Full power from solar energy

Standfirst GroupSat harnesses power of the sun to keep a collection of mobile devices running at full power.

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By  Roger Field Published  September 9, 2007

It is perhaps a sobering thought that much of the technology on display at GITEX Technology Week could be rendered useless by a power failure. But for one company exhibiting at GULFCOMMS, any lack of conventional power supply presents more opportunities than problems.

GroupSat, a UAE-based producer of mobile solar-powered devices including phone chargers, solar-power ventilators and power-packs, is showcasing a range of its latest products at GULFCOMMS, including jackets equipped with light-weight solar-powered chargers.

"The jacket is a special product," Nasser Amir, managing director, GroupSat, told GULCOMMS Times. "We have made jackets for CNN reporters, the military, the UN and other organisations in the past. They are also popular with freelance journalists and bikers and hikers." He added that the jackets, which can be custom made, have built in solar chargers, allowing the wearer to re-charge mobile phones and other electronic equipment in remote places.

As well as jackets, GroupSat also produces backpacks, briefcases and other bags with built-in solar panels. It also manufactures solar power devices for everyday use, such as a trickle charger for car batteries. This device sits on the dashboard and charges car batteries via the cigarette lighter, and helps prevent batteries from becoming flat.

GroupSat also exhibited at GITEX last year, and found the exhibition extremely useful. "For us it was fantastic, especially for the Gulf countries, and for Asia we received good feedback. We found a lot of good agents and distributors," Amir said.

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