Traveling to Entebbe and the Bussi Islands was a real highlight of the year. The Khaya Cooker, Khaya Oven , Traxibars and the cellphone charger for motorcycles was putt to the test in the local Community. We could see the real need and use of the products in Uganda. The hard work lies ahead to market , manufacture and distribute the products. Thanks Johan for taking me to Uganda it was very special.
We Hope to role out the first Fitment-centers/ Kiosk soon from where local trained entrepreneurs can sell, fit and distribute Khaya power products.
Khaya power has earned a spot @ GEC 2017. The “Traxibar” as a startup concept has made on the final list of startups in South Africa to show Africa and the world the new innovation. Exited and proud to have made it so far.
Thanks to Seaafrica for supporting the “Traxibar” concept.
Ever travelled in a Taxi or been on a long bus journey and your phone battery is depleted? We will go to a lot of trouble to charge our phones. Battery life in electronic devices is becoming a very important commodity. Continue reading Traxibar
At an Gala Awards Ceremony hosted by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, it was announced that Khaya Power had been selected from 10 finalists to represent South Africa at the International event in California.
More information @ http://www.dst.gov.za/index.php/media-room/communiques/1558-smes-excel-in-the-renewable-energy-sector
||“The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for SMEs is a global initiative with the goal of promoting clean technology innovation and supporting Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups. The GCIP is a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) initiative, hosted and jointly implemented in South Africa by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).Based on the successful Cleantech Open Accelerator, the initiative aims to spur local innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste beneficiation, and water efficiency; maximizing every participant’s chances of being successful in the programme and raising their probability of achieving sustainable commercial success
Khaya Power has qualified as a finalist for the South African Program under Renewable Energy with their efficient Biomass Stove called the FAABulous.
“We are truly excited about this opportunity” says Dave Lello. “Not only does this give us an opportunity to show off our technology but also includes an intensive accelerator program which allows us to get to grips with how our product will fit into our target market” .
“Already the webinars have helped us sharpen our focus and objectives” he added.
The question of getting a light that would be low on energy usage, provide sufficient light and yet be durable and inexpensive was always a challenge for Billy Hadlow, founder of Khaya Power.
“In the past we have used 1,5 Watt downlighter globes. They are going down in price and are LED, but we found that they did not light a full room and they were manufactured from glass. What we were looking for was more like a flourescent tube in shaped but driven by LED technology.”
“Our breakthrough came when we found a small pipe extrusion plant in Somerset West, who was willing to use recycled food packaging with a small quantity of opal coloring. This provided us with a very low cost tube that could be used with a normal low powered LED strip. This comes in at a fraction of the cost of the imported LED Fluorescent tube replacements. We are talking of a 1/10 of the price”.
Khaya Power has tested the lights and we are getting over 100 lumens of light in 350 mm tube mounted overhead, with no heat shadow issues. One recharge of a standard Juz Box will provide close to 30 hours of lighting for one tube.
The lights are now starting to be produced in volume and will be extensively field tested during the Pilot Program over the next 2 months.
Each Starter Pack that is issued to a new customer will include one of these lights but they will be separately available for price of R50 each.
“One more piece of the puzzle has now fallen into place” added Billy. “We feel confident that the package we are offering is getting better each day”.