Success in the energy access industry requires a keen grip on site performance and revenue streams, detailed insights into consumption patterns, and the ability to rapidly acquire suitable customers and site locations. Powerhive’s innovative technology platform is the solution for penetrating and scaling in emerging energy markets.
Honeycomb remotely manages Asali units and connected devices such as charge controllers and inverters based on a number of preset parameters. The web interface allows managers and other operations personnel to maintain smoothly running mini-grids and analyze performance data. Single-client databases, and a dedicated communication layer between individual Asali units, third party payment systems, and the Honeycomb application ensure reliability, security, and scalability.
Honeycomb’s customizable features streamline operations and provide the tools necessary to run a successful mini-grid business.
Honeycomb integrates with any mobile money service for customer payment processing, and remotely connects or disconnects a customer’s electricity depending on the account status. Customers can query Honeycomb for account information via SMS, and operations personnel can set criteria that trigger automated customer alerts when met.
Flexible tariffs and pricing
Honeycomb supports dynamic pricing and a variety of flexible tariff structures to meet the specific requirements of every market and business model.
Load balancing handles fluctuations in consumption and ensures basic service. If necessary, supply can be prioritized for consumers such as schools and medical facilities according to custom parameters.
Honeycomb collects meaningful system performance data which can be displayed on a map so that problems are easily located. Field personnel are automatically notified if a problem is detected.
Operations and maintenance personnel can access customer account data, maintenance alerts, and other vital system information from the field, which streamlines workload management and customer support.
Honeycomb gives business managers access to an array of data analysis and visualization tools that display data comparisons, detailed consumption patterns, credit information, financial performance, and many other valuable metrics across countries, regions, or villages.
Asali is a stand-alone distributed metering system designed to service a small cluster of customers. As many units as necessary can be placed on a single mini-grid to accommodate communities of any size, and centralized metering systems lower total system cost. Every Asali meter performs commands that come from central Honeycomb servers, making it easy to change parameters across thousands of customers and scale operations.
Asali’s circuits can be remotely connected or disconnected via Honeycomb, giving companies the ability to offer flexible payment models and ensure a sustainable revenue stream.
Asali is capable of accurately and efficiently metering very small loads and larger, light-commercial loads to ensure all revenue is captured.
Monitoring & control
Each meter is equipped with independent wireless communication hardware that supports a continuous data stream between Asali and Honeycomb. Asali transmits equipment performance and energy consumption data, while receiving credit balance and pricing data, load balancing and prioritization commands, and other important information.
Multiple levels of theft detection and prevention have been implemented through Powerhive’s specially designed mini-grid architecture and unique features of the Asali meter. Alerts are sent to operators and affected customers in case of theft.
Rather than spend considerable time and resources sending personnel to investigate a location, our SWARM software gives project developers the means to remotely identify customers and site locations over broad regions. SWARM quickly and efficiently analyzes sites based on financial, technical, and geospatial data, and calculates optimal mini-grid locations, reticulation design, and estimated system size, resulting in a prioritized list of the most viable sites. Once the remote analysis is complete, the data are used to streamline the customer acquisition process, which saves time and radically lowers project development costs.