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Phone Dying? Solar-Powered Charging Stations Popping Up in NYC

  • June 19, 2013

by Shilpi Paul

Phone Dying? Solar-Powered Charging Stations Popping Up in NYC: Figure 1

These days, cell phones seem to need juicing up just about every day; a particularly phone-heavy day can mean that you run out of power while still out on the town.

So in an effort to remedy that, solar-powered phone charging stations will be set up this week on the streets of New York City. A sort of modern take on the phone booth, these sleek, vertical structures, dubbed Street Charge, will have several outlets and be usable even when the sun is no longer shining.

The 25 stations were created in a collaboration between GOAL ZERO, AT&T and the design studio Pensa, and will be open to the public. Solar panels and lithium batteries are incorporated into the design, and they will likely be set up in public places like Brooklyn Bridge Park, Union Square and Riverside Park — or in other words, pleasing places to hang out in while the phone is gathering power.

As of now, the plan is for AT&T to run the stands for 90 days. A more permanent contract has not yet been established.

DC residents, what do you think? Would you use something like this in the District?

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/phone_dying_solar-powered_charging_stations_popping_up_in_nyc/7220

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