As power and access to power continues to be a prominent issue facing all of Africa’s economy, Samsung rolled out a blueprint for stable electrical generation off the national power grid. The solutions are intended to be inexpensive, durable, and mobile, all key factors in determining the success of African development programs. This goes along with a host of initiatives sponsored by the U.S. government to increase off-grid and mini-grid power options for rural African villagers.
The Digital Village is designed to be either a fully functional independent African village, or a neighborhood development project integrated within a larger city. The focus for the former is on providing solar electrical generation, while the latter focuses more on stable access to electricity.
The Digital Village is intended to be a hybrid between the “clean city” and “connected development,” both of which adapted to survive in the harsh environs of the African countryside.
The suite of opportunities promoted by Samsung rely on a foundation of solar power plants to replace the costly and inefficient mini-diesel plants found in many rural African regions. Once these mini-generators are established, they will be complemented by a host of other facilities and services. These include internet schools to increase access to education, particularly regarding advanced technologies; medical centers to provide basic health services to rural villagers; and medical telecommunications centers that allow communications with larger and more advanced hospitals. All of the facilities provided will be mobile, promoting greater access. Further, they will be outfitted with energy-efficient LED lights that require less maintenance and power supply.