Rolls-Royce has announced an investment in Kowry Energy, a Berlin-based start-up that provides sustainable and decentralised energy systems. By merging renewable energy sources such as solar and battery storage systems, the start-up will deliver energy solutions employing photovoltaic systems and demand of up to 1 MW in collaboration with local independent power providers and operators. This reduces the use of fossil fuels while maximising the benefits of Africa’s climatic conditions.
The company constructs small-scale solar power plants with storage systems in rural areas as well as for industrial and commercial clients. According to the company, solving the planet’s climate crisis can only be possible if the 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa who are now without energy are included.
This necessitates the development of novel economic models that enable large-scale and rapid access to sustainable energy. As an investor and industrial partner, Rolls-Royce provides Kowry Energy with a solid market position.
Kowry Energy plans to deliver 7.8 MW of renewable electricity to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria as it is the continent’s largest economy in terms of GDP. In Ghana, the start-up has a 1.8 MW project pipeline for SMEs. Kowry Energy will instal 1.2 MW of off-grid solar systems for rural communities in Mali, further away in the Sahel. As a result, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is a key partner in the implementation of major electrification projects.