Invitalia, the Italian government agency for economic development, and Italian Ministry of Culture have recognized the potential of the SHELTER e-bike charging photovoltaic shelter for sustainable tourism, awarding the project in the “Factorympresa Turismo 2020” competition.
In fact, their goal is to encourage innovation by enhancing and accompanying the best business ideas for tourism to the market.
With this innovative idea, private sponsors can economically support a free service for citizens, and have an important image return thanks to the large advertising surfaces it is equipped with. With the remote monitoring of which the photovoltaic system is provided, the sponsors have a continuous measurement of the exposure of their brand.
SHELTER raises awareness and enhances public investments for cycle paths. This type of sustainable mobility is inclusive because the solar panel shelter is perfectly capable of charging electric scooters for the elderly and electric wheelchairs for the disabled.
In an extra-urban environment, SHELTER finds its ideal location in parks and alongside cycle paths. In an urban environment, however, the photovoltaic shelter favors the use of electric bikes for the commute from home to work. E-bikes and scooters are recharged during working hours, thus avoiding the citizen who lives in an apartment block from having to periodically bring the e-bike to their apartment to recharge it.