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Econet reduces the price of its Home Power Station to $99

Econet has lowered the price of the current model of the ZESA Busting Home Power Station from its current price of $163 to $99. A $64 discount on any item deserves some notice, but also raises questions.

Why aren’t solar-powered laptops a popular idea?

With the consistent shortage in ZESA electricity, I am seriously wondering why solar laptops are not a popular idea. Wouldn’t a solar powered laptop solve the battery problem for a lot of people?

The ZESA prepaid token system is the irk of electricity retailing

The ZESA prepaid token ecosystem is not as efficient as we would want it to be with constant reports of downtime for “upgrades” and the sort with most distributors letting consumers pass the blame to ZESA for their distribution challenges

Powertel refutes insolvency, points to strong cashflow & unique advantages

Powertel is saying that it’s not insolvent. In a press release, it is highlighting its significant growth over a period of more than 15 years, referencing investments in telecoms infrastructure, voice services, internet and prepaid electricity aggregation where most of its cashflow seems to be coming from.

Saith Technologies : What is the real innovation / invention?

In a recent discussion of Saith Technologies’ “innovations” a raging debate ensured about whether true innovations were indeed exhibited. In the interest of objectivity we go through some of Saith Technologies claims and try to clear some misconceptions.

Maxwell Chikumbutso explains some of his technologies

In this podcast, Maxwell Chikumbutso of Saith Technologies takes us through his innovations and explains his the technology behind the car in very simple terms. The Greener Generator, EV and communications solutions are explained to some degree.

Got questions for Zimbabwe’s inventor? Saith Technologies is inviting you to ask him anything

We have organized an Ask-Me-Anything session with Saith Technologies and we are inviting your question as we try to shed light on his inventions. Please sent us your questions so we can relay them to Maxwell Chikumbutso and the team. We would also like to invite those interested in visiting the exhibition. Saith Technologies has agreed to host, courtesy of Techzim, you our readers between 12 and 3 pm today and the same time tomorrow.

Saith Technology Open Day to exhibit Zimbabwe’s locally produced drone

Saith Technologies Open Day set for tomorrow at Bluffhill Industrial Park will exhibit technologies that include a locally manufactured drone, electric car and the green machine among other innovations the company has been working on.

Econet wades further into energy business, buys Redan Gas

Local mobile operator Econet Wireless has reportedly bought Redan Gas. This marks Econet’s further investment into energy solutions that will involve the distribution of LP Gas through two plate stoves and composite cylinders.

Competition for Tesla & ZESA as Mercedes Benz enters the battery market

Just like Tesla, Mercedes Benz has entered the home battery market. The German car brand has unveiled its own home battery. This gives people frustrated with ZESA an alternative.

Here’s an F for you, ZESA. Give way to private players please

The national power authority, ZESA, has failed to deliver on its mandate as the one source of power for the majority of Zimbabweans. The poor service delivery and lack of consistent supply is enough to prove that. Perhaps it is now time to consider players from the private sector and to engage them seriously.

Tesla’s magic battery might be what Zimbabwe needs

Just over a week ago ZESA’s grid system suffered a catastrophic failure that saw both Hwange and Kariba somehow go offline, leaving the entire country, except Bulawayo and probably a couple of Bigwigs’ houses, in darkness. According to ZESA’s Chief Executive Engineer, Josh Chifamba, the power utility did not know then what caused the outage and […]

Had it up to here with ZESA & wanna get off the grid? Here are 3 alternatives

So let’s face reality and move away from Utopian slogans and hashtags. Things related to a lot of local services, especially power supply, haven’t been so good so far. This challenge with power is not going to get better any time soon either. I can somehow overlook how a Dynamos match was affected by a […]

Solar Power for Dummies Part 7: Inverters

  This is the latest post in our series on building a solar power solution for the home. So for the past couple of weeks or so we have looked at panels, batteries, wires, and the charge controller. By this time, you would have learned three things: building a good solar system requires patience a […]

Solar Power for Dummies Part 6: Regulators

This is the latest article in the series “Solar Power for Dummies.” As we said in the previous article, the components we have looked at so far are good enough to build a rudimentary solar system, a very crude one that is in many ways dangerous both to you and to itself. One way to […]

Solar Power for dummies part 5: The wires and cables

This is part 5 in our series focused on solar power as an alternative to ZESA, and a DIY approach to setting it up. We have already looked at the basics, budgeting, the panels and the batteries. The only thing remaining are the wires and you should be able to create a functional solar off-the-grid solar system, […]

Solar Power for Dummies part 4: The Batteries

If you ask anyone with a Solar Power system what the most vulnerable part of their system is, you will no doubt be told it’s the batteries. Batteries are perhaps the most delicate part of any off the grid solar system and while your solar panel is going to last for eons, it is unlikely […]

Solar Power for Dummies Part 3: The panels

Now that we have calculated our power needs and know exactly the Wattage rating of the Solar system we need it is time to build it; or if you decide to chicken out, find someone to do it for you. Those still struggling with the budget should know that most electrical devices come with a […]

Solar Power for dummies Part 2: Getting to know your devices

Now that we have gotten the introduction stuff out of the way its time for you to get acquainted with some of the basics of electricity in general and solar power in particular. I won’t be introducing anything scary, I promise, just the basics you snoozed through during the Physics and Integrated Science lessons. A […]

Solar Power for dummies part 1: Introduction

I am well aware my esteemed colleague has already written a guide on solar power. This guide is different, penned with dummies in mind by a man who is also, when it comes to solar power and electricity in general, a dummy, who has taken a journey in the solar world. It is not a treatise […]