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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 helps saving money. The SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB is a turnkey infrastructure solution. It integrates a solar power system that generates, stores and provides electricity for businesses. Those are using the E-HUBB to be able to run their appliances from this renewable energy source.

SOLARKIOSKs off-grid turnkey solutions generate power at a levelized cost of electricity that, over the time, is less than the constant 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 cost 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 cost). In the following info-graph we are comparing these costs and also the impact of the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB, a diesel generator and the national grid (where available).

E-HUBB (DIESEL) GENERATOR GRID ELECTRICITY
INVESTMENT COST
Our E-HUBB technology may be perceived as higher investment cost, but in reality it is more cost efficient over the lifetime. Diesel generators may appear cheaper, but due to limited lifetime and high O&M costs have proven to be more expensive on a mid- and long term. In many rural communities, there simply isn’t any grid available at all.

In some communities there is grid, but the grid is in most cases 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 supplier 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 are rising and will continue to do so*
LIFETIME COMPARISON
15 – 25 Years 1 – 2 years Indefinite
The E-HUBB integrates a high-quality solar system, which is largely maintenance-free for a long lifetime of the E-HUBB. Diesel generator have a limited lifetime, which is reduced the more often you use it. When used 24/7, you end up buying a generator every year or so.

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

As long as the user pays the electricity bills, 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 only in last mile, off-grid, BoP communities.

Contrary to the E-HUBB, Diesel Generators can only run in 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 really expensive. As a result, many operators look at solar as a cheaper alternative.

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

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

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 saving over 36,000 KG of CO2 over the usage in 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 the 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 being used, when companies invest in our turnkey solutions, they are getting independent from the ever rising cost of electricity and 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 such as 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 also might require more electrical appliances to be run with an increased demand for electricity. In order to cater to this increased need for electricity in a project, thanks to the modularity we can join one or several canopies to the E-HUBB in order to increase the Power Core, such as in 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 caters 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 of all sorts of business and through 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, e.g.:

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 in any place, 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 of those 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 health care, are possible in the most remote areas of this world. Through  our integrated connectivity solution  the health providers are able to connect these remote facilities to their online systems and even remote diagnosis 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 in 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 days only. 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 able to quickly implement solar powered online schools, administration hub for NGO’s and camp operators as well as business structures for local entrepreneurs to grow and prosper, leading 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 in camps, which are difficult to reach due to the lack of infrastructure
  • The E-HUBB is the perfect for the temporary 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 successfully tested and implemented several 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, enabling communities with the much needed, lifesaving water for save consumption right 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 centres, regardless of where they are. Through this technology, we are able to enable teachers to use quality e-learning materials and distance learning technology, where qualified teaching staff can connect with students online, delivering virtual class room training. The computers and tablets of the students 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 the reach into any kind of community. Financials institutions and MFI’s are now able to set up their businesses in the last mile with reduced investment spending for setting up agencies. Through the connectivity the IT of the solar powered banking agency can be connected to servers, through the Power Core System, other appliances can be powered and integrated such as ATM’s.
SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB FOR AGRICULTURAL MARKET PLAYERS
With the SOLARKIOSKs 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 farmer communities, regardless of existing infrastructure. And in no other economic sector sustainability is 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 to learn how to increase their productivity, meet standards of high value markets. Through the E-HUBB, much needed quality farming input products (such as quality seeds, etc.) 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 the individual farmers to invest in input products, tools and technologies to increase their production. Farming insurances are much in need, protecting farmers against the effects of climate change and natural catastrophe. On top of all of that, thanks its enhanced solar power, the E-HUBB can host and power productive use tools and technologies
  • to help farming communities to 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.), thus avoiding farming products to turn 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 markets for a new business, the E-HUBB is fast to implement and hustle free to start new operations as fast as possible.

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

Once the E-HUBB is installed, it can also be easily relocated. As described above, it can be disassembled quickly and can be transported as a kit of part. Alternatively, through its lightweight material, it can be simply 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 thus converting 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 in those settings. It works in on:

  • 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 geographical reach and coverage to locations where they have never been able to conduct business before.

Through this inbuilt agility, the E-HUBB can help to establish a foot print in future growth markets securing prime locations by testing new sites, thus reducing risks with the ability to relocate assets to other sites.

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

Rural environments without any infrastructure in place Supporting all types of business that want to develop the last emerging markets in this world and profit of the currently mostly undeveloped 5 trillion USD market. The E-HUBB will support businesses in their growth strategy by enabling them to set up their business infrastructure in rural, developing, high traffic environment 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 enough the electricity from the grid is very unstable and business cannot operate without interruption, which is costing companies a lot of money due to lost business. The E-HUBB will support such businesses with our technology for infrastructure in such rural, developing, high traffic environment with or without basic infrastructure in place, such as:
  • touristic sights
  • (tropical) beaches
  • natural parks and reserves
  • etc.

Allowing developments in new market places in urban environments

In an urban environment there are lots of growth potential market places that are currently not being developed. With the E-HUBB those growth markets can be exploited. Those can be places 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.