Also at this year’s CEATEC JAPAN was Sharp’s eco-friendly 52-inch LCD that is powered by…the sun! Thanks to Sharp’s intelligent decision to use power efficient LEDs to backlight the LCD, the panel is able to consume enough solar energy to power itself. In fact, the solar panel is capable of generating 220kWh — just enough for the TV.
Unfortunately, the solar panels take up way too much space. Likewise, the only practical application for Sharp’s solar-powered LCD is for outdoor viewing, since the solar panels must be sitting on the ground. Where there’s no sun, there’s no TV. Hopefully, Sharp solves the problem by allowing the panel to be mounted on a rooftop, while having the TV housed inside.