Sunpartner and 3M: Delivering the First Transparent Solar Charging System for Consumer Electronics

Sunpartner Technologies and 3M Company have signed an agreement to develop the first transparent solar charging system for the consumer electronics market, using Wysips® Crystal and Optically Clear Adhesive technologies.

The two companies are developing an ultrathin and transparent component that will charge devices while they are being used and exposed to natural or artificial light. This game-changing development will be a revolution for consumers, giving them the ability to charge their mobile phones and tablets without needing a charger or an outlet.

Combining 3M’s Optically Clear Adhesives with Sunpartner’s Wysips® Crystal drives this innovative advance in consumer electronics energy management.

Always Connected and Always Charged

Wysips® transforms any surface into a solar panel that can generate its own energy from natural or artificial light. These photovoltaic cells activate from the moment they are exposed to light, whether natural or artificial.

These cells then charge the battery or power the equipment they are connected to, revolutionizing businesses and the daily lives of consumers with electronics that are always connected and always charged.

Wysips® and OCA: A Sustainable and Necessary Revolution

Extended battery life is a key concern in consumer purchase decisions. The more sophisticated phones with their energy-intensive features — apps, gaming, movies, books, email, web — suck the life out of batteries.

Continuously charging a device with light means it works all the time and anywhere—indoors or outdoors. The combination of Sunpartner’s Wysips® Crystal technology and 3M’s optical adhesives provides a sustainable and necessary solution to the energy management needs of consumers and businesses.

Based on core 3M adhesive technology, 3M Optically Clear Adhesives (OCA) are widely used in electronic devices. 3M’s precision manufacturing process eliminates common adhesive visual defects such as bubbling with standard films, which can distort the display and diminish consumer satisfaction with their device.

3M OCA’s precisely meet the specific specifications for all types of screens, with the unique ability to customize the adhesive’s functionality and performance.

Technological and Commercial Synergy

3M’s strengths are their collaborative culture and bench-to-bench approach, combined with electronics materials expertise, breadth of product portfolio, and alignment with key consumer electronics industry leaders.

These assets strategically complement Sunpartner’s emerging technologies, which provide a practical, sustainable, and innovative answer to demanding industry needs.

Leadership and Global Support

“The strong synergies with 3M are essential: our partnership seeks above all to serve our customers in consumer electronics markets,” said Ludovic Deblois, president and co-founder of Sunpartner Technologies. “Their reach with world-class mobile and display manufacturers, combined with our expertise, will enable us to move faster and to develop revolutionary solutions. We can guarantee our clients world-class support for a wide range of applications and help speed their products to market.”

Improving Everyday Life and Business

“It is exciting to see both an innovative and sustainable solution for this industry. We are thrilled to leverage our technical materials expertise, along with Sunpartner’s unique solutions, to enable key customers worldwide to bring new and exciting possibilities to the next generation of electronic devices,” said Herve Gindre, vice president and general manager, 3M Electronics Markets Materials. “This team effort aligns well with 3M’s commitment to collaborative innovation, sustainability, and improving business and people’s lives.”

3M’s ongoing commitment, to supply and meet customers’ demands for better and sustainable solutions that add value, will continue to be at the forefront of next-generation adhesives.

Sunpartner Technologies has already designed prototypes for three global leaders in mobile telephony. The company plans to finalize two new agreements in the coming months and sign the first licenses during the first half of 2014.