IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer II
IEEE Smart Village
SunBlazer II is a modular, easy-to-install, PV solar based community charging station.
IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer II is a modular, solar photovoltaic (PV) 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.
IEEE Smart Village has programs underway in Cameroon, India, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia.
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).
IEEE Smart Village is funded through three significant channels: IEEE Foundation and Societies, Corporate Donations, and Individual donations.
Use of the batteries amounts to about 6.50 USD per month for end users per battery pack.
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Communities that lack access to the electric grid.
Product are made individually, per order. Interview with Representative
Open source. Interview with Representative
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. The program startup overview is provided here.
As of August 2015, less than 100 systems. Interview with Representative
Manufacturer-specified power rating
The size of land this system requires
Type of battery used
The type and size of the solar panels included in this system
Is this system compatible with a municipal power grid?
Description of the mobility of the solar power system
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.
Some particular stability specifications include telescopic legs for terrain that has a slope of up to 20°, wind tested to 90 mph, PV panels can be tilted to 0° for high winds, frame: .3175 x 476 cm thick steel box tubing, painted or galvanized, 1.27 cm PVC panel and sealed plywood floor, and a wheel set available for mobility.
Some particular electrical specifications include six 300 Watt panels (1,800 watts total), energy production up to 9 kWh/day in equatorial regions, 80 – 100 Portable Battery Kits, 10 – 20 charging channels with LED indicators, and optional AC Output and Input.
The length, width and height respectively are 221 x 124 x 157 cm, and the product weighs 998 kg.
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.
Replacement components are available. Interview with Representative
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. Interview with Representative
The station batteries are designed for 10 to 20 kWh @ 80% Depth of Discharge, AGM, or GEL cells, 24 or 48 volt bus, with a 4 hour expected charge time.
Testing has been conducted by IEEE Smart Village, however no third-party testing has been completed.
Be sure to follow proper electrical installation and control guidelines. Interview with Representative
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. Interview with Representative
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