Living in a house without basic services
Our efforts to change the living conditions in informal settlements date back to the early 1980’s.
Currently we’re testing a solar baking home based business in Refilwe near Cullinan. By using direct sunlight as well as battery power from PV panels, the family manages to solar bake every day and earn a sustainable living.
But it was their efforts to heat up minimal quantities of water on a suffocating smoking fire, that made an everlasting impression on us. The only fuel source they can afford and readily have access to is wet wood from the surrounding environment.
Something had to be done – solar water heater for people without basic services
SunGenius solar water heaters, the SunGeyza™, as a part of our solar solutions for Africa, was specifically developed for people living in informal settlements. This patent pending solar water heater provides affordable and convenient running hot water either inside or outside the house, while cutting out wood, paraffin, gas and electricity for heating up water.
Keep in mind that informal housing has no housing regulations, no building regulations, no orientation regulations: Every household is built according to available funds and space. The roof and sidewalls are put together with the thinnest and cheapest materials they can lay their hands on.
Our dedication to find a practical solution paid off, as the SunGeyza™ can now be placed at almost any structure and provides the household with running hot water inside the house.
Everyone wants it!
To be able to open a hot water tap inside the house, is convenience unknown to most informal settlements.
Using the already warm water for cooking, speeds up the cooking process and therefore uses less wood and other cooking fuels. As Ruben, one of our clients said, “The pap is cooked so much quicker.” We heard stories about teenagers fighting over the hot water and toddlers being angry with their parents when they did not fill up the geyser.
The SolaGeyza™ is currently being tested and heats up water while charging batteries at the same time. One device that provides running hot water in the house wile providing electrical power for lights, small appliances and charging of phones.
Our current small scale manufacturing plant also serves as a product development and testing station. The mass manufacturing facility for the SolaGeyza is already in an advanced stage. It will ensure quality products to meet our warranty guaranties. Output will be a minimum of 20 000 units per month, which can easily be upgraded to any required number.