AN Edinburgh-based company making flat-pack solar thermal collectors has joined a new accelerator programme at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) in Dundee, as it rolls out plans to provide affordable clean energy to some of the world’s poorest communities. SolarisKit, which says its product is the first of its type in the world, is one of eight start-ups to join the programme at MSIP, described as a “low-carbon” campus and a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government. It is located on the site of the former Michelin tyre factory. Currently based at Heriot-Watt University, SolarisKit will set up a new assembly line for its product which will provide affordable hot water systems and clean energy for millions of people living across sub-Saharan Africa, as well as parts of Asia and South America. Faisal Ghani, founder and chief executive of SolarisKit, said: “Our plan is to set up a new manufacturing assembly line by the end of January to produce an initial run of 100 flat-packable solar thermal units destined for a trial project we are undertaking in Rwanda to demonstrate both the environmental and socio-economic impact achieved from the supply of affordable clean energy.
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