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A new way to charge your cellphone for free with Street Charge

By Jonathan Lam     Jun 22, 2013 in Technology
New York - Always taking out your phone only to find that is has only 10% of batteries left can be nerve racking. Street Charge offers a free way to charge your phone when you are on the go.
Goal Zero and AT&T may have discovered the latest in solar charging technology. The man who launched this concept is Joe Atkin, CEO of Goal Zero.
Atkin first struck upon the idea of a portable, solar-powered energy source when Goal Zero was doing research in New York City after superstorm Sandy.
“We saw that so many people were left without power,” he explained, “and it gave rise to some innovation of how can we bring power to people in remote locations. And really, solar and portable battery systems are one of the best alternatives.”
Goal Zero first heard that a group called Pensa was in the process of developing the Street Charge platforms and asked it if could help. Pensa invited Goal Zero into their project and together began building it.
The Street Charge platform looks like a high-tech palm tree, with three long solar panels protruding from the top of a long metallic stem. Each platform has three charging stations and can connect with iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, micro-USB and USB devices. These charging stations also claim that it charges just as fast as a wall charger.
These cellphone charging stations were bought out by AT&T and were installed in seven locations, including Central Park, Madison Square Park and Coney Island, and will soon expand to 25 locations across all five boroughs.
“If you can make it New York, you can make it anywhere,” said Neil Giacobbi, AT&T’s New York public affairs director.
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