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Presenter: Harold and Kirsty are two London graduates who’ve developed a new way to get old phone boxes back into use. The first was, until this morning, hidden behind this boarding on Tottenham Court Road.
Kirsty: Basically we studied geography at LSE and we learnt a lot about public space and what’s wrong with public space and how it’s kind of not really working in the interests of the public any more. And then one day Harold was walking home from school, or from university, and he saw a phone box and he was like, you know what, wouldn’t it be great if we could do something with this.
Presenter: And so with funding from the mayor’s office, the pair set to work transforming these into what’s essentially a walk-in phone charger, using energy from the sun to give us free juice for our smartphones. And this, is what they came up with - the 'Solarbox’. Earlier today the boarding came down to reveal it to the public.
Harold: During my degree we studied lots of sustainable modules. Of course before that I was interested in green energy and the environment. I wouldn’t say I was a tree hugger of sorts but I’m certainly keen to er promote er green energy 'cos it’s sustainable and it’s more socially efficient also, so the combining with the solar was was an instrumental part of this and London is making steps towards, towards developing its green agenda but it’s still miles behind so many other world cities. I’m proud of London but, from the green element we could do a lot more.
Kirsty: The solar aspect is really important, I mean this is all about how we can a) use existing infrastructure and upgrade it rather than building something new, erm, to provide solutions so using the power of the sun which people often think you can’t use in London because of the grey skies but you know with just three hours of sun a day you can power this whole thing and erm I think that’s great. And I think this is actually bringing solar down to the human level, the everyday level and that’s all part of this transformation to the green economy and to a greener London. Yeah, so it’s really important, whether it’s important to the user or not, who knows?!
What do you think of the Solarbox?