Before the Disaster: Phone Charging Demos

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As captured in the photo from Reuters Alert Network, visitors at a disaster management conference in Tokyo this week got lessons in how to charge their cell phone from their wind-up radio. In addition, the exhibition included demonstrations of the fuel cell being jointly developed by AU KDDI and Hitachi for cell phones. The Tokyo metropolitan government sponsored the disaster management conference. They may be asking the question what to do when the power fails after an earthquake or terrorist attack. At Treehugger, we stop at: what to do when the power fails? These may not be sustainable solutions to life after peak oil, but technologies developed for disaster management today may hold the promise for an off-grid lifestyle tomorrow.