Clean power solutions provider, SOLARKIOSK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Siemens to enhance local businesses powered by its solar systems in non-electrified parts of rural Africa.
The SOLARKIOSK solar powered E-HUBB is the business centrepiece for a rural “off-grid” village providing retail and energy-related services such as charging (mobile phones, batteries, and lights), internet connectivity, cooling of products and medication, water purification, copy, print or scan, financial inclusion services as well as news and entertainment to local communities.
In the first joint project, Siemens will implement a micro-grid gateway collecting data from both SOLARKIOSK’s existing energy systems and retail businesses and enabling remote control of the E-HUBB, thus improving service, energy usage and operation such as supply chain management.
The gateway will be connected to applications running on Siemens’ highly scalable EnergyIP smart grid application platform powered by MindSphere – the Siemens cloud-based open operating system for the Internet of Things.
Micro-grid cloud based applications
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In addition, further industrialisation of electrical equipment as well as enhancement of the solution with Siemens equipment such as local micro-grid control or small batteries/ inverter kits will be evaluated by SOLARKIOSK.
“With Siemens’ micro-grid applications powered by MindSphere, the clean energy company will be able to improve serviceability of the electrical equipment and make sure the energy is used in the most efficient way.
Furthermore, the analysed data supports SOLARKIOSK in making the most economic decisions by evaluating productivity of different service offerings”, said Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens’ energy management division.
“If the B2B micro-grid grows further you can do even more with the collected data and local control capability. That’s our motivation for a co-creation agreement to define the next system generation maximising value for all partners.”
Also commenting on the development, Andreas Spieß, CEO of SOLARKIOSK, said: “The joint collaboration will refine our retail operations and service offering to B2B customers throughout our African and global network. The insight gained from this disrupting approach will enable SOLARKIOSK to take its impact and business goals to the next level.”