Melanin Solar, Hivos East Africa to deploy a crowd-grid distributed energy solution in Kenya

BitHub Africa, in collaboration with Hivos East Africa, has deployed its first blockchain-backed sustainable energy solution called the Melanin Smart Box (MSBX) in a Maasai village known as Singiraine in Kajiado, Kenya.

Deployed after five years of research and development by BitHub Africa in partnership with the County Government of Kajiado, Melanin Solar, uses blockchain technology, leveraging both Bitcoin Lightning Network (BLN) and Whive Protocol to help communities can share energy amongst themselves over the BLN as well as store excess energy in the form of Whive digital tokens.

BLN is a second layer network built on Bitcoin blockchain that enables transactions to be automated by the MSBX in real-time while decreasing the costs associated with using Bitcoin’s layer 1 blockchain.

Read more: TechMoran