July 2019 Rickshaw charging pilot

SOLshare update us on its EV pitstop and WiFi trials

Read on for some exciting news from SOLshare – the social enterprise of UBS Global Visionary Sebastian Groh, which enables people in Bangladesh and beyond to trade excess solar power via minigrids and a mobile app.

"Over the next fifteen months SOLshare will be implementing 25 electric vehicle (rickshaw) charging pitstops within some of its microgrids around Bangladesh. The project was funded by GIZ [the German Energizing Development program] upon seeing a test pilot in Panchaghar. The pitstops will be designed with solar panels and SOLboxes to understand the energy metrics required. Having over 1 million electric rickshaws in the country, site selection will be imperative as areas with the demand will only be chosen. The pitstops are being designed for absolute efficiency, to meet boosted charging in a short time. The project also includes experimental research with a European partner to figure out charging algorithms for vehicle to grid and vice versa." 1

"The second project SOLshare has begun working on is one with Microsoft in which SOLshare will pilot providing Wi-Fi access to the local community through the Wi-Fi tower in our microgrids. Initially, some free service will be provided to assess demand, but this will gradually become a billable service. SOLshare was led to this project through customer suggestions. This will open up a whole new world for remote rural communities." 2

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