BBOXX, GE announce partnership to provide renewable energy in Democratic Republic of Congo

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
As part of this partnership, BBOXX has already deployed the first of GE’s Hybrid Distributed Power (HDP) systems in the city of Goma. Image: Twitter - BBOXX

UK-based off-grid renewables specialist BBOXX and GE have signed off on a partnership to provide energy access for small businesses, schools and other organisations in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Currently, there are a large number of businesses and organisations across the DRC that do not have sufficient energy access, with most spending excessive amounts for diesel.

As part of this partnership, BBOXX has already deployed the first of GE’s Hybrid Distributed Power (HDP) systems in the city of Goma, which is close to the Rwandan border, to supply 10 customers with renewable energy.

The first HDP system was installed at a local school, Kivu International School. More customers will be added to the mini-grid system over the next couple of weeks. These systems are able to provide a reliable energy supply by combining solar energy, battery storage and diesel generation.

These mini-grid systems will eventually feature both GE’s Predix digital remote monitoring and diagnostics platform and BBOXX’s cloud-based Pulse platform. GE’s HDP system in Goma is capable of delivering up to 30kW of renewable energy.

Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and co-founder of BBOXX, said: “Many businesses and small organisations in the DRC, and across the developing world, do not have a reliable, affordable way of maintaining electricity supply. Hybrid distributed power and micro-grid technology provides one solution to solve this pressing problem by delivering an on-grid experience in an off-grid setting. We look forward to working with our technical partners in the future to supply energy and other utility services to more customers across the distribution mix, from small rural homes through to urban SMEs and public institutions, improving productivity and powering economic growth.”

Brian Selby, managing director of licensing at GE, added: “We are excited to partner with BBOXX to enable energy access in the DRC. GE’s Hybrid Distributed Power system offers flexibility to deliver fast, reliable power with a digital backbone found in utility scale power plants.”

Earlier this summer, the DRC contracted BBOXX to bring clean power to 2.5 million citizens across the African country by 2020, via off-grid solar kits and mini-grids.

Read Next

PV Tech Premium
March 24, 2021
Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), are still working to adapt their infrastructures that can cope with switching from constant, high-carbon power resources to ‘intermittent’ renewables.
February 26, 2021
Global energy giant EDF has bought a 23% stake in off-grid solar company Bboxx’s Kenyan business.
February 1, 2021
Hydropower plants across Africa could double their capacity if just 1% of their reservoirs are used to install floating solar projects, new research suggests.
January 14, 2021
West African off-grid solar electricity supplier raises US$38 million to expand its operations in in Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Togo.
January 12, 2021
The amount of non-hydro renewables such as solar in Africa is likely to remain below 10% in 2030, although there are significant regional differences.
October 14, 2020
Risen Energy has landed a 1.5GW bifacial module supply deal with an unnamed, yet “well-known” independent power producer.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
April 13, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 20, 2021
Upcoming Webinars
April 28, 2021
4:00 - 4:30 PM CET