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Anja commented on Public Plug: sharing excessive energy

Hi Alper, thank you for these, great work!
Whereas I think the locking is a requirement that quickly comes up, I would still not offer it - I think it even is counter productive to the mission of the public plug.

It's main aim is to be a conversation piece and and an invitation to a more sustainable behaviour . I envision a bench or seat next to the plug where one can wait while the device is re-charging a bit. Re-charging for oneself in a way.

The plug will never end up being a reliable source and also the one's sharing the energy won't feel being generous and tranformative but rather being stupid enough to offer free charging for a fast and excessive lifestyle.


Anja commented on Public Plug: sharing excessive energy

Hi all, sorry for joining back into this conversation that late.
I was musing about the phone charging & sponsoring aspect and ended up with the conclusion that I don't like the angle of a public plug (at least at an airport)

The main thing is the sharing on a peer-to-peer level and the individual generosity towards the community that is something seldom to be seen in our society. I think it would just be the right twist to be thought provoking.

The sharing of excess energy should be on an individual level. But maybe the design, development and installation of such a plug could be sponsored by telco providers, why not.


Anja commented on Public Plug: sharing excessive energy

Natalie, thank you for your great comments!
The main engeneering for this idea indeed would need to program the management of excess power betw. the public plug and the local energy company.

I think the design of the plug would need to be self-explanatory - no extra educational plaque. It holds the potential to become a typical local specialty.
Here in Berlin, we have the so-called "Stolpersteine" (stumbling blocks; These are memorial little blocks in the pavement to remember people who were deported during the nazi regime. There are no explanations; the concept is easy to convey and I am sure they're mentioned in many guides. I live close to many of these memorial stones and I constantly see tourists reading the names.