Traditional electricity grids, the sort that are ubiquitous in developed countries, have struggled to meet the challenges posed by attempting to electrify rural communities across the developing world. In many parts of Africa, which have economic growth rates as high as 8 percent per year, electricity demand is growing and large-scale infrastructure
investments needed to build out electrical grids is not feasible. Rather than continuing to depend on kerosene and other liquid fuels for their basic energy needs,
many such communities look to off-grid solar power.
CHRIS TOPHER BAKER-BRIAN
co-founded “e.quinox” in 2008 and
BBOXX in 2010, providing affordable
energy products and services in developing countries. He is responsible
for product development, supply
chain and BBOXX’s manufacturing
and technology partnerships. Baker-Brian earned an M.Eng degree in
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
from Imperial College London.
Amir Sabet Sarvestani Chris Baker
KENYA & UGANDA
One means of bringing electricity to rural areas is
via distributed solar power systems, but they have
formidable upfront costs. Wireless control systems
can enable companies to offer the hardware as a
service paid by the month.
BBOXX BB17 Solar Kit