Dextron Engineering Limited

Community Electrification by Affordable Renewable Electricity that Perpetuates the Grant

Renewable energy

Electrify underserved communities using hybrid renewable electricity with customer tariff covering operations & maintenance cost, plus adder that perpetuate grant reinvestment elsewhere.

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Dextron Engineering Limited

Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

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Project Summary

Access to cheap, dependable electricity supply is the best method for enhancing safety & security, reducing overall risks to health, improving economic conditions and reducing poverty in underserved areas. Most Africans live in darkness, are poor, and will not have cheap, dependable electricity access anytime soon. Those self-generating release environmental pollutants plus self-ration as fuel is expensive. Neither the poor nor those of modest means can afford renewable solutions. Our team will solve this problem by delivering an affordable, 24/7, scalable, clean, solar/battery hybrid-renewable solution using readily available equipment that can be quickly installed anywhere. The Grant will fund the community power supply capital cost using a cooperative business model. Therefore, the customer electricity tariff is set to only cover operations & maintenance expenses, plus include a modest adder with proceeds used as grant-type reinvestment funds to replicate this solution elsewhere where there is need.

Problem Statement

The problem we address is third-world poverty by providing electricity continuously from renewable resources to poverty-stricken communities in a socially responsible and environmentally friendly manner. The most influential way to effect necessary change is by providing dependable electricity. Providing renewable solutions also benefits the environment. The leverage point delivering the biggest impact is at the community level because renewables are viable solutions today that will completely transform the way of life for people living in darkness. These communities need a solution available 24/7 that is easily doable anywhere in the developing world, regardless of circumstance. Traditionally, on-grid expansion efforts are slow or unable to reach back country populations. Our hybrid renewable grid solution delivers continuous power faster to those without electricity than would occur otherwise. Access to affordable electricity means recipients will finally possess a primary industrial development tool for improving quality of life, creating jobs, advancing education and making economic progress. Resources required for solving this problem already exist, yet never optimally combined with the right engineering focus and investment strategy. Historically, off-grid generators have required a fuel supply, were severely wattage and amperage limited, or were intermittently available renewable resources such as wind. Where energy storage was attempted, it was poorly handled by complex systems with high cost and toxic to the environment. Today, increasingly efficient & affordable technology, climate change concerns, greater social responsibility awareness and stronger environmental protection focus makes our hybrid renewable grid solution the best viable option available for pulling people out of poverty.

Solution Overview

We chose this solution because it is practical and immediately achievable by combining several established engineering processes working congruously. We will deliver an affordable, environmentally friendly, renewable-based power supply continuously to communities lacking electrification. The solution is provided by installing a [#1]solar PV system that will utilize high efficiency panels with low degradation rate. Energy created by the solar PV system will be stored in a [#2]flow battery which is environmentally friendly, fully capable of performing in the African environment, and has much longer life with respect to traditional battery solutions. Solutions will be designed to provide approximately 1 MW of continuous power supply 24/7. Process sustainability is achieved by correctly sizing solar panels and battery energy storage. This system is dependable and can last indefinitely with minimal routine maintenance since it consists of simple machines with few moving parts. Local villagers will be trained as technicians. Process efficiency can improve by using wind cogeneration where appropriate. Generating electricity in this manner allows communities lacking electric supply to have light 24/7, create a local diversified economy, and eradicate poverty without harming the environment. Approximately [#3][#13]82,000 families (if not more) will be pulled out of poverty by this solution and these families will generate revenue as a pay it forward grant-type model with potential to pull an additional 5,000 - 8,000 families out of poverty annually in a compounding manner thereafter until full electrification of Sub-Saharan Africa is achieved. Recognize this value add is in addition to the benefits electrification offers.

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