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SolarKiosk: An autonomous business unit for off-grid areas

By Helen Ngoh on August 30, 2012

On a regular basis we put ventures who have registered on our platform in the spotlight. Today we talk to Sasha Kolopic, marketing manager at Solarkiosk GmbH in Berlin, who have developed an ‘autonomous business enabler’ for off-grid areas.

How does the SolarKiosk unit work?

“The Solarkiosk is powered by solar panels which are integrated into the roof structure of the kiosk. The kiosk also includes a battery that can store access energy to run the kiosk at night or during a stretch of bad weather. The kiosk can host a variety of devices, like refrigerators (which can keep medications cool), charging docks (for cell phones, LED lamps and LED flashlights for example), computers, even a TV so that community can watch a football [...]

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10 entrepreneurs disrupting the African energy business

By Ben White on April 9, 2012

Africa’s strong economic performance over the past ten years, as well as its projected economic growth, mean ever-increasing energy demands across the continent. Unfortunately, power supply has not kept pace. It has become imperative to take definite steps to end energy insecurity and to set Africa on a sustainable energy path. Given its abundant natural resources and the many innovative environment-related financing instruments available, Africa has the opportunity to grow under a low-carbon, clean energy path that not only bridges its energy gap, but also attracts significant private investment in the energy sector in support of strong growth, job creation, and poverty reduction on the continent. Here is a list of 10 VC4Africa entrepreneurs disrupting the African energy business and as ranked by the VC4Africa community.

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