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01 April 2013
Solarway seeks global partners for Solar Powered Charging Station
At the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we announced or intention to seek global partners for our innovative Solar Powered Charging Station (SPCS).
The SPCS provides a charging facility for multiple cell phones which can be installed for use in retail facilities such as shops and post offices or at cell phone company concessions. Because the SPCS uses solar power, rather than relying on grid electricity, it can be taken 'on the road' and Solar Way will seek to partner with entrepreneurs wishing to take the SPCS into communities to provide a cell phone charging service.
The SPCS provides a facility to charge 14 cell phones simultaneously. Offering a "phone locker" in which to deposit a phone securely whilst it charges, the SPCS will charge the customer’s cell phone for a small fee, depending on the amount of time the phone takes to charge. For those living without access to grid power, the SPCS will be a welcome facility as customers can currently go days (if not weeks) without being able to charge their cell phones and access their mobile services.
Commenting on the launch, Solarway CEO, Marco Signorini said: "We've had a fantastic response to our innovative solar powered products which range from our solar lanterns, which are already selling in the hundreds of thousands, to our new products such as the SPCS. In order to bring the SPCS to the largest possible customer base, we are seeking to partner with mobile operators - particularly those with millions of customers off-grid - as well as retailers and other consumer outlets which have large footprints across Africa and other emerging markets."
We also announced today the launch of the Solar Candles, a solar powered candle which combines cheap, clean and safe lighting with the facility to charge a cell phone. As well as being safer than candles which cause thousands of house fires every year and cleaner than kerosene which causes dangerous indoor air pollution, the Solar Candles is significantly cheaper, costing less than $20. The average African family living off-grid spends $12 every month on candles.
Signorini added: "The Solar Candles is designed to support the widespread adoption of sustainable solar powered technologies for charging and lighting. Many of our customers have been using candles for lighting in their homes for generations and we believe the Solar Candles provides an affordable alternative which will really support the transition to a cleaner, safer solar solution."
To find out more about the Manual Phone Charging Station and the Solar Candles Click Here