Second Global Innovation Call Finalists Announced!

Published: Jun. 23, 2015

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Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) Finalists Announced

The Founding Partners of the Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development are pleased to announce that 21 Finalists have been selected to advance to the Stage 3: Innovator Evaluation Board (IEB) interviews.

During the IEB interviews, these 21 Finalists will be asked questions on their clean energy solutions, proposed activities and implementation plans.

The Founding Partners congratulate this dynamic and innovative group of organizations that are helping to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions that will enhance agricultural yields/productivity, decrease post-harvest loss, improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues, and/or increase energy efficiency and associated savings within the operations of farms and agribusinesses all while stimulating low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sector of developing countries.

These Finalists seek to implement groundbreaking technologies and business models within the energy/agriculture nexus for emerging markets and developing countries where many farmers and agribusinesses lack access to reliable, affordable and clean energy services.

Please stay tuned for the announcement of the Winners in September 2015.

Congratulations to the 2015 Powering Agriculture Finalists

Countries of Implementation for Proposed Projects

Finalists Countries of Implementation
Affordable Village Solar, Inc. Incorporating a transformatively affordable and efficient piston pump into a game-changing photovoltaic irrigation system for smallholders in developing countries Ethiopia, India, Kenya
aQysta BV Resource efficient irrigation through hydro-powered pumps in the Andean region Ecuador
Ariya Capital Group Ltd Powering agriculture with renewable energy Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Claro Energy Launch low-cost on-demand pay-as-you-go irrigation service using solar trolley systems to cut irrigation costs in half India
Eco Fuels Kenya Ltd Harnessing Croton nut bioenergy and byproducts to power agriculture in East Africa Kenya
EnMass Energy Electricity generation from cotton stalk agricultural waste Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania
Futurepump (Kenya) Ltd Sunflower Pump – A working capital facility and after sales investments to support a growing solar irrigation business in Kenya Kenya
Governing Council of the University of Toronto Field evaluation of passive aeration system for aquaculture Bangladesh
Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network Improving coffee production and quality using infrared technology Ethiopia
Husk Power Systems Hybrid solution – Biomass and solar PV: Clean energy intervention in the food betls of Nigeria and Ghana Ghana, Nigeria
iDE Renewable microgrids for off-grid fish hatcheries and surrounding communities in Bangladesh Bangladesh
iDE Revolutionary solar heat engine pump to expand agricultural production and increase income for smallholders Ghana
Institute of Chemical Technology CassavaTech: Ultra energy efficient cassava dryer Kenya
Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria Onlus (ICU) PV integrated irrigation systems in Jordan and Lebanon Jordan, Lebanon
KickStart International To increase access to affordable, high-performance solar powered irrigation technology amongst poor smallholder farmers in rural Kenya Kenya
SimGas Tanzania Ltd. Biogas milk chilling to increase productivity and double the income of East African dairy farmers Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania
Smallholders Foundation Solar powered walk-in cold room for fruits and vegetable growers in Africa Nigeria
SunCulture SunCulture: Scaling up distribution of smallholder tailored agro-solar irrigation kits across Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala Private sector financed community solar power grids (ComGrids) and agricultural accelerators in off-grid communities in Guatemala Guatemala
University of California, Berkeley Minigrids for community empowerment and livestock management Kenya, Somalia
Village Infrastructure Angels Solar agroprocessing power stations for 5000 households Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vanuatu
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