ARED (African Renewable Energy Distributor) offers a means to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots of electricity in East Africa.
The Mobile Kiosk Platform (MKP) provides a dynamic clean energy source for rural and urban areas. Each unit of the prototype comes with the following features:- Two adjustable 40 watt solar panels (collapsible for storage)- Charging space for 30 phones of all major brands- Display tray that folds vertically to secure charging phones- Powerful battery to store energy collected throughout the day- Manual crank to charge battery at night or on cloudy days- Two mountain bike tires to transport over rough dirt roads- AC power outlets to charge other appliances- Router and internet access.
It all started when inventor Henri took a trip to Burundi. It became almost impossible to find a reliable way to charge his cell phone, but after a few days he was back home and the minor inconvenience had passed. It dawned on him a week later that, while I had the luxury of returning home to a stable electrical grid, the people of Burundi lived each and every day without that service. What presented an inconvenience for him presented an insurmountable roadblock to consistent communication outside of Burundian’s neighborhood.
In 2009 Henri paired up with a designer to fill that vital gap in energy availability. Together they came up with a blueprint that would offer the operator mobility, dependability, simplicity, and—most importantly—a low-cost means for him or her to generate an income. In 2010 Henri found an engineer to help me bring this idea to life. And so the Mobile Charging Kiosk (MKP) was born. The device is a franchise business model, so we partner with local franchisee that supply our products and services to the end users at the base of the pyramid.
Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Burundi, Rwanda
Price range (USD): Contact supplier for quote
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: no
Dimensions: 6 feet
Weight: 40 pound