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Researchers at the University of Edinburgh say self-powering solar panels could provide high speed Internet to the most remote parts of Earth by using visible light spectrum, also known as ‘Li-Fi’ technology. Google and Facebook are among the technology firms looking to provide connectivity to the estimated four billion people who lack it through initiatives like and Project Loon, the latter of which makes use of hot air balloons. However Professor Harald Haas and his team at the University’s Li-Fi R&D Centre say the ability for a solar panel to provide both power and data means it has the ability to cover just about anywhere in the world without the need for mains electricity and at the cost of a panel and an LED light.

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