After announcing in 2022, its environmental strategy to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Samsung Electronics has now developed the SolarCell Remote.
SolarCell remote is the industry’s first rechargeable TV remote control. It has a solar panel (solar cell) that can be charged by sunlight or indoor lighting. Furthermore, the remote can be charged with a USB-C cable. Indeed, these give consumers options when charging.
Samsung says the remotes are smaller and lighter as they aim to minimize waste. The SolarCell remote uses 10% less power than a normal TV remotes. In addition, from production to disposal, the level of carbon emission is less by one-third when compared to disposable batteries.
By leveraging advanced technology, Samsung aims to minimize waste and maximize energy efficiency, thus making Samsung products eco-friendlier. Samsung’s initiative is a testament to the business’ pledge to promote a healthier environment and a greener planet.”: said the Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics East Africa, Mr. Samuel Odhiambo
SolarCell Remote Made of Recycled Material
Samsung is using recycled material from discarded fishing nets as part of its manufacturing. Despite the cost involved in the process, the end result is high quality and is aligned with Samsung’s mission of sustainability. By 2030, Samsung aims to incorporate 50% recycled materials into its plastic parts and by 2050, aims to use 100% recycled materials for all of its plastic parts.
24% of the plastics used in the SolarCell remote are derived from recycled materials. This has seen Time Magazine recognize the TV remote as one of “The Best Inventions of 2022.”
All of Samsung’s 2023 Lifestyle TVs are equipped with the 2023 SolarCell Remote. The company’s objective is to bring more environmentally friendly products across all its brands. Furthermore, they are seeking to ensure consumers are living a more sustainable lifestyle.
In brief, Samsung sees the SolarCell Remote as the beginning of an eco-conscious journey for the brand and its consumers.