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2 April 2015

Award-winning solarbox sees BT phone kiosk transformed into free mobile phone charger


Two former geography students from the London School of Economics have launched a solution which has transformed an old BT Payphone kiosk into a mobile phone-charging solarbox.

The brainchild of Harold Craston and Kirsty Kenney, the solarbox offers a free mobile phone-charging service to passers-by.

The first solarbox was launched outside the Dominion Theatre in Tottenham Court Road, London, last October. Its success means the solarbox team is now collaborating with BT to bring more solarboxes to the streets of London.

Using technology to reduce carbon emissions

Katherine Bradley, BT Business head of commercial repair, said: “The concept of transforming phone boxes into free solar powered charging points for mobile phones has gone down really well with the public. Solarbox says the potential is enormous, so they’re currently in negotiation with our planning team to bag more boxes and convert them.”

She added: “It’s a great idea and fits well with BT’s green credentials, supporting our Net Good goal. We want to make a positive contribution to the environment, by helping our customers reduce their carbon emissions by at least three times the end-to-end impact of our business, so this initiative fits nicely with that ambition.”

Solarbox is an award-winning social enterprise funded by UnLtd, LSE Entrepreneurship and Siemens. The company, set up in 2013, was awarded second place in the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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