WOMEN FEED AFRICA PROJECT DEMONSTRATION IN TANZANIA
The core of the concept is an Energy-Hub (E-Hub), which is installed in a village and can be DC connected to a Solar Mini Grid – it’s a modified shipping container equipped with electric bicycles, high capacity batteries and charging slots. Basic configuration has 12 batteries of 2.4 Kwh each and 6 electric bicycles designed to carry at least one adult passenger and one child or up to 100 kg of cargo up to 50 km on a fully charged battery. Those are sturdy & robust bicycles, well-adapted to African rural area road conditions. From the first day the E-Hub becomes a constant energy consumer with high possibilities of growth.
How it works
A group of women is trained to use the equipment in two ways:
1. All group members on e-bikes start providing delivery and taxi service for both cargo and persons
2. The second way is even more powerful – e-bikes batteries can be disconnected from the bicycle and connected to other machines that need energy – mills for example – for Productive Use of Energy (PUE).
This technological innovation transforms each bicycle into a Mobile Power Station and enables the women drivers to sell energy to other small businesses in the village. If the battery is completely discharged, the woman driver will not get stuck – she can pedal her way back to the E-Hub, swap the battery for a fully charged one and continue providing services. The proposed Mobile Power solution solves last mile problem and delivers the energy exactly to the place where it is requested – a remote field to power a pump or a local tailor shop to power sewing machine thus boosting energy demand in the community with no wired distribution costs.
To increase the Productive Use of Energy and scale up the project WFA empower the community with additional components: smart staple crops management to increase significantly the produce and milling machines to proceed it, water management system for rain water harvesting and entrepreneurship training. All concept components are connected and mutually reinforcing :
– Mobile Power solution encourages new businesses and new businesses require more energy
– Smart crop management creates harvest surplus and provides raw material for businesses using DC milling machine to add value to raw materials, few months after the harvest. This operation also requires E-mobility to transport the value added produce to the nearest town.
Rain harvesting water management system requires electric pumps to lift water from underground reservoirs for irrigation during dry seasons. WFA integrated development model is flexible and can be adapted to specific contexts to guarantee long life and scale up of the project.
Why a Solar Mini Grid (SMG) provider should partner with WFA
Implementing Solar Powered E-Mobility & related Agro-Know activities generates significant load on the SMG from day one or is adding major users to an existing SMG. Also, it enables the SMG to reach good energy clients way beyond the wired distribution. The E-Mobility & related Agro-Know activities will be managed by WFA and can create an additional important revenues stream for the SMG – the volume of the revenues, BEYOND JUST SELLING ENERGY, will depend on the business structure between the SMG & WFA.
|Location||Kenya,Uganda,South Sudan and Zambia|
|Solution stage||Pilot stage|
|Organisations involved||GERMARK HOLDINGS LIMITED AND WOMEN FEED AFRICA|