Economic growth and access to electricity and water are intrinsically linked. Challenges in this regard – faced by countries in sub-Saharan Africa, for example – call for out-of-the-box solutions that sometimes entail the opposite.

Cape Town-based Renewable Future, an RED Engineering brand, has launched its Mini-Grid – a standalone solar PV-powered system that is housed in a shipping container. Ranging from 20 kVA to 300 kVA with up to 1 MWh of battery storage capabilities, the container is compact and highly robust, making it well suited to small businesses and remote construction sites.

Alternatively, the company manufactures its Mini-Utility, a combined solar PV power and water treatment system that provides potable water (from rivers or boreholes) and effluent treatment. Then there are its atmospheric water generators, which can produce 2 000 litres of drinking water per day. Also easily portable, they enable remote areas to be serviced effortlessly.

Aimed primarily at the sub-Saharan African market, Renewable Future’s offering has applications in the construction, agriculture, mining, and hospitality and tourism sectors. Its distribution network covers Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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