The Steora Standard bench is 100% solar powered. It requires no infrastructural changes or additional power supply, yet can produce up to 30% more energy.
Its simple, enticing design adds elegance to urban spaces, such as city squares, town public realms or marinas. It is perfect for outdoor spaces exposed to lots of sunlight.
Steora Standard has a Wifi hotspot, charging stations and a power-off function on darker days through winter.
Features include: photovoltaic modules, battery pack, USB charging, wireless charging, internet technology, sensors, cooling system, ambient light, AC grid connector, camera, and super bright display.
Steora and solar power – FAQs
How long does it take for a bench to be fully charged?
This will depend upon the Steora model. For the Steora Standard the battery system can be charged in 1 day during the Summer, however in the Winter it can take up to 10 days. All other models are AC grid connected and are fully functional at all times.
How many days can Steora work without sunlight?
On average, Steora can operate normally up to 5 days without direct exposure to sunlight before the primary functions begin to power off to save the battery. USB charging ports are the last to shut down. However, this can vary depending on the number of bench users, the amount of sunshine and cloud throughout the day, etc.
How long does it take to fully charge a phone?
The charging time will depend on the charging method and the model of smartphone. When using a wireless charger, it can take up to 90 minutes to fully charge a device, as the technology is still in the development phase. When using USB ports the charging speed of the battery is around 1 to 2% per minute. This also depends on whether the smartphone is in use or in stand-by mode during charging.
Attractive deep black photovoltaic modules, designed exclusively for Steora, ensure the bench is solar powered even when the seating area is occupied and the PV modules are shaded.
Many different types of devices can be charged on the Steora, via two USB ports, as well as wireless charging technology. The USB ports are lit by attractive ambient light. Devices can be charged cable-free, by placing them on the acrylic glass cover.
Superfast Wifi hotspots
For a limited time, local authorities across the EU can register for EU funding to build free wireless internet hotspots in public spaces like libraries, city centres, parks, museums and squares. The scheme is designed to benefit residents, the visitor economy and local businesses. Called WiFi4EU, the funding offers €15 000 (over £13 000) towards free WiFi installation costs. WiFi4EU-funded networks will be free of charge, free of advertising and free of personal data harvesting. Registered local authorities will be able to apply for the funding from mid-May 2018.
With Wifi hotpots taking off across the UK, Steora is the number one smart solution for smart cities.
Steora provides superfast internet connection with speeds of up to 433 Mbps*. Internet connection is via SIM card, Ethernet cable, or optical fibre cable.
The Steora technical support system takes care of your security while you shop online, check emails and social media or read the news.
15 sensors inside Steora monitor everything that happens on and around the bench. Every second, data is gathered about air parameters, bench usage and system status, which is then made available to customers via the dashboard. The benches are connected to central Steora technical support, so that any incidents can be reported to the owner immediately.