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NEC solar battery package powers LCD desktop monitors

Posted: 23 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCD display? flat panel LCDs? TFT-LCDs? LCD panels? solar panels?

Solar-powered system for NEC's flat panel LCD display monitors

NEC Display Solutions announced that it is the first display company to offer a solar-powered system for all of its flat panel LCD display monitors.

The system, developed with renewable-source specialist Carmanah Technologies, is designed to provide 293kW-h per year, or 800W-h per day, with actual energy output and power at any given time depending on solar cell placement, the amount of sunlight, and the particular display type in use. In a practical application, a typical LCD monitor will run for days.

The solar-power package includes 2 x EV-120, Evergreen 120W solar panel, 3 x EX-1000, Extreme 12V, deep cycle solar battery, 100A-h, 1 x GPR-25, Go Power! 25A digital charge controller, 1 x GP-SW150-12 Go Power! pure sine wave 150W, 12V inverter, 1 x GPSC-12-10A Go Power! 10A smart battery charger, and miscellaneous hardware.

The batteries have a life expectancy of more than 20 years, depending on the number of cycle times, and the solar panels a life of at least 50 years, according to a company spokesman. All NEC LCD displays are RoHS compliant, containing fully disposable plastics.

The system is priced at about $2,000.

- Vince Biancomano

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