Time Award for Orange Power Wellies

Orange’s eco-mobile phone charging prototype, the Orange Power Wellies, have been named by Time magazine as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2010.

Created in collaboration with renewable energy firm GotWind, the Orange Power Wellies use a unique power generating sole that converts heat from the user’s feet into an electrical current. 12 hours of walking charges a mobile phone for an hour. The prototype was showcased onsite at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, where Orange is the Official Communications Partner.

“We are delighted and proud that our Orange Power Wellies have been recognised by Time magazine, the world’s largest weekly news publication, as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2010,” says Orange UK’s Stuart Jackson. “Its a fantastic accolade from such a respected title.”

The Orange Power Wellies are the latest innovation in the company’s bid to find alternative sustainable and eco-friendly mobile phone charging technologies. Previous projects have included the Recharge Pod powered by wind and solar energy; the Dance Charger, that drew upon kinetic energy created by dancing; and the Orange Power Pump, which uses the energy created from a traditional foot pump and converts it into electricity.