Dr Faisal Ghani was awarded the RSE Enterprise Fellowship in spring 2020, with an exciting business proposition, Solaris Kit, he benefited from an equity-free package of support worth up to £100,000 to aid in the commercialisation of the project.
SolarisKit is a low-cost, flat-packable solar thermal collector, capable of converting sunlight directly into heat in the form of hot water. In the first instance, Faisal aims to take his technology to Rwanda, where currently up to 40% of household income is spent on energy, with 70% going towards heating hot water. It is hoped that SolarisKit will significantly improve the lives of millions of people in the developing world by providing clean, affordable energy, whilst also reducing carbon emissions.
Most recently, Solaris Kit secured £250,000 in funding in January through Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst Programme to begin trialling of tech in Africa and was accepted onto the new accelerator programme at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) in Dundee. The company will establish a new assembly line to build flat-packable solar thermal collectors. By 2025, aiming to install more than 90,000 collectors, annually saving over 27 million kilograms of carbon emissions.
“By focusing on the development of low-cost, high-value solar technology, our goal is to lower global carbon emissions while helping to improve the lives of millions of people in the developing world.”
– Dr Faisal Ghani, Founder and CEO of SolarisKit
Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Funded by: RSE
The next call for RSE Enterprise Fellowships is open. Apply by Wednesday 28 April 2021, 17:00.