CEO of solar startup company Yolk. Their specialty: developing paper-thin solar panels for electronic devices.

“Each panel can be connected with magnets,” said Chang. “So users can adjust the power output according to the device requirements.”

By using three connected solar panels, you would be able to fully charge an iPhone 7 on a sunny day at the same rate as that of a wall plugin. If you want to charge a tablet device, say an iPad, then you would need four connected solar panels. And as shown in the video provided by Gray, you can easily attach the panels onto a backpack for easy outdoors mobility.

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B.J. Murphy is a Technoprogressive Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region of the U.S. He's worked with the asteroid mining company Planetary Resources as a member of their Planetary Community Vanguard, helping campaign funding for the ARKYD 100 Space Telescope, an open-source means of space exploration. He is a Writer, Editor, and Social Media Manager for and runs his own blog called The Proactionary Transhumanist. He's a co-author of both Longevitize!: Essays on the Science, Philosophy & Politics of Longevity and The Future of Business: Critical Insights On a Rapidly Changing World From 60 Futurists.


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