SOLARKIOSK

Project type: Modular Architecture

 

Locations: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ruanda, Tanzania, Ghana, Germany

 

Time: since 2012

 

Status: Ongoing

 

Photos: Andreas Spiess, Georg Schaumberger

 

Renderings: SOLARKIOSK AG

Project type: Modular Architecture

 

Locations: Jordan

 

Time: since 2017

 

Status: Ongoing

Project type: Modular Architecture

 

Locations: Jordan

 

Time: since 2017

 

Status: Ongoing

Solar powered autonomous business unit and compact, affordable shop offering energy and services

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. It is designed for “off-grid areas”. Almost 20% of the world population lives in such areas. There is an estimated 1.5 billion people world-wide that are not connected to an electrical power grid. Sub-Sahara Africa is affected with 800 million. The most affected groups of Africa’s lack of energy provision are its rural communities. Very often there is no form of energy provision and this compounds negative factors; deforestation, dirty drinking water, poor education, and low investment. Areas without electricity rural communities remain isolated and immobilized thus continuing the current poverty cycle.
The Solarkiosk was designed to be an off-grid solution for sustainable energy provision: It will substitute extremely expensive unclean energy with low-priced and clean solar power and give access to information for future growth of rural communities.

 

Because the target market is located in remote areas we had to design a product that could be easily built, assembled yet remain stable in harsh conditions. The SOLARKIOSK is designed as a kit of parts, to be assembled at its target location, particularly in Africa. Before assembly, the kit’s packages are light-weight and thus transportable to remote, off-road areas – in extreme cases, on the back of donkeys. While the electrical components will be manufactured centrally to ensure quality and durability, all others can be made of local materials such as bamboo, wood, adobe, stone, metal or even recycled goods. The kiosk will be assembled locally as a domestic product. It is safe and secure – the entire structure is firmly anchored with newly designed pegs. Special detailing of all joints and assembly points on the inside of the building shell makes tinkering with the kiosk from the outside difficult. The Solarkiosk comes in many configurations, shapes and sizes. We strongly believe that design is not a First-World-privilege and that beauty is part of a social sustainability, hence we created a very unique prototype for the SOLARKIOSK.

 

Our kiosks do not only offer sustainable energy but can be used for a variety of services such as business, health, entertainment, jobs, communication and information. Electricity is the source for these services. We will offer a unit that opens up isolated communities with sustainable energy, products, services and jobs. Everyone in the local community can benefit from the kiosk and it quickly becomes a local meeting point during the day and night.

Ethiopia

Botswana

Kenya

Berlin

SOLAR CLINIC

 

The SOLAR CLINIC was inaugurated in January 2017 – it provides basic health care for refugees and local people in the host community close to Al-Mafraq solely powered by a 8KW independent solar system. The staff is able to treat up to 75 people per day. Syrian refugees as well as Jordanian citizens benefit from the possibility of blood and urine testing, services like medical ultrasound and mother-child-care. Once the Syrian refugees use the facilities of the solar clinic, they are registered for the Jordanian health care system. The clinic has been realized by SOLARKIOSK and the Siemens Foundation. It will be operated by the Jordanian Ministry of Health. It is the first structure of its kind, enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings.

SOLAR SCHOOL

 

The SOLAR SCHOOL was installed in 2017 in Jordanian Refugee Camp Zaatari, hosting more than 80,000 refugess, among them 25,000 children of school-going age. The connected school will utilize solar energy provided by SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB technology to deliver electricity and broadband connectivity enabled by SES’s Astra Connect broadband platform, which in turn enables teachers to use quality e-learning materials sponsored by UNICEF. The E-HUBB interior will become the administrative centre for teachers and will have a power node to charge solar lamps, laptops, printers, mobile phones and tablets. The school, installed by SES and SOLARKIOSK, will improve the quality in education in the refugee camp.