PV innovation centre
Designing a center in which the local population will be able to learn about solar appliances and their use cases.
Benin is close to the equator. Thus, they have a lot of possibilities to gain energy from the sun. The problem is that usually they don’t have the means or the knowledge to utilize this in an effective manner. The locals could install solar panels and use the sun for cooking. The most people are farmers, so the main focus is enhancing their situation by finding sustainable tools and appliances.
Humasol will sensibilise the local population around the use of solar energy by introducing small appliances. The innovation center where this happens will be equipped with solar panels and these will be used for educational purposes. The project will focus on healthy nutrition and it will try to help small ecological startups. It is important to be progressive and innovative, but at the same time local traditions and materials must be kept in mind. Solar cookers are going to be introduced as most people cook on fires. The smoke causes severe health issues and women spend a lot of time looking for wood. There are also possibilities to design some kind of electricity distribution system. This could be used to power small devices or to charge mobile phones. Another test panel will be made for educational purposes where electricians can learn how to install a PV-system.
Tom De Bruyn
David De Troch
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