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EmPowering electricity access in off-grid areas with a portable battery pack with Internet of Things connectivity

Project description

Portable battery pack for electricity-deprived African areas

Billions of people around the world have no access to electricity, but they do have mobile technology and access to the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM). Denmark’s PP-Power has developed an advanced and portable battery pack with IoT connectivity, the Peoples Portable Power Pack (4P). It’s designed especially for electricity-deprived households found mainly in Africa. Based on a reusable lithium ion battery, the product offers software and data processing and is recharged by public solar facilities. The aim of the EU-funded EmPower project is to prepare the product for the off-grid market. The project will place PP-Power in a competitive position within the market and assist Europe in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Objective

Globally, about 1.2 billion households have no access to electrical energy. Despite the lacking access to electricity, many households placed in rural off-grid areas, in e.g. Africa, possess mobile technology, e.g. smartphones, and thus have access to the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM). PP-Power has developed an innovative and portable battery pack with Internet of Things connectivity targeting these many householders living without public electricity supply, but with access to GSM communication - Peoples Portable Power Pack (4P).
Our solution is based on a state-of-the-art reusable lithium ion battery embedded with our proprietary electronics and cloud-based software to enable a Pay-As-You-Go payment model, as well as secure and remote battery monitoring and control, usage data collection, and software updates. The battery pack is charged from community owned solar PV installations, offering a unique combination of quality, affordability and scalability to meet the end-user’s gradually increasing electricity demand. These benefits are complemented by a unique flexibility in terms of business models and open connection of external equipment. Hence, our solution has the potential to give individuals in rural and small communities the opportunity of growth and education, as well as a healthier and more sustainable way of life than they have today.
We have already tested our solution with local end-users proving the high value of our business concept. With the current project, we aim to accelerate the maturation of our solution for broader and faster introduction in the off-grid electricity market with an initial focus on Kenya and Tanzania as our launch markets. The project will contribute to place PP-Power in a competitive position within the market and assist Europe in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1

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Coordinator

PP POWER APS
Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Address
Lysholt alle 6
7100 Vejle
Denmark

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Danmark Syddanmark Sydjylland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Other funding
€ 21 429,00