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 sells prepaid airtime, ice and fridge space, internet facilities, as well as agricultural and water purification support.
SolarTurtle is located in Cape Town, South Africa.
Countries: Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa
Roughly $30,000 USD
Off grid communities
Made to order
Still in prototype
4 installation done – 16kW deployed as of August 2017 email with representative
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work.(Mobile Internet, SMS, voice, Other)
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Device(s) type required for the product/service to work (Smartphone ,Feature phone, Computer, Tablet, Other [specify])
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Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work. Some apps/services can work offline (Y/N [specify], Other [specify])
How can payments be made? (Mobile money, Cable, bluetooth or keypad)
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A solar battery charging station that fits into a 6m shipping container
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Qualitative targets based on the following: History, Social, Design, Interview
- Investigation of panel mount alternatives (including orientation solutions)
- Design and failure analysis of gates to mount panels
- Design and failure analysis of hinges
Stellenbosch Universityemail with representative
Van der Walt, R.J.; Van Niekerk, J.L.; Crewe-Brown, J.J.; Fairhurst, J., Design Considerations for SolarTurtle
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