SOLAR POWER AT DUT
By: Veantha Naidoo
Solar Powered, Samsung charging outlets have been installed at The Durban University of Technologies (DUT), various campuses to promote a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Students are now able to charge their phones without the use of an electrical charger, or needing an electrical outlet.
Due to load-shedding that is currently taking place, many students feel that this initiative helps to keep their mobile devices charged even when there is a power outage on campus.
Nikita Singh, who is studying Electrical Engineering said that this is a great initiative because it allows students to use an alternate power source and it also teaches individuals about conserving energy which is very important.
“Solar energy is also the way of the future so it is good that we are keeping up with trends that the whole world follows,” she said.
A total of 11 charging outlets have been installed which includes, one at City Campus, three at Ritson Campus, two at ML Sultan Campus and five at the Steve Biko Campus.
All of the charging outlets have been sponsored by Full Nine Yards, a telecommunications company.
Mark Zeeman, Managing Director of Full Nine Yards said, “The Mobile Solar Charging Units are designed and manufactured by Full Nine Yards. The units were designed to help
South Africa in the midst of a technological revolution, and nothing illustrates that fact more than the proliferation of mobile phones, and the opportunity to provide a solar unit to assist in this regard.”
Zeeman, also added that as South Africans we should all realise that electricity is a concern and that we should, all be playing a part to make a difference.
Lethu Ndaba, a Clinical Technology student stated that she makes use of the solar power units at least twice a day and it helps her family save on electricity since only charge her phone on campus.