Technical advice on standardizing processes for creating micro-networks in rural areas in Mozambique

Technical advice on standardizing processes for creating micro-networks in rural areas in Mozambique.

According to World Bank sources, in 2020 only 30.6% Mozambique’s population had access to electricity. The great challenge facing the country is its total electrification by 2030, especially of rural areas that are far from the grid.

FUNAE is the main public body in charge of electrifying the most remote and isolated areas, mostly with the implementation of micro-grids powered by renewable energy (solar photovoltaic and hydraulic). Currently, tools are needed to build and maintain the mini grids and guarantee quality standards.

In this context, our engineer and head of international area @MarcosMorales has given training to provide process-standardization tools for designing and implementing micro-grids that will provide electricity in rural areas.

This technical assistance is provided for FUNAE as part of a project led by our colleagues @Aiguasol, which also proposes the design of a digital tool to control and monitor micro-grid data as part of the DigutalEnergy Challenge for Utilities 2022 competition.


Understanding the clean energy transition in community-driven decentralised renewable energy projects in Germany and sub-Saharan Africa

Understanding the clean energy transition in community-driven decentralised renewable energy projects in Germany and sub-Saharan Africa.

Mireia Gil, engineer and project director of Azimut 360, contributed to the publication of the Alliance for Rural Electrification with the Gbreko Kanian Project Case study: Electrification of 7 rural communities with hybrid micro-grids and photovoltaic systems in the Zanzan region (Côte d’Ivoire).
The effects of climate change have accelerated and amplified in recent decades. Extreme weather, natural disasters, economic collapse, food and water insecurity are all symptoms of this crisis. Similarly, 759 million people have no access to electricity, while another 2.8 billion still suffer from unreliable electricity services. As it seems the Paris Agreement goals will not be achieved by 2030, new approaches to clean energy transition are required.
This publication explores the potential of community-driven decentralised renewable energy (DRE) projects to address the climate crisis, provide access to electricity and contribute to the socio-economic development of communities.
The publication’s case studies highlight the main benefits of community-driven human rights projects in Germany and sub-Saharan Africa, and some of the notable barriers faced by these projects.
You can read the entire publication on this link:
https://www.ruralelec.org/publications/understanding-clean-energy-transition-community-driven-dre-projects-germany-and-sub


AZIMUT360 installs 500 kW for Gambia MRC

AZIMUT360 installs 500 kW for Gambia MRC.

AZIMUT360 presents the project developed with MBolo Association and the Medical Research Council (MRC) installing 501 kWp in Gambia. As technical partners in charge of the design, management and commissioning of the installation, Azimut360 follows the story of empowerment of 3 women who throughout the installation develop dependable technical skills.


Inauguration of the Tanafelt solar micro-grid

Inauguration of the Tanafelt solar micro-grid.

On 12 June, in Dardara (Chefchaouen, Morocco), was held the conference to mark the start of the project “Improving the competitiveness of the Tanafelt Women’s Textile Cooperative for local economic development in Northern Morocco”. The project, developed jointly with the local counterpart ADL-Al Maghrib and co-financed by AECID, focused on consolidating two projects of Social and Solidary Economy: the Textile Cooperative of women of Tanafelt and the Cooperative of renewable energies Codiber. The latter was created in the framework of a project executed by Azimut 360 in partnership with the City of Chefchaouen.
The improvement of the competitiveness of the textile cooperative has been achieved in part through access to 24/24h quality electricity through a 4.2 kWp solar micro-grid that serves the school, the nursery and the homes of the teachers of the village. Cooperative members have attended various training courses in electrical sewing and product marketing, which has enabled them to expand their production capacity as well as their product catalogue and customer market.
Codiber, the Chefchaouen renewable energy cooperative, consolidated and strengthened its competencies through theoretical-practical training it received as an installation company in the execution of the Tanafelt solar micro-grid.