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Solar-powered Mobile Phone Charging Station

A communal solar-powered charger for mobile phones

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

According to a report (http://www.slideshare.net/OnDevice/philippines-mobile-internet-trends), there were 101 mobile cellular subscriptions for every 100 people in the Philippines. This has brought many improvements in information access in many fields. More specially during calamities when lots of coordination and communication are needed between different institutions and the affected public. The problem is during calamities, there is a big chance that power grids will also be affected. The idea is to develop an alternative source for mobile phone charging during calamities when power supply is down. A battery, strategically positioned in a community will be charged through solar panels. After the calamity, a coin slot may also be included in the system for purposes of maintenance and income generation for the community.

WHO BENEFITS?

People in the slums who are in need of a charging station for their mobile phones to be used to received advisories from authorities, and as a means of communication with their loved ones. The solar-powered charging station will be positioned in community centers or in a strategic place which are easily accessible to the community.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Proper coordination between community and authorities is needed in identifying the position of the charging station where and when it is needed. One consideration is to make it as light and compact as possible for easy mobilization.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am a civil engineer by profession, and currently in the water industry in the last 5 years. Still have lots of things to learn, and is looking for mentors/collaborators in the space of human-centered design.

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Great idea. How much would one of these charging stations cost to develop? Has this idea been piloted in an informal settlement somewhere?

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Photo of Rafael King Ramos
Team

Hi! Thank you. I'm not quite sure about the price, but i estimate the system to be less than 1500USD. Solar panels are currently in demand in our country so there are lots of competitions now.
Reports says that systems like these have already been implemented in some of the calamity stricken areas in the Philippines (such as this one http://silkenhut.com/solar-powered-systems-typhoon-haiyanyolanda-victims/).

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Team

Thank you for sharing the interesting link and answering the questions!

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Team

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