DOST in Cebu adds solar power charging kiosk for visitors
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Science of Technology (DOST) in Central Visayas is taking a hearts-and-minds approach to introducing solar power to people in the region.
Visitors to the DOST office in Sudlon, Lahug in Cebu City can try out a solar power charging kiosk at the entrance to that office.
First deployed in Leyte to provide temporary power in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the solar power charging kiosks come with a 200W capacity. The system takes advantage of two 100W solar panels, two 70 Ampere-hour solar batteries, a 300W inverter, and a 20 Ampere-hour charge controller.
The kiosk can handle charging up to 20 mobile phones, 10 rechargeable flashlights, or a pair of laptops at a time.
“This will enable our clients visiting the office to really appreciate Science and Technology. This is a simple technology that may be very useful for them with or without the existence of electricity,” said DOST Regional Director Edilberto Paradela.
Paradela said the initiative “has the chance to showcase the use of renewable energy in greening the environment for lesser carbon dioxide emission, reduce energy consumption, and may contribute in disaster risk reduction.” – Rappler.com