Light-Harvesting LCD Boost Self-Powered Green Gadgets Into Reality
Polarizing organic photovoltaics could be the next technology for green gadgets
LCDs are still widely used in various green gadgets, such as smartphones, laptops and televisions. Unfortunately, the LCDs are part of the gadgets that absorb power at most.
But what has been done by scientists at UCLA could be a solution to the problem. Known as polarizing organic photovoltaics, the LCD which is developed by UCLA’s scientists is claimed to be more efficient than LCD technology available today. Current LCDs are very inefficient. Almost of 75% of energy is lost in the process of polarization and brightening the display.
The UCLA’s technology will capture and recycle the light that might be lost in the transmission process. It means that the technology acts as a filter while it also generates power from any light sources.
Though it will be awhile before the technology is integrated into the design of everyday green gadgets, the days of keeping one charger at the office, one in the car, and another at home are limited.