IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer II
IEEE Smart Village
IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer II is a modular, solar photovoltaic community charge station for mobile devices, lights, and other electronics. The system includes 6 PV panels, four station batteries, and 80-100 Portable Battery Kits.
IEEE is an international engineering society for electrical and electronics engineers.
Countries: Haiti, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Zambia, Malawi, India
Local entrepreneurs can apply for full funding of the implementation of a SunBlazer II in their community through IEEE Smart Village (starting in late 2015).
Use of the batteries amounts to about $6.50 USD per month for end users per battery pack.
Communities that lack access to the electric grid.
Individual, per order. email with IEEE
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Smart Village will work directly with local entrepreneurs to set up a SunBlazer II in a community of need. A local entrepreneur may contact IEEE Smart Village and apply to get funding for their project. Application includes a detailed business plan describing how they will make their utilities sustainable after the initial donation. The micro-utility equipment is then seed-funded to an in-country NGO for their distribution.
As of August 2015, less than 100 systems. email with IEEE
The SunBlazer II, a mobile solar power 1.5kW base station, is a charging unit including rechargeable battery packs and home lighting kits with an auxiliary outlet for other DC powered devices. Each kit can light two rooms and operates auxiliary 12V DC loads. Each station can charge 80 battery packs every 3-4 days to serve an estimated 500 people.
- Terrain requirement: flat to 20° slope with adjustable telescoping legs
- Wind tested to 90 mph
- Solar panels can be tilted to 0° for high winds
- Frame: .3175 x 476 cm thick steel box tubing, painted or galvanized
- 1.27cm PVC panel and sealed plywood floor
- Wheel set available for mobility
- Six 300 watt panels (1,800 watts total)
- 9 kWh/day in equatorial regions
- 80 – 100 Portable Battery Kits
- 10 – 20 charging channels with LED indicators
- Optional AC Output and Input
Dimensions and weight Dimensions (LxWxH) (cm) 221 x 124 x 157 Weight (kg): 998
IEEE Smart Village provides standard manuals and basic training of operators and maintenance personnel. IEEE also offers professional technical support and business mentoring as the program matures.
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Solar panel and major components: 20 years
Batteries: varies based on type, application, and user treatment and care.
* AGM, GEL, PBK: 5+ years
* SLA: 3 years
A basic two-year warranty is available during seed-funded oversight of the product by IEEE Smart Village. email with IEEE
Station batteries: 10 to 20 kWh @ 80% Depth of Discharge, AGM, or GEL cells, 24 or 48 volt bus, with a 4 hour expected charge time
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Be sure to follow proper electrical installation and control guidelines.
The SunBlazer II only charges batteries and includes a lighting kit, but any other DC powered devices can use the stored energy
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Two years of field use of SB-I in Haiti informed the design and development for SB-II. The deployment of SB-II in Cameroon provided feedback for the development of the third-generation station, called SunBlazer LITE. email with IEEE
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