On Tuesday, 22nd of October, EDF Internal Jury’s verdict came in. 5 candidates were appointed to complete the 7-finalist panel chosen during last-month EDF Pulse Africa Tour. Let’s discover those 5 very different but complementary projects.
Coldhubs, NIGERIA - Coldhubs, a young Nigerian start-up, offers 100% solar-powered cold rooms used by famers and retailers. Implanted near market places and farm clusters, these cold rooms are used to store perishable food in order to improve their preservation. The aim of the project is to allow farmers to store their products in order to increase their income while avoiding food wastage. To do that, Coldhubs already created partnerships with local farmer associations, which allowed the development of 19 cold rooms all across Nigeria.
Hydro Box, KENYA – Only 10% of the households of Murang’a County have access to the national grid. From this assessment was born the idea of Hydro Box, a start-up developing containerized hydropower plants to produce affordable and reliable electricity. The solution’s main benefit lies in its standardization: installation is quicker, maintenance costs are lower and it is even possible to move the hydropower plant if external conditions demand it. What’s more, HydroBox put smart sensors based on AI technology to adapt to the site’s distinctive features in order to maximize energy production.
Nafarm Foods, NIGERIA – Born from the ambition of reducing food shortage periods in Nigeria, Nafarm Foods transforms freshly harvest vegetables into storable products available all year long at low prices. Nafarm Foods provides food dryers powered by PVC panel and thermoelectric cooler to produce tomato powder, stew and even dried tomatoes. This process offers two guaranties: a stable income adapted to the farmer’s yearly harvest and food sustainability for Nigerian households thanks to local, healthy and affordable products.
Powerstove, NIGERIA – To enter the cooking equipment market in Africa, Powerstove decided to develop clean cookstoves that uses its own biomass system to produce energy. The integrated IoT system leads to an optimization of the used biomass to maximize the energy efficiency. While reducing the time spend cooking, the system uses the excess of energy to charge devices, even when the fire is off. Actually, Powerstove offers alternative solutions that are efficient, fast-cooking and uses cheaper cooking fuels!
Solar Ecobat, MAURITANIA – Solar Ecobat is Mauritanian start-up created by an entrepreneurial women that offers solar lamps made out of recycle materials such as wood and iron. Composed mainly by technical and engineer profiles, the enterprise wishes to adapt the lamps to each customer’s needs. If the development of such a product is still deeply handmade, Solar Ecobat intends to substitute its clean lamps to the widely spread oil lamps to reduce the impact of expensive and harmful electricity.