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Croatian selling the power of the sun to Australia

Written by  Jul 18, 2016

A young Croatian is proving that with a good idea you can create a market. Ivan Mrvos, a 20 year-old Croatian innovator from Solin near Split, has had his invention recognised on a global scale with the signing of an agreement worth 5.33 million Euros with MTK Renewable Energy Investment to deliver 2,700 smart benches to Australia.

The Steora solar smart benches designed by young Ivan Mrvos have recently been introduced and placed all over Croatia, Montenegro, in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as in Hong Kong and in front of the European Parliament building in Strasbourg.

The smart bench includes batteries which are powered by solar panels; they provide internet access and the possibility to charge mobile phones and laptops by USB charger. It also gathers data about air quality, humidity, city noise, displays advertising, amongst other features as well as providing light at night. This is truly a green invention.

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This innovative product is ideal for cities, parks, airports, marinas, businesses and shopping centres. The objective is to raise human awareness about renewable energy and environmental protection. Interestingly Mrvos and his team developed their own battery system based on the model of Tesla Motors which is famous for the production of electric cars.

According to Ivan Mrvos and his team, they had only one Skype meeting with investors from Australia where they presented their product. The investors passed on the information to their partners and after a few days they visited them in Solin. ''They were impressed with our benches and plan to put them in a few cities across Australia'', said Mrvos adding that he thought these benches would be a success in Australia as they had a lot of sun “down under.”

The Steora smart benches with a special monitor for advertising will be shipped to Australia at the price of 1,800 Euro per bench. Ivan Mrvos and his team are waiting for further business proposals as they have sent smart benches to USA, Qatar and Switzerland for testing.

“We are not excluding the possibility to open a production plant in Australia in the future if the need arises, but for now I am not thinking about leaving Croatia,” Ivan said.