TVs and green energy: the common link

This year’s IFA show in Berlin was full of large TVs. Each consumer electronics vendor was competing to show the largest or shiniest set. A few, though, were as interested in unveiling the greenest.

Philips, for example, were showing their new Aurea screens (the ad is showing on the link above now). But as interesting was the assertion by consumer electronics head Rudy Provoost that today’s TVs use just one ninth of the standby power they did a generation ago. (For a fuller report, see this story in ITPro.)

Japanese LCD giant Sharp, though, had a very different twist on the large TV=large power bill challenge. The company is building a new factory that will make both LCD TV panels and TFT-based solar panels on one site. Sharp expects the plant, when it comes online in three to four years’ time, to double the worldwide output of TFT solar panels. Now that is neat.

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About stephenpritchard
Freelance journalist specialising in business and technology, based in London (UK).

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