Firm to introduce solar-powered machines


A MANUFACTURING company in Lae plans to expand its range of solar-powered agro machines and peripheral devices next year.
Project Support Services has been working in partnership with Trukai Industries to develop solar-powered machines such as rice mill and corn thrashers.
They plan to introduce other solar-powered machines into the country.
Company director Matt Carr said the company was looking at introducing solar-powered pellet machines, coffee pulpers, water pumps and refrigerators.
“These machines do not need fuel to run and they can also generate electricity for other benefits and we hope to have them available on the market within a year,” he said.
He said the company had proved that solar power could be used for such machines when they displayed a solar-powered rice mill during the Morobe show.
Carr said they sold over 100 solar machines in the country and they received over 100 international orders for the machines so far.
“We’ve supplied to Oxford University for a pilot project in Kenya and for a US Aid project in Vanuatu and Indonesia. We a provided machines to a range of international companies and organisations throughout Asia and Africa,” he said.
He said their innovation could transform lives of rural farmers in the country, where there is no access to services like roads, airports, jetties and electricity.
Carr said they had produced solar-powered agro-processing machines including rice mills, hammer mills, cassava graters, coconut scrapers and corn thrashers.

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