US$20,000 gas generator is about to be deployed in a remote region of Africa
A gas generator will be used in the remote areas of Africa where there is no electricity, the US$ 20,000 ($US20.1 million) gas generator from GE Power is about a month from being deployed.
The gas generator in a small community in central Ethiopia, known as the Jambara, is part of a $US15.3 million plan to provide fuel to a growing population of 2.8 million people in remote areas in Ethiopia.GE Power’s $US20,835 ($US25.9 million) fuel cell electric car is about half the size of a typical car.
Its $US16,500 ($US19,000) battery pack is about 10 times the size.
The fuel cell, powered by a hydrogen gas engine, can provide electricity at a cost of $US1.20 per kilowatt hour ($US0.88 cents per kilogram).
The battery, powered using lithium ion batteries, can charge the vehicle at a rate of about five per cent a day.
The gas generator has been designed to be reliable enough to operate in remote places without electricity.
It is the first time a gas generator of this type has been deployed in Africa.
The company says the fuel cell is the cheapest and easiest to install.