Funding deal

SolarisKit deal brings hot water boost to world’s poor

Faisal Ghani: helping to improve lives

A Scottish tech company has received funding to roll-out its water heating kit aimed at improving lives in third world communities.

Cleantech start-up SolarisKit has secured around £250,000 from Innovate UK through its Energy Catalyst Programme.

The funds will aid further development of the Edinburgh firm’s solar technology and enable it to undertake pilot trials in Rwanda, where solar thermal collectors can be used to create a hot water system designed to lower household energy costs and carbon emissions.

SolarisKit, which had already secured £20,000 cash and £9,000 in-kind support by winning the Converge Impact Challenge last year, is on a mission to provide affordable, clean heat to millions of people across the globe, but in particular, those living across sub Saharan Africa, as well as parts of Asia and Latin America.

“Heating currently accounts for around 40% of the world’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and has reached the point where carbon emissions from developing countries exceeds those from its modern counterparts,” according to  SolarisKit founder and CEO, Faisal Ghani.

“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.

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