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Battery charging system to help PICs

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, July 20, 2014

PEOPLE living in the Pacific face many common challenges.

These challenges include the lack of indigenous fossil fuel supply, their remoteness and the low-lying nature of their island homes, which is why sustainable development is important.

New ideas that can help sustainable development in the Pacific are currently needed.

Renewable energy experts are introducing new ideas that Pacific Island Countries can use to reduce climate change effects.

Battery charging-based household electrifications and agricultural processing that are being done by Village Infrastructure is a piloting new model that provides clean, reliable and economical energy solutions in the Pacific.

Village Infrastructure field operations manager Kim Chen said they had conducted the pilot project in Vanuatu and it had been successful.

Following this, she said, they hoped to introduce the system here in Fiji with similar results.

"People with lesser income can use battery charging electrification because it is much cheaper and the system can last 10 years and it does not use a lot of energy like electricity.

"Apart from Vanuatu, Indonesia is also using the system and we hope to introduce the system here in Fiji and we would like to talk to the Energy Minister here so we can understand how we can set up a program here."

She said the system was ideal for islands because it was mobile and did not require any underlying infrastructure, nor did it require grants or government subsidies, as the organisation was not dependent on those.





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