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SOLARKIOSK | Advantages and features of our turnkey solutions

REDUCED COST

Using green and sustainable energy to run a business is not only a responsible choice, but it also saves money. The SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB is a turnkey infrastructure solution. It integrates a solar power system that generates, stores, and provides electricity for businesses who use the E-HUBB to run their appliances from this renewable energy source.

SOLARKIOSK’s off-grid turnkey solutions generate power at a levelized cost of electricity that, over time, is less than the continual cost of purchasing power from the electricity grid, or running a business with the help of a diesel generator. Over the past decades, these levelized costs of electricity have come down significantly.

For businesses, there are three main factors contributing to the cost of electricity, investment, and operational expenses (including maintenance and operational costs). In the following infographic, we compare the costs between the impact of the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB, a diesel generator, and the national grid (where available).

E-HUBB (DIESEL) GENERATOR GRID ELECTRICITY
INVESTMENT COST
E-HUBB is more cost efficient over time. Diesel generators may appear cheaper, but due to limited lifetime and high O & M costs, have proven to be more expensive mid and long-term. In many rural communities, there is no grid available at all.

In some communities, there is grid, but the grid is usually very unreliable (bad grid) and costs to get connected can be relatively high.

OPEX
0 USD 0.40 – 6 USD 0.08 – 0.99 USD
Cost for 1 kWh electricity Cost for 1 kWh electricity Cost for 1 kWh electricity
Regardless of where SOLARKIOSK solutions are being used, companies investing in our turnkey solutions are immediately becoming independent from any recurring cost of electricity associated with diesel suppliers or grid costs.

The E-HUBB:

  • does not use any consumables (such as fuel, lubricants, etc.)
  • integrates a high quality low maintenance PV system
Costs vary greatly, depending on:

  • the price of diesel
  • transport costs
  • national subsidies
  • etc.

but prices are rising and will continue to do so*

Worldwide prices constantly fluctuate, making it difficult to plan costs. Grid electricity is highly subsidized by governments worldwide. Prices will continue to rise.*
LIFETIME COMPARISON
15 – 25 Years 1 – 2 years Indefinite
The E-HUBB integrates a high quality solar system which is largely maintenance-free for the duration of the E-HUBB. Diesel generators have a limited lifetime which is reduced the more it is used. When used 24/7, you end up buying a generator every year or so.

It also needs regular maintenance like any other motor. The older the generator gets, the more maintenance is required.

As long as the user pays the electricity bill, he can enjoy the grid for an indefinite time as the utility company is responsible to maintain the grid infrastructures (such as poles, transmission lines, transformers, etc.)
AVAILABILITY
Anywhere In many places Only in some places
The E-HUBB is the best technology to power business infrastructures, regardless of location.

The E-HUBB is the logical choice for business development, not just in last mile, off-grid, BoP communities.

Contrary to the E-HUBB, diesel generators can only run in those off-grid communities where there is an existing supply chain of diesel established.

BUT transport of diesel to very remote and difficult to access sites can be very expensive. As a result, many operators look at solar as a cheaper alternative.

In many areas of the world, especially in the developing nations of Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, etc. access to electricity can be as low as 15%. This is due to a lack of infrastructure.

This leaves 85% of the population without access to electricity and restricts the choice of where businesses can set up in such countries.

EMISSIONS
36,000 KILOGRAMS 1,624,250 KILOGRAMS Varying
CO2 savings Annual CO2 emissions Annual CO2 emissions
Each 2 kWp E-HUBB (SC-230) generates power and helps save over 36,000 KG of CO2 over 15 years. Diesel generators are polluting the environment with CO2 emissions and loud noise. These numbers are based on a small 5 kW diesel generator running throughout the year. The grid can be powered by different sources of energy which have different impact on the environment and CO2 emissions. The impact on the CO2 balance of a country is determined by its energy mix:

Fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) High emissions
Nuclear power & Renewable energy (Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass) No emissions

* Attributed to the rapid economic development, combined with a growing thirst for energy of large developing nations, as well as the consistently high energy use in industrialized nations, meaning that commodities such as oil and gas will become even more costly across the globe

Regardless of where SOLARKIOSK solutions are used, when companies invest in our turnkey solutions, they become independent from the ever rising cost of electricity. We help companies reduce their costs:

cost reduction picture

MODULARITY

The E-HUBB is a modular structure. The two main modules are the E-HUBB and the Canopy which can be arranged and added to fit the planning of any type of project with different environments, landscapes, plot layouts, intended usages and power requirements.

We can increase the space required in a project by joining E-HUBBs together as we did in a project where we created a clinic in which one E-HUBB is used as the administration room, joined by a second E-HUBB that functioned as the examination room.

Different businesses might also require more electrical appliances to be run with an increased demand for electricity. In order to cater to this increased need for electricity for a project, thanks to the modularity, we can join one or several canopies to the E-HUBB in order to increase the Power Core, as we did for a project where we added several canopies to an existing E-HUBB in order to provide solar power to a telcom tower.

One standard E-HUBB serving as a C-store on a gas filling station. Follow this link for a case study on the gas filling station convenience store project that we realised in Kenya. We used the basic E-HUBB, our standard E-HUBB S115 to realise this project, that had no additional space and power requirement. The 1.15 kWp peak installation was enough to power the whole convenience store.
Basic S-115 E-HUBB used as a convenience store at a TOTAL gas filling station that did not have a convenience store before
Basic S-115 E-HUBB used as a convenience store at a TOTAL gas filling station that did not have a convenience store before
In this project, we established an E-HUBB in rural Kenya. The basis of this was our standard E-HUBB SC-230 that includes one canopy, serving as a power extension for increased solar power production, which we needed to deliver an increased amount of energy services in one of SOLARKIOSK's rural C-store solar powered kiosk.
SOLARKIOSK rural convenience E-HUBB, a solar powered kiosk in a rural community in Kenya, brining light into the darkness.
This kiosk is a bigger version of our standard kiosk. It offers more space for businesses that require more space, such as a walking in store, a internet coffee or any other business. The bigger size of the kiosk enables the application of more solar panels on the roof top for a bigger solar system that can deliver more power to the business.
enlarged kiosk for a larger space to create a walk in store or host any business, requiring more space
In this project we established a clinic in a refugee camp, please follow this link to see the case study on this project. The clinic has an administration facility and an examination room. We took our standard E-HUBB and we had to customise it in order to suit the project requirements:
  • More power, needed to power AC's and medical equipment by adding solar panels and canopies to our standard E-
HUBBs
  • More space for administration offices and examination rooms by joining our standard kiosks together
This way we extended power and space and we created several multi room facilities for this clinic.
Solar powered clinic based on SOLARKIOSK's E-HUBB solar kiosks powering healthcare in a refugee camp in Jordan

Thanks to the modularity, the modules can be arranged, paired up and added to each other in any way required.

Modularity of the E-HUBB from planning to implementation, E-HUBB module arrangement options

VERSATILITY

Versatility of the E-HUBB allows any kind of business to use our infrastructure solutions. Above examples of the E-HUBB being used as A food stall,  a retail hub, a hub purifying impure water, power a telco tower with electricity, a clinic, and a gas filling station convenience store.

The versatility of the SOLARKIOSK turnkey solutions cater to every particular need of organizations and businesses giving them maximum freedom from the planning to the implementation stage of their project or business. Based on its modularity, the E-HUBB can cater to any need in terms of space requirements for all sorts of businesses. Because of its versatility, the E-HUBB can be used as an energy autonomous retail and distribution point. It can be adapted for various purposes and functions as well, such as:

Retail E-HUBB in the last mile serving BoP clients with energy services, products and FMCG
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR RETAILER AND DISTRIBUTORS
The E-HUBB is the ideal solution. It works anywhere regardless of existing infrastructure. Businesses can establish themselves in prime locations of the last growth markets, connect their IT and KYC systems, and start profiting from these growth potentials.
Solar powered clinic serving patients in a refugee camp in Jordan
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Thanks to Solarkiosk, for the first time, complete off-grid treatment with high-quality medical devices (which goes far beyond primary healthcare) are possible in the most remote areas of the world. Through our integrated connectivity solution, health providers are able to connect these remote facilities to their online systems, and even remote diagnoses are possible with this technology. Once a diagnosis has been established, the patient is able to access quality pharmaceutical products through the adjunct Pharmacy E-HUBB.
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR DISASTER RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS
With the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB, disaster relief organizations have a powerful tool on hand for rapid response time. The E-HUBB is quickly implemented and connected to the internet so that the relief organization can be operational within just days. From that moment on, the organization can focus on delivering their relief work while the E-HUBB is reliably delivering power and connectivity.
SOLARKIOSK bringing healthcare into a refugee camp in Bangladesh
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR NGO's AND REFUGEE CAMP OPERATORS
With the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB, they are quickly able to implement solar-powered online schools, administration hubs for NGOs and camp operators, as well as business structures for local entrepreneurs to grow and prosper. This leads to job creation and improvement of the distribution of essential goods. At the same time, camps can reduce their CO2 footprint and the cost of energy. Through the modularity of the E-HUBB, the power core can increase in size to provide enough electricity to neighbouring houses, businesses, and organizations.
  • E-HUBB is the only solution for camps which are difficult to reach due to the lack of infrastructure
  • E-HUBB is perfect for the provisional nature of refugee camps and disaster relief work as it is the only sturdy infrastructure solution that is temporary and can be relocated easily
E-HUBB purifying water and deliver safe drinking water to a community in Kenya
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER
SOLARKIOSK has successfully tested and implemented water purification technologies such as:
  • Ultra filtration
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • etc.
into the E-HUBB to clean impure source water and create clean water, as well as safe drinking water, providing communities with life-saving water for safe consumption in the heart of the community.
E-HUBB powering a school with energy, connectivity and tools for a better quality of education
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR EDUCATION PROVIDERS
With SOLARKIOSK’s first of its kind Connected Solar School, we are able to deliver electricity, educational tools, and broadband internet connectivity to education centers, regardless where they are. We enable teachers to use quality e-learning materials and distance learning technology where they can connect with students online, delivering virtual classroom training. The students’ computers and tablets can be recharged using solar electricity from the E-HUBB Power Core.
kiosk as a banking agency with an attached ATM
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR FINANCE INSTITUTIONS
The solar-powered banking agency is a first of its kind infrastructure that can empower financial institutions to extend their reach into any kind of community. Financial institutions and MFI’s are now able to set up their businesses in the last mile with reduced investment spending. Through this connectivity, the IT of the solar-powered banking agency can be connected to servers. With the Power Core System, other appliances, such as ATMs, can be powered and integrated.
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR AGRICULTURAL MARKET PLAYERS
With the SOLARKIOSK’s solar-powered agricultural support E-HUBB, companies and organizations involved in the agricultural sector now have a turnkey solution to get close to the smallholder farming communities, regardless of existing infrastructure. In no other economic sector is sustainability a bigger topic than for agricultural companies as mounting pressure on natural resources and climate change impact agriculture and food production. Through the E-HUBB’s communication tools and connectivity, farming communities can now access information such as market prices, existing and available know-how, as well as distance learning tools, helping them learn how to increase their productivity and meet standards of high value markets. Through the E-HUBB, much needed quality farming input products (such as quality seeds) can reach farmers. The E-HUBB can also be used to accumulate farming products and bring them to markets. Besides input products, much needed financial instruments and insurance products can reach the markets. Financial loans will help individual farmers invest in input products, tools, and technologies to increase their production. Farming insurance is much in need, protecting farmers against the effects of climate change and natural disasters. In addition, thanks to its enhanced solar power, the E-HUBB can host and power productive tools and technologies:
  • to help farming communities store products properly (drying, cold storage, etc.)
  • to process farming input products directly in the community to the next level in the value chain (milling, roasting, etc.) avoiding farming products going bad

MOBILITY

The E-HUBB solar powered E-HUBB excels through its mobility that makes it an agile solution, which can be used to test markets with the ability to relocate the asset without losing the investment

While traditional brick and mortar business infrastructures are expensive to build, and permits and other related issues might slow down the time to market for a new business, the E-HUBB is fast to implement and hassle-free to begin new operations as fast as possible.

All E-HUBBs come as a kit of parts and are easy to transport and implement even at sites with poor infrastructure. The parts can be assembled and disassembled without the assistance of heavy machinery, and the kit allows swift implementation with a maximum of 3 days for assembly for immediate operations.

Once the E-HUBB is installed, it can be easily relocated. As described above, it can be disassembled quickly and transported as part of a kit. Alternatively, through its lightweight material, it can simply be picked up and carried away with a flatbed truck, making it possible to relocate within a day. This way, it has never been easier to try out new potential locations and convert the results from such pilots to a decision by relocating the asset to another potential location.


PLACEMENT STRATEGIES

The E-HUBB works perfectly in any type of setting, regardless of the infrastructure. It works in:

  • urban environments that are off-grid or connected to a bad (unstable) grid
  • rural environments that are off-grid or connected to a bad (unstable) grid

By using the E-HUBB, organizations and businesses can extend their geographic reach and coverage to locations where they have never been able to conduct business before.

Through this inbuilt agility, the E-HUBB helps establish a footprint in future growth markets securing prime locations by testing new sites and reducing risk through the ability to relocate assets to other sites.

Enabling sustainable growth in rural BoP communities, the last emerging growth markets of the world.

Rural environments with no infrastructure in place. Supporting all types of businesses seeking to develop the last emerging markets of the world and profit from the mostly undeveloped 5 trillion USD market. The E-HUBB supports businesses in their growth strategy by enabling them to set up their business infrastructure in rural, developing, high traffic environments that currently have no infrastructure in place, such as:
  • in rural market places
  • near health centres
  • near schools
  • near village and town centres
  • etc.

E-HUBB within an off-grid beach location Rural environments with basic infrastructure in place Some rural communities already have basic infrastructure in place, but often the electricity from the grid is very unstable and businesses cannot operate without interruption which costs companies a lot of revenue due to lost business. The E-HUBB supports these businesses with our infrastructure technology in such rural, developing, high traffic environments with, or without, basic infrastructure in place, such as:
  • touristic sights
  • (tropical) beaches
  • natural parks and reserves
  • etc.

Allowing development in new marketplaces in urban environments

In an urban environment, there is great marketplace growth potential that is not currently being developed. With the E-HUBB, these growth markets can be utilized in locations such as:
  • touristic spots (beaches, natural parks, lakeside, riversides, etc.)
  • public places (parks, middle of market places, etc.)
  • parking lots
  • bus stops
  • centre of new property developments
  • near public institutions (university, schools, educational facilities, libraries, etc.)
  • near office buildings
  • etc.