GRAFT Wins German Ecodesign Award for their Solar Kiosk
Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) have awarded the company GRAFT (“Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH”) with the National Ecodesign Prize in the category “Service,” for the development of the solar kiosk.
The solar kiosk is designed as an independent energy source for the rural population of developing countries. The kit for the solar kiosk consists of German-made electronic components and then uses local materials, so it can be built anywhere. After five hours of sunshine, the kiosk can operate for three days.
It creates solar energy that is generated independently from the power grid, using solar panels, transformers and batteries. Customers can recharge their mobile phones, listen to the radio, cool medicines or power solar lamps. Harmful kerosene lamps or diesel generators are therefore no longer necessary to have to create light at night. Both the kiosk operators and local communities benefit from the solar kiosk: it brings clean and affordable energy into regions that were previously reliant on expensive and dirty energy.
With the Ecodesign Award, the federal government of Germany encourages ecological design. Innovative products, services and concepts that are both aesthetically and environmentally pleasing are eligible for the award. –gw/ia