The SolarisKit story

The flat-packable solar thermal collector you can carry by bicycle

Heating water plays an important part in our lives, whether it is for showering, taking a bath, cleaning clothing, running a swimming pool, or operating an aquaculture farm. But it can also be very expensive. For many parts of the world, heating water can make up atleast 30% of a household’s energy bill.

Founder of SolarisKit, Dr Faisal Ghani was stunned to find out that in some parts of the developing world, like Kigali Rwanda, heating water can make up almost 70% of a households energy bill. This was suprising considering the abundance of solar energy available. By turning sunlight into heat, households can save money while also reducing their carbon emissions. The problem has been that this technology is too expensive. SolarisKit was founded in 2019 to solve this problem, by developing unique solar solutions they are low cost, easy to transport, and simple to install.

Global access to clean energy is good for people, and good for the planet. That’s the world we want to help create at SolarisKit.

50% of our energy is consumed to generate heat, most of which still comes from fossil fuels.

It’s time for you to save money and emissions by switching to solar energy.

Solar energy technology for 70% of the global population

SolarisKit worldmap

The good news is that most of the world’s population live in the ‘global solar belt’. This means that most people live in regions where solar energy can meet the majority of our needs, especially in Africa and Asia. We have over 15 years of experience working in solar energy and know that solar energy is going to play an increasingly important part of the new, cleaner world. Be part of the change and  make the solar switch.

Dr Faisal Ghani

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Dr Faisal Ghani, Founder and CEO

SolarisKit was founded by Dr Faisal Ghani, a chartered mechanical engineer from Sydney, Australia who has been living in Scotland since 2015. Faisal is a passionate solar engineer who has been working in the field since completing his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering from the University of New South Wales in 2004. He has worked for a number of companies including Rheem Australia, Dux Hot Water, and Solimpeks Australia developing solar thermal systems for domestic and commercial applications. He has also worked for RMIT and Heriot-Watt University as a researcher and lecturer, carrying out investigations into the development of advanced solar energy and therma storage technologies. For details of research completed, please click here.

Faisal founded SolarisKit in 2019 after developing, testing, and patenting the first flat-packable solar thermal collector. Faisal is a previous recipient of the Kerr MacGregor award for Solar Innovation, winner of the 2019 Scotland’s national Converge Impact Challenge,and finally a proud dad!

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