Bench a tower of power

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

ELLENBROOK Shop­ping Cen­tre has un­veiled an award-win­ning so­lar-pow­ered seat de­signed for cus­tomers to en­sure their elec­tronic de­vices are al­ways charged and ready to go.

The seat, Ste­ora Smart Bench is a so­lar-pow­ered seat which col­lects and stores en­ergy from the sun and trans­fers it to mo­bile phones and tablets, the first of its kind to be in­stalled in an Aus­tralian shop­ping cen­tre.

Vicin­ity Shop­ping Cen­tres ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Justin Mills said the Smart Bench was the first prod­uct of its kind to be in­stalled in a re­tail cen­tre en­vi­ron­ment na­tion­ally.

The rev­o­lu­tion­ary bench can col­lect and store up to 100 watts of elec­tric­ity ev­ery hour, enough en­ergy to power a mo­bile de­vice for a week, even if the sun is not shin­ing.

WA re­gional gen­eral man­ager Richard Ter­horst said the smart bench was an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised in­no­va­tion.

“We know our cus­tomers love to stay con­nected while vis­it­ing our cen­tres and the Smart Bench helps to make this pos­si­ble,” he said.

The Ste­ora Smart Bench.

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