ABI Research Projects Surge in Chargers

Keeping tabs on emerging cleantech markets? Here are some numbers to consider: according to ABI Research, “advanced charging technologies”–a.k.a., solar-powered handsets, solar chargers, wireless power units, fuel-cell battery charging products and public charging kiosks–are worth about $1.5 billion in 2010, and forecasted to grow at a robust rate.

According to Larry Fisher of NextGen, ABI Research’s emerging technologies research incubator, the number of developers about to release advanced charging products in the last quarter of this year and the first half of 2011 means that “the advanced charging revolution” is about to take off. The market for such chargers is expected to exceed $34 billion in 2015.

Eneloop Solar Charger

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Which companies are cooking up the green tech goodness for us? Just a few obscure names like Panasonic, Philips Electronics, Samsung, LG Electronics and Nokia. The big surge in advanced chargers–including those that utilize solar and wind power–has been aided by this year’s release of Qi standard for interoperable wireless charging by the Wireless Power Consortium.

All of which is good not only for those individuals in technologically advanced nations, increasingly buried under a mountain of power-hungry portable tech-stuff, but for people in developing nations as well. That’s because off-grid chargers, be they solar, wind-powered or kinetic, “leap-frog” electricity infrastructure requirements, bringing the potential for global communication to rural areas.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.