63186 - 00619 Muthaiga / NAIROBI
Planning & Management
Water Pumping (PVP)
Based Power Back Up Systems
Temperature Solar Dish & Trough Systems
Profile of Definitive Energy Solutions
built the first generation of high temperature solar dish systems in 1992. We
have since acquired and developed a wide range of proprietary technologies and expertise and now offer our clients total and ‘definitive’ energy solutions
above the sale and installation of a range of solar/energy equipment.
mission is to transform the energy markets in which we operate towards a more
sustainable collective regime through consumer awareness and advocacy,
technological innovation and distinctive service.
is a ‘business-with-a-philosophy’ whose consulting
arm provides quality and independent advice to NGOs, Government
departments, private organizations and individuals in Eastern Africa.
focus our operations on the design of comprehensive alternative and renewable
energy systems covering diverse technologies like crop drying, heat recovery
(boilers, heat pumps), solar heating, solar electricity (PV),
wind energy, battery based power back up systems (Inverters), pool heating and high
temperature solar dish and trough systems.
core expertise is in the delivery of unique custom-designed energy solutions
based on analytic problem solving and needs assessment, as well as close
co-operation with the customer that begins immediately after the first contact.
Temperature Parabolic Dish & Trough Systems.
is the ‘flagship’ technology of AltEner. The Fixed Focus
(point focus)Technique is the technological breakthrough to high temperature
solar applications ranging in technological scale from simple traditional
cooking to modern commercial and industrial applications for households, refugee
camps, schools, hospitals, hotels, factories etc. that save energy by up to 75%.
Hybrid Kitchen-Installed 1992
|Temp. @ focal point
|Average power of
|No. Of dishes, 8m2
|No. Of cooking places
|Pre-Heat Water Tank,
Reduces cooking times
|Cost of firewood in
@ 3/=/kg )
|Cost of firewood in
kitchen (10.8kg (breakfast only) X 216 X sunny days @ 3/=/kg + 54 cloudy
days X 73kg/day @
3/= 6, 998.4/= +11, 826/=
|Annual Fuel Savings
176.6/= or 76.76%
speeds equivalent to gas/electric stoves of same rating. Dishes available in
commercial and domestic sizes [8 sqm.( 4kW)
and 3sqm. (1.5kW)].
all meal types can be prepared, including deep frying and baking.
‘fire’ does not require continuous attention or stoking-dish
automatically and independently tracks the sun over the whole day.
kitchen hygiene-none of the smoke, soot or sweating associated with the use
Guide for Kitchen Applications—8m2 Dish
to and every 100 people
||2 dishes, 2
drying of agricultural produce, water heating and
Water Heating is
the natural solution to high electricity and
oil fuel bills. We have unrivalled expertise with the
installing over 1000 domestic and commercial systems over a period of ten years.
We are currently
introducing our proprietary trough (line focus) systems in 2m2
modules for large scale commercial
water heating. Line
focus water heating systems are best suited for commercial operations with
like hotels, factories (boiler pre-heat) and pool heating, where great
benefit is realized
in the elimination of distributed storage tanks.
Pool Heating is
an expensive affair. Leaving your pool unheated, and underutilized therefore, is yet
us for a range of effective solutions to one of the least understood thermal
— Stand alone
and hybrid solar electric systems for lighting, refrigeration, water pumping
Planning & Management
have a comprehensive portfolio of user-interactive methodologies and
technologies to save energy in your home, factory, restaurant, hotel etc.
will be surprised how much energy and money you could save by simply matching
the quality and scale of your energy sources to end-use applications.
more information send a mail to us at office[AT]ecoterra.net
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Friday, 12 November, 2004, 09:43 GMT
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Kenya slum turns sun into energy
By Celeste Hicks
One thing Kenya is certainly not short of is good weather.
In one of Nairobi's poorest neighbourhoods, people have started working to make the best of the free energy potential of the
An example of the panels produced by KCYP
The panels can power radios
Orders are already beginning to flood into the Kibera Community Youth Project
(KCYP) for solar panels built in a small workshop in the heart of one of Africa's biggest
Using skills and equipment passed on to them by a volunteer, the young people are engaged in the entire line of
production, from slicing the silicon sheets, to wiring the connectors, to calculating the correct
"We've been making solar panels of different sizes - 12, nine and six
volts," says Mills Shamoli, a regular attendee at the solar energy group.
"We've learnt that they can power different sizes of radio, as well as charging mobiles and rechargeable
British volunteer John Keane had a hunch the solar panels could be a popular
product, after an earlier experience of living in a Tanzanian village with no
Fred Ouko, co-ordinator of KCYP
What I want to see... real benefit trickling down to individual
KCYP's Fred Ouko
"Everyone here seems to have a radio, but many of them don't have the funds to continually buy
batteries, as they often don't have a reliable source of income," he says.
Many of the young people working on the solar project have never had a job, or seen anyone in their families have a job.
The average wage in Kibera is $1 a day but a small solar panel which takes just a matter of minutes to put together can sell for around $5.
Just a few months after the group completed their first prototype radio solar
panel, they are already drawing up a business plan to turn the project into a self-sustaining
Kibera Community Youth Project attendees
The young are also gaining confidence
If they are successful in attracting investment, they would like to expand their sales to rural parts of western Kenya, where the electricity supply is often
Fred Ouko is the co-ordinator of KCYP and he says the young people are really starting to gain in
"What I want to see is real empowerment, real benefit trickling down to individual
persons," he says.
"They're actually making something up to a full product and then selling
it, and they know now they can do this for themselves."
First Demonstration of the EcoAltener-Cooker in Tanzania
11. 03. 2005 (picture: ECOTERRA Intl.)
: Not only cooking and baking, even boiling is easily achieved with the
new ALTENER/ECOTERRA solar-cooker!
Joint-venture: ALTENER/ECOTERRA's new
solarcooker with 3 sqm - based on the priciples of the Scheffler-cooker, but
further developed and adapted to local conditions.