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Created on September 15, 2020

ClimateSmart™ Solar Energy System

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ClimateSmart is a solar-powered irrigation kit for prediction and precision farming purposes.

Developed By
  1. SunCulture
Tested By
  • International Electrotechnical Commission
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • The Impact Programme
Content Partners
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Product Description

The ClimateSmart™ Solar Energy System designed by SunCulture is an energy management system with a Lithium-ion battery, solar panels, and MPPT charging capabilities. The system can be used to power lights and TV’s, charge phones. The ClimateSmart system is sold as a bundle with a RainMaker2 pump, and is intended to power and monitor the water pump for crop irrigation.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Market Suggested Retail Price

$1,184.67

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

This product is implemented directly to consumers in Africa by SunCulture.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Unknown

Intellectural Property Type

Trademark

User Provision Model

Consumers can purchase this product by contacting SunCulture or visiting a regional office in Kenya.

Distributions to Date Status

Unknown

Description of power outputs

5 DC outlets and 2 USB

Description of light points

4 bulbs

Total lighting service (lumen-hours per solar-day)

2,400 lumen

Peak power rating (Wp)

300 Wp

Battery capacity (kWh; mAh)

0.444 kWh

Nominal battery voltage (V)

29.6 V

Battery type

Lithium-ion

User replaceable battery (yes/no)

Yes

Remote system diagnostics (yes/no)

Yes

Payment structure

Initial deposit and monthly installments for 30 months

Mobile service required (yes/no)

Yes

Design Specifications

The ClimateSmart Solar Energy Home System is sold in a bundle with the RainMaker2. The package comes with several components: a submersible irrigation pump, a 300 W roof-mounted solar panel, 100 m of 25 mm PN10 PE pipe, four sprinklers with fittings, 50 m of electrical cable, four 600 lumen LED lightbulbs with a 5 m cable and switch, and a ClimateSmart system which includes a lithium-ion battery and MPPT charging controller. The ClimateSmart system collects power from the solar panel, allowing the user to use the power for the irrigation pump and the lights or other electronics.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support is provided by SunCulture through their website or through their regional offices in Kenya.

Replacement Components

Replaceable components include the battery, solar panels, and lightbulbs.

Lifecycle

This product includes a 3-year warranty and the battery has an expected lifetime of 5 years.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The designer specifies that the ClimateSmart Home Energy System can provide 300 W at maximum input, and power TV, the Rainmaker2 pump, 600 lumen light bulbs, and charge other electronic devices.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing performed by The Impact Programme found the RainMaker 2 saved customers time and money over traditional diesel pumps and manual irrigation methods, and that almost half of the customers reported an increase in farm yields and income. Testing by the International Electrotechnical Commission and the International Organization for Standardization concluded that the ClimateSmart Solar Energy System is IP64 dust and water resistant- splashing against the enclosure from any direction has no harmful effects.  

Safety

Potential hazards related to this product include electric shock, risk of fire, and physical injury due to equipment failure.

Complementary Technical Systems

The ClimateSmart™ Solar Energy System is sold by SunCulture as a package with the RainMaker 2. Sunculture also sells add-on technology such as a drip irrigation kit and a television.

Academic Research and References

Warnecke, T., and Houndonougbo, A. N., 2016, Let There Be Light: Social Enterprise, Solar Power, and Sustainable Development. Journal of Economic Issues., 50(2), pp. 362–372.

Alstone, P., Gershenson, D., and Kammen, D.M., 2015, Decentralized energy systems for clean electricity access. Nature Climate Change No. 5, pp. 305-314

Compliance with regulations

This product meets the testing certifications IEC 60950, IEC 61730, and ISO 9001:2015.

Evaluation methods

The manufacturer cites power output and wire-to-water efficiency as evaluation criteria.

Other Information

SunCulture won the Global LEAP Awards in 2019 for their ClimateSmart Direct™ solar irrigation system. Climate Smart Solar Energy System Datasheet

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