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ASCA® won the ENGIE Innovation call for proposals by deploying a solar mobile station to recharge smartphones at Roland Garros

17/05/2018 ASCA® Mobility

You are at Roland Garros and your mobile phone battery is flat? Make your way to the mobile photovoltaic station developed by Engie Innovation equipped with ASCA® solar film. A flexible, lightweight and low-carbon photovoltaic solution for spectators at Roland Garros 2018, who will be able to recharge their smartphone whenever they want!

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Recharge your smartphone without missing a match

The smartphone photovoltaic recharging station is located next to Court 18. It looks like a cart similar to the traditional Information Point used by the FFT (French Tennis Federation). So what’s so special about it? Its dome is covered with ASCA® organic photovoltaic film. Throughout the day the film captures and transforms solar energy, recharging external batteries. These small format batteries – also known as Power Banks – are then made available to spectators for hire, enabling them to recharge their smartphone while still being able to move around and follow the matches.

Innovative and green photovoltaic technology

The ASCA® organic photovoltaic film was developed by the Armor industrial group. 100% recyclable, it contains neither rare nor toxic components. It is both lightweight (450g/m2) and flexible, enabling it to adapt easily to every type of support, in this case the recharging station dome. It is also a low-carbon solution thanks to the very low energy requirements of the production process. On top of the dome there are dozens of solar sets composed of the film, juxtaposed like tiles.

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ASCA®, winner of the call for proposals issued by Engie

This photovoltaic station was developed following the call for proposals issued by Engie in late 2017. The market leader in energy transition was looking for a partner able to offer an innovative solution for recharging the smartphones of spectators attending the 2018 French Open Tennis at Roland Garros.

Engie was looking for a mobile recharging station in the image of the energy of the future: decentralised, independent, communal and green. Engie and ASCA®, deeply involved in sustainable innovation, subsequently established a partnership, with concrete results that are of direct benefit to spectators at Roland Garros.

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