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.
In 2014, InnoSun and InnoWind started developing a number of solar projects in a variety of countries across Africa, including 34.5 MW allowed by the authorities in Senegal (30 MW) and in Namibia (4.5mW).
The total MW developed by InnoSun and InnoWind in Africa
Pays Capacité totale éolien (MW)
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.