Faisal Ghani, founder and CEO of SolarisKit, scooped the 2019 Impact Challenge prize with the world’s first flat-packable, solar thermal collector.

The low-cost, quick-to-assemble collector converts sunlight directly into hot water to meet the needs of most homes and businesses, while reducing energy costs by up to 70%.

Ghani says: “Less than 2% of global heating needs are currently met by solar energy, we are aiming to change the landscape with our affordable and efficient technology.”

Faisal Ghani never set out to be an entrepreneur and, until recently, his life was steeped in academia. From what started as a sketch, Faisal quickly realised he was onto something thanks to the clear technological need he saw across a population of over 5 billion across the developing world.

The Edinburgh-based Cleantech business, originally a spin-out from Heriot Watt University, moved to the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) in Dundee in 2021.

With their assembly line complete and production now in progress, solar collectors have now been shipped to Rwanda, kicking off an ambitious programme to provide affordable clean energy to some of the world’s most challenging environments. 

By 2025, SolarisKit aims to install over 90,000 collectors, annually saving over 27 million kilograms of carbon emissions. 

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