Humbrella project to reduce energy poverty in Africa


Clean energy firm Hanergy and China NGO Network for International Exchanges have partnered to improve access to electricity in Africa.

The two launched the Lighting Africa project, in which a mobile energy solution Humbrella was unveiled and donated.

Weighing 8.8kgs and 2.7 meters in diameter, Humbrella integrates four functions including off-grid power supply, electricity storage, night lighting, and terminal charging.

The solution uses solar to generate power, stores up to 40000 mAh of electricity and has been designed to help increase access to clean and free electricity to 63% of Africans living in energy poverty.

Currently, only 37% of Africans have access to a stable power supply and electricity shortages routinely prevent children from having enough time for study, seriously impacting their education, according to Hanergy Li Hejun , founder of Hanergy.

The solution provides 10-hours high quality reading time for children, or charging more than 10 3000mAh smart phones. In addition, the Humbrella is equipped with 4 UBS ports, which could be plugged for lamps, small fans, or electric insect repellent.

The solution is expected to help underdeveloped countries in Africa cut their carbon emissions, with residents heavily relying on diesel generators for power supply due shortages of electricity.

Li Hejun adds: “It is an honour for us to be able to use our unique mobile energy and thin film solar capabilities to contribute to public welfare in Africa. We hope that the Humbrella will light up the lives of many Africans and open up new possibilities for the future of African development.”

“I take this opportunity to invite Hanergy Group to consider the possibility of investing in the energy sector in Senegal by taking advantage of the many opportunities and incentives that my government offers to foreign investors,” said Mr. Mamadou Ndiaye, Senegal ambassador to China.

The launch of the solution was attended by ambassadors from 22 African nations as well as representatives from 8 NGOs, 10 multi-national companies and stakeholders from various circles.

The launch of the product was followed by the establishment of the Lighting Africa Foundation which will match every purchase of a Humbrella sent to Africa with $1 to be invested in long term poverty alleviation and welfare activities in Africa.

A single unit of Humbrella costs $160,000.