Solar factory: Create jobs
Solar factory: Create jobs
A company in Nigeria wants to start supplying the local clinic with heat and electricity, since the conventional grid is expensive and prone to breakdowns. They send four workers on Focused Sun's training.
After two weeks, the four workers return together with a container. After a week, the container has transformed into the first microgrid on place, a low-cost demo version that even so does already start to produce heat and electricity – both heavily needed by the clinic.
Since the company can produce on-site, they can offer both a reliable energy source and a lower price than the conventional power grid.
With our Microgrid product, local entrepreneurs can start their own energy company. You do not need high-tech tools to fabricate a Microgrid system. A team of Focused Sun trained technicians and locally purchased materials can do the job.
Get going with low-level investment: Low-cost parts.
The Microgrid's collectors use sandwich fabrication to make the lowest cost structure to withstand the wind loads that a solar collector faces. Heat storage uses concrete. We are using the lowest cost storage material, available worldwide and familiar to local workers. The genset is based on low-cost automotive parts and is highly efficient.
Train your technicians in only two weeks: Easy set-up
Assembly is easy. The Microgrid plant ships with all the required parts inside the container. Once on site, the same container used for shipping becomes the plant’s weather cover for its thermal heat storage engine/generator (genset). The collectors are assembled and mounted on the roof. Heat is stored in a cylinder of concrete poured into a metal form on-site. After the concrete cures, it is surrounded by insulation to create efficient heat storage. Heat transfer tubes embedded in the concrete heat the concrete and use that heat for other purposes: generate electricity, clean water, cool air, make ice, food processing, fabric processing, enhanced oil recovery and district space heating.
Make Microgrids or make more factories
While we provide expertise, training and the initial parts, we want to give you the full freedom an entrepreneur deserves. Your company can simply make Microgrid units or—if your market supports it—you can make other Microgrid factories. Your license let’s you make more Microgrids for sale locally or to make other Microgrid factories, so long as you maintain the Focused Sun brand.
Inexpensive »Starter kit« to get going
Your factory will need a demo unit as a sales tool. As we have learned, your reseller clients will need to “touch and feel” the high temperature heat and see the solar collectors at work. Also, the demo plant needs to be produced at low cost. Luckily, this is a challenge simple to solve: the cost of a plant is proportional to the size of its genset – and our demo units have a small genset. After searching suppliers from around the world, we found an inexpensive genset that is small (3.5 kW) and efficient (18%), just the right size for you to convince customers and get started at almost no financial risk.