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EEP Project of the year 2016 winner announcement

Photo: iSmart Kenya

Photo: iSmart Kenya

During the recent Knowledge Exchange Forum, the Energy & Environment Partnership programme (EEP) selected the winner for the ”EEP project of the year award”.

All ongoing or completed EEF funded projects were eligible to submit a nomination for this award. In total 16 applications were received for the award, of which three were shortlisted.

All three shortlisted projects were asked to present their project and nomination at the Knowledge Exchange Forum that took place on the 20th of September in Nairobi. The three shortlisted projects were Burn manufacturers (producing clean Jikokoa stoves), iSmart (selling cook stoves in peri urabn and rural areas of Kenya) and Redavia (Rental Solar Power for Food Processing in Tanzania).

All three projects provided excellent presentations on their EEP supported activities and with that the job of the selection committee became quite difficult. Eventually,

The EEP project of the Year title was awarded to the iSmart Kenya.

EEP Project director Wim Jonker-Klunne and Claire Baker from iSmart Kenya receiving the Project of the Year award

EEP Project director Wim Jonker-Klunne and Claire Baker from iSmart Kenya receiving the Project of the Year award

iSmart has been implementing an EEP funded project that supports the sales of improved cookstoves in peri urban and rural areas of Kenya. The project completed its EEP supported activities ahead of schedule and exceeded its targets, providing training and employment for 233 women and youth, and completing sales of 5,273 cookstoves. iSmart focuses on employment of disadvantaged women and youth, and through sales of clean cookstoves that not only positively affect the lives of both the customers and the sales agents economically but also bring health and environmental benefits. The project has created a clear development impact and has proven a successful business model in a challenging environment.

Congratulations to the iSmart team for this excellent performance and for winning the EEP Project of the Year Award. Next to the recognition that comes with winner the award, the project will be offered a speaking slot at the African Utility Week in Cape Town in May 2017 with the EEP programme proving travel and accommodation for one representative of iSmart to travel to Cape Town for this.

The EEP wants to thank all projects that entered the Project of the Year completion for their time and efforts in doing so. We specifically thank the three shortlisted projects to present their nomination at short notice at our KEF.

Read more about iSmart here>>

SunCulture Kenya is one of the 15 finalist of the Ocean Exchange innovation award

Women working SunCulture Kenya (photo credits: SunCulture)

Women working, SunCulture Kenya (photo credits: SunCulture)

EEP funded project by SunCulture Kenya is one of the 15 finalists to compete for the innovation award

The sixth annual Ocean Exchange, held in Savannah, Georgia, will feature fifteen worldwide solutions with the ability to generate economic growth and increase productivity while reducing the use of nature’s resources and the production of waste. The innovators will present the solutions and compete for one of two $100,000 awards
from worldwide sponsors Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL).

This year’s Solutions Inspiring Action are from five different countries, including an EEP supported project SunCulture Kenya. The project is creating a solar powered irrigation system for smallholder farmers to grow high value fruits and vegetables, enabling impactful increases in family income. Read more about the project here>>

The finalists are:
  • Atom Switch Solid State Circuit Breakers by Atom Power: USA (NC)
    Solid-state circuit breaker technology with benefits of safety, dynamic response, control, metering & energy savings in stationary and marine applications.
  • Carbon-Capturing Lightweight Hybrid Composites by RRTC: USA (NJ)
    Carbon-sequestering lightweight hybrid composite material for structural components in land, air, and water transportation.
  • CorPower Ocean: Sweden: Wave Energy Converter (WEC) for cost effective electricity generation, inspired by pumping principles of the human heart.
  • Greening the Coastal Deserts by Atmocean: USA (NM)
    Zero electricity reverse osmosis desalination system powered by renewable wave energy to establish new cropland using drip irrigation of desalinated water.
  • HTC BioProcessor: Sweden
    Cost effective sludge handling system for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants that transforms remaining sludge into renewable, solid, bio-coal fuel.
  • HySiLabs: France
    Unique safe, stable liquid hydrogen fuel, which provides a usage experience similar to current liquid fuels, allowing a smooth transition from fossil to alternative fuels.
  • Q.Rad by Qarnot Computing: France
    A smart, digitally connected heater, the first to use embedded microprocessors as a heat source for use in homes, public buildings, and offices.
  • SAROS Desalination by Eco-H2O Innovations: USA (NC)
    A buoy that converts seawater to drinking water without electricity, using renewable wave energy to power pumps for reverse osmosis.
  • SolarVIA™ by 510Nano: USA (NC)
    Photovoltaic technology to generate solar energy at lower per unit costs by increasing production using off the shelf mounting systems.
  • Solvatten: Sweden
    A combined portable water treatment system and solar water heater for household use in the developing world for safe drinking water, cooking, and hygiene.
  • StingRAY Wave Power by Columbia Power Technologies: USA (VA)
    Cost effective and reliable wave energy system to generate electric power for utilityscale grids.
  • Sun Buckets: USA (IL)
    Cooking device that uses solar energy to help the impoverished cook without the use of biomass-based fuel, open flame, or emissions.
  • SunCulture: Kenya  Solar powered irrigation system for smallholder farmers in the developing world to grow high value fruits and vegetables, enabling impactful increases in family income.
  • Turbulent Hydro by Turbulent: Belgium
    New hydropower technology inspired by the natural shape of a vortex, to provide smart decentralized energy production in a turnkey system with standard components.

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