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February 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
JOIN US FOR AN APPLIANCE WORKSHOP!
When: Wednesday, February 20, 3-5pm
Where: ResponsAbility Office, ABC Place, Nairobi
What: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR INCOME-GENERATING APPLIANCES: Results from Real Appliances
Which appliance is more profitable to power: a milling machine or a welding machine? If you guessed milling machine, then you’re right.
At Factor[e] Ventures, we know that connecting high-power appliances to small, islanded minigrids or stand-alone systems can be a challenge. We know because we spent a good part of 2018 investigating income-generating appliances (IGAs) commonly found in rural SSA. And let’s be frank: minigrid developers aren’t necessarily appliance experts, nor do they want to be. So – we did some of the legwork, and want to share what we found.
We now have a clearer picture of the business case for appliances, and have developed tools to determine which appliances bring in enough revenue and which appliances aren’t worth the hassle. In this workshop, we will cover three aspects of our work: in-lab testing (results and methods), appliance utilization (results and sensors), and an online techno-economic tool.
In-lab testing: We did in-lab testing of a solar water pump, a hand-built transformer style welder, and a dual-purpose Chinese maize mill to find electrical characteristics and electro-mechanical efficiency. We’ll share our findings and give clear guidance on whether or not these appliances are suitable for minigrid power.
In-region sensing: We deployed remote sensors in-field to monitor usage profiles of diesel powered equipment that are already in use near minigrid sites. We’ll share some early findings, but also help you access the sensor packages if you want to use them to scout out the best customers to connect.
Online appliance selection tool: We are developing a tool to bring all the pieces together and enable repeatable calculations. Anyone can play with different scenarios and see the effect on ROI to both an electricity or appliance retailer and the appliance owner.
We are excited to share our findings, but are even more interested to get your feedback on what elements are novel and exciting, and what questions are left unanswered.
Check out our short video on this research: