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1.5B people worldwide are not connected to the electricity grid. The Solarkiosk enables them to run a sustainable offgrid business.

Company Information

  • ECO12 Award category: Startup
  • Company name: Solarkiosk GmbH
  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Company address: Märkisches Ufer 34, 10179 Berlin, Germany
  • Founding year: 2011
  • Company status: private company
  • Website:
  • Contact person: Andreas Spieß, CEO, Solarkiosk,
  • CEO: Andreas Spieß (Photo)

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Elevator Pitch

The Solarkiosk establishes sustainable business in offgrid areas worldwide. Approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. An average offgrid household spends around $120 annually on candles, paraffin and kerosene to light their home. The offgrid energy market just for lighting is estimated to be $30 billion annually. Solarkiosk will be the first sustainable product and profitable business model in this untapped market, taking advantage of an unprecedented historical inflection point. The inflection is being driven by the decreasing price of solar energy products which makes them affordable even for low-income households and the increasing demand for modern communication technology in remote and offgrid areas. The Solarkiosk provides a complete energy autonomous business model, combined with suitable tools and equipment. Solarkiosk enables local entrepreneurs with unlimited variations of local retail businesses including sales and after sales services of solar products as well as mobile phone and Internet services. Solarkiosk GmbH was founded in Berlin in 2011 by six entrepreneurs with a successful track record in the fields of solar energy, architecture, software and infrastructure development in Africa.

Smart Green Product

The Solarkiosk was designed by the internationally renowned GRAFT Architects. Being a modular kit of parts, it can be transported to remote and rural areas worldwide, even if they are inaccessible to cars, and becomes power-autonomous after assembly. The kiosk combines local manufacturing expertise from clay, bamboo, steel and aluminium with sophisticated solar technology and innovations like an ecofriendly internal cooling system, providing higher efficiency and durability for both modules and batteries as well as cooling for employees and customers. Sponsored by the German government organization AIF, these custom innovations are being tested in a unique cooperation between GRAFT Architects, Fittkau Metallbau, Reiner Lemoine Institute (RLI) and the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin. Additionally, every kiosk will also provide valuable information about the needs and energy consumption of rural populations for the first time. Solarkiosk currently is in the 2nd prototype phase during which kiosks will be set up in three African countries.

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Solarkiosk Prototype

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  • Funding: confidential
  • Investors: confidential
  • Employees: 2012E: 12
  • Revenues: confidential

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