Elandes Engineering

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Elandes Engineering: Off-grid Solar street lighting

Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This project harnesses the abundance of sunlight to light shopping centres in off-grid rural parts of Africa. This is achieved by using Solar Photovoltaic cells coupled with batteries. LEDs are used as luminaries with automatic brightness control.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we achieve a 24 hour economy in urban centres and off-grid rural areas by lighting up their shopping centre streets?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Limited energy resources, increased energy demands, as well as energy market speculations have recently escalated the energy prices. This indeed has an enormous impact on industry growth-rates, product prices, transportation costs, and therefore an impact on our lifestyles. Our economy has been too dependent on fossil fuels, resulting in increased carbon dioxide emissions worldwide which have further accelerated climatic changes

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Electricity from the sun is a versatile technology that can be scaled up from small to large applications. The modular nature of solar technology enables us to construct distributed electricity generating systems increments as demands grow, to improve supply reliability, and to moderate distribution and transmission costs. And because sunlight is widely available, we can build geographically diverse solar electric systems that are less vulnerable to international energy politics, volatile fossil-fuel-based markets, and transmission failures