Mai Wu’ey is a village in the Northern Red Sea Region about 100 km from Asmara. Culturally, the hot water springs in the village are considered to have been healing variety of illnesses from almost all communities in the country for years. Many families and individuals hence come to stay for one or two weeks, some even for more, depending on the gravity of their illnesses, to get the hydro therapy of the hot springs and their respective salts. The seasons extend from the sixth to the tenth months of the year roughly accommodating around 250 people at a time. The visitors used generators, candles, kerosene fueled lanterns, wood, and torches as their light and energy sources.
LS, observing the importance of the curative retreat and the safe haven served by the village to almost all communities coming from all corners in the country decided to conduct a pilot project on providing energy services (lighting, phone charging, as well as educational and entertainment cinemas). The intention of LS was to eradicate the use of fire woods, candles, torches and kerosene lamps for the duration of the curative season.
LS in association with LinkedLines proposed to deploy HEBCOSS Hub based solution to provide basic light, phone charging, education and entertainment services to visitors via the small business establishments. HEBCOSS Hub is a one-to-many solutions where one or two panels deployed at the hub are able to charge multiple controller units. The charged controller units of different capacities (SB5, SB10, SB15 and SB100) will are allocated to customers until 80 percent of the battery capacity is consumed. The discharged controller units will then be returned to the Hub to be fully charged. The HEBCOSS Hub has the capability to charge multiple controller units simultaneously. The Mai Wu'ey HEBCOSS Hub is managed, monitored and supported by a local field engineer named Semir Mohammed, who was trained by Laquev on basic electricity, solar energy and HEBCOSS products and services. Laquev deployed one 150W and three 30W panels with five SB100, ten SB10 and more than 100 LED bulbs of 2W, 3W, 6W and 11W. Laquev covered all the expense of the pilot project. Most Mai We’uy visitors have been beneficiaries of the appropriate solution for the past two years. The solution has been able to satisfy the power needs of the small business establishments that provided services to the visitors by cutting fuel and other energy costs. It also reduced the cutting of trees, smog, and sound pollution.aries of the appropriate solution for the past two years. The solution has been able to satisfy the power needs of the small business establishments that provided services to the visitors by cutting fuel and other energy costs. It also reduced the cutting of trees, smog, and sound pollution.