The coffee rust epidemic of 2012 devastated the livelihoods of farmers in La Paz, Honduras. iDE taught these farmers how to install and use low-pressure drip irrigation to grow vegetables year-round. Many are now successful entrepreneurs, and they and their families are eating better.
Roland Vign is an Oil Palm producer and an early adopter of the Village Industrial Power (VIP) biomass-powered mini-grid technology. Here Roland explains the benefits the VIP has provided to his community.
In rural areas of Benin and Tanzania, access to modern energy services is extremely limited. Village Industrial Power (VIP) Plants are mini-grid systems powered through the combustion of biomass waste produced at local agricultural processing facilities.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Swedish Ambassador to the United States Björn Lyrvall and the first 11 Powering Agriculture innovators describe the exciting opportunities created by Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development.
William Kisaalita of the University of Georgia Research Foundation discusses their refrigeration unit powered on biogas extracted from cow manure. Reusable zeolite plates capture water vapor from the evaporative milk chilling process.
Brian Jensen of SunDanzer discusses their portable solar chest refrigerator that utilizes photovoltaic power to freeze phase-change material, keeping collected milk cold in sterilized aluminum milk containers until Kenyan dairy farmers transport their product to processing facilities.
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 using the VIP mini-grid systems powered by biomass waste.
Praveen Penmetsa of Motivo Engineering discusses their Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST)—a multi-purpose platform using power from varied energy sources for plowing, well-drilling, cold storage and transporting crops to market.
Allison Archambault of EarthSpark International discusses their solar-diesel hybrid micro-grid system that will increase access to affordable, reliable electricity for value-added agricultural processing.
Kevin Davis of Rebound Technologies discusses their low-cost SunChill system that removes field heat without a high-cost electrical supply. This increases horticultural production, generating more income for farmers and greater access to food while creating employment opportunities.
Sorin Grama of Promethean Power Systems discusses their refrigeration solution that uses a thermal energy battery pack that charges on solar power and/or a few hours of grid electricity. This allows remote dairy farmers to reduce the time that milk is unchilled by 75 percent.
Laith Al-Waked of ECO Consult discusses their integrated model of hydroponic and photovoltaic farming to compete with conventional greenhouse technology and drip irrigation systems.