In many poorer remote areas in Africa there is no access to reliable energy sources. This makes it harder for these areas to attempt to escape poverty.
Hydrobox is a standardized, containerized remotely controlled power plant that solves many of the challenges of hydro projects. Equipped with VUB designed smart sensors and using artificial intelligence & blockchain technology, the Hydrobox allows remote monitoring & control, as well as predictive operation and performance.
Hydrobox’s mission is to provide reliable, affordable and sustainable access to energy in regions that do not have this today. They offer an innovative turnkey solution that relies on the most efficient, affordable and sustainable source of energy: hydropower. Together with their trusted partners, they develop small hydro power plants that harvest the power of running water and then transform it into electricity for rural households in developing countries. They believe that electricity will be the engine towards welfare and growth in rural Africa.
They would like us to aid them in analysing IoT sensor data for preventative maintenance. As it is tedious to reach these remote areas to fix a broken machine it is important to keep them working as long as possible. Furthermore they would like us to look into forecasting energy supply for those villages so they can allow the generators to work at optimal capacity.
The project has been worked on by the AI department of the VUB who will join us in an collaborative and advisory role as well.