Because music festivals are a billion dollar industry, many of them are going green by investing in alternative energies such as solar power, wind energy or biomass. Alternative energies also provide the perfect solution for music festival goers who don’t want to spend the entire experience off the grid.
The WOMADelaide Festival is called the crown jewel of Australian music festivals. This year it received a green contribution from the post-graduate industrial design of the University of South Australia (UniSA): A bespoke solar phone charging stand. The charging stand first featured on Arts Thread.
The students started their project in February 2016. With help from industrial design lecturer Peter Schumacher, the team completed the structure in January 2017 by sticking to a tight brief.
The students designed the structure so that it could support various charging inputs, provide power as well as seating, and function without a hitch in the rugged terrain.
The portable charging station works during daylight hours and is illuminated in the evening, working both functionally and aesthetically.