Telephone boxes are so London, so red, so everywhere in London. And then with the rise of the mobile phone, the telephone box saw its coming demise. Two graduates however of the London School of Economics (LSE) saw another way. Just how the boxes might be of continued use, they saw red boxes go green!
So they presented their idea at the 2014 Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition where the “Solar box” bagged a runner-up position. The concept of converting a telephone booth into a solar box is a very creative way of harnessing a renewable form of energy. With the growing global emphasis on making more use of renewable sources of energy, this idea was a breath of fresh air. These charging booths are fitted with a solar panel to provide clean and free energy for mobile charging.
The kiosks are low maintenance since they require only cleaning. Although these charging kiosks are a great relief for avid mobile users, it has not yet been mentioned as to how many of these telephone booths are going to be changed into charging stations.
The first solar box was inaugurated in Tottenham Court Road in London’s main central shopping district. The next solar box is expected to open in January while more will follow. These neon green stations have provisions for charging many types of mobile phones, cameras, tablets, and many more other devices. They can charge around 100 phones per day and provide a 20 percent charge in just ten minutes.
The idea won £5,000 in the Mayor of Londons, 2014 competition. The boxes are covered with solar panels to provide CO2, clean carbon-neutral energy for mobile phones, tablets, cameras and any other devices that need a boost of power. The charging comes free of charge to users, as the costs are covered by in-both advertising.
The “Solar box” initiative has not only helped telephone booths make itself useful again but it has also helped to inspire and involve the citizens in using a clean fuel like solar energy.
The original telephone boxes were not intended to be red, but green and silver
The Mayors Low Carbon competition for entrepreneurs is a hotbed for students, inventors to pitch their carbon reducing ideas, to see if they can get them to see the light of day and become a reality on the streets of London. Siemens, sponsor for the 2014 competition is looking to do the same again in 2015. If you’re looking to enter, please do, entries finish in February, with the finals being held in March 2015.