French start-up Skavenji has set out to make renewable energy autonomous and accessible with a simple box that can be plugged in at home, an office or classroom, allowing users to directly produce and consume small amounts of electricity.
The Skavenji Box lets everyone contribute to a greener world by managing the personal production and efficient use of electricity. The boxes are designed to be sustainable, repairable and reusable. They are manufactured and assembled locally in France with natural materials – when possible reused or recycled
Each Skavenji box is fitted with a small solar panel to which various small additional electrical sources – such as photovoltaic panel, small wind turbine or generator – can be connected. By plugging the box into a power socket, it enables users to connect everyday devices such as telephones, computers, tablets, entertainment system, routers, televisions, and lights.
The box, which has been designed to be low-tech and circular, is suitable for small-scale domestic production only, since the 300 wh produced per day is not enough to cover the consumption of all appliances, all day.
While this small-scale domestic production does not allow users to live off-grid or do away with their utility bills, it does enable people to take their first steps towards sustainable consumption and self-sufficiency.
Skavenji say: “Skavenji wants to put consumption of self-produced power within everyone’s reach, by making production of small amounts of electricity as simple and freely available as growing tomatoes on your balcony.
“While this small-scale domestic production does not allow you to escape the distribution system or your supplier, it nevertheless meets a latent need for self-sufficiency and constitutes a first symbolic step, as visible and as gratifying as creating a vegetable garden. The Skavenji approach has the same social and educational benefits and also marks a creative commitment to sustainable consumption.
“That’s why our goal was to develop a plug-and-play, open source solution that is sustainable, low-tech, frugal and adaptable, allowing you to create your own renewable energy and play a part in energy transition, both individually and collectively.”
The Nice-based Skavenji, which was founded by energy engineer Gaël Desperriès in 2016, is currently developing a plug-and-play, open source solution that is sustainable, low-tech, frugal and adaptable, allowing its users to create their own renewable energy and play a part in energy transition, both individually and collectively.
Skavenji’s solution is based on three elements: a box supplied with a small solar panel, able to be easily placed in a living room, office or classroom, and to which it is possible to connect small sources of electricity of various kinds and origins, simply and safely; a mobile app which monitors local production and the resulting savings on the utility bill, as well as environmental benefits; and an open platform to which everyone can contribute, with tutorials to learn how to install one’s own sources of renewable energy and to share creative ideas.
Skavenji, which is still under development, is expected to release its plug-and-play boxes in 2020.
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