Portable solar by Samsung
As part of its drive towards providing Built For Africa products, recently at the 2013 Samsung Africa Forum, Samsung announced the development of a power supply that will provide power at an affordable price and that does not require the use of non-renewable fuel for its operation. “The Samsung Solar Power Generator forms one important component in Samsung’s broader business enabler solution offering, which is naturally a plausible option for outlying areas, where power supply is absent or intermittent,” says Ntutule Tshenye, Head of Business to Government (B2G) for Samsung Electronics Africa.
The Samsung Solar Power Generator, equivalent to that of a 15 KVa diesel generator, is “an extremely affordable power source, characterised by an environmentally-friendly footprint,” said Tshenye. As well as the benefits provided by implementing a green energy source, the generator can provide power for up to 8 years without any additional maintenance. It is a reliable power solution with a lifespan of up to 25 years. Additionally, the generator is cost effective. Return on investment can be recouped in just 30 months compared to similar diesel generators which require ongoing maintenance and support.
The Solar Power Generator is rugged in construction with solar panels that are unaffected by humidity or hail. “The Solar Power Generator is a classic example of Samsung closely analysing and reacting to specific market needs. With a lack of infrastructure in large rural areas, access to electricity is scarce and unreliable. Samsung says this generator provides a reliable, efficient and cost-effective way of powering rural facilities and by combining two or more generators, the energy requirements of larger installations can also be accommodated – to meet any requirement,” Tshenye said.