Graduate of HSE Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics Invents Way of Charging Devices in Buses and Metro
Alexei Rolich, developer of the Public Charger project
The Public Charger project developed by HSE MIEM graduate Alexei Rolich has been selected as one of the winners in the Start programme developed by the Foundation for the Support of Small Businesses in Science and Technology. The programme focuses on researchers who want to turn their ideas into a sustainable business. Rolich will receive a 2 million rouble grant for the first stage of development of his project.
Public Charger is a device that will make it possible to set up automated paid sources of electricity in public places. These chargers have microcontrollers that control their operation, and NFC technology of the type used in any non-contact card (bank card, social card, metro card etc).
People who want to connect to the grid will just have to place their card on the plug to activate it, and the requisite sum, depending on length of use, is debited from the card. The ‘smart’ plugs will also be able to identify and record which devices were charged – providing controlled access to the grid.
The Start programme covers a term of three years. In stage one it provides 2 million roubles in financing. This will go towards scientific research, the development of a product prototype, testing to confirm its commercial potential, and IP protection.
In year 2, the programme participants will be eligible to apply for a further 3 million roubles for development provided it is also able to attract investor financing. That is when production is to be launched. In year 3, a sum of 4 million will be made available, which must be accompanied by funding from an investor or their own funds.
Alexei Rolich believes that the potential applications for the Public Charger range from cafes to public transport – anywhere people spend a significant amount of time with or on their devices and where they do not currently have the opportunity to charge them. All that’s needed is a connection to the electricity supply.
The price for this service can be independently regulated, this technology already exists. At a cost of 66 kopecks per minute (or 40 roubles per hour) each plug would deliver a return on investment for its owners in 5 months.
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