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Eco Matters – November 2014

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Unused London Phone Booths Turned Into Free Solar Charging Stations

recycled phone booth, solar station

  • Unused London phone booths turned into free solar charging stations: Project Solarbox initiated by two London students, aims to re-purpose now obsolete London phone booths into free solar-powered charging stations for cell phones and other gadgets. As Harold Craston, co-founder of Solabox explained: “I lived next to a phone box in my second year at uni and walked past it every day. I thought, there are 8,000 of these lying unused in London and we must be able to find a use for them.” The  phone booths will be painted green to represent their new function and will be equipped with a 150-watt solar panel on top and with a mini/micro-USB and iPhone chargers as well as a screen that runs advertisements while people charge their phones on the inside. Solarbox estimates that the advertising will cover the costs to provide free charging to the public. The first charging kiosk out of six was recently put to use on Tottenham Court Road and the other five will be opened in other parts of the city in April 2015. To date, the box has served to about 85 customers each day, but the box is designed to handle about 100 phone charges a day. The boxes will be open from 5:30am – 11:30pm, 365 days a year and users can obtain about a 20 percent boost in their battery life in only 10 minutes. For their concept and service to the public, the team was awarded the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur of the Year Award earlier this year and also won the LSE’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award for their idea.

Original article; http://www.livinggreenwithbaby.com/unused-london-phone-booths-turned-free-solar-charging-stations/

The  phone booths will be painted green to represent their new function and will be equipped with a 150-watt solar panel on top and with a mini/micro-USB and iPhone chargers as well as a screen that runs advertisements while people charge their phones on the inside. Solarbox estimates that the advertising will cover the costs to provide free charging to the public. The first charging kiosk out of six was recently put to use on Tottenham Court Road and the other five will be opened in other parts of the city in April 2015.

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NYC Landfill to Be Turned Into a Solar Park


clean energy, solar farms

  • NYC Landfill to be turned into a solar park:  The  mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has recently announced that once the world’s largest landfill called Freshkills on Staten Island will soon be converted into the city’s largest solar energy facility. When completed, the plant will produce up to 10 megawatts of power — enough to power about 2,000 homes. According to James Molinaro, Staten Island Borough President: “We’ll be turning something which was a disaster into a benefit for the people of Staten Island, and for the environment.” The project will comprise of about 35,000 high-efficiency solar panels and cover and area of 47 acres. The solar panels will be installed and operated by company Sun Edison at no cost to the city. And according to the city’s administration, the city is already working on the next phase of this project which would convert additional 1,500 acres of Freshkills into an actual parkland.
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About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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