Over a billion people in the world live off the grid, without regular or reliable access to electricity, and the simplest things for us, such as charging a battery or having a light to use after dark, are very difficult or expensive for them.
One way to empower people living in remote areas can be to help increase the local power supply by using renewable energy to reduce both the cost and the environmental impact of generating it. And one business is doing just that, by creating autonomous business hubs capable of generating enough energy to help lift rural communities out of energy poverty.
“SOLARKIOSK is a highly optimized kiosk with solar panels on top. Once installed, it becomes a compact, affordable and sturdy shop offering energy, products, tools and services.”
SolarKiosk, designed by GRAFT architects, is a modular solar energy hub, featuring roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and battery storage system that can be easily transported to remote areas and assembled in just a few days. Because of its modular nature, multiple units can be connected together to form larger structures that could be powerful enough to create a local grid, or be configured for a specific application, such as powering telecommunications towers.
According to SolarKiosk, the parts of the structure are lightweight and are ‘flat-packed’, so they do not need truck or container transport to deliver them to the site. The electrical components of the system, which have high quality and durability ratings, are delivered from off-site, but the bulk of the building materials are designed to come from locally abundant resources, such as stone or bamboo or adobe.
One the SolarKiosk is operating, it can serve to not only provide charging services and energy goods, but can also be the central gathering place after dark in a community, providing light and power long after the sun goes down.
SolarKiosk has already installed 7 kiosks in Ethiopia and 5 in Kenya, which have created energy hubs to both power rural communities, and to strengthen the local economy.
Find out more at SolarKiosk.
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