September 3, 2013
On Kenya’s ‘Slum Island,’ mobile payments could launch micro grids
A cloud-controlled metering and payments system hopes to create efficient energy use. arstechnica reports.
In this underdeveloped "LEGO village called Remba, located on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Victoria, Leaf and his team have set themselves a lofty challenge: proving that micro-grids, combined with a mobile-payments system, can bring power to rural East Africa. And what's more, they want to prove that it's good business.
Using an installation of wind turbines and solar panels, combined with a cloud-controlled metering system and a payments system that lets users pay for power using their mobile phones, Leaf says they can take micro grids out of academic circles and make them a business reality. Starting with Slum Island.
"The whole industry at the moment feels like it's alight with the word 'micro grid,' but very few commercially viable examples are out here yet. It's still university territory, research territory," he says.
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