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Method for a laptop with a solar panel integrated into the LCD

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011845D
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a laptop with a solar panel integrated into the liquid crystal display (LCD). Benefits include improved power performance, improved useability, and improved ease of implementation.

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Method for a laptop with a solar panel integrated into the LCD

Disclosed is a method for a laptop with a solar panel integrated into the liquid crystal display (LCD). Benefits include improved power performance, improved useability, and improved ease of implementation.

Background

        � � � � � Increased processor speeds, added functionality and increased display sizes are increasing demands on the laptop computer’s battery. Under intensive use, a laptop may drain its battery in less than 2 hours. Alternatively, a laptop’s battery can be drained slowly during extended periods of inactivity such as sleep mode or hibernate mode.

� � � � � Conventionally, the laptop battery is charged via a 110V power supply or a 12V power supply.

General Description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is a laptop with a solar panel integrated into the LCD. An optically transparent solar cell array is patterned on or laminated to the LCD of a laptop computer. The solar cells generate electrical current under office or sunlight. The current charges the laptop’s battery, extending the useful battery life.

        � � � � � The key elements of the method include:

•        � � � � Solar cell array attached to or integrated into the liquid crystal display of a laptop computer

•        � � � � Channeling of the electrical output of the solar panel to the computer’s battery, increasing its charge and extending the number of hours the laptop can be used when not docked or attached to a 110V or 12V power supply

Advantages

        � � � � � The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•        � � � � Improved power performance due to extending the laptop’s useful life in a situation when a 110V or...