When someone stops to pick up groceries at a corner shop in Lagos, Nigeria, you can now rent a portable battery powered battery. This energy is an important tool in a city where it can be pumped out several times a day, and many people rely on diesel, expensive, and polluted.
“Our goal is to make it easier to buy milk,” said Olgubenga Olubanjo, REDD’s general manager, pioneering the new service. Customers pay a small fee to rent a Reddy Kaplan for one day, then use it to plug lights, cell phones, laptops, fans or other devices. Because the batteries are modular, many caps can also be connected together to provide additional power as needed. When the power goes out, you can recharge the battery, and you can pick up another one.
It is a way to make solar panels more affordable for people who cannot afford the initial cost of installing solar panels or for those who live in apartments and do not have a roof. The pills are portable and can be carried between work and home.
With the first system in the corner shop, the startup collects used caps and fills them with solar energy in a special place, holding a new stock in the store. But the company’s future model is to install solar panels directly on the roofs of corner shops, so customers can automatically recharge the caps in a solar-powered vending machine that distributes another.
The company is set to expand throughout Nigeria and continue to do so in other parts of Africa and Southeast Asia, where large populations still do not have access to electricity. He recently received 1 1 million ($ 1.36 million) in funding from the Earthshot Prize, which he selected as the finalist.