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CASE STUDIES

Since its creation, SOLARKIOSK has implemented hundreds of installations in the most various locations. The E-HUBB and its technology have been adapted and used for various projects to help SOLARKIOSK, its partner and clients to realize access to energy in the most remote locations and unlock access to markets in the most difficult environments. Here are a few selected case studies that have been realized with our solutions.

E-HUBB ENABLING HEALTHCARE IN OFF-GRID SETTINGS IN A REFUGEE CAMP IN JORDAN

SOLARKIOSK Siemens connected solar powered mini clinic enabling online medical services in refugee camps
Connected Solar Clinic powering healthcare in a refugee camp in Jordan The Connected Solar Clinic implemented in Mafraq Governorate in Jordan in partnership with Siemens Stiftung and Siemens Healthcare partners is operated by the Jordanian Ministry of Health and consists of an 8 kWp structure. It powers a range of devices:
  • temperature control (via heating and air conditioning devices)
  • haematology lab
  • ultrasound device
  • urine analysis device
  • refrigerator for vaccines
  • internal and external lights
  • an alarm system
  • router for Wifi connectivity
  • a computer that is connected to an e-health platform

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In SOLARKIOSK, we didn’t only find an experienced partner to bring the award-winning E-HUBB design to the MENA region but someone who shares our values of enhancing healthcare and empowering people. We are excited to see the impact evolving from high quality medical diagnostics and treatment equipment powered exclusively by solar energy.
Rolf Huber, Managing Director, Siemens Stiftung
Press releases: Press release of Siemens Stiftung Press release of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

E-HUBB ENABLING HEALTHCARE IN OFF-GRID SETTINGS IN A REFUGEE CAMP IN BANGLADESH

SOLARKIOSK clinic implementation in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, from implementation to operations.
Empowering refugee communities in Bangladesh with solar powered healthcare solutions Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, accomplished to prevent a human catastrophe in a remarkable endeavor. In just some months, the Bangladesh government together with many donor organizations built new camps for approx. 800,000 refugees. This was supported by the international community of donors and NGO´s, amongst them HOPE International, a medical organization based in Bangladesh. HOPE has built a huge compound to treat pregnant and traumatized women in the Camp of Cox Bazaar. As SOLARKIOSK´s modular, kit-of-part, multifunctional "E-HUBB" technology-design can be implemented and operated in very remote and challenging areas, the connected clinic product was an ideal solution to support this compound with our solar powered E-HUBB technology. Together with our project partners Hope Foundation and 8minutesenergy, we implement 5 mini-clinics, each with 2kwP, equipped with:
  • Air-condition devices
  • Fridges for medicine and vaccination
  • ECG and other testing devices
  • Treatment and delivery rooms
Dr. Mahmood from HOPE Foundation says:
“...it came as a gift from heaven that 8minutesenergy / Abundant Future Foundation and SOLARKIOSK got together to help alleviate this dire situation with the donation and implementation of 5 solar powered mini-clinics based on SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB technology to serve pregnant and traumatized women. I was not aware of this technology before, and it was amazing for me to see the E-HUBB’s being implemented in only three days and we were good to go and start treating patients. This solar power integrated infrastructure solution indeed is the ideal solution for the fast-growing needs in a refugee camp or to help bring relief in a disaster relief type of situation where quick and easy to implement solutions are demanded.
Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, President and founder of HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh Inc
Press releases:
Sun-connect Off-grid news
Graft architects
Solarkiosk
Inter Press service - hope foundation
United nations foundation - powering healthcare

E-HUBB - ENABLING FUEL RETAILERS

SOLARKIOSK solar powered E-HUBB modified as a fuel station C-store to retrofit petrol stations
E-HUBB powering convenience store at gas filling stations As part of a greater partnership with SOLARKIOSK, Total uses three E-HUBBs as Bonjour shops in service stations that had no (convenience) shop presence. The E-HUBBs serve as temporary and permanent structures, implemented in less than one week by the SOLARKIOSK and required significantly less paperwork and permits than Total’s standard brick and motor Bonjour boutique. The flexibility of the E-HUBB gives Total the ability to test the market for Bonjour products and services including their range of AWANGO solar products. The E-HUBB also allows Total the ability to offer new services, such as phone or battery charging, which are in great demand from motor bike drivers. Commuters stop to charge their phone and have a cold drink - driving traffic to the service station and greater visibility of Total’s range of solar products and solutions. Total can clearly demonstrate its commitment to renewable energy by selling products from a shop powered by renewable energy.
The E-HUBB is the ideal solution to quickly and without much bureaucracy add a convenience store component to a gas filling station
 

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“Through the E-HUBB and our partnership with SOLARKIOSK, TOTAL has been able to further its commitment in the access to energy ecosystem. Through our joint efforts in Kenya, we have brought solar energy to communities without access to electricity as well as tested SOLARKIOSK solutions in three converted service stations.”
Gregory Durand, Business Development Manager, Total Access to Energy

E-HUBB for F&B operations


Empowering small-scale retailers. Zambian Breweries’ innovative new Castle Lite solar kiosks
E-HUBB for F&B distribution in rural Zambia "Zambian Breweries" has received three units of the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB as new retail distribution points, which will use the solar irradiation to keep the supplies of Castle Lite premium lager extra cold in those off-grid regions of Zambia. Castle Lite is  well known for its innovation. Zambia has an average 2,000-3,000 hours of sunshine per year, yet only some 3 percent of the population in rural areas has access to electricity, according to the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).
Placing E-HUBB’s in off-grid communities in Zambia has helped us to strengthen our commitment to supporting small retailers. The technology of the E-HUBB has also made it possible to deliver cold beverages through sustainable energy, while providing these communities with access to energy services.
Matt Saltzstein, Founder of the Innovation Dividend
“...The solar kiosks are bringing a low-cost and alternative source of energy to communities. The solar kiosks had come at the right time and would benefit those areas where there was limited electricity supply...
Nomonde Donsa , Zambian Breweries Marketing Manager
Press releases: Lusaka Times / SAB Miller press release The innovation Dividend
SOLARKIOSK solar powered food stall for green and sustainable (street) food companies.
SOLARKIOSK solar powered turnkey food stall for green and sustainable (street) food companies.
E-HUBB - powering food stall operations Food stalls and street snacks are a popular choice in many countries of this world. But most of the time, those stalls are in high traffic locations where there is no electricity available. So it becomes a challenge to operate such businesses day to day. This E-HUBB was put in front of the German Museum and transformed in a food stall, serving German sausages and cold drinks. The food stall was able to be operated until late at night, thanks to the power delivered from the E-HUBB power core.

E-HUBB ENABLING EDUCATION IN OFF-GRID SETTINGS

SOLARKIOSKs turnkey solar powered connected school solution for NGO's and camp operators is dedicated to deliver quality education in refugee camps and underserved communities. SOLARKIOSK and its partners brought power and internet to this school. Children are now learning about Solar power as a sustainable source of energy and also are learning on how to use computers and tablets in order to go online, use it to research on topics and be empowered.
Enabling an education centre in a Jordanian refugee camp The Connected Solar School unit implemented in the Za’atari refugee camp provides the much needed energy and connectivity to approx. 1000 school children and school administration. The 2 kWp Connected Solar School is operated by Relief International and hosted by UNICEF. The energy from the Connected Solar School is currently being used to power:
  • Inside and outside lights
  • Lights within the nearby school structure
  • A laptop and projector used for educational activities in the nearby school structure
  • Tablets used for educational activities
  • Satellite system and router for Wi-Fi
  • Scanner, printer and photocopier for the teachers to prepare the classes

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“With the installation of the connected solar school, portable lights are charged all day in the kiosk’s charging stations and then hung up in classrooms — extending the school day into the afternoon and giving children more time to learn. Teachers use the kiosk as an office, which uses solar power to run fans, a printer, charging stations and even a refrigerator. The solar kiosk has a direct satellite, bringing connectivity to the center and to Za’atari for the first time.” “The solar kiosk allows students to spend more time learning each day, and to use learning tools only available online, it also provides an opportunity to teach students about issues such as renewable energy and sustainability.”
Relief International education program manager Danijel Cuturic
Press releases, more info: Relief international Solarkiosk SES

E-HUBB - ENABLING ENTREPRENEUR EMPOWERMENT IN REFUGEE CAMPS

SOLARKIOSKs solar powered solutions for NGO's and camp providers to deliver vocational training for young adults in refugee camps and underserved communities.
SOLARKIOSKs solar powered solutions for NGO's and camp providers to deliver vocational training for young adults in refugee camps and underserved communities.
The E-HUBB provides infrastructure and energy to train and create employment opportunities for young entrepreneurs in a refugee camp setting and to provide much needed energy services to the community. The Community Center implemented in December 2017 a refugee camp in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia is owned and operated by the Danish Refugee Council. In Dollo Ado, more than 216,000 refugees and over 300,000 people in the host communities do not have access to energy. The E-HUBB is equipped with:
  • Mobile phone charging
  • Computers
  • Internet router for wifi
  • Television and speakers
  • Refrigerator

The CSMC ENABLING BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT IN COMMUNITIES

The connected solar market center becomes the focal attraction in a community, the mall and community center in which there is activities until late at night. The community comes to meet and greet, shop, get a haircut, watch movies in the cinema, eat a snack, and in general it is the safe place in the community for a gathering.

The CSMC (Connected Solar Market Center)

SOLARKIOSK’s Connected Solar Market Center (CSMC) is one of the most powerful off-grid concepts currently being developed. Each CSMC hosts multiple independent businesses accessing energy from the central E-HUBB, while enjoying space, infrastructure and support – all provided by SOLARKIOSK.

After we successfully tested a site with our retail business, powered through the E-HUBB, we design and implement a CSMC by designing the property of an expanded plot around the E-HUBB to become a solar powered market centre (or rural - off-grid - village mall) which is enclosed by a fence, has customer infrastructure (pavement, toilet, clean environment, lighting), etc. Additionally to that, we implement a micro-grid that distributes the power from the E-HUBB to additional infrastructures, which we establish on the plot (business structures), so that local entrepreneurs can establish their business in our rural mall. A CSMC offers the following:

  • infrastructure (premium site, unique, modern environment)
  • energy for local businesses through a micro-grid (barber, restaurant, viewing hall)
  • connectivity (WiFi)
  • awareness (marketing, advertising, knowledge-transfer)
  • more jobs in the community
  • social and non-commercial purposes: administration, education, health, agriculture, etc.

SOLARKIOSK has already successfully designed and implemented over 20 such rural village malls and will continue to do so in the future aiming for the following:

  • Giving businesses the opportunity to set up a thriving business in a high traffic central location, powered by solar power
  • Creating additional jobs in the community
  • Using our solar power for productive use
  • Offering a save space in which the community can meet and gather
  • Enabling and empowering the whole community to prosper and thrive
  • etc.
The following demonstrates the potential layout of such a CSMC:
sample layout of our CSMC with different business infrastructures, all powered by sustainable energy for productive use.

A recent video demonstrates this (see below). SOLARKIOSK has built such a CSMC in Kibindu, Tanzania where our local patrons can find a nice, green, solar powered mall space in the middle of an off-grid community that becomes the secure community meeting space in the evening, thanks to the public plot light that has been installed there.

Through the provision of infrastructure and green, renewable solar electricity, in this CSMC we have empowered a number of local businesses:

  • A convenience retail store
  • A tailor store
  • A barber shop
  • An outdoor restaurant
  • A pool billiard table
  • A cinema
Take a virtual walk through one of our CSMC's here:

E-HUBB - ENABLING RETAIL EMPOWERMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

SOLARKIOSK solar powered retail turnkey solution providing retailer with infrastructure solutions for rural retail
SOLARKIOSK solar powered retail turnkey solution providing retailer with infrastructure solutions for rural retail
Powering over 200 businesses in rural communities of this world Rural bottom of the pyramid (BoP) communities become more and more attractive for businesses and are becoming part of their growth strategy. They are the last undeveloped markets in this world offering huge potential for growth of business in these emerging nations. The attractiveness in these markets comes from the fact that:
  • there is literally no competition yet
  • premium space is readily available
  • real estate is quite cheap
  • OPEX are lower than in urban environments
The BoP markets worldwide constitute of 4 billion underserved customers with a whooping 5 trillion USD spending power per year. BUT due to lack of infrastructure, business cannot set up in the last mile. Often there is no electricity from the grid and in order to set up shop in these locations, businesses have to invest in diesel generators. If there is grid, it is most of the time very unstable and frequent brown outs make it difficult to run operations without interruptions. The E-HUBB is the ideal infrastructure solution for businesses in order to be able and develop their growth strategy in the last emerging markets of this world. Businesses are able to set up operations in a matter of days, get their systems connected and run their operations without interruptions due to blackouts. SOLARKIOSK has empowered over 200 retail shops, F&B shops, health facilities, schools and other types of businesses across Africa and Asia. The following video is an example of one of our over 200 rural, last-mile, off-grid E-HUBB operators. This video is a part of the European Union’s “She is We” Campaign with a video highlighting the story of the kiosk operator in a small, rural village called "Maparasha" in Kenya. The video highlights the ways in which the kiosk has impacted the life its operator, Cecilia Lamei. Her voice from the field is a positive story of transformation told from a women’s perspective.

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“Solarkiosk has brought big changes to my life. It allows me to do sustainable business all year round, while being close to my family and supporting them. In the future, I plan to take Solarkiosk F.C. to district and regional football competitions.”
Masresha Woldegebrel, Solarkiosk operator in Omorate, Ethiopia

E-HUBB - ENABLING RETAIL EMPOWERMENT IN URBAN COMMUNITIES

SOLARKIOSK solar powered retail turnkey solutions bringing urban retailers infrastructure and electricity
SOLARKIOSK solar powered retail turnkey solutions bringing urban retailers infrastructure and electricity
Businesses in urban environments are facing challenges. The E-HUBB provides the right solution for them

Stifling competition in urban environments makes it difficult to find suitable locations for business to grow on a sustainable level due to increasing real estate prices and taxes, high electricity and fuel costs salary costs. The last attractive growth potentials in urban environments are high-traffic locations such as market places, parking lots, bus stations, lakeside, park, beaches, etc. However, these places seldom have the right infrastructure to set up a business. Often it is not allowed to build brick and mortar structures and connect them to the grid and to the internet. With the E-HUBB, it is fast and easy to develop those last high potential areas in urban environments: no building permits are required, the electricity necessary for the operations is inbuilt and the E-HUBB can connect to the internet without any problems. This way, SOLARKIOSK empowers retail-, F&B-, and any other type of businesses with their growth strategies in urban environments.

E-HUBB ® ENABLING WATER PURIFICATION IN OFF-GRID SETTINGS

SOLARKIOSKs solar powered water purification solution for communities, NGOs and businesses wanting to turn contaminated water into clean and safe drinking water
SOLARKIOSKs solar powered water purification solution for communities, NGOs and businesses wanting to turn contaminated water into clean and safe drinking water
The Solar Water HUBB was implemented in October 2017 by SOLARKIOSK in cooperation with Solar Fountain gGmbH and Siemens Stiftung in Kenya. It provides access to clean water enabled by the energy from the 2 kWp E-HUBB. The Solar Water HUBB integrates the UF PRO ultra filtration system into its architecture providing access to the filtered water through taps on the side of the E-HUBB. SOLARKIOSK also holds previous experience with enabling clean water provision through the integration of a reverse osmosis system in 2 kWp E-HUBBs in Vietnam. This project was enabled through a partnership with the Coca-Cola company and the EKOCENTER project. Here a great movie on the Ekocenter VN, powered by SOLARKIOSK

   

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Like no other company in its field, SOLARKIOSK has been awarded with numerous awards for its engagement, its unique and groundbreaking design, its leading-edge technology and its dedication to help achieving the sustainable development goals of the United Nations Development program. The following exhaustive list demonstrates these recognition by prestigious companies and organizations worldwide.

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In 2017 SOLARKIOSK received special recognition from the Alliance for Rural Electrification forum that awarded companies and organizations, which have made special contributions to advance the rural electrification sector.
SOLARKIOSK won the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award 2016 as one of ten companies selected in 2016. Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Prize recognizes game-changing innovators revolutionizing the energy sector. SOLARKIOSK was recognized at stage at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2016 Future of Energy Summit on 4th of April in New York.
SOLARKIOSK was the winner of the 2015 Erasmus Energy Business Award. The annual Erasmus Energy Business Award is meant to honor and showcase the best and most innovative sustainable business ideas.
SOLARKIOSK won the award that is given out annually by the German ZEIT WISSEN magazine. The award aims to recognize projects and initiatives from economy and science that contribute in a significant way to sustainable development.
The Connected World magazine honoured innovative projects at a formal gala event in Birmingham, Alabama, and SOLARKIOSK won GOLD in the category “Power Generation”. The Connected World Awards honor companies that have successfully leveraged IoT/M2M and connected devices to solve a critical pain point within their businesses while demonstrating quantifiable results. The recipients of the 2015 awards represent examples of what can be done today in the IoT (Internet of Things).
SOLARKIOSK won the Silver Prize at the 2014 German Federal Design Awards. The award (“Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“) is the most prestigious German competition in the design field and is also traditionally called the „Award of Awards“. It was founded in 1969 and has since been held yearly by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
In 2013 SOLARKIOSK won the prestigious German Federal Ecodesign Award, which recognizes highly innovative and well designed sustainable products, services and concepts that are outstanding in their design.
SOLARKIOSK was honored to be among the 23 final winners of the prestigious ‘Empowering People Award’ by the Siemens Stiftung.
The prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design selected GRAFT Architects as one of the winners of the 2013 International Architecture Award for their pioneering design of the SOLARKIOSK.
SOLARKIOSK was the first-ever recipient of the biennial Carl-Duisberg-Society Prize for Entrepreneurship (CDG – Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Unternehmer Preis) in the category “Development through Innovation”.
SOLARKIOSK won the 2015 Ecosummit Award. The award ceremony was part of the ECO15 London event that included 160 participants from various fields of green innovation and businesses that focus on smart green energy, mobility and buildings – the 3 pillars of the sustainable energy

OUR IMPACT

In the following a few KPIs about SOLARKIOSK:

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6 years of experience
12 countries
23 Kg of CO2 savings by each sold solar product annually
Over 250 # of E-HUBBs implemented
1,000 # of predominantly female E-HUBB operators and jobs created
36,000 KG of CO2 saved per E-HUBB (SC-230) after usage of 15 years
536,666 cumulative kWh of energy produced by all E-HUBBs per year
1,000,000 households impacted in all SOLARKIOSK communities

OUR COVERAGE

A map with an overview on our projects worldwide.