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  • Agricultural drying in Jamaica uses innovative solar, alternative and renewable energy technologies | GVEP International
    zero energy costs by a combination of energy efficient and alternative energy technologies Using electricity produced from solar panels and wind turbines in combination with heat captured from used oil together with a liquid desiccant dehydration times can be optimized and the percentage humidity of products reduced meaning raw agricultural food produce can be dried and preserved at lower energy and environmental costs GVEP has been advising Eaton on his business and in May 2013 we sent consultant Adam Brett to meet with him review the site and write a strategy document to guide the project s ongoing development I have visited and worked with food drying equipment in many countries and have never seen this configuration of technologies brought together in this way Similar systems which lack the solar thermal and desiccant stages are fairly common but the whole package as put together by Mr Haughton is innovative says Adam a consultant with over 20 years experience in the agro food processing sector Findings from this initial report have identified the need for further market research training for all staff in food handling and production process To provide additional support Eaton is gathering together a Management Board who will be able to provide further advice about the operation of the business Possible customers have been identified including a medium scale chili sauce manufacturer who would buy a range of dried products and an herbal tea manufacturer who would buy dried ginger and other dried herbs The high rate of import tariffs in Jamaica means domestic drying is an economical use of raw products with a future aim being to encourage small scale farmers to provide produce for drying Haughton envisages that the project will bring significant benefits for agro processing enabling farmers to convert yields of raw fruits and

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/agricultural-drying-jamaica-uses-innovative-solar-alternative-and-renewable-energy-tec (2016-02-16)
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  • Guguplex Technologies encourage civil society to promote solar energy in rural Suriname | GVEP International
    which are not only expensive but can also lead to health problems Guguplex sells and installs solar equipment on a retail basis through its store in Paramaribo With help from an IDEAS Grant Award of US 166 539 sponsored by UKAid from the Department for International Development they provide solar lighting at reduced cost and through issuing micro loans Since the beginning of this year Guguplex has installed 15 community systems benefitting 40 households 2 businesses and one school with electricity access at next to zero energy costs Cumulatively their activities since winning the contest have led to a total of 5 61 KW energy to be provided to villages in the Hinterland region and cutting 190 tonnes of CO2 emissions As well as distributing solar products Guguplex trains local people on how to install them and educates communities about the benefits of the technology They have visited eight villages raising awareness and developing retail relationships with shop owners Three additional technicians have been hired as well as a consultant to advise on capacity building and a part time freelancer to monitor micro loan re payments Orlando Olmberg Director of Guguplex Technologies in Suriname says we are in talks with micro finance institutions such as the Godo Bank to support the roll out of this project Meanwhile we have started administering our own micro loan system and have installed solar systems in 8 houses this way There has been a lot of interest with more than 75 orders for the small Dasol plug and use model Due to their successes Guguplex have been asked to set up an educational Green village for the Carifesta event a weeklong festival starting this Friday to celebrate the best of Caribbean culture and innovation Approximately 3000 school children will attend with their parents as

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/guguplex-technologies-encourage-civil-society-promote-solar-energy-rural-suriname (2016-02-16)
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  • News | GVEP International
    projects promoting renewable energies and improving energy efficiency GVEP shows G20 and Rio 20 that actions speak louder than words EU Development Energy project delivers energy to 1 8 million East Africans ten months early GVEP providing G20 and Rio 20 with roadmap for jobs innovation and growth in developing countries Fast5 Challenge seeking and financing the 5 fast growth established businesses in emerging markets BiD Network and 7 investment partners including GVEP announce a new competition designed to support the financing of leading fast growing established businesses in emerging markets The Fast5 Challenge aims at identifying the most sustainable companies showcasing them on the international stage and presenting them to ready to invest financiers Deployment of renewable energy creates access and jobs in rural areas Reaching the UN goal of providing sustainable energy for all by 2030 would create up to four million direct jobs in the off grid electricity sector alone according to a report released last week by the International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA the main platform for intergovernmental cooperation for accelerated deployment of sustainable energy Hydro power helping develop community initiatives Determined to be the solution to the problem of poor electricity supply a community in Central Kenya opted to start its own mini hydro project After some false starts this venture is progressing thanks in part to GVEP s support in overcoming obstacles and pitfalls Tyre recycling an environmental and economic solution Procellantas in Colombia will recycle all components in used tires by way of thermal microwave treatment thus avoiding toxic smoke from the burning of such tires or the overflowing of these into sanitary fillings in cities both of which represent an alarmingly growing environmental problem throughout the region Six Mini hydropower projects in Tanzania closer to realising goal of power generation A key

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news?page=13 (2016-02-16)
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  • Azuri and GVEP awarded $1M USAid grant to bring pay-as-you-go solar to Rwanda | GVEP International
    the systems and have 8 hours of lighting per day for around US 1 50 a week The DIV grant will fund the creation of a distribution channel and the supply of 10 000 Indigo pay as you go solar systems in Rwanda where 83 of the population are currently not connected to grid electricity It is expected that this will then grow under its own finance in the coming years Availability of off grid lighting solutions such as solar PV systems is limited in many countries in sub Saharan Africa and the upfront costs are beyond the means of many poor households The pay as you go approach simililar to that of mobile phones offers an affordable way for users to adopt new clean energy The project will enable both growth in the Rwandan market and is intended to provide a template that can be replicated in other similar geographies Azuri s CEO Simon Bransfield Garth said This is an important project for Azuri working with GVEP to deploy pay as you go solar in a country with a less established history of solar power The success of the project will provide important pointers to help pay as you go solar become deployed widely in sub Saharan Africa GVEP has substantial experience and government relationships in Rwanda Over the next 18 months GVEP will work with Azuri and a local distributor on the business model in Rwanda GVEP will also perform detailed research to evaluate Indigo s social and economic benefits and impacts The economics of different distribution channels and customer segments will be reviewed to build the case for private financing of large scale roll outs of off grid pay as you go solar solutions We will be training small regional retailers and agents on sales techniques and

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/azuri-and-gvep-awarded-1-million-usaid-grant-bring-pay-you-go-solar-rwanda (2016-02-16)
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  • Google offers $1m prize for next generation invertor | GVEP International
    innovative power inverters Smaller inverters will create a bigger spectrum of possible use including more efficient solar PV products and smart grid distribution which could help to bringing electricity to many people who don t have it The winning design will receive a 1 000 000 prize fund The deadline for registering is 30 September 2014 For more information on the Little Box Challenge or to register your design visit

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/fr/node/21009 (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP investigates opportunities for entrepreneurial mobile phone charging in Tanzania | GVEP International
    here to read the summary of the report In the regions covered 64 of men and 50 of women over the age of 15 owned a phone and as most of them had no fixed power supply the demand for mobile phone charging businesses MPCB looks promising It also has the potential for further growth provided incomes carry on increasing It was found that phone users in the Lake zones travel between 4 1km and 18km just to charge their phone which wastes time and incurs extra travel expenses on top of the usual call texting costs Another problem is that users can only charge their phones two to three times a week for about two hours This means the phones stay inactive for a lot of the time resulting in a further loss of income since 59 of users use them for business calls Moreover 58 of mobile phone users have to continually turn their phones off to conserve battery which means they aren t getting full use of them When asking entrepreneurs if they were interested in starting a mobile phone charging business 75 out of 82 said they would consider it citing an increase in their personal income as a main motivator Of the entrepreneurs that already ran MPCBs they reported receiving 5 to 10 customers a day from which they could generate sales revenue of up to 20 000 TZS 12USD per day At the end of the month the range of profits gained was quite broad anywhere between 10 000 and 100 000 TZS 6 61USD The report shows that 91 of entrepreneurs hadn t received any training and there were concerns over working capital Business owners said they didn t have enough to pay for the equipment up front and would want to pay

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep-investigates-opportunities-entrepreneruial-mobile-phone-charging-tanzania (2016-02-16)
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  • Clean energy entrepreneurs receive training and mentorship at the CARE 2 forum in Kenya | GVEP International
    expensive for people living in the informal settlements The majority of these people depend on biomass to cook with and to heat their homes which is inefficient and dangerous as it causes smoke inhalation and fire burns Improved cookstove and briquettes help solve this issue by providing easy and affordable energy to rural communities Development cannot happen effectively without reliable affordable sources of fuel Hard economic times make access to fuel very expensive We must find local cost effective solutions said James Maillu GVEP s Programme Operations Manager in Kenya Attending day one of the forum was Mr Koske Sawe a Director at the Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development He lauded GVEP s efforts saying the government is ready to work with the organisation to improve energy access These initiatives touch peoples lives and provide solutions to energy and environmental challenges said Mr Sawe He also encouraged participants to use briquettes and cookstoves and urged them to make use of the Ministry s business incubation facilities In addition to the training entrepreneurs benefitted from networking and participation sessions which enabled them to build profitable relationships right along the briquettes and improved cookstoves value chain Esther Kadzo Charo recruited by GVEP in 2009 for the Developing Energy Enterprises Project told the forum how running a small briquettes business helped her transform her life She is married with ten children and has been making and trading her own briquettes for four years Since being supported by GVEP to improve her technical skills she has started educating local people and other entrepreneurs on briquette use their efficiency as a cooking fuel and their health impacts as they produce less smoke The CARE2 programme started September 2012 with a principal objective of supporting 1 175 micro enterprises and 224 SMEs through improved capital

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/clean-energy-entrepreneurs-receive-training-and-mentorship-care-2-forum-kenya (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP and Cypro interviewed on Kenyan live television show about Polybiogas Technology | GVEP International
    charcoal which are the most commonly used sources of cooking fuel in Kenya Production of biogas with polybiogas digesters Biogas is produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen anaerobic digestion The Polybiogas Model uses a variety of bio degradable materials such as food waste livestock dung poultry droppings waste from agricultural processing e g coffee pulp molasses fruit pulp but also crop materials such as water hyacinth weed grass rice straw maize stalks etc The gas that is produced from this process can be used for cooking heating lighting and even running engines to replace diesel fuel and is a safe and renewable source of energy The initiative The Polybiogas initiative is a collaboration between Cypro EA and Polytanks Ltd with support from the CIC GVEP is one of four lead members in a consortium selected by the World Bank infoDev to set up and run the world s first CIC in Nairobi Kenya alongside Pricewaterhouse Coopers Strathmore University and the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute KIRDI The 4 5 million initiative funded by UK Aid and DANIDA provides business incubation services and proof of concept financing to young businesses in the renewable energy agriculture and water sectors in Kenya Mr Karani said the technology is already creating a lot of interest especially after displaying it at Nakuru Agricultural Show a fortnight ago Many people are interested We are soon going to be stretched and we are ready to work with as many people and organisations as possible I am glad that GVEP and other partners in the CIC consortium are supporting this initiative said Richard The CIC was established with the aim of stimulating new clean energy technologies in Kenya Ms Anjarwalla explains For a number of reasons current energy supply is unable

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep-and-cypro-speak-about-polygas-technology-kenyan-live-television-show (2016-02-16)
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