iShack – The iShack is a high-tech shack developed by the University of Stellenbosch, designed to provide slum dwellers in South Africa with a reliable source of electricity and protection from extreme temperatures.
iShack – Nosanjo Plaatjie (pictured) and her three young children were chosen to become the occupants of the iShack prototype, based in Enkanini, outside Stellenbosch, South Africa.
iShack – Plaatjie, a domestic worker employed once a week, says her family's life has improved significantly after relocating to the iShack.
iShack – The iShack is equipped with a photovoltaic panel, sufficient to provide indoor and outdoor light and charge a mobile phone.
iShack – The iShack uses a flexible DC multigrid system that allows for additional appliances to be added to the core unit over time. In addition, through the installation of a grid interface module, the system could seamlessly be integrated into the AC grid.
iShack – The project is going to be scaled up after winning a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
iShack – More than 60% of the urban population in Sub-Saharan Africa lives in slums, according to U.N. Habitat.