Mini-Grid Innovation Lab:
innovating to provide more power,
to more people,
at less cost
Once an innovation is identified for testing, the Lab defines the hypotheses to be tested and metrics to be tracked in a detailed study design. We publish an Innovation Insight sharing the first meaningful results and then a final report at the study’s end evaluating the impact on the business model.
Offers customers appliances on set financing terms to test the impact on a mini-grid’s load, customer consumption, and developers’ revenues.
APPLIANCE FINANCING 1.0
APPLIANCE FINANCING 2.0
APPLIANCE FINANCING 3.0
Introduces Asaga Technologies to supply energy-efficient productive use appliances customized to the African mini-grid market.
Aggregates developers’ orders for various mini-grid components to negotiate the best deal and procure components in bulk, to test the impact on developers’ capital expenditure.
Offers customers internet connections to test the impact on customer consumption and developers’ revenues.
Tests Wi-Fi-based internet connections served by satellite.
Tests fiber-based internet connections served by the local telecom network.
MODULAR GRIDS: INCREASING CAPACITY MODULARLY
Tests smart inverters and new battery technologies that allow developers to flexibly and efficiently change a mini-grid’s generation and storage capacity to match demand, thereby optimizing capital expenditure.