IoT plays a major role in the transition of the energy industry by enhancing grid stability, optimizing renewable integration, and empowering consumers.
Access to clean energy remains a considerable challenge and a top govement priority in Kenya. As transition to decentralized energy and e-mobility moves a pace in Kenya, digital innovations become essential for optimization, monitoring, regulation and financing.
The push for clean energy technologies is not just about innovation but also about sustainability and resource efficiency. A recent UN report sheds light on the vast amounts of valuable metals like copper, aluminium, and rare-earth minerals present in electronic waste, highlighting a potential goldmine for the energy transition.
Energy poverty reflects a lack of adequate, reliable, and affordable energy for lighting, cooking, heating, and other daily activities necessary for welfare and economic development. It is inextricably linked to economic deprivation and social inequity, but energy poverty can also be exacerbated by infrastructural decay and service disruptions.
The broader innovation ecosystem funding for Africa from 9 major funders analysed amounts to 1.4 billion between 2020 and 2023 with the median funding size at $2M. There were close to 200 funding opportunities distributed to over 150 intermediary recipients in the broader African innovation ecosystem.
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The most appropriate technology to enable electricity access— grid extension, standalone systems, or mini-grids serving clusters of customers—varies with the context. Demand, population density, and distance to existing grid infrastructure are crucial factors influencing the cost competitiveness of different solutions.

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