Solar Bench | Perth’s Free Phone Charging Stations

 

solar benchIf you’re from sunny Perth then you may have seen the Synergy solar benches scattered across the city.

In a partnership with CleanAir Energy, Synergy has trialed the use of the Steora smart bench to showcase the value of renewable energy technologies within the Perth community.

The best part? The solar smart benches are absolutely free to use!

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1. Mobile Phone Charging 

The benches are equipped with mobile charging stations so that users can stop and enjoy the view while they wait for their phone to charge. A combination of wireless charging pads and smart USB connectors are available on the solar benches to ensure most mobile devices are compatible with the service.

For a full list of compatible devices visit Synergy’s website.

2. Wi-Fi Hotspot

Perth Solar Power CityThe solar benches also provide a free 4G Wi-Fi service for users. This means that while your phone is charging you have the ability to scroll your favourite social media platform.

3. Cool Place To Sit

Although the black solar panels in the direct sun may look like a hot place to sit, ventilation fans ensure the bench doesn’t get toasty even on a hot day.

4. LED Night Lights

At nighttime, leftover solar energy is used to produce path illumination. LED lights provide lighting for evening joggers and walkers.

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Where To Find Perth’s Solar Benches

The smart solar benches can be found all over the Perth metro area. Below is a list of where you can find them.

  • Curtain University, Creative Corner, Bentley WA
  • Curtain University, Koorliny Way, Bentley WA
  • Scarborough Foreshore, Scarborough WA
  • South Perth Foreshore, South Perth WA
  • The University of Western Australia, Reid Library, Crawley WA
  • The Grove Library, Peppermint Grove WA

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Perth receives around 300 days of sunshine per year making it one of the best spots in the world for solar energy production. The solar benches are part of Perth’s exploration into alternative ways to harness and utilise the sun’s energy.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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