The Solar Pocket Factory: an Invention Adventure


The Solar Pocket Factory is a Kickstarter offering with a $50,000 goal.  The hope: to crowdfund a solar charger that could go anywhere.

“Microsolar” is an adaptation of solar technology that makes solar panels cheaper and smaller.  The Solar Pocket Factory project promises a more durable solar cell that will last “a minimum of ten years.”

Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein are inventors with dreams of automating the creation of these solar cells.  The Solar Pocket Factory is just that… an automated manufacturing machine for making solar cells.

The remarkable part?  The factory itself is about the size of a Dell PC tower from the mid 90’s.

Frayne and Hornstein have been at this for a while.  For at least 6 months they’ve traveled to places like Southern China, the Phillipines and Hong Kong in an effort to understand the current context of solar panel construction and how to improve on it.  Now they say they have a way to do so.

The offering is well on its way to meeting the goal of $50,000 pledged.  With 17 days to go, this one will probably be backed.  The more expensive pledges ($60-100) actually include home kits for making solar panels and cell phone chargers.  They have also listed stretch goals.  At $150,000 they claim the factories will power themselves with solar power.  Woah.

See more at Kickstarter.


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