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An incredible solar electrification journey

Through our vision of "Lighting up Africa with renewable energy " and with over 20 000 DC microgrids developed and manufactured by a team of passionate individuals at Specialized Solar Systems, we are only now at the beginning stages of an incredible journey – both humbling and exciting – to bring sustainable, renewable, affordable, off-grid solar energy into some of the estimated 600 million non-electrified homes in Africa [source: World Bank]: fast-tracking job creation, infrastructure, communication, water pumping, education, entertainment, possibilities, hope …and a better standard of living for all.

Having designed and manufactured over 20 000 DC microgrids units which have been installed throughout Africa ranging from simple unmanaged solar systems to sophisticated remotely managed and monitored systems, Specialized Solar Systems has proven solar energy product offerings to fulfil almost any individuals or energy service provider’s energy requirements.

Season's Greetings from the team at Specialized Solar Systems

 

We would like to thank all our clients and suppliers for their tremendous support during the year and wish them and

their families a wonderful festive season and a prosperous New Year.

 

Please note that Specialized Solar Systems factory and offices will be closed for the holidays from the 16th December 2017 till the 8th January 2018.

-- Happy Holidays --

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Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) Involvement in The iShack Project - The Hardware

Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is primarily involved in supplying of all solar technologies to create a sustainable enviroment for The iShack Project managed by The Sustainability Institute Innovation , a division of the Sustainability Institute.

For the iShack Project a baseline quick setup remotely managed DC micro-grid solar system was the requirement. The DC Micro-grid SS20-75DC Managed System with selectable functionality, variable threshold settings, user interactivity and build in remote management features was used as the baseline system and has the following attributes as a DC Micro-grid:

  • The unit is not connected to conventional grid electricity supply and the DC micro-grid functions completely autonomously.
  • The DC energy produced by DC micro-grid's manufactured by Specialized Solar Systems provide independent DC electricity generation via PV cells at the installed location.
  • The produced energy is either used by DC efficient appliances and/or stored for future use in the systems battery or batteries.  
  • The DC energy efficient appliances that are used with Specialized Solar Systems DC micro-grid's are either manufactured, outsourced or converted to DC power by Specialized Solar Systems to improve system efficiencies and test durability.
  • The ability to isolate a DC micro-grid from a larger network provides highly reliable and efficient DC electric energy.

 The baseline DC Micro-grid SS20-75DC Managed System DC Micro-grid unit used in the iShack Project includes the following components:

  • SS20 Smart DB Box
  • Radio output
  • Cell phone charging
  • Lighting outputs,
  • 20A fusing
  • Interactive LCD  screen
  • Tamper proof design
  • 1 X 12VDC Outlet plug box
  • 105A/H battery
  • Remote management technology
  • The SS20-75DC baseline system also features upgradeable options to accommodate future energy requirements.

 The baseline DC appliances supplied by SSS with the SS20DC75 Managed DC Micro-grid for the iShack Project are:

    • 2 X 3W Interior lights (LED new generation)
    • E27 Fittings and lampshades
    • 3 X Light ON/OFF switches
    • 1 X External 54 LED spotlight
    • 1 X 75W Prime crystalline solar panel
    • 1 X Galvanized solar panel mounting frame (roof & floor mount)
    • 1 X 105A/H Deep cycle battery
    • 1 X Stainless steel battery box (tamper proof)
    • 20m X 0.75mm Cabtyre cable
    • 4m X 2.5mm Solar module cable
    • 1 X LED 39cm Colour TV (Optional)

 (next article: SSS Involvement - System Management)

 

Article pages:

About The iShack Project

SSS Involvement - The Hardware

SSS Involvement - System Management

 

 

 

 

 

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