IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer IV
IEEE Smart Village
SunBlazer IV is an easy to deploy modular type solar energy system.
IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer IV is a modular lightweight, solar photovoltaic (PV) community base station for mobile devices, lights, and other small electronic equipment. The product is a newer version of IEEE Smart SunBlazer II. The system is designed to provide sustainable energy for communities without grid connections.
IEEE is the 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
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.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Communities that lack access to the electric grid.
Products 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 IV in a community of need. A local entrepreneur may contact IEEE Smart Village and apply to get funding for their project. The 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 were deployed. 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 IV is a modular type solar energy base station that can generate electricity for off-grid applications. It can be either with 6 number of 300 W solar panels or can be expanded up to 12 number of 300 W solar panels depending on the application requirements. The weight of the system is 500 kg approximately for the system with 6 solar panels.
The solar generation from the system is 9 kWh/day whilst the expanded system can generate 18 kWh/day.
The newest version SunBlazer IV can also be used to drive a micro-grid for larger loads for homes and businesses including pumping water, powering up street lights and running electrical machine loads as well. Interview with manufacturer 2021
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
To facilitate smaller village communities’ electricity requirements using a cost-effective and reliable solar-powered system. The number of units can be increased according to the increment in the electricity demand of the village.
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
Clark, A., and Pavlovski, C. J., 2010, “Wireless networks for the smart energy grid: application aware networks.” Proceedings of IMECS, Hong Kong, March 17-19, Vol II
Zavratnik, V., Kos, A., Stojmenova Duh, E., 2018, “Smart Villages: Comprehensive Review of Initiatives and Practices,” Sustainability, 10, pp. 2559.
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. The latest version of the product is the Sunblazer IV. Interview with the manufacturer in 2021
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