Agsol Solar-Powered Mill
The Agsol Solar-Powered Mill is a solar-powered system used to process a variety of crops including maize, cassava, sorghum, and millet.
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.
This product is distributed by the manufacturer.
Target users include off-grid individuals, businesses, and organizations in farming, who are interested in implementing solar power.
This product is mass produced in China.
Users can obtain the product/service directly from the manufacturer or through its distributors, via pay-as-you-go (PAYG) digital financing.
List of crops that this technology mills
Rate of grain milling, measured in kilograms per hour
How is the technology powered?
Energy required to power the product, measured in watts
Is the technology movable?
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.
Product Schematics developed by Agsol.
Provided by the manufacturer.
Designer specified performance targets include: zero fuel costs, low maintenance, long machinery life, and easy to operate.
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.
Testing was performed by a research collaboration between CLASP and the manufacturer.
Potential hazards related to the operation of this product include sharp and fast cutting tools.
The manufacturer also sells maize threshers and chaff cutters that can process cobs, fodder grass, maize stalks, and agricultural straws.
The manufacturer cites affordability, operator perceptions of the solution, and socioeconomic impacts of off-grid mills as evaluation criteria.
A video released by Agsol illustrates the process of operating the Hammer Mill.
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