Antenna – Uganda

Partners

Antenna Technologies, Genf,
www.antenna.ch,
Christophe Hug,

Berner Fachhochschule,
www.bfh.ch/

Project Type:

Pilot project

Technology:

Photovoltaics

Country:

Uganda

Project Status:

Completed

Project Start:

2014

End of Project:

2015

Contract:

2014.06

Documentation

Swiss Contribution

The Antenna Technologies Foundation is active in a wide range of fields, from agriculture and water purification to solar lightning, within various developing countries. The Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS/BFH) provides its know-how in solar electronics and software development areas to this project.

Description

Following an initial test phase of an OOLUX prototype supported by Caritas Switzerland and the Bern University of Applied Sciences during 2012-2013, 400 re-designed and improved OOLUX Solar Kits are in use in the current pilot project in Uganda. The most important new feature being implemented for the first time is the smartphone application for different business models (leasing, renting, purchasing). The local partner Agrinet (www.agrinetug.net) has an extensive agricultural sector network and is responsible for the solar kits’ sales.

On one hand, the feasibility and free-market approach of the newly installed smartphone application shall be verified with this project. On the other hand, the economic efficiency of these solar kits, in terms of mass production and market implementation shall be demonstrated.