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‘DIY’ energy generation unit enters African market

A Germany-based start-up energy company has designed an innovative energy generation system that can be easily transported, assembled and operated.

Following a similar model of Swiss furniture company IKEA, the entire generation system is flat-pack.

Hainburg-headquartered Africa GreenTec, has shipped an entire power plant capable of powering a small village inside a single shipping container, Pollution Solutions reported.

Innovative energy generation unit

The innovative design is best suited to marginalised communities living off-grid, with limited or no access to conventional power infrastructure.

Media reported that the unit, which is optimally suited to areas where there is a high level of direct sunlight, will help alleviate a whole host of environmental concerns as well as providing residents with much-needed electricity.

According to media, the energy start-up delivered its maiden power plant to Mourdiah, a Malian village in West Africa.

[quote]After only a couple of hours of assembly, the land locked village became the beneficiaries of solar generated power, which produced enough capacity to electrify 120 homes in the area.

Not only is the system providing renewable power, but it offers a cheaper and cleaner alternative to traditional diesel fuel.

Polloution Solutions reported that the energy firm is currently developing the next prototype, which will be far larger in size and command double the battery capacity.

“Another model is already scheduled to arrive in the Malian town of Nafadji in December and comes equipped with a water-purification system, which runs on the power generated by the solar panels,” the news agency said.



Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.