• E. Estelles

Working with the United Nations World Food Programme in Somalia

Updated: Feb 5, 2019

Logic Energy are now working in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide remote monitoring of their offices in Somalia.

WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, WFP feeds over 90 million people, including 20 million children, in more than 70 countries.

Due to the remoteness and unstable conditions of the areas around the world where the WFP is operating, most administrative centres are not connected to the main power grid and are largely powered by generators which constantly run.  With a huge push within the organisation to make their projects more energy and cost efficient, the Somalian offices have installed a PV array and a wind turbine to reduce their dependence on generator power. A battery bank stores energy for night time power and the generator now serves as a back-up power source.

The WFP approached Logic Energy to provide a monitoring system that would help them monitor power consumption of their offices, power produced from their renewable sources and the back-up generators, as well as the status of the battery storage. A main advantage of the Logic Energy system is that it can provide live information to staff (even non technical staff) on site 24/ 7, via PCs or public Displays, and the data can also be accessed remotely by non project based staff.

Project based staff are able to access information as to how much energy the offices are consuming (in financial terms as well as energy terms) to enable them to make informed decisions to reduce their own energy consumption. As the display is constantly activated and updating, all people working or visiting the offices are able to see and interact with this information.

Remote monitoring is crucial to enable staff to justify the investment that is being made in renewables. Data from the system monitors actual power output and charts this against production calculations. By showing exactly what the project consumes – and showing what it would have cost if this had come entirely from generator sources – the impact of the investment in renewable power generation can be clearly demonstrated, both in terms of money and CO2 saved.