Telford company develops solar power unit for use in Africa

A company has developed an affordable solar storage device to bring power to those in energy poverty.

It was designed by AceOn Group, based in Telford, Shropshire, for use in sub-Saharan Africa, where only half the population has access to electricity.

The project also received funding after being developed to use a more eco-friendly form of battery.

Experts said investing in the region will be a “win-win”.

Only 60% of Nigeria’s population has access to electricity and often have to use noisy, polluting petrol generators during power cuts.

Mark Thompson, managing director for AceOn Group, said the unit can collect solar power through the day, before powering equipment at night.

The company has partnered with a Nigerian company who will be distributing the generators.

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