09 April 2013, Cape Town – Samsung, electronics and mobile phone giant, has manufactured a solar powered generator equivalent of a 15 KVA diesel plant, to alleviate electricity infrastructure problems on the continent, as part of its “Built For Africa” product initiative.
Speaking during 2013 Samsung Africa Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, where the eco-friendly product was unveiled, Ntutule Tshenye, head, Business to Government (B2G) and Corporate Citizenship for Samsung Electronics Africa, said: “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.”
Tshenye said the Samsung solar power generator capitalises on the one resource that Africa has an abundance of – sunlight.
The product is apparently, perfectly positioned for any facility where alternative energy sources are required, especially remote areas of Africa.
“So for example, we can now power Samsung products in rural areas. A smart school for example or perhaps a community centre with LED-lighting and technology or even a remote border post, given their online access requirements.
“And if that wasn’t enough, it is built in such a way that it has the capability to allow someone to dial in over the Internet remotely to analyse the generator and troubleshoot any problems before sending out a technician if need be.
“By harnessing the sun’s energy, we are able to provide the African continent with an extremely affordable power source, characterised by an environmentally-friendly footprint.”
“The generator is safe to use, easily deployable to site and has very low maintenance requirements making it an ideal business and infrastructure enabler.”
“The product 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 African requirement,” Tshenye added.
Africa’s lack of adequate power generation and supply has attributed to the rising cost of doing business on the continent therefore raising market entry cost extremely high for its aspiring entrepreneurs, and contributing to inflation.
Apart from the benefits provided by green energy product, the generator can provide power for up to eight years without any additional maintenance and it is credited to be a reliable power solution with a lifespan of up to 25 years.