Winnie the Power - UManitoba

Group of highly motivated Grad-Students from University of Manitoba, Renewable-energy Interface and Grid Automation (RIGA) laboratory come with Cube+, a solar home system module with flexible expandability from a single unit to a whole community network.

About Winnie the Power - UManitoba

Cube+ is a solar home system module which consists of solar generation, energy storage, and an inverter. A single Cube+ module can operate at standalone mode which can satisfy a family's Tier 2 level energy needs. Multiple Cube+ modules can be connected as a group to scale up power output up to kilowatts. Multiple groups can be connected to a public bus to form a community power network. The system is fully self-organized with the plug-n-play feature that can be easily used by untrained people. The expandable feature significantly reduces the cost of upgrading as family transitions from low-use to high-use. The use of a unified module could also significantly reduce the cost of design and manufacturing. With the proposed business plan, users can just pay a very low monthly bill to use Cube+. With the affordable power supply, every aspect of the community, in terms of health, education, productivity, etc. can be improved. The community gets a chance to transform into a self-sustained modern community.

Winnie the Power - UManitoba's Empower a Billion Lives Field Test

Location

Canada

Objectives

The Winnie the Power solution will be tested which can work under three expansion levels. The field test will cover the three scenarios. 20 units and 3 gateways will be used and 10 households will be involved

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