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Project contents and purpose

City Charge is a solar-powered charging station for easy recharging of smartphones and other mobile devices using electricity generated from solar panels. This raises public awareness of solar power generation and shows hospitality to foreign visitors as well. City Charge can also be used as a power source in emergencies.

Since October last year, the center has installed Japan's first City Charge in three locations in Tokyo and will engage in further spreading their installation.

Features of the new City Charge

Type A Type B
  • Large use of wood for a design in harmony with the store's ambience (Tama timber used in the Nov. 11 installations)
  • Blocks can be combined in various ways to easily change the shape
  • Castors make it easy to move
  • Designed for multipurpose use through its space-saving, chair shape
  • Though small in size, sufficient power generation can be expected by the solar panel developed for use in outer space
  • Chair shape makes it easy to move
Developers Yagi Corporation
Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.
Sharp Corporation

Model installation of new City Charge at Starbucks stores

Ueno Onshi Park Store
(8-22 Uenokoen, Taito-ku)

Futakotamagawa Park Store
(1-16-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku)

Machida Kanamori Store
(3-1-10 Kanamori, Machida)

City Charge installed up to now

Tokyo Tower

Toranomon Hills
(1 year from Oct. 31, 2015)

Toshimaen Amusement Park