Cerfitications requirements of Ethiopia government for import solar parts system

Cerfitications requirements of Ethiopia government for import solar parts system

Since Feb 15th, 2022, all buyers in Ethiopia import solar parts have to prepare COC for custom clearance. FLOWVISUAL solar charging station including solar panel, lithium battery and solar controller. All these parts have to submit IEC testing report. COTECNA is the agency who is authorized by Ethiopia government. The valorem fees regulation as below. Minimum USD265.00/bill. All the cargos have to do pre-shipment inspection by COTECNA. Total minimum fees will be : USD265.00 x 1.06 = USD280.90. No matter it is sample or mass production. It is very strict regulation. It is great challenge for Chinese company follow all the detail requirements.

Normally,  when we ship the battery to oversea market, we have to prepare MSDS ( Material Safety Data Sheet ), with composition informations. For lithium battery, we use the most safety Lithium iron phosphate battery type, which is able to bear higher temperature. The report including hazards identification, first aid measures,fire fighting measures, and accident release measures. How to handling and storage,  exposure controls/ personal protection, physical and chemical properties, stability and reactivity, toxicological information, ecological information,disposal consideration, transport information, regulation informations.


COC Ethio required IEC 62133 report for lithum battery, IEC61215 for solar panel. It is better have IEC61730 report. For gel battery required IEC60896-21/22 and IEC61427. Suppliers normally not able to provide full testing report, or time unvalid report, it is also rejected by COTECNA. Solar controller former supplier not able to give testing report for their products. Only front page of the verification of LVD compliance. Our battery technology data is different from the testing report, the capacity is different. In order to treat with this kind of issues flexible, COTECNA send a PID format ( Product identify declaration ), just submit the differences of certified product and not certified products about designation, model number, trademark, ratings or other details. There are two different situations, first situation is strictly identical in design, features, components, material, manufacturing process, markings, second situation is similar and have very minor differences that can not impact the safety. Look at below picture.

For the shipping marks, both on product parts and outside carton have to follow the right regulations. Solar panel with series number together with technical data.

After that, we will submit RFC ( Request for certification form) documents. Exporter, Importer, paying party and manufacturer details. Inspection and cargo details, commerical invoice and proforma invoice details. Declarations of the cargos HS code, decriptions, model number, orgin country, applciable standard, manufacturer name or brand name, license number.

Finally, safety packing with wooden case done, and right shipping mark as below photos.




Why Telecom brand agency in Africa use FLOWVISUAL smart control solar phone charging station system ?  Look at the photos with news from Nigeria. National power grid collapses many times in 2022. Phone charging service place are very poor conditions. Due to lack of gas, and also economic down. The currency floating crazy for Naira.


We did an offline investigation in March 2022 by professional marketing query company in Lagos. Content as below.


  1. What kind of phone do you use? Kindly state here:_________________
  2. Kindly share with us, 6 of your friends’ phones’ brands currently in use, in no particular order; list them  please

(1.) ___________________  (2.) ____________________ (3.) ___________________

(4.) ___________________  (5.)  ____________________ (6.) ___________________

  1. How much you paid for your phone ? ___________, Is it smart phone with android or IOS ?  Yes or No
  2. What is the average time it takes your phone tobe fully charged? ___________
  3. So, what time duration do you really spend charging your phone at home? ____________
  4. How do you charge yourphone when you are outdoors?  Kindly State:____________________________
  5. What are the available charging services/options available outthere, when you go outside or during a trip ? ____________________
  6. How long do you spend charging your phone when outdoors?_______How much you paid each time for recharging ? ___________
  7. Do you allow your phone charge fully when you’re outdoors? If yes (How long? ______) if No (give reason(s)
  8. Can you please share your monthly income range ___________________
  9. Could you give similar info for about 10 of your friends, kindly list in the below spaces:

(1.) ___________________  (2.) ____________________ (3.) ___________________

(4.) ___________________  (5.)  ____________________ (6.) ___________________

(7.) ___________________ (8.) ____________________  (9.) ___________________ (10.) ____________________

  1. How much do you spend on the average foryour phone telecommunication service? ______
  2. Do you think this isexpensive? YES or NO
  3. Doknow about QR code scanning? Yes or No
  4. If yes? Do you use QR CodeScanning when buying products at shop? Yes or No
  5. If Yes, Is it convenient to use? Share your experience briefly __________________________
  6. Is AC power stable at your home? Yes or No.         How much you paid for AC power per month ? ______________
  7. If No, what is the average time of AC power availability inyour house, per day/per week? ____________
  8. When the AC electricity power is off, how do you get power charge your phone? ____________________________________________________________________________
  9. Do you have power bank or battery storage ? Yes or No.
  10.  How about the price of power bank and battery storage ? ______________________________________________

21.How much for the small gas generator in your market ? __________ How about the price of gas per liter ? ___________

  1. How is the Network Service signal in your Area for the phone you use?(a) Good, (b) Bad  (c)Average (d) Excellent
  2. Is there any solar powered station for phone recharging available ? Yes or No.       If yes, take some photo and videos.

NB: This is for Research Executive Actions

Name of Respondent____________________

Age Bracket of Respondent _______________       Respondent’s Gender (Male) or (Female)

Location______________   State of Residence ____________

  1. Is there any exiting street vending cart and kiosk in your area and city? Yes or No
  2. If so, Take different kinds of photos and videos.

Here below feedbacks assorted :

1. Chinese mobile phone company Tecno is the most popular in Nigeria.

2. Nigeria people have to spend very high cost for phone charging, NGN50.00 for phone and NGN100.00 for power bank charge.

3. Phone user have to pay for airtime and data with weekly or monthly, over 20% of their average salary.

4. Over 90% of university students have mobile phone.

5. Nigeria will start promote their 5G network, which is constructed by ZTE & Huawei China. Goverment pay great attention for expanding digital service and trainning  for their rural areas.


Based on above QUESTIONAIRE, FLOWVISUAL developed smart phone charging station system. With mobile payment function combined with Flutterwave service. User easy to operate

register account and order phone charging service on the machine screen, the station will charging fee based on per 3 hours. After full charged, user can input the account name and password then open the charging cabinet port. and pick up the phone. There are great business chance for Africa market application of solar phone charging station.



Solar Energy Station invest in Somaliland

There are many different kinds of energy in the world,  there are water, mine, gas, nuclear, wind etc. All of them can be used for electric power station. Supply power for National Power Grid.


Mr Steven, who is smalll private African who lives in Europe, he have been to Kenya and saw the Portable Solar powered Phone Charging Station, but there is no such machine in Somaliland where 5 million people live. He want to do a small amount to start with then grow from there in making it as big as possible as there is no competition, also there is another 80 million people population can expand in around, such as East and North Ethiopia, and whole Middle East.


His plan is start with 6pcs with wifi and everything to test the market, if buy too much quantity and it does not work then just being wasteful with money. Add wifi system so he can supply free Wifi for the customers.

Electricity is expensive and there is actually no competition in whole Somaliland. That’s 16 million people of potential csutomers for a business. Somaliland is on the Horn of Africa, it is right on the equator so they get

12 hours of sun in spring, summer antumn and winter. Sunshine 365days a year with rain 1-3 days a year with clear sky. It is perfect weather for solar. So he want have a company logo and colors on it, with sun logo on the station and the umbrella. The charging station can be charged 20 phones at same time.


Supplier Guangzhou Welink Technology give solution as below specifications:

Item No.: PT01C

Speficiation: metal cabinet with powder coating, solar panel 75W*3pcs flexiable style, put it on the 2 layers umbrella leaf. Phones put in the top part lockable door. Bottom cabinet including  one level keep battery and

controller, one level keep some staff tools or small accessories commodity. One light folding stabile sturdy chair for staff use.

Why Sharing Phone Charging Station have great potential in Africa ?

Why Sharing Phone Charging Station have great potential in Africa ?

What does sharing economy means ? Obviously it is business model where things are shared rather than owned. Sharing economy growing very fast during the past 10 years. Such as Airbnb for home sharing, Uber for car sharing. Especially in China, there are a lot of sharing economy type happen. Bicycle sharing, Power charging field, Storage cabinet sharing, Outdoor mini hotel sharing even umbrella sharing, clothes sharing and kitchen sharing etc.

The sharing economy developing depend on internet, particularly the mobile money payment technology applied. With smart phone apps application, people easy to use the sharing service. Very convenient to find out right service, and suitable tools once required. The operators no need spend a lot labor cost to management.


Why sharing economy benefit Africa a lot in future ?

As there are many everyday problems need find out solutions by building business model. Saving application cost of many infrastructure. Most of African people still struggle for basic life. Such as the phone charging service, it is very expensive for people get phone charged when nation grid power is off, and it is Not easy get place for phone charging even pay for the charging service. In some rural or downtown area, people even have to charge their home LED light bulbs, this kind of LED light bulb just used for their home illumination. Many rural area even no Power grid till now. So they have to go to town or city area for power charging. Many real site situations which in Africa is normal but in other country is ridiculous.

One of the great advantage for Africa develop sharing economy, the mobile money service is very convenient in all of the country. There are many payment company, and all their phone number can be an account for mobile money, people can send money, withdraw cash, buy airtime, buy data, loaning or saving. Compared with other mobile money service, Africa technology mainly based on USSD, it is even simple than QR code, just with 2G signal is ok, QR code required 3G or 4G. USSD no need expensive data cost. Also no need expensive smart phone, just use the old style phone without smart screen is workable. The complete application cost is much lower than other countries.

Guangzhou Welink Technology, which concentrate on Africa market. Created full family sharing phone charging station. Including indoor station with AC power and outdoor station with solar powered, sometimes bad weather condition also have gas generator power charging storage solutions. We want to do contribution for Africa market phone charging service cost and convenience. Solar power is the best energy in Africa compared with gas generator power. These innovative solar powered designs eliminate the need for an electrical power supply. Specially engineered to resist the elements. Withstands rain, wind, heat and cold. With removable solar panel and pole, and easily converts to A/C power for indoor use too.