Updated on January 5, 2024


Created on August 24, 2016

SolarTurtle Kiosk

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A solar-powered charging station kiosk.

Developed By
  1. SolarTurtle
Tested By
  • Stellenbosch University
Content Partners
  1. Siemens | Stiftung


Product Description

The SolarTurtle Kiosk is a micro-utility franchise solar battery charging station that fits into a locked container at night to prevent theft. The kiosk charges and rents out battery packs. The entrepreneur running the kiosk can sell electricity to institutions via a prepaid meter. The SolarTurtle Kiosk also offers other services such as prepaid airtime, ice and fridge space, internet facilities, as well as agricultural and water purification support.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 1: No Poverty

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

The manufacturer is located in Cape Town, South Africa.

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is made to order by the manufacturer.

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

Still in prototype

Distributions to Date Status

4 installation done - 16kW deployed as of August 2017 email with representative

Power rating (W or kW)


Battery type

Solar battery charging station

Battery capacity (mAh)

With the 12 V battery, the 7 Ah system will provide 84 Wh, and the 40 Ah system will provide 480 Wh.

Grid compatibility (yes/no)


Description of mobility


Design Specifications

A solar battery charging station that fits into a 6 or 12 m shipping container, and produces 3 to 7 kW. The product can charge phones and laptops whilst offering an internet hotspot, and can (manually or automatically) securely fold its PV cells away from thieves.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Users must contact the manufacturer for system errors with the kiosk, however support is not provided for the battery packs as these can be easily fixed by the communities.

Replacement Components

The manufacturer claims little maintenance is required, however replacement parts are available from manufacturer.


20 years

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The prototype product was targeted to charge three-hundred 12 V battery packs using the 3.6 kW system. Analysis of the 'book style' mounting of solar panels was conducted using the following three steps:

  1. Investigation of panel mount alternatives (including orientation solutions)
  2. Design and failure analysis of gates to mount panels
  3. Design and failure analysis of hinges.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing performed by Stellenbosch University analysed the 'book style' mounting of solar panels using the following three steps:

  1. Investigation of panel mount alternatives (including orientation solutions)
  2. Design and failure analysis of gates to mount panels
  3. Design and failure analysis of hinges
They concluded that a welded steel tube hinge arm could provide the support required.


As with any electrical system, safety precautions must be put in place to avoid electric shock.

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

Van der Walt, R.J.; Van Niekerk, J.L.; Crewe-Brown, J.J.; Fairhurst, J., 2015, Design Considerations for SolarTurtle. Third Southern African Solar Energy Conference.

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods


Other Information

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