Solar Agro-Processing Power Stations
Village Infrastructure Angels
Agro-processing mills powered with solar energy.
The solar mills, developed and distributed by Village Infrastructure Angels (VIA), are milling systems powered by solar energy. The solar power milling stations are intended to work in off-grid rural communities, where agro-processors need to walk several miles to the nearest mill or have to process their produce by hand. The mills are provided by leasing, and women entrepreneurs are especially encouraged to run the solar agro-processing stations. The mills are monitored remotely via IoT technology to track energy consumption and charge the batteries.
Village Infrastructure Angels was founded in 2012 in the United Kingdom and currently operates in the UK, Australia, and Vanuatu.
Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vanuatu, Honduras
500 – 2000 USD depending on the model.Interview with Representative in 2020
Direct competitors of this product are the Solar Milling products.
This product is currently manufactured in China, through the company Project Support Services.Interview with Representative in 2020
No IP is intended for this product. Interview with Representative in 2020
Users can obtain this product directly from Village Angels Infrastructure. A 3-5 year leasing contract is signed by female entrepreneurs, which run the solar agro-processing power stations within the village. Solar-powered milling is provided to final clients through a pay-as-you-go system.
After delivery of the equipment, VIA provides local partners with training on how to install the renewable energy systems into rural villages, and local village operators and supply chain partners on technical aspects of the products, and business skills.
By 2017, more than 800 solar mills have been delivered, including 340 as cash sales and 270 on 3-5 year lease agreements.
List of crops that this technology mills
Rate of grain milling, measured in kilograms per hour
How is the technology powered?
Energy required to power the product, measured in watts
Is the technology movable?
The solar mills work using direct current at 24 V, driven directly from the photovoltaic modules without any current conversion stage. The solar milling system consists of a set of photovoltaic modules, batteries, and a charge controller. The system is monitored remotely via a SIM card provided by Eseye. The company offers seven kinds of solar mills developed by PSS, intended to different tasks: rice huller, corn sheller, flour grinder, or coconut/cassava grater.
Provided by VIA.
The mills are designed such that the replacement components are available in local stores. When this is not possible, replacement components are provided by the manufacturer. Interview with Representative in 2020
5 yearsInterview with Representative in 2020
Village Infrastructure Angels has set the goal to serve with their products 1 million people by 2020.
The solar mills can reduce the time of the hand-processing of staple crops from 1 hour to 5 minutes. By mechanizing this task, usually performed by women, the time saved can be used to support children’s education. In particular, girls are avoided to be pulled out of school to help with manual agro-processing.
Users should be aware to properly handle the electric components of the mills. Additionally, batteries should not be opened, and in case of failure or misfunctioning of one of its components, it is recommended to contact the provider.
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On this website, there can be found videos showing the performance of solar agro-processing stations.
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