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Swedish-Kenyan Wins Prize For Kenyan Biofuel Business

Swedish-Kenyan Wins Prize For Kenyan Biofuel Business | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

 A 32-year-old Swedish-Kenyan has won the European-African Entrepreneurship Award for a proposal to covert used cooking oils, widely used in the restaurant industry, into biodiesel.

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Solar: Off-grid lighting at Lake Victoria

Solar: Off-grid lighting at Lake Victoria | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to public electricity networks and are thus “off-grid.” They use lamps that burn fossil fuels, mostly kerosene. In the process, 77 billion liters of kerosene are burned every year and 190 million tons of CO2 are emitted. These lamps are not only dangerous and hazardous to health but also uneconomical and harmful to the environment. To stop this trend, Osram has developed a sustainable lighting solution for regions without power grids. In April 2008, a pilot project was launched on the banks of Lake Victoria in Kenya. Osram built solar-powered energy stations (O-hubs) where residents can recharge batteries for energy-saving lamps, lights, and other electrical devices like mobile phones and radios at low cost and with low impact on the environment. Using a pawnbroking system, Osram furnishes the residents with the necessary lighting products (O-lamps or O-boxes) that require no connection to a power grid. The only thing they have to pay for is charging up the batteries. The advantages are many: Thanks to the O-hubs, an hour of light costs much less than lighting with kerosene. What's more, the new lights and lamps are brighter, safer, healthier, and much more eco-friendly than the formerly used fossil-fueled lamps.

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Integrating Energy Access and Employment Creation to Accelerate Progress on the MDGs in Sub-Saharan Africa | UNDP

Integrating Energy Access and Employment Creation to Accelerate Progress on the MDGs in Sub-Saharan Africa | UNDP | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Based on case studies and analysis, this report recommends policy actions under three headings to achieve universal energy access while maximizing the contribution of decentralized and renewable energies: improving policy and planning by governments; enabling private sector and community action; and coordinating action at the international level. With these policy recommendations as a guide and with support from the international community and global institutions, the report demonstrates that it is possible to expand access to energy in a different way that contributes to the achievement of the MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa.

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‘Energy’ toilets meet ideas worth spreading at TED Nairobi

‘Energy’ toilets meet ideas worth spreading at TED Nairobi | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Another speaker, Josiah Omotto who heads Umande Trust, touched on a popular theme for the day: Toilets. Who can do without them? But what forward thinking people like Omotto are doing is using human waste and turning it into biofuel. Each of us produces on average 300 grammes of waste per day; Omotto’s organisation has designed a bio-digester system that produces safe cooking gas and alternative sanitation systems.

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Quality Counts but Quantity is Encouraging

Quality Counts but Quantity is Encouraging | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

I was recently reporting some results for The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) regarding the number of improved stoves that GVEP International supported businesses sold in the period of Jan – Dec 2011. Although I have been working with these businesses and visited many of their production sites I was still amazed to collectively see the number of stoves that they sold.

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Frankfurt School of Finance & Management - Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management - Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Given the importance of the financial industry in shaping the world’s response to climate change and the rapidly increasing global demand for new energy solutions, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management decided to develop its course on Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF). Now we are proud to present our two Summer Academies for 2012 within the new framework of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre).

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List of key players in Renewable Energy Technologies in Kenya

Here is a list of key players in renewable energy technologies in Kenya: institutions, commercial providers, supporting organisations and institutions offering financial services.  

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Daily Kos: Five Renewable Sources of Energy for Farmers in Developing Countries

Daily Kos: Five Renewable Sources of Energy for Farmers in Developing Countries | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations, access to reliable and sufficient sources of energy will be critical to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty and hunger by 2015. Many of the world’s poorest people are rural farmers with no connections to power grids or large-scale energy sources. Most of their day-to-day energy currently comes from the burning of wood and charcoal, practices that contribute to air pollution, deforestation, and the loss of precious time and energy collecting firewood.

Today, Nourishing the Planet introduces five sources of renewable energy that are meeting the demands of poor farmers and allowing them to improve their harvests and their lives.

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Kenya First in Continent to Have Climate Change Law

Kenya is set to become the first African country to establish an independent Climate Change Authority through the enactment of a law this year, the Parliamentary Network for Renewable Energy and Climate Change (Panerecc) has said. 

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Kenya: Is Waste Power the Future?

Kenya: Is Waste Power the Future? | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

With shortages of power and rising costs of fuels, Embu prison in Kenya has turned to human excrement to generate power.

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Aid Groups Meeting in Kenya Promote 'Clean Cookstoves'

Indoor air pollution emanating from open fires or leaky cookstoves is the fifth-largest health risk in the developing world, according to the World Health Organization. Massive deforestation caused by households collecting firewood is also a huge problem. The use of so-called "clean cookstoves" - stoves that use clean fuel such as natural gas, or cut down on solid fuels such as firewood - is being touted as a way of combating indoor air pollution and deforestation. Aid groups met in Kenya's capital recently to fine-tune promotion efforts.

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Innovative Africa: using solar power phones

Innovative Africa: using solar power phones | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

“We talk with the bank or microfinance institution to encourage them to lend to the entrepreneurs,” said Collings, chief operations officer at Global Village Energy Partnership, a non-profit organisation that tries to harness entrepreneurship to open up energy for the poor. The main challenge is sourcing the start-up capital to purchase the solar panels. “Persuading banks and microfinancing institutions has not been an easy task for GVEP. Despite this challenge, there are steps ahead being made.” Hopefully, this and other organisations will make a visible change and the technology will spread around more as from the examples it is visible that it can become a running change in all Africa.

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Kenya: Solar Powered Phones Recharge Nation's Conversations

The phone was invented by telecommunications company Safaricom (owned by the UK's Vodafone) and Kenya's Mobitelea Ventures. It is fitted with a charger that absorbs and stores energy directly from the sun. Users do not need a mains connection to charge their phones, nor do they have to travel long distances to the nearest shopping centre to pay for the same service.

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Eight19 begins organic solar trials in Africa

Eight19 begins organic solar trials in Africa | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Based on Eight19’s Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) technology, the Indigo solar home systems have been deployed in South Sudan in order to evaluate the performance of the new solar technology in the challenging environmental conditions that are found close to the equator.

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Access to clean cooking energy gathers steam

Yet the simple act of cooking at home poses a great danger to nearly three billion people – almost half of the world’s population, and in particular to women and children. East Africa is no stranger to this tragic reality.

This is because many households still rely on wood, charcoal, dung or agricultural waste (also referred to as solid fuels) to cook their meals on open fires or rudimentary and inefficient cook stoves.

 

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Renewable Energy Generation is Big Business in Kenya

Renewable Energy Generation is Big Business in Kenya | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

KENYA -- Take an exponentially rising need for clean, reliable energy; add a new renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFITT); and then consider erratic weather conditions that have affected over-relied upon hydropower generation in Kenya and you get an influx of interest in renewable energy by Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

 

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) is one IPP that has decided to venture into wind energy generation. General Manager of KTDA Power Company, Lucas Maina, said in an interview that the decision to venture into wind energy production was based on the fact that wind power is cheap to produce compared to hydropower

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VIDEO | Clean energy workshop winds up in Nairobi, Kenya

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves led by Radha Muthiah, Executive Director convened a four-day regional workshop in Nairobi to deliberate on how to scale up clean cooking solutions across East Africa. The Alliance through the partnership of development partner like United Nations industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP international) and The Paradigm Project seek to improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance is targeting 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020 from 2.5 million currently. To achieve this the Alliance is working with its public, private and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in developing countries.

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