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Solar-Powered Public Charging Stations Will Keep New Yorker’s Phones Running

18/06/2013

The ATT-powered devices will make their debut in the city’s parks today, ensuring no calls or texts get missed. A year (...)
The ATT-powered devices will make their debut in the city’s today, ensuring no calls or texts get missed. A year ago, when we covered the design firm Pensa’s pilot project to bring a solar-powered phone-charging station to a park in Brooklyn, we weren’t the only ones intrigued by the project’s potential to save lost tourists whose phones have died or other electricity-starved New Yorkers. “This is an amazing project,” Chris Abbruzzese, VP for marketing of Goal Zero, says he remembers thinking. His company produces portable solar powered products that people use to charge their phones while camping, for example, “but this was basically taking that power and making it public,” he says. He reached out to Pensa, who, it turns out, was looking for a solar company to embrace the design. Now, in partnership with AT&T--which, in Abbruzzese’s words “knows NY” and is helping scout and get permitting to operate stations--they’re launching charging stations in nine different parks, starting today in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park.Read Full Story    
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