SOUTH AFRICA

Let There be Light: Changing Rural Livelihoods

The government of South Africa came up with a revolutionary way of dealing with the country’s erratic power supply issues. Naledi Trust in South Africa has become the world’s first village powered entirely by fuel cells. The cells need only water, methanol, and a catalyst to produce clean energy. It opens up the possibilities of clean and cost-effective power for more off-grid communities, as well as a new business model for CHEM’s ME2Power fuel cell systems. 

Deploying IIoT technology, CHEM is transitioning from selling a product to offering Machine-as-a-Service. Rather than relying on a one-time sale, they are charging customers based on machine use and service.

 

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Summary

Challenges

  • High and recurring operational expenditure for maintaining equipment at remote areas
  • Wired network is unavailable for data transmission
  • Harsh environments in rough rural terrains

Solutions

  • Remote I/O with a built-in cellular function collects and transmits data status through 3G communication
  • Click&Go Plus™ control logic for event alert setting for optimized bandwidth utilization

Results

  • Transforming a traditional machine-selling model to Machine-as-a-Service and increasing sales revenue
  • Enabling live monitoring of the system through reliable cellular communications
  • Saving 50% manpower cost on maintenance

About Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery Mfg. Corp

Industry
Energy and Manufacturing
Headquarters
New Taipei, Taiwan
Employees
2,000
Website
www.chem.com.tw

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