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Schneider pilots MiCROSOL in Kenya

25 November 2013, 21:05

Nairobi - Schneider Electric, the market French-based leader in energy management, has launched a project to develop a technology for producing electricity, drinking water and heat simultaneously.

The MiCROSOL project aims to primarily benefit micro-industries located in rural areas of countries with high levels of sunshine, especially in Africa.

The inauguration follows findings countries with high levels of sunshine were potential targets for marketing MiCROSOL.

After market research, the consortium led by Schneider Electric chose Kenya as pilot country for the industrialization and commercialization of MiCROSOL. Kenya meets a set of favorable conditions for the establishment and development of this solution, the electric company stated.

Located in a rural village, MiCROSOL can also meet some or all of the production needs of local residents- water supply, electrification of communal areas, among other benefits.

A MiCROSOL solution produces 50 MWh/year of electricity, 1,000 m3/year of drinking water and about 800 MWh/year of thermal energy. The solution has an expected life of at least 20 years.

“That technology can help Africa's poorest countries,” said Pradeep Monga, Director of the Energy & Climate Change Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), while attending the inauguration of the MiCROSOL solution in Nairobi.

Gilles Vermot Desroches, Senior Vice-President, Sustainability, Schneider Electric, said, “All countries with high levels of sunshine are potential targets for marketing MiCROSOL. However, because of its infrastructure needs, geographical location and economic models, Schneider Electric and its partners decided to focus their efforts on Africa.”

The consortium plans to start the commercialisation phase in 2015.
- CAJ News


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