DRC power distribution network gets a boost

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BBOXX, a UK-based power utility company and U.S. multinational conglomerate General Electric (GE) have partnered to improve energy access for communities and small organizations in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

With power supply taking strain, a number of businesses and organizations in the DRC have been left without sufficient electricity. As a result, companies are paying excessive amounts for diesel to stay afloat.

This has had a great impact on economic growth.

In addressing this, BBOXX will deploy the first of GE’s Hybrid Distributed Power (HDP) system in Goma – near the Rwandan border – which will connect up to 10 customers.

“GE’s HDP system offers flexibility to deliver fast, reliable power with a digital backbone found in utility scale power plants,” said Brian Selby, Managing Director of Licensing at GE.

CEO and co-founder of BBOXX, Mansoor Hamayun said that the company was looking forward to working with its technical partners in the future to supply energy and other utility services to more customers across the distribution mix “…from small rural homes through to urban SMEs and public institutions, improving productivity and powering economic growth.”