Updated on January 13, 2024


Created on October 30, 2018

SER (Resilient Energy Systems)

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The SER Project provides drinking water, electric power and thermal energy, and can be adapted to local needs.

Developed By
  1. Box Synergy
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Product Description

The SER Project is a collaborative development of self-sustaining and modular Rural Energy Systems (RES). These systems are designed to provide drinking water, electric power and thermal energy through the transformation of solar energy, table salt and grey water (underground, fluvial, rainwater or even night humidity).

Engineered by the Argentinian start-up Box Synergy, the SER Project. Each device is installed in one hour and a half and serves the energy and water needs of over 60 people. Due to their modular design, they can be adapted to local needs.

Videos are available about the SER project and the performance of the system.


Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community, Public Sector Agencies

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Box Synergy and its NGOs dealers.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Manufacturing is planned per unit.Interview with representative

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

Directly from the manufacturer.

Distributions to Date Status

For July 2018, SER project was in a prototype phase, previous to its distribution and commercialization. Pilot tests with the Rural Energy Systems have been done in the field, however, they have not been distributed yet.Interview with representative

Description of power outputs

8 AC outlets and 1 USB

Description of light points


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


Peak power rating (Wp)

36 Wp

Battery capacity (kWh; mAh)

33 Ah

Nominal battery voltage (V)

12 V

Battery type

Lithium gel battery


User replaceable battery (yes/no)


Remote system diagnostics (yes/no)



Payment structure


Mobile service required (yes/no)


Design Specifications

Design specifications include elements for the drinking water unit, electric power and thermal energy unit. The drinking water unit is composed of a 27 litres water tank, a 7-stage filtering system and an electric pump. The electric power unit comprehends solar panels with a nominal power of 36 W, a battery (12 V, 33 A) and a regulator (500 W to 220 V, 6 sockets; 60 W to 12 V, 1 socket; 6 W to 5 V, 1 USB port). The thermal energy unit is composed of a solar thermal collector with an on/off valve and an electrical resistance. It has a 360 W electric stove. The electric power unit can carry solar panels of up to 300 W and could provide internet to the rural schools. One SER system weighs 50 kgs and package dimensions for shipping are 1.50 (height) x 0.5 x 0.5 m.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

As it is a plug-and-play installation no technical formation is required, however, for further support contact the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

Filters from the drinking water unit have an estimated 1-year lifecycle. They can be interchanged.Interview with representative


Expected minimum 15 years without replacement.Interview with representative

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

SER project's main objective is to improve the living conditions in Argentinian rural off-grid schools within modular and integrated energy systems that provide drinking water, electric power and thermal energy, and that can be adapted to specific site needs. SER project aims to prevent diseases related to drinking unsafe water, carbon monoxide poisoning while improving housing comfort in schools.Interview with representative

Vetted Performance Status

The SER's drinking water unit purifies 10,000 L/day of water, providing 4.5 litres per person each day. The water system reuses up to 66% of the water and the generated chlorine is used at a rate of 1 drop=1 litre of water. One SER system can charge up to 18 notebooks and phones per day and heat ambient-temperature 27 litres of water to 55ºC in hours with the solar thermal collector. A litre of water can be boiled in the electric stove within 10 minutes and the electric stove maintains cooking temperature for 20 minutes once turned off.Interview with representative


Take safety precautions when working with electricity.

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

Prototype tests in the field by Box Synergy.Interview with representative

Other Information

For July 2018, Box Synergy was still receiving necessary capital and achieving strategic alliances to finalize the definition of the product production models.Interview with representative More on SER project schematics Video on SER project

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