Invitation – Knowledge Exchange Forum 2015

EEP KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE FORUM 2015

The EEP S&EA will be hosting its second Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 3 December 2015 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

As a Programme Director of EEP I would like to encourage all our project developers to seriously consider to attend our forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Forum. The KEF has been set up with you in mind. The main focus will be on exchanging experiences and knowledge, but also to come in contact with other EEP projects and the EEP team.

We are very pleased to have the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) joining us at the KEF to present their Sustainable Energy Marketplace for RE/EE projects. This tool can be very beneficial to EEP projects that are looking to upscale after the current EEP support. IRENA will send the virtual market place project manager to present the market place and, in a dedicated working session, to work with you as project developers in showcasing this tool.

At the KEF we will be focusing on your experiences in a number of “round tables” in which you can share your experiences, and learn from others, around a number of topics. In the programme you will find a preliminary list of round table topics. But we are very open to suggestions for additional topics from your side as well.

And last, but certainly not least, during the event we will announce the winner of the EEP Project of Year award. Just to remind you: the award is not only a recognition of the excellent work of your project, but we also have secured a speaking slot at the leading Africa Utility Week / Clean Power Africa conference in Cape Town to present your project! EEP will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and conference fees for a representative of the winning project to go to Cape Town for this mid-May!

To conclude, I sincerely hope you will be able to join us in Dar es Salaam for our East Africa Knowledge Exchange Forum and I am looking forward to meet you there!

 

Kind regards,

Wim Jonker Klunne

EEP Programme Director

 

Click here to view the agenda and register>>

Or follow this link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FMHGZDZ  (If the link does not work, you can email your registration to fred.eklund@kpmg.fi). Participation to the event is free of charge but a registration is compulsory.


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Photos: EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum 2014  ©EEP Coordination Office

Competition

EEP PROJECT OF THE  YEAR 2015

The EEP S&EA will be hosting its second Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on the 3rd of December 2015 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. During the KEF, we will also announce the winner of the EEP Project of Year (2015) competition.

We warmly encourage every EEP funded  project to apply for the nomination. All project developers, including the completed projects, are welcome to apply.

Instructions on how to apply: EEP_Project Of The Year 2015

Send your application by 26 Nov 2015!

 

 

 Check out our last year’s (2014) winner  – Devergy>>


 

BURN breaks gender roles in Kenya and sells 10,000 cookstoves monthly


ECO Team visited BURN Manufacturing in Kenya and met with Mr. Boston Nyer, the Chief Product Officer. Read our interview with Boston about the project and its recipe for the success.


How did the idea of the BURN Manufacturing come about?

There was a product called the JikoPoa, which was a wood stove that BURN Design Lab, our non-profit sister organization had developed. The product was the top performing wood-burning stove in testing and focus groups and was designed for a Kenyan contract manufacturer to supply distribution by The Paradigm Project. Although one of the top Kenyan manufacturers was contracted, they were only able to make 1,000 stoves per month and the fit and finish was poor. At this point, we decided that we would need to set up our own factory if this model of local, high quality manufacturing was going to work. The idea of BURN Manufacturing was born from this learning in August of 2011.

Please tell us about the early stages of BURN?

BURN’s launch product, the jikokoa, and first assembly facility were launched in August of 2013. They sourced kits made by a contract manufacturer in China until November of 2014 when the full in-country modern manufacturing facility was launched. Today BURN makes 550 stoves in a day, which is about one stove a minute. BURN has more than 100 employees in Kenya with more than 50% female.

How and why did you develop the jikokoa stove?

The jikokoa was developed over 2.5 years of user-centric design and testing by a talented and committed team spanning from Seattle, Washington to Nairobi, Kenya. The jikokoa had more than 100 key iterations based on consumer feedback and performance. We finally launched the product when we noticed that the test users were demanding to buy the prototypes. We’ve been through two major generations of the product with the third launching in early 2016. The jikokoa G3 will have twice the durability and improves upon the usability and aesthetics of the second generation.

Can you tell us more about BURNs mission?

BURN’s primary mission is to save lives and forests in the developing world by designing, locally manufacturing and distribution clean-burning cook stoves. However, they also want to be a good place to work with safe and healthy working conditions. They offer good benefits: maternal leave, loans and ample opportunity for promotion. The jobs are low skill factory work so anyone prepared to work hard can work in the factory to make jikokoa stoves. BURN aims to break gender norms in Kenya and gives equal opportunities to all employees.

What’s the price of the jikokoa stove?

The retail price including tax is currently USD 38. We would like to sell it for USD 40, but due to the inflation it is USD 38.

What has the EEP grant meant to BURN?

BURN has impacted the lives of more than 500,000 people and without the EEP funding BURN would not exist today. The grant directly unlocked investments the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Acumen Fund.

Do you have any lesson learnt that you want to share with other businesses?

Our strong team has propelled our success.

What kind of difficulties has BURN faced?

Raising money is difficult. Creating modern manufacturing facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa is also hard. In Kenya there is very limited support, for example, if a tool or machine breaks it is difficult to get it repaired and can shut the factory down for a month. It is also imperative to hire, develop and motivate the staff. Finding and keeping good employees can be difficult.

What has been the major advantages of BURN?

There are several pillars to BURN. First, is a good team from top to bottom. The product has both a very strong value proposition as well as user experience. BURN’s strategy of local manufacturing allows for the best product at the best price. Lastly, BURN drives the demand in the marketplace through marketing and market development.

Where do you see BURN in 5 and 10 years?

After 5 to 10 years BURN plans to be in all countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, first we will concentrate on East Africa then West Africa, followed by Ethiopia and Mozambique.


 ECO also had a chance to interview Maryvine Mokaya, an employee of BURN.

What is your job description at BURN?

I’ve been a ‘cleaner’ since January 2015.

How did you hear about BURN?

The jikokoa is very popular and a friend told me about the opportunity to work for BURN.

Why did you want to work at BURN?

I’m aiming higher and want to develop myself. The staff members and workmates are great and the pay is better than in other companies. I’m working 9 hours a day, 7-16:30, 5 days a week.

Are you yourself using a BURN stove at home?

Yes I received a free jikokoa from BURN. Before I used KES 3,000 a month for charcoal, now I only use KES 2,000. In my family, relatives and friends there are a total of 7 jikokoa´s.

 Learn more>>

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Bio2Watt showing how to transform waste into energy

In Bronkhortspruit, Gauteng South Africa, stands the Southern Africa’s first commercial scale biogas plant. The plant generates around 4MW of energy by producing biogas from offal from abattoirs, manure from livestock farmers in the area and organic waste from juice makers. The South African private company, Bio2Watt, has established an agreement with a car manufacturer BMW to buy the electricity  and use it at their Pretoria branch.

In the news article at Destiny.com the founder of Bio2Watt, Sean Thomas, explains on a video how waste can be used to produce energy.

Read more and watch the video here>>

EEP S&EA has been funding the project at the feasibility and pilot phase>>

 

ESI Africa Interview with Wim Jonker-Klunne at EAPIC 2015

The EEP S&EA Programme director mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne participated in the 2015 East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) held in Kenya in August 2015.

Wim discusses about the EEP Programme with ESI Africa editor Nicolette Pombo van-Zyl. Klunne gives more detail into the types of projects that the EEP programme is currently busy with, as well as some of the policies around investing in renewable power for both the local and foreign investors.

Watch the full interview here>>

Link:  EAPIC website

Link: ESI Africa ‘Africa’s Power Journal’