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Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory partners with Nokia

Published: 27 September 2013

The Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory (TDHVL) at the University of Southampton in the UK has partnered with Nokia to investigate how natural power resources could be used to a charge a Nokia Lumia with an energy simulation similar to that of a bolt of lightning . Nokia has said it is very excited to have partnered for the first time with the TDHVL on this project and believes this could be the start of an on-going relationship.

The TDHVL has been growing consistently throughout the past decade. The quality of work and expertise within the TDHVL means that it has gained prestige amongst the international research community, making it a leading research laboratory in the field of High Voltage engineering. Therefore, when a company as such Nokia, with 150-years of commitment to innovation, wanted to explore the viability of using lightning to charge a mobile phone they said that the TDHVL was the obvious first choice for helping them to test the effect of an energy simulation similar to that of the power of lightning on the Nokia Lumia.

TDHVL research is always pushing the boundaries to come up with novel ideas to solve problems. That is why the TDVHL is at the heart of many decision and policy making groups in the area of High Voltage engineering. This industrial partnership with Nokia does just that as Chris Weber, Executive Vice President for Sales & Marketing explains; “This is a first for any mobile phone company to trial this kind of technology… As one of the first companies to introduce wireless charging into our products, we believe that this experiment has the potential to jump-start new ideas on how we charge our phones in the future.” “It is generally accepted that disruptive voltage and currents can damage electronic equipment such as phone charges plugged into the mains. This experiment clearly demonstrates the versatility of the Nokia Lumia 925 phone charger” said Professor Paul Lewin.

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