The supply of electrical energy is an important prerequisite for the development of Africa’s rural regions. There, the power is required for the illumination of houses, in the field of medicine, for the pumping of water and the suppy of industrial areas.
The new way in Mbinga:
The decentralised small power union
Combining a solar power system with a pure plant generator run on pure plant oil can offer an economically and ecologically sound alternative for the energy supply in sunny regions of the earth. A solar hybrid system produces electrical power completely from renewable energy, namely from sunlight and the oil of the Jatropha plant which can be cultivated on-site. As a decentralised small power station, the system installed in Mbinga provides power in an exemplarily environmentally friendly manner and does not need a long-distance line thanks to the proximity of the energy consumer. Through the direct radiation of the sun, the 8,1 kW solar generator produces 14, 000 kWh electrical energy. The power aggregate is switched on when there is a high power requirement in the workshops or in the laundry. It can either operate on diesel or Jatropha oil. The aggregate produces 30kw electric energy and also thermal energy. The thermal energy produced is used to heat up the water storage. The washing machine in the laundry is powered by this water storage which saves additional energy.