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A First in Croatia: A Bench that can Charge Mobile Phones and Provide Street Lighting

pd1A 20-year-old student from the Dalmatian town of Solin has invented the first e-bench, a bench not only for sitting, but one which can charge mobile phones and do much more at the same time…

Ivan Mrvoš has designed the Solarna e-klupa (e-bench), a bench for sitting, which at the same time can charge tablets and mobile phones, is an internet hotspot, has air sensors and also acts as street lighting at night. The bench can work up to 10 days without sun.

“The whole project in making the bench took around four-months and the materials to make it were financed by the Solin Council. I worked for free and without the help from my colleagues Toni Leja and Ante Parčina, it would not have been possible to do,” Mrvoš told daily 24sata.

Ivan hopes to place more of the e-benches around Croatia

Ivan hopes to place more of the e-benches around Croatia

The bench has been placed in Solin and is the first of its kind in Croatia.

Mrvoš plans to enter the invention into a number of competitions and will apply for EU funds to develop it further. He is currently in negotiations with other towns in Croatia to place more benches around the country. He says that he has had some calls from investors, but for now he wants to develop the e-benches himself.

(photo credit: Ivan Mrvoš)

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