Futurepump's innovations change lives! Kenyan farmer Evans Shikuku recently bought a calf with the savings he realized by irrigating with a Futurepump solar pump. "The solar pump has helped me buy a cow to feed my family in addition to making an extra coin from the sale of milk,” said Shikuku.
Congratulations to Powering Agriculture innovators Futurepump and SunCulture! They're both finalists for the 2017 Ashden International Award. Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognized measure for excellence in the field of green energy
Promethean's system allows for chilling milk at source, which is a win-win for dairy plants and farmers. Dairies get milk with less microbial load and spoilage possibility; farmers benefit from a more flexible delivery time and increased herd size. They can also expect to fetch a better price.
Futurepump's SF-1 solar irrigation pump strikes a balance between cost and performance. It sells for $650, and for that, farmers get the pump and a 80-watt photovoltaic solar panel, which on a full day of bright sunlight can pump 12,000 liters of water—enough for farmers with one acre plots.
SunCulture and Futurepump have been longlisted for the Ashden Awards, the annual competition that encourages sustainable energy development and acknowledges leaders in innovation. It's one of the most prestigious awards in the sustainability community! Keep an eye on these two innovators for sure.
Word is spreading about the transformative impact of Promethean's milk chiller technology. The company has sold over 500 milk chilling units to its dairy partners in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Retailers are also using Promethean’s system for refrigerating produce.
Sorin Grama and Sam White of Promethean Power are finding their stride in India, where their thermal energy storage technology is making a real difference in the lives of Indian dairy farmers—without using a single drop of diesel.
The Guardian highlights Futurepump in a tech overview piece about innovative technologies that are being used to increase yields and income for smallholder farmers. The SF1 solar pump's low-cost, efficiency and portability have lead to brisk sales among “the world’s one-acre farmers”.
SunCulture wins AgFunder Innovation Award! The groundbreaking work of this American entrepreneur-founded company has earned them the honor of being named one of the 5 Most Innovative International Pre-Series A Startups. Congratulations to everyone at SunCulture!
Promethean Power Systems' Rapid Milk Chiller is a diesel-free, thermal-energy-storage-based refrigeration solution that is manufactured entirely in India. It reduces spoilage, preserves milk quality, and improves the livelihoods of millions of rural Indian dairy farmers.
Renewable energy companies in East Africa that provide solar kits and modern cooking stoves—like Rubagabaga Run of River Hydropower Project in Rwanda, SimGas Kenya Ltd, Eco-Charcoal Ltd and Uganda's Eco Group Ltd—are bypassing traditional financial intermediaries and turning to online crowdfunders.
Samir Ibrahim—a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree—discusses SunCulture's evolution from a tech company to a one-stop-shop that offers farmers financing to purchase their equipment. He also talks about advertising, strategy, and how he's stayed focused on improving the lives of farmers as the company grows.