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AWA® : The Smartphone of Solar Energy

An efficient, sustainable, and reliable electricity service for every household

November 2020
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AWA ®, the Smart Solar Energy Station ® is an individual, harmless, intuitive fully integrated all-in-one solution. Despite having one of the World's Largest Wireless Energy Networks, the Sun, with a 99.999% network coverage, more than 80% of Africa's territory is not served by any electricity grid network. More than 65% of the population lives in rural areas and only a fraction of this population currently uses a generator to power basic household equipment, often limited to lighting, ventilation and sometimes a television set. Families have no electricity to run water pumps to have access to safe water or refrigerators to store indispensable vaccines and medicines. To tackle this challenge, users simply have to remove the AWA® from the box and connect the AWA® device either to the Planet Plug® certified household appliance or directly to the electricity circuit-breaker panel to provide safe direct current (DC) power throughout the house. The AWA® enables Direct-Current full-size household appliances such as fridges or freezers to run directly from the harmless DC energy produced by solar panels, eliminating the need for a costly, troublesome and inefficient inverter.

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Label Date November 11, 2020
From Belgium
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • 6 AWA® modules have the same volume than only one module of the mainstream alternative inducing lower shipping costs and easier handling
  • 85% reduction of CO2 emissions
  • 100% of the material used are recyclable and 20% of the materials will be degraded in less than 20 years
  • No copper transformer and infrastructure required
  • No copper required - decreases enormously household appliance manufacturers dependence on copper hence protects the environment

The Financial benefits

  • 40% - 50% less CAPEX and a 75% less OPEX than mainstream alternative.
  • No inverter cost & maintenance
  • Being classified in many countries as a simple solar panel, AWA®' purchase is often free of any customs fees

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Company Profile

The Planet Plug SRL

The Planet Plug® owner of: WIN AFRICA® - The African Plug®; La Prise Africaine; AWA - The Smartphone of Solar Energy

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Headquarters 5100 Namur, Belgium

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