We transform the rural electrification sector by advising on policy, regulation and financing, developing innovative business models and providing technology transfer.
Minigrid markets can only emerge if the necessary policy and regulatory frameworks as well as adapted financing mechanisms are created. With our advisory services, we support policy makers, development institutions and donors in the development and implementation of appropriate frameworks and programmes.
Based on the development and testing of innovative business models with our subsidiaries in Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda, we support private minigrid developers in optimising their business models and implementing their operating strategies, as well as investors in evaluating the economic viability of minigrid companies as investment opportunities.
We support the development of electrification markets in general and individual minigrid developers and projects in particular through knowledge and technology transfer. With our electro-mechanical workshop and laboratory, we provide valuable technical expertise and trainings covering all aspects of the minigrid and renewable energy system value chains.
We develop and apply cutting-edge software solutions and artificial intelligence to change business models and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities.
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The MicroPowerManager Open Source is an all-in one software platform that greatly simplifies the operation of minigrids. It makes it easy for operators to manage their customers, revenues and assets and to monitor their business with real time revenue and asset data visualization while keeping control of their data.
We apply Artificial Intelligence and Stochastic Optimisation with the aim of making the operation and maintenance of minigrids more efficient.
We develop customized digital, web-based solutions that enable regulators, donors, development institutions or others to get the overview they need of the sector, a project or a specific energy system.
We have developed a concept to overcome demand risk enabling any minigrid to generate reliable cash flows at low investment costs. Decentralised AI controlled crypto miners convert surplus electricity into cryptocurrency. Check out our video below for further explanation.
We invent new concepts to unlock development and revenue potential by embedding mini- grids in value chains of rural communities.
We have developed the KeyMaker Model as a tool for identifying and unlocking the economic potential of rural communities. These retain control over their natural resources and enable processing companies to reduce costs by decentralising their processing structures. By using electricity from minigrids, locally available raw materials are processed on site in such a way that they can be sold as a qualitatively superior product with greatly reduced transport costs on supraregional markets.
The Tanzanian company JUMEME, which we co-founded, is one of the world’s largest solar minigrid companies with approx. 10,000 connections. In minigrids operated by JUMEME on islands in Lake Victoria, we tested and further developed the first KeyMaker Model based on fish farming and trading.
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The Ugandan company VOLT-TERRA, which we co-founded, is applying a KeyMaker Model in an agricultural value chain for the first time. By using electricity from the minigrids operated by VOLT-TERRA, we process and market locally grown vanilla and chilli based on a block-farming approach.
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We work closely with different partners from the development sector, with policy makers in the countries where we operate, with the private sector, as well as with investors and financiers whose aim is to advance the rural electrification sector.
Our clients include various development banks, the United Nations and multi- and bilateral development cooperation institutions whose tasks include promoting sustainable development of rural areas through the implementation of innovative strategies and rural electrification projects.
In many countries we work directly or indirectly with policy makers in energy and finance ministries, regulators and rural electrification authorities to help provide the necessary legal and regulatory frameworks for the creation of minigrid markets.
We support minigrid companies to reduce their operating costs and local and regional processing industries to gain control over their rural supply chains by operating mini-grids through the use of digitalisation and accompanying consultancy.
We work with banks, impact funds, crowdlending platforms and corporations, conducting due diligence on minigrid projects on their behalf in preparation for their investments or refining their minigrid market strategies.
We are always looking for new partners to accelerate sustainable electrification. Please reach out should you wish to work with us.
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