Devergy | okt 2012 -
Prepaid electricity. Sounds strange in the Netherlands, but not in Tanzania. For Devergy we make this possible. Villages without electricity are connected via solar powered micro grids.
The key feature of the system is the energy meter that powers the household with a pay-per-use approach, where each user tops up his credit by paying cash to a local agent in the village or automatically, via mobile money.
In this development contract new functionality and improved reliability is added to the existing meter. Further cost optimizations are made to the product, so that it is suitable for mass production. The microcontroller has a variety of integrated systems to provide a cost effective wireless mesh network in Africa. By using this technology it is possible to connect a whole village without using existing infrastructure.
At this moment the electronics and software are tested in the Netherlands and Tanzania.