UGANDA – Aptech Africa, a solar energy provider, is commissioning an 8.5 kWp solar photovoltaic system to recharge the batteries of electric motorbikes belonging to the Kampala-based green mobility start-up Zembo.
As part of this ambition, the start-up has just received a solar photovoltaic system to recharge the batteries of its electric bikes.
“The system is integrated into the grid with a Victron Quattro hybrid inverter that contains two inputs and outputs to connect an additional power source such as a generator,” said Aptech.
“The system also has a smart feature, which is a charge controller with maximum power point capabilities provided by the grid for automatic fault detection and remote monitoring of the battery voltage.”
The initiative will enable Zembo to offer cheaper energy rates per kilometre thanks to the lower cost of its lithium batteries, and reduce CO2 emissions that cause pollution.
These exchange points were installed along the Kampala-Masaka axis (120 km) thanks to the financial support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German agency for international development cooperation, and the Powering Renewable Energy Opportunities (PREO), a renewable energy financing programme supported by the Ikea Foundation and UK Aid.
The start-up led by Etienne Saint-Sernin does not intend to stop there. Zembo plans to strengthen its activities by putting 2,000 electric motorbikes on the road, building some 60 battery exchange stations in Uganda, and expanding into several other countries in Africa.