The electricity component of the Humanitarian Fab Lab is required to run digital fabrication machines, run or charge power tools, power computers or charge laptops and other devices. Electricity is also required for infrastructure like lighting and air conditioning.

Although it is not necessarily the case, even in a humanitarian context, the provision of electricity can be challenging and require to be (somehow) produced locally, off-grid, to run the fab lab instead of having readily access to the power grid (or local micro grid). In some case electricity is rationed, and needs to be complemented with an off-grid solution.

An off-grid solar installation can provide (in a sustainable manner) the required electricity to run the fab lab. The solution involves production of electricity (using photovoltaic panels), storage (batteries) and management. The solution has to be adequately designed and installed. The solar installation has to be secured to avoid theft and vandalism.

Budget the solution for USD 9’600.-

  • 3600.- for photovoltaic panels (12x250W)
  • 1000.- for batteries (5x200A)
  • 1000.- for an inverter
  • 1000.- for a controller (5Kw)
  • 1000.- for mounting hardware
  • 2000.- for the installation