How PV-and-battery systems are being used to light up remote African villages

Africa GreenTec is planning to install solar-plus-storage containers across hundreds of villages in Mali and Niger. Pic: Africa GreenTec.

Africa GreenTec is planning to install solar-plus-storage containers across hundreds of villages in Mali and Niger. Pic: Africa GreenTec.

By Jason Deign

German start-up Africa GreenTec is ramping up production of containerised solar-plus-storage systems in a bid to meet rural electrification demand from hundreds of African villages.
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Concept by US breaks into Africa

Concept by US has the African market in its sights. Pic: Pixabay.

Concept by US has the African market in its sights. Pic: Pixabay.

By Jason Deign

Florida, USA-based energy storage start-up Concept by US is due to start shipping its all-in-one battery systems to Africa in May.

For the African market, the company has created a 50Hz, 220V, three-phase version of its Powerstation 247 Plus integrated battery system. It will be installing the units in Africa on behalf of an un-named African energy firm.

Units will be going into African locations ranging from high-end resorts to small off-grid communities, said Sara Kissing, vice president and chief operating officer.

The Powerstation 247 Plus is a solar, wind and diesel genset-ready edition of what Concept by US claimed was the market’s first true integrated home storage system when it launched last year.

Concept by US expects to sell 800 units this year, split almost evenly between African and America. In the US, the company’s biggest markets are California, Texas and Florida.
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