Akarie LED lighting solution powers up with solar energy in two hours
Solar energy is one of the most promising sources of energy in a world quickly realizing the dangers of depleting fossil-fuel reserves. The Nissha Printing Co Ltd has just pulled the veil off a one-of-a-kind solar-powered lighting solution that could soon find itself embedded in pavements just about everywhere. Using dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), the Akarie light stores solar energy during the daytime to light up at night. The apparatus has been put to use by the Ohsho Food Service Corp in Japan and has been embedded in pavements in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Measuring 200 x 200 x 85mm and weighing in at 3.7kg each with a rechargeable battery and LED lights, the Akarie is priced at ¥200,000 (about $2,576) and takes just two hours to juice up, staying lit for nearly 15 hours!