Carl Bielenberg of Village Industrial Power on Winning a 2013 Powering Agriculture Award

June 26, 2014—In its inaugural round, more than 475 organizations from 80 countries applied to the Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development initiative, which offered market-based, clean energy innovations for the agricultural sphere in developing countries. Each of the 11 winning organizations received awards of between $800,000 and $1.5 million to support great ideas from around the globe and offer farmers the solutions they need today and tomorrow.

Carl Bielenberg of Village Industrial Power (collaborating on the Camco Clean Energy award) discusses their plan to work with Village Industrial Power (VIP) to create 50 agro-processing plants in Benin and Tanzania. The VIP Plants are mini-grid systems powered through the combustion of biomass waste produced at local agricultural processing facilities that generate mechanical/electrical/thermal energy for use in a diverse range of agricultural activities.