Malawi School Gets Electricity Thanks to Zikomo Africa

  • Chamalire school in Benga, Malawi, now has electricity supply thanks to the project developed by the NGO Zikomo Africa
  • Until now, neither the school nor any other building in Chamalire had electricity supply.

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.

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.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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