InnoVent is always looking to expand and develop, and through the InnoSun and InnoWind subsidiaries we have decided to branch out into solar energy in Africa. This continent receives more sunlight than anywhere else on Earth.
Although Africa houses 15% of the world’s population, it only represents 3% of the world’s electricity consumption. The electricity connection rate on the continent is 40% of the population of Africa, but this drops to barely 23% in rural areas.
For several years, many projects have been developed in several African countries. With InnoSun and InnoWind, the company contributes to the economic development of the African continent.
HOW DOES IT WORK ?
Solar panels are made up of semi-conductor cells. When struck by sunlight, the electrons in the upper layer of the semi-conductors are shifted to the lower layer, creating a difference in electrical potential which can then be used like a battery to create an electrical current. The panel is connected to an uninterruptible power supply which receives a continuous, variable signal and converts it into an alternating current. This current is then fed into the grid or directly into batteries if it isn’t possible to feed it into a grid.
THE SOLAR POWER PLANT OF SAKAL IN SENEGAL
Completed in 2018, the Sakal solar plant produces the equivalent of the annual energy needs of 200,000 Senegalese households.