Solar-Powered Charging Stations Provide Free Electricity to Migrants in Greece

To the massive crowd of refugees and migrants stuck in Greece and other regions of Europe, a smartphone is a lifeline, as long as its battery lasts. However, access to electricity can be hard to find unless someone can harness solar energy and turn it into solar-powered charging stations to provide free electricity.

For refugees fleeing war in Syria, a smartphone is the most precious possession. It provides solace to those who have lost their loved ones to the war and been forced out of their homes. To some, it’s a friend that documents their migration struggle. It also plays a critical role in connecting and re-connecting refugees with worries friends and families. Moreover, it helps them send their location via GPS to contact official authorities when they are taking a dangerous journey. In particular, it decreases their reliance on criminal groups and traffickers, giving them greater autonomy over their journeys.

solar-powered charging stations

READ MORE: CO2 Inhaling Bacteria Is the Answer to Earth’s Environmental Woes!

And yet, access to electricity can be hard to find in increasingly overcrowded makeshift camps. Similarly, cafes, where electricity is always free are always crowded with people anxiously waiting over a few sockets to charge their devices to phone home.

To combat this problem, a group of students from Edinburgh University has designed a mobile phone charging station powered by solar energy. They have installed two solar-powered charging stations in camps, each configured to generate power for 12 plugs an hour using solar energy. Each unit can serve up to 240 people each day.

Every day, hundreds of refugees arrive on Greece’s shores, exhausted from clinging onto boats. Some snap selfies to share with their families they have left behind, others, log into messaging applications, Facebook, and Google Maps to plan their onward journey to safer parts of Europe. Often, they are stranded at the port of Lesbos, sharing one plug, and no battery on their devices.

READ MORE: Shell Layoffs Will Rise to 12,500 Jobs Worldwide By the End of 2016

Cofounder, Alexandros Angelopoulos, 21, and Samuel Kellerhals, 21, decided to bring renewable energy into play to combat energy woes. The first two units named Project Elpis, meaning hope in Greek, were built with the help of Entec, a Greek solar technology company.

The pair had to ward off the red tape in the bureaucratic country to install the solar-powered charging stations. They are onto their third solar-powered charging station and are raising money via crowdfunding to reach as many people stranded on the coast of Greece as possible. They hope to power the entire campsite with solar panels one day.

Avatar
Christy Gren
Christy Gren is an Industry Specialist Reporter at Industry Leaders Magazine; she enjoys writing about Unicorns, Silicon Valley, Startups, Business Leaders and Innovators. Her articles provide an insight about the Power Players in the field of Technology, Auto, Manufacturing, and F&B.

Recent Posts

Apple car may upset auto industry manufacturing model

Apple car may upset auto industry manufacturing model

Since last December, the Apple car project called Titan has been generating much interest with speculations surrounding design manufacturing...
12 hours ago
Amazon opens two new logistics centers in Italy

Amazon opens two new logistics centers in Italy

Amazon will open two new logistics centers in Italy this year, investing over $278 million (230 million euros), the world’s largest online...
12 hours ago
Fitch Ratings invests in AI startup to improve bank misconduct detection

Fitch Ratings invests in AI startup to improve bank misconduct detection

Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research, has inked a partnership with a French artificial intelligence startup as it e...
12 hours ago
New Shepard Rocket launches Successful Test Liftoff

New Shepard Rocket launches Successful Test Liftoff

The New Shepard rocket by Blue Origin successfully conducted the test launch in the Texas testing site, successfully performing take-off and...
2 days ago
MIT unveils Modern Design for Hybrid-Electric Airliner

MIT unveils Modern Design for Hybrid-Electric Airliner

Engineers at MIT conceptualized a hybrid-electric plane that would reduce nitrogen oxide emission levels and harmful greenhouse gases signif...
2 days ago
Store Closures Cost European Retail Giant Primark $1.43 Billion in Sales

Store Closures Cost European Retail Giant Primark $1.43 Billion in Sales

The European retail giant Primark said the COVID-19 had caused a loss of over $1.43 billion (£1.05 billion) in sales from store closures. T...
3 days ago