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Posted on March 3, 2020 by  & 

OffGridBox for Hurricane Relief and Grid Backup

The OffGridBox™ system fits entirely inside a 6x6x6 feet shipping container and is equipped with all the hardware needed to produce electricity and clean water.
OffGridBox was able to install the first box in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) for disaster relief purposes through the purchase of All Hands and Hearts, an international non-profit profoundly involved in the disaster relief recovery of the islands. Funded by the BVI Ministry of Education and Culture, the box gives hope to Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, as they continue to not only rebuild but to be resilient after the hurricane. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038.
OffGridBox US Director Troy Billett, who had the chance to fly to the BVI to oversee the installation, said: "being able to see first-hand our box reaching a new destination makes me feel proud and excited about the future of OffGridBox and the many lives that we can impact." Jennifer Welsh, finance manager at Tortola Smart Response Project, was also on site and she expressed: "Our team undertook the rebuilding of the school in May of 2018, the Box was the final stage to ensure the school had electricity and water in the event of an emergency. Thank you to Troy and company for the support to ensure the children are in school and safe."
The OffGridBox will enable Ivan Dawson Primary School to become a "Smart School," an initiative led by the Ministry, equipped with grid backup and a disaster relief hub with shelter, renewable electricity and purified water! In fact, the commercial grid in the BVI is not always reliable: it is not uncommon for the island to experience blackouts for a couple of hours. Acting as a grid backup, the OffGridBox will enable the school to still power computers and lights and conduct class as usual during blackout situations. On the other hand, in a disaster prone country like the BVI, the box will also act as a disaster relief hub for the community in case of an emergency.
Essentially, more than one year after two back-to-back hurricanes - Category 5 Hurricane Irma and Category 4 Hurricane Maria - made landfall in the BVI, the people and country are still continuing to rebuild. Ultimately, the OffGridBox, as a sustainable turnkey energy solution, will directly aid the rebuilding efforts and make the country more resilient and more prepared in case of another natural disaster, while also serving as a grid backup for the commercial grid.
At the end of last year the United Nations Development Program Tanzania Country Office in Ikungi, Singida officially inaugurated the OffGridBox technology, which is installed in three regions of Simiyu, Singida and Mara. With Tanzania's vast potential of renewable energy, the OffGridBox technology is set to improve the lives of the rural population in the three regions tremendously. Providing people with clean source of energy and safe water will improve their living standards and health remarkably. The burden of water borne diseases especially in the rural areas is great. Diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery and cholera from drinking unsafe water is one of the major causes of death for those under-five.
The OffGridBox technology project aims to improve access to clean, safe and affordable water and energy services to these marginalized communities. It is envisaged that this project will impact close to 4,000 households with an estimated population of 28,000. The box brings more potential to improve horticultural productivity, education, health and livelihood in general.
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