Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund: Innovator Series – Innovex Uganda

Using the Internet of Things to revolutionise off-grid appliances.

The off-grid solar market continues to grow rapidly. There has been an increased uptake of solar home systems, large enough to power multiple appliances, and an increased awareness of the off-grid solar market’s potential. However, to sustain this growth, current distributors of solar products need to overcome a variety of challenges. Newly developed productive use appliances and solar home systems currently have limited Internet of Things (IoT) solutions available. Units that can handle bigger loads typically have a lot of redundant hardware included and are expensive. The “affordable” units available are designed for low-power settings and cannot be used on relatively higher power systems, such as lights and phone charging.

The Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund supported Innovex Uganda to make improvements to its ‘REMOT’ solution, which monitors solar-powered energy systems and equipment. Learn about the improvements made, and how REMOT is scaling-up around sub-Saharan Africa in our Innovator Series report.