Indian cleantech startups often struggle to find the talent needed to build an effective team. From "feet on the street" to senior leadership, authentic knowledge of the complex Indian market is key. A leader in this developing market, Promethean is being watched as they negotiate these challenges.
Congratulations to SunCulture, Futurepump, Husk Power Systems and EarthSpark's offshoot, SparkMeter—they've all been identified by the London Stock Exchange Group as being among Africa’s most inspiring small & medium-sized enterprises!
KickStart and VisionFund have created an exciting new partnership that will offer farmers in sub-Saharan Africa access to credit needed to purchase and implement irrigation systems. Over the next five years, they hope to provide 100,000 farmers—and 400,000 children—greater access to water for crops.
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”.