ENVIRONMENT: AZOLIS ALL-IN-ONE SOLAR KIOSKS TO SEE SOON
Morocco: Azolis, a promising player in the energy sector
Azolis is a Franco-Moroccan company established in Morocco since 2015. In parallel with its EPC activity in photovoltaics and biomass, it also develops customized products to meet the needs of electrification in Africa. The company is co-founded by Youssef Tlemçani and Guillaume Jeangros, two partners with rich experiences in the energy sector and the world of entrepreneurship.
A rich experience
After a five-year stint at the National School of Engineers of Metz (ENIM) and a final year of study at Heriot-Watt University during which Youssef Tlemçani is engaged for six months at Mart Resources, an oil company and international gas in Lagos, Nigeria then six months at Floating Power Solutions in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Moroccan engineer settles three years in France. He is hired at BNP, as part of the financing team for major oil and infrastructure projects. It is only in September 2018 that he will return to his native land, Morocco.
Youssef Tlemçani, a successful "repat"
The whole architecture of electrification in Africa is being redesigned
"Access to electricity remains a major problem in Africa, less than 15% of rural areas are electrified" recalls Youssef Tlemçani before continuing "the lack of access to electricity is often accompanied by a lack of electricity. access to drinking water, care and education is unacceptable ". According to the ADB, between $ 60 and $ 90 billion would be needed to reach 100% of electrification in urban areas and 95% in rural areas by 2025. 500 children die daily in Africa for lack of access to electricity. 'potable water.
A sub-Saharan farmer loses about 30% of his agricultural harvest due to a lack of refrigerated storage, the economic activity of the village is very limited or absent due to a lack of access to energy.
In 2018, Africa accounted for one-fifth of the world's population but only 6% of global primary energy consumption and just over 3% of global electricity consumption. (© Knowledge of Energies, according to AIE). With this in mind, Youssef Tlemçani takes over the queens of Azolis with Guillaume Jeangros.
Guillaume Jeangros is based at Arts et Métiers in Paris with three engineers, and Youssef Tlemçani is in Casablanca with seven people. Together, they are developing the all-in-one solar kiosk for electrifying rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Azolis all-in-one solar kiosks
"In addition to our existing products, with the co-founder of Azolis, Guillaume Jeangros, we wanted to create an eco-system, a place to live around the solar kiosk for rural areas.We are in partnership with EDF, the leader in the electrification of rural areas in Africa to develop this product by 2020. "
The all-in-one kiosk responds to the main development obstacles in areas completely cut off from modern infrastructures. The kiosk will be an autonomous social space and brings together many modules. "It is an intelligent and adapted solution to provide energy, drinking water, water for irrigation, cold for the conservation of drugs and agricultural production, and for a village from 500 to 2000 inhabitants ".
Azolis is one of the finalists of the third edition of EDF PULSE AFRICA