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VISION

The word “Yetu” is derived from the Swahili word that translates to “Ours”. And that is exactly what Yetu Energy stands for – our energy, energy that is for the people.

The Sub-Saharan area, where Yetu is active, has growing energy needs with 600 million Africans still living without access to electricity. Decentralized energy generation has been recognized as one of the significant ways to reduce energy poverty. It is estimated that mini-grids can supply localized energy to approximately 81 million households without electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa (State of the Global Mini-Grids Market Report 2020).

Yetu Energy Africa offers engineering & remote asset management services to professional power producers & consumers, leveraging state-of-the-art IoT & data analytics to manage the assets, make them smarter and increase profitability & impact.

THE ENERGY PARADOX

► The electrification rate in Africa is very low

► The energy demand is growing fast: expected to triple by 2030

► Africa has an immense untapped renewable energy potential; for hydro power alone, only 8% of its potential has been developed

► Energy projects are faced with several challenges

electrification roles in Africa
Electricity demand Sub-Saharan Africa
Wind, Solar, Hydro in Africa

CHALLENGES

The number of people in Sub-Saharan Africa is growing substantially and could reach a dazzling 2.7 billion by 2060 according to figures of the Worldbank. To achieve many of the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) such as health, education, food, climate change… defined by the UN General Assembly, access to affordable and clean energy will be essential. We want to greatly improve the efficiency and cost of delivering this clean energy by using digitization. But this creates numerous challenges:

Production

► Design: suboptimal initial design

Uptime: unplanned power outages

Reliability: stable frequency, current, voltage

Damages: power surges, lightning, claims

Lifespan: lower than promised by OEM

Administrative

► Labour intensive contracting & billing

► Non-integrated systems

► Deviation from core business

Consumption

Efficiency: consumption/production ratio

Imbalances: temporary shortages of power

Technical losses (suboptimal design) &

non-technical losses (theft, fraud)

Suboptimal revenue generation

Strategy

► Make informed investment decisions

► Ensure optimal set-up at all times

► Determine extra revenue potential

The Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 7, Clean energy, Sustainable, UN Goal
SDG 9, Industry, innovation, infrastructure, sustainable
SDG 13, Climate Action,
SDG 17, Partnerships for the goals, sustainable

MISSION

 

Yetu Energy Africa offers engineering & remote asset management services to professional power producers & consumers, leveraging state-of-the-art IoT & data analytics to manage the assets, make them smarter and increase profitability & impact.

VALUE PROPOSITION

ENGINEERING

► Dimensioning of the energy sources

► Design of the microgrid consultancy

► Surge protection design

► Installation support

ENERGY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

► Monitor production efficiency

► Optimize production parameters

► Dispatching

► Maintenance planning

GRID CONTROL

► Monitor consumption

► Grid capacity management

► Production & consumption forecasting

► Balancing

► Grid access management

► Automated grid control

ADMINISTRATION

► Contracting (customers, suppliers)

► Billing & payment collection

YETU IN NUMBERS

POWERPLANTS

Online

Under Construction

POWER

Online

Under Construction

STORAGE

Online

Under Construction

INDIVIDUALS (EM)POWERED

SOLUTIONS & SERVICES 

SOLAR

Africa is the richest continent in the world in terms of solar potential yet solar supplies just 1% of the continent’s energy mix.

Solar cells harness the energy from the sun into usable electricity. It is a rather cheap form of renewable energy when good engineered. However, energy production is intermittent. Therefore, we’re saying: Solar is good, using it in Microgrids is even better.

SMALL HYDRO

With an installed capacity of 37GW, only 11% of Africa’s hydropower potential has been exploited leaving much room for growth in the sector.

A small hydro captation setup is environmental friendly and does not disturb the normal river flow. The continuous waterflow results in a production output that is reliable and stable.

ENERGY STORAGE

When it comes to balancing the dynamics of power supply and demand, energy storage plays a critical role.

Key benefits of having energy storage are:

► Improve the total reliability
► Lower the operational cost intelligently used for grid-stabilization
► Back-up power supply during maintenance

IoT MICROGRID CONTROLLER

With the rapid uptake and demand for smarter interconnected devices, the energy sector has not been left behind.

This revolutionary technology connects to Yetu cloud servers and will enable you to Automatically manage:

► Energy resources
► Loads
► Balance production & consumption
► Remote operation
► Monitoring
► Alerting

THE BYNEURON DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The byNeuron Distribution Management System (bDMS) is the control center for the distribution grid. Important components include outage management System, fault location and interfaces to Geographic Information Systems.

Power Quality and Power Monitoring Systems are independent from Operation, Control and Management Systems and supervise all activities and assets/electrical equipments in a corresponding (transmission or distribution) grid.

Therefore such systems can be used as “early warning systems” and are a must to analyze faults and to find out the corresponding reasons.

This computer-based management aims to maintain the equilibrium of the microgrids and use the energy as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

MEET OUR TEAM 

Thomas Poelmans

Thomas Poelmans

CEO

Rik Vereecken

Rik Vereecken

CTO

Alice Mumbi

Alice Mumbi

Operations

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