As discussed at MIT Technology Review:
[SXSW] conference organizers have collaborated with Austin-based Sol Design Lab to make the firm’s SolarPumps available at locations around downtown Austin.
The SolarPump is a free, solar-powered charging station for electric bikes, scooters, cell phones, and laptops–basically anything that uses a standard electric cord to charge. Beth Ferguson created the pump in February 2009 as her project for her MFA at the University of Texas at Austin. Ferguson combined the reclaimed body of a 1950’s gas station pump with solar panels to get people thinking about solar energy.
“We’ve used kind of a fun combination of 1950’s gas pumps with solar panels for people to really start questioning and seeing the humor and really start thinking about a new form of transportation and energy for the city,” she told Austin’s KVUE News.
This is an awesome idea and a great way to promote awareness of solar power, from its ease to its efficieny. I hope Sol Design Labs and its concept takes off, and I hope to see more of these solar kiosks pop up around sunny parts of the U.S. like California and Arizona.