Orgone Development LLC has a belief in knowledge transfer and local capacity or content development as a pragmatic way to sustain the reliable delivery of its energy services and solutions. Through Ashesi’s engineering program as well as other resources that may be available to its community through the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) at Ashesi, we felt that the Orgone Foundation and Ashesi University could develop a renewable energy solution that could be codified and propagated across the rest of the Sub-Saharan region in a sustainable fashion.
Ashesi works to protect the environment for current and future generations. From the stones on its walls, to the water running through its taps, Ashesi embraces environmental best practices on campus. Most recently, Ashesi has begun monitoring electricity usage in its library. By gaining real-time transparency into its energy usage, the University will be able to uncover potential inefficiencies in its energy use that will lead to reduced consumption over time. This electricity usage pilot was installed in August 2015 by Orgone Development LLC, at Ashesi University College. The non-profit arm of Orgone Development LLC, the Orgone Foundation, is hosting the pilot at no cost to Ashesi University College.
The energy monitoring system is an innovative energy data analytics solution that is deployable in buildings of all shapes and sizes. The energy monitoring system can collect energy usage data at all levels such as campus, building, floor, room and appliance levels. The system collects data through a special smart meter that takes thousands of readings per second and sends it to a cloud via Wi-Fi or other internet connection to be analyzed remotely by a team of data scientists who subsequently provide actionable real-time insights and recommendations to aid in energy management.
The system in the library can monitor energy usage of the different equipment using dedicated sensors that are connected to the power source for each appliance through the panel or circuit board.
With the completion of the solar solution coupled with the real-time energy usage monitoring system, it is believed that there will be an improvement in the reliability of electricity as well as a reduction of the carbon footprint of the university by reducing its reliance on diesel during power outages. This project may serve as a blue print solution to the unavailability of dependable electric service in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa.