The Agsol Solar-Powered Mills are a collection of agro-processing machines designed to process a range of dried cereals and tubers. Their machines are available in both DC and AC formats. The mills have zero fuel cost, and are designed to serve from the household to community level. The product is designed, manufactured, and distributed by Agsol. The product is designed in Australia, manufactured in Dongguan, China, and distributed through the head office located in Nairobi, Kenya.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
This product is distributed by the manufacturer.
This product is mass produced in China.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can obtain the product/service directly from the manufacturer or through its distributors, via pay-as-you-go (PAYG) digital financing.
Distributions to Date Status
Cereals, dried tubers, maize, cassava, sorghum and millet
Feedstock rate (kg/hr)
Energy requirement (W)
Portable or stationary
Agsol's Solar-Powered Mills are solar-powered agricultural machines, available in two variants: the Hammer Mill for milling flours, and the Rice Mill for milling grains, which differ in milling head size, screens, and exit gates. The dimensions are 670 x 360 x 700 mm for the Hammer Mill, and 480 x 290 x 925 mm for the Rice Mill. Both weigh around 40-45 kg. The product is offered with brushless DC and AC motor options and has a motor rating of 1.3-1.8 kW and for a 48V DC system, and 2.2 kW for an AC 1-phase or 3-phase system. The Hammer Mill has an efficiency of 39-50 kg/kWh and a production rate of 50-85 kg/hr based on maize milling with a 1 mm screen; production for cassava is doubled and millet is tripled. The Rice Mill has an efficiency of 90-115 kg/kWh and a production rate of 135-160 kg/hr.
Provided by the manufacturer.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Designer specified performance targets include: zero fuel costs, low maintenance, long machinery life, and easy to operate.
Vetted Performance Status
Testing was performed by the manufacturer to validate Agsol mill performance. Testing was performed on 1-phase to 3-phase systems and BLDC motors, and parameters of energy intensity, throughput, and noise levels were measured. The testing was conducted through a collaboration with Agsol and CLASP, although no independent third-party testing has been completed.
Potential hazards related to the operation of this product include sharp and fast cutting tools.
Complementary Technical Systems
The manufacturer also sells maize threshers and chaff cutters that can process cobs, fodder grass, maize stalks, and agricultural straws.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
A video released by Agsol illustrates the process of operating the Hammer Mill.