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Siemens and Solarkiosk join forces to power Africa with microgrid solutions

In the first joint project, Siemens will implement a microgrid gateway collecting data from both SOLARKIOSK's existing energy systems and retail businesses and enabling remote control of the E-HUBB, thus improving service, energy usage and operation such as supply chain management. The gateway will be connected to applications running on Siemens' highly scalable EnergyIP smart grid application platform powered by MindSphere - the Siemens cloud-based open operating system for the Internet of Things (IoT). In a next step the companies will tailor the microgrid cloud based applications and related solution to the needs of the different stakeholders. In addition, further industrialization of electrical equipment as well as enhancement of the solution with Siemens equipment such as local microgrid control or small batteries/ inverter kits will be evaluated by SOLARKIOSK.
"With Siemens' microgrid applications powered by MindSphere, SOLARKIOSK will be able to improve serviceability of the electrical equipment and make sure the energy is used in the most efficient way. Furthermore the analyzed data supports SOLARKIOSK in making the most economic decisions by evaluating productivity of different service offerings", said Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens' Energy Management Division. "If the B2B microgrid grows further you can do even more with the collected data and local control capability. That's our motivation for a co-creation agreement to define the next system generation maximizing value for all partners."
"SOLARKIOSK is thrilled to develop together with Siemens software applications and algorithm which correlates our unique ability to collect valuable energy and commercial data and therefore analyses the energy impact on the various businesses we empower and vice versa. The joint collaboration will refine our retail operations and service offering to B2B customers throughout our African and global network. The insight gained from this disrupting approach will enable SOLARKIOSK to take its impact and business goals to the next level," said Andreas Spieß, CEO of SOLARKIOSK.
For the project, Siemens will deliver and install a suitable and robust data gateway for aggregating the necessary data and remotely control loads and generation using its proven EnergyIP. Numerous EnergyIP applications have been successfully used around the world for years. They include applications for meter data management and distributed energy management, energy efficiency applications for the energy sector and for industry, and various applications for data analysis, such as load prediction in the grid and tracing system losses.
In 2016 the Siemens Stiftung and SOLARKIOSK partnered to bring a mobile health clinic to a host community for refugees in Jordan. The clinic consists of a self-sufficient E-HUBB developed by SOLARKIOSK outfitted with Siemens medical equipment, including an ultrasound and hematology lab. It is powered by 8 kWp of solar panels on the roof, making it off-grid and fully mobile. The clinic is a small, flexible and modular unit, adaptable for many further locations and functions.

The press kit for Intersolar is available at www.siemens.com/press/intersolar18
For further information on Division Energy Management, please see www.siemens.com/energy-management
For further information on microgrids, please see www.siemens.com/microgrids

Contact

Sabrina Martin

Siemens AG

Freyeslebenstr. 1
91058 Erlangen
Germany

+49 (9131) 7-37168