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A village school in Malawi now has clean energy

03/08/2021
A village school in Malawi now has clean energy
  • This is a stand-alone system, managed by a hybrid inverter (solar + batteries) donated by Ingeteam.

The Chamalire village school in Malawi finally has an electricity supply thanks to the project implemented by the Zikomo Africa NGO. The village is located close to the parish of Benga in the central area of the country.

This project has made it possible to improve not only the students’ possibilities of studying but also the quality of life and working conditions of the teaching staff, as they now have light and electricity in their homes. Nine teachers' homes and one girls' dormitory, built so that young girls no longer need to face the dangers of travelling a number of kilometers to their home villages at night, are also now benefiting from this clean energy system.

Until now, neither the school nor any other building in Chamalire had an electricity supply.

The installation has 20 solar panels which generate 7.2 kW of solar power, and a lithium battery energy storage system with a capacity of 19.3 kWh. The Ingeteam hybrid inverter, equipped with an EMS energy management system, is responsible for controlling the entire energy supply to the installation.

The INGECON SUN STORAGE 6TL M inverter, with a rated power output of 6 kW, features two photovoltaic inputs for up to 11.5 kW of solar power, and a battery input that is valid for high voltage and low voltage batteries alike. Although in this case the inverter is functioning as a stand-alone system, it can also operate in grid-connected systems in either self-consumption or back-up mode.

Ingeteam has highlighted the good work of the Zikomo Africa NGO in Malawi and the ease with which this collaboration has been performed, coming within the framework of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) actions that Ingeteam assiduously carries out.

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