Kenyan startup DropAccess, founded in 2018 by electrical engineers Norah Magero and James Mulatya, has developed a special solution for cooling and transporting vaccines and medicines: a portable solar refrigerator called the “VacciBox”.
Around the world, nearly 800 million people, or about ten percent of the world’s population, still live without electricity. Despite everyone’s efforts, the challenges of connecting the “hardest-to-reach” to basic energy can feel like a matter of moving mountains – sometimes quite literally.
The Renewable Energy for Agriculture Project (RE4A) started in May 2021 and will finish in June 2023. The project has supported Modern Farming Technologies, a local social enterprise in Malawi, to establish a business that enables solar powered pumping and chilling.
Standalone PV battery systems have great potential to power the one billion people worldwide who lack access to electricity. Due to remoteness and poverty, durable and inexpensive systems are required for a broad range of applications.
In previous years, Africa’s tech ecosystem was awash with venture capital but that has changed in the last six months. Owing to the funding downturn, founders are beginning to embrace debt financing. Techcabal has released its new report “The State of Tech in Africa Q1/2023” with interesting insights on the investor landscape in and for Africa.
A disclosure by the Kenya Power revealed that it requires an estimated 2.22 million litres of diesel to run its 30 off-grid power stations a month, or 26.64 million litres a year.
As the off-grid sector continues to grow and evolve beyond basic household lighting, and as utilities strive to stimulate additional demand, attention by government, donors, and the private sector has turned toward boosting PUE by consumers.
Nigerians are being hit from all sides by a combination of factors that are making their lives increasingly difficult. These include rising cost of living which is reflected in double-digit inflation, stagnant wages, non-payment or the late payment of salaries, a cash crunch and fuel scarcity.
By providing access to clean and safe drinking water, solar-powered water filters can improve public health, reduce poverty, and promote gender equality. They can also contribute to the achievement of SDG 7 by providing sustainable and affordable energy to rural communities.
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