Scarborough smart bench charges mobile phone for free

Joondanna resident Tara Mulholland using the smart bench at Scarborough Beach.
Joondanna resident Tara Mulholland using the smart bench at Scarborough Beach.

SCARBOROUGH beachgoers will never have to miss that Insta-worthy beach shot again.

A solar-powered smart bench recently installed at Scarborough Beach allows people to charge their mobile phone or device for free.

Osborne Park’s CleanAir Energy, Synergy and the City of Stirling joined to deliver the Steora bench, which is equipped with a wireless device charger and smart USB connector powered by integrated solar panels.

Synergy chief executive Jason Waters said it was an example of future technologies using energy intelligently.

“Perth receives around 300 days of sunshine each year, so it’s fantastic to explore additional ways to harness energy, such as being able to use the sun to charge your phone while you’re out and about,” he said.

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said sustainable development was a priority for the City.

The bench is at the northern end of the foreshore, near Kinky Surf Cafe, and a second will be installed next year.

City of Stirling also recently added an electric vehicle charging station near Scarborough Beach Pool.