The Chinese multinational renewable energy company Hanergy has recently launched Humbrella, a thin-film solar-powered umbrella to create a clean, free, consistent and mobile energy solution, especially for energy-scarce areas of the world.
Weighing just 8.8 kg and with a diameter of 2.7 meters, Humbrella is covered in thin-film solar panels capable of generating power on both sunny and cloudy days. Ribs of the solar umbrella are equipped with LED lights. It converts solar energy into electricity and can save up to 40,000 mAh of power, which is sufficient for about 10 hours of night reading time.
Apart from serving as a lighting equipment, it can also be used as a mobile charging station to charge mobile devices via four USB ports built into the handle of the umbrella.
Previously, we have seen similar initiatives in the recent past. The Sunflower smart patio umbrella by the Los-Angeles-based robotics startup ShadeCraft is one of them. This solar umbrella follows the same idea but in a larger perspective for generating a clean and green energy.
With its award-winning thin-film technology, Hanergy has created several solar products including the Hantile roofing solution which combines thin-film solar panels with high-transmittance glass.
Hanergy lights up Africa with solar energy https://t.co/jy8jlxVDwo Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd launched the corporate social responsibility project called “Lighting Africa” by donating its new umbrella-shaped… #CGA #LightingAfrica #LED #Humbrella #Hanergy #SolarPower pic.twitter.com/Dv9izgUftj
As a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) project named Lighting Africa, the company announced to donate the first batch worth more than one million Yuan of these solar umbrellas to remote regions in Africa where the shortage of electricity routinely trouble children in their studies.
Via: Press Release