Congratulations to Promethean Power—they're on this year's longlist for the Ashden Awards! Created to highlight some the boldest thinking and biggest breakthroughs in sustainable energy, the Ashden Awards are globally recognized as a mark of excellence in the field of green energy.
Promethean Power Systems' cold storage solution for smallholder dairy farmers is featured in Feed the Future's Year in Review. It's great to see Promethean continuing the groundbreaking work they started as a Powering Agriculture Innovator!
KickStart's MoneyMaker pumps help farmers who are often barely feeding themselves to grow more crops and sell their surplus. What's next? They're planning to open an innovation hub in Kenya to develop new irrigation solutions so it can expand into 16 countries across Africa by 2021.
In honor of Energy Conservation Day, Husk Power Systems has been recognized as one of 10 companies that have taken innovative steps to conserve energy in India. Husk's eco-friendly approach to energy generation uses biomass gasifiers to generate electricity and fuel from rice husks.
Energy poverty disproportionally impacts rural women. EarthSpark International views all of their energy access projects from a feminist perspective. They call their solution “feminist electrification". This approach involves and benefits women, which reduces poverty and increases access for all.
As the impact of climate change increases, climate neutral solutions like Futurepump's are likely to prove increasingly attractive to investors and customers. With appropriate financing, the solar pump could help smallholder farmers better cope with water scarcity.
Dr. Martin Fisher, CEO of Kickstart International, an organization founded in Kenya, talks about the campaign to end extreme poverty in Africa. Kickstart International is one of the organizations highlighted at the Global Citizen Festival honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Farmers using the RainMaker solar-powered water pump can irrigate, support livestock, and even cook and clean. They also cut 17 hours of hauling water out of their workweek. Says one farmer: “I have water all the time. Even during the dry season I can plant crops as I wait for the rains to come.”
This month, Futurepump visits Papua New Guinea, where more than 82% of citizens over the age of 10 work small farms, largely growing food crops on land of less than two hectares in size. The abundant surface water resources there are perfect for micro irrigation systems like the Futurepump SF2.
UGARF is being honored for the EvaKuula, their biogas-powered evaporative milk cooler. AE50 awards have been encouraging and applauding engineering achievements since 1984. Entries are evaluated by a blue-ribbon, international panel of industry experts in technology, design, and product development.
Nigeria's Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, reports that the government is interested in working with Futurepump to meet the needs of smallholder farmers. Durable and affordable, Futurepump's SF2 is a sustainable solution to a pressing problem.