Meredith Hasson, Sara Huong, Ariel Nevarez, Nahanaeli Schelling
SIMbaLink is a clean energy innovator, committed to expanding the reach of solar-energy providers to families living without electricity. SIMbaLink\’s primary product is a peripheral monitoring device that works with an existing or new single-home solar-energy system. This device acts as the \”brain\” of the system and determines whether the solar panel and the battery are functioning properly. Information about system performance is stored in the device and sent wirelessly, over a GSM network, to a central server, where it is analyzed and delivered via the Internet to a technician working for a solar-energy company in an urban area. By having access to data about system performance on a regular basis, the solar-energy company can eliminate unnecessary maintenance visits and only send a technician to the field when an on-site repair visit is necessary.