The First Fully Solar-Powered Laptop

Solar-powered products are gaining more and more attention, as our society urges us to use cleaner and renewable energy.

In vein with solar-powered products that help make our world a greener place, here’s an interesting concept from Industrial Designer Andrea Ponti and his concept for the Luce Solar Panel Powered PC.

Sure, there are already some products out there that help prolong battery life for your laptop, but surely there has not been any single laptop that has built-in solar panels.

The computer itself is designed with two solar panels, one at the back of the monitor, and another behind the keyboard. The panels should be able to power the computer continuously, but so far, it has not been successfully tested. Anyone who has worked with a laptop outdoors knows that you can’t really see your monitor unless it’s cranked up to the brightest screen setting, so using it under the sun might actually use up more battery power. Maybe an e-ink display might work to solve this problem, but the designer utilises a cordless design, so when the sun goes down, it will probably mean work time is over very quickly.

The Luce, meaning Light in Italian is made from a clear polycarbonate and weighs about four pounds. It was shortlisted in Fujitsu’s 2011 design competition, but it was not made clear if Fujitsu will actually take the design and make it into a real product.

Personally, I think the Luce looks great, but having a cordless design might not work so well in the long run, because even with a fully charged battery, you can only use the laptop for a few hours at most.