AEDC fuel cells were
installed in several households providing uninterrupted electricity. The
installations included the provision of lights and a separate control panel
with a cell phone charger outlet, auxiliary power outlet for radio or TV or
other small appliances.
The installation has
brought much needed development in the area and is well received by the
community. In an area where there is almost no economic activity and extreme
poverty the operational cost of the fuel cells per household is Nam$70 per
month (equivalent to ħUS$0-10), if the energy is used for 5 to 6 hrs a day.
The Rosh Pinah village
enjoys a totally safe, environmentally friendly and reliable energy source
that is powered zinc air fuel cells produced locally.
Some streetlights have been also been installed (see picture below) which
operate automatically by switching on at sunset and switching off at sun
rise. These lights improve the safety at night and supply visibility in an
otherwise totally dark night-time environment. The streetlights are
strategically positioned to light up the ablution facilities and water taps
that are installed in the settlement.
In line with our strategy
and commitment to skills transfer AEDC continues to provide training of
staff (below right) to ensure the sustainability of the project. All used
anodes are fully recycled at the EXXARO mine and exchanged manually once a
month creating sustainable income and permanent employment for a member of