Schneider Electric Industries SAS
This solar home system is composed of a solar panel, a battery box with 3 USB ports (12 V DC/each), 2 fixed lamp, 1 portable and an inbuilt torch.
Launched by Schneider Electric Industries SAS, the Homaya SHSO1 provides home lightning through an energy system composed of a solar panel, a Lithium-Iron Phospate battery, 2 fixed lamps, 1 portable lamp with 3-hours backup and 1 inbuilt torch, 4 LED lamps in total with +500 lumens when used in combination. The battery box has 3 integrated USD ports with 12 V DC/each that enable universal charging of mobile phones and radios and it features adapters for mobile phones.
Developing communities worldwide. Projects in 50 countries worldwide, mostly in Africa, Asia and Latin America
61 USD (4249 Rs) in Indiamart.
This product is mass produced. The manufacturer has 207 factories in 44 countries.
Directly from the manufacturer and from its international distributors.
Within the company’s sustainability strategy, Schneider electric is developing inclusive business models within electric engineering tranings and entrepreneurship for people from underprivileged backgrounds. Since 2009, they have trained over 130,000 people, developed centres of excellence in Algeria, Colombia, Kazakhstan, and South Africa and they have disseminated projects in 50 countries worldwide, mostly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The exact number of distributed Homaya solar solutions is unknown, however, over 3,200 households in Cameroon beneficiated from this systems in 2017 and more in remote villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All initiatives for off-grid communities can be seen here.
A video about an Schneider initiative to bring home lightning to communities in South Africa.
Mobile money (specify), cable, keypad or other.
Service required for the product to work [Mobile data, SMS, voice, Internet, other]
Remote diagnostics or monitoring available
Design specifications include the solar panel, battery and solar lamps. The solar module is a polycrystalline silicon panel with 6,9 Wp of maximum power point. The battery is Lithium-Iron Phospate type with 12,8 V of nominal voltage, 1400 mAh capacity and with 3 integrated USB ports (12 V DC/each) and LED indicator lights for monitoring the charging of the system. All lamps are LED type (2 fixed, 1 portable with 3 hours backup and 1 inbuilt Torch) with various light outputs, resulting in +500 lumens in total when used all together.
Provided by the manufacturer, support centre available for product information, technical support, purchase product and other support (including mobile apss & videos) enquiries.
The product has a 2-year warranty covering manufacturing defects, however, according to Lightning Global the battery is easily replaceable with common tools.
Battery lifecycle is 5 years.
Schneider Electric works promoting renewable off-grid products and solutions in regions lacking electricity in a safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Solar products, including Mobiya, Homaya and Villaya are commercially desployed through adapted business models that ensure innovation and engagement. Both entrepreneurship and engage are promoted through training, funding, and volunteering to accelerate the world toward a healthier future for its people and its climate.
Shneider Electric also supports the Energy Access Ventures Fund that will invest of €60 million to transform lives and stimulate economic development across Africa by providing access to electricity for a million people.
A Solar Home System composed of a 6,9 Wp maximum power polycrystalline silicon panel and V and 20 Ah capacity lithium-iron phospate battery (12,8 V, 1400 mAh) connected to 3 light points in high-brightness setting (2 fixed LED lamps and 1 portable) has the following running hours after a typical day of solar charging (5 kWh/m2/day): it powers the fixed lamps for 3,6 hours and the portable lamp for 4,5 hours, giving a total light output of 520 lumens (380 lumens for the fixed lamps, 140 lumens for the portable) and a total lightning service of 2000 lumen-hours/solar-day). 99% of the original output remains after 2,000 hours run time.
Complete vetted performance in the Lightning Global assessment here.
The Homaya SHS01 is a plug and play device, however, electrical installation and control guidelines provided by Scheneider Electric must be followed to avoid electrical shocks.
Scheneider Electric also commercializes other four Solar Home Systems and further solar products and electric appliances.
There is no academic research on this specific product, however, Chaurey, A. and Kandapal, T.C. give a review on solar home systems for rural electrification:
Chaurey, A., Kandapal, T.C., A techno-economic comparison of rural electrification based on solar home systems and PV microgrids. 2010 Jun. Energy Policy. Volume 38, Issue 6, Pages 3118-3129.
This product meets the Lightning Global Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits. Valid until the 30th of May in 2019.
It meets this other certifications: SONCAP (that allows exporting the product to Nigeria), LM79 and LM80 (both related to luminaires), SABS (South African Bureau of Standards), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and IDCOL (Infrastructure Development Company Limited that funds renewable infraestructure projects in Bangladesh).
Lightning Global verified the Solar Home System Kit Quality Standards in the Energy Resource Institute in New Delhi, India, in the following aspects: drop test, switch and connector cycling, strain relief test, physical ingress protection test. Water protection was not tested as this product is meant for indoor use only. Portable lamp meets water ingress protection requirement with a warning label.
Results can be seen here.
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