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Could 'pay-as-you-go' solar electrify rural Africa? #investorseurope #blockchain

Could 'pay-as-you-go' solar electrify rural Africa? #investorseurope #blockchain | Jean Boulle Luxury |
Pay-as-you-go systems helped make cell phones widespread across Africa by bypassing landline infrastructure. Can the same model work for solar energy?

"Consumers use basic mobile phones — widespread in East Africa — to make payments on a daily, weekly or monthly basis."

8B LucyK's curator insight, March 16, 2017 12:17 AM
Current Events #6 

        This article talks about a new mobile and solar technology in Africa. Since many areas of Africa lack electricity and power, a "pay-as-you-go" business model came out that comes with a battery, a charge controller, a solar panel, LED bulbs, and a mobile charger. These basic systems allow enough electricity that can be used in daily lives of people. Also, the cost was minimized so companies would not have a loss. Many can benefit a lot from this new mobile. Both the consumers and the companies. Also, many believe that this mobile would be able to develop capital to finance energy. Bangladesh showed that this was possible by using international development capital to finance energy access through national institutions before.

        In class, we have learned that the lives of many Africans in different countries, areas, and in camps. We learned that technology is still not as advanced as other countries. In fact, Africa is not even close to being advanced in technology. Technology and electricity are not provided at all in many areas as well. I am really happy to see that many companies try to invent technology that would not cost a lot, but could really help many people. From this, basic electricity could be used around Africa. So, I think that this could really be the base and the start for Africa to become a technology advanced country. For one to become great, big, and amazing, they have to have a strong base that are built from small advances. Small steps forward that builds up to strong large steps.
8A AndrewS's curator insight, March 17, 2017 10:14 AM
More than 600 million of the people in Africa are living without electricity. The citizens are forced to go without electricity or use kerosene, an expensive and oftentimes dangerous fuel that pollutes the air and creates fire hazards. In a “pay-as-you-go” business model, the company rents people in Africa a solar home system that comes with a battery, a charge controller, a solar panel, LED bulbs and a mobile charger. The systems have enough power to charge phones and lights, and larger one could power small appliances such as radio and TVs. Through this model, the companies can minimize the cost of collections by automatic the receipt of payments, while the people(consumers) get immediate access to basic electricity. I can relate this to my science class because in science class electricity are generated by non-renewable energy source, which will run out soon. So I think it’s a good idea for Africa to be using renewable sources such as the sun. Overall I think it’s a really good idea and I think they should make more of this happen in other part of the world not just Africa so that the whole world will be using renewable energy. We are getting addicted to non-renewable energy source such as oil, coal, nuclear, etc. I think we should start using energy source that are renewable such as the sun, water, etc.
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The Boulle Luxury Experience: Sun King TM Diamond Coating In March 2016, after years of investment in research and subsequent development of its proprietary diamond coating technology, the Jean Boulle Luxury Group ("Boulle Luxury")  announced the launch of its patent-pending  Sun King Diamond Coating for luxury finishes, and confirmed the delivery of its first multi-million diamond-coated car finish in Geneva. In March 2017, Boulle Luxury announced that its High Tech. luxury diamond finish technology had been used in a paint exhibited on a Rolls-Royce Ghost Elegance (EWB) at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS).  Boulle Luxury worked with the Bespoke division of Rolls Royce Motor Cars Limited ( to import the sea diamonds from Namibia and to produce the diamond compound in Holland  and Germany that was used on the  car displayed by Rolls Royce Motor Cars Limited at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.   The proprietary, patent-pending Boulle Luxury finish enables ultra high-end producers of luxury automobiles, executive jets and superyachts to offer a diamond-inlay coating that is unsurpassable in strength and absolutely incomparable in beauty and visual depth. When applying the Boulle Luxury Diamond Finish, the existing paintwork is not affected and remains in situ whilst the topcoat is chemically removed and replaced with our patent-pending diamond coating. The Chairman, C.E.O. and Directors of the Jean Boulle Luxury Group include a number of former De Beers Executives who have since 2016 expanded the Group’s diamond technology from Luxury Cars into the SuperYacht and Aerospace Sectors.  Disclaimer : this page is not intended for any specific nationality or jurisdiction. It is also not intended and Boulle Luxury does not solicit clients from the U.S. or any other specific jurisdiction.
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