AFRICA – 3 African startups are set to benefit from the The Efficiency for Access’s (EforA) US$3.7 million Research and Development Fund for solar technology development.
EforA is a global coalition working to promote high performing appliances that enable access to clean energy for the world’s poorest people.
The 3 startups from Africa were selected following a call for projects which saw the participation of several start-ups from around the globe.
The startups include Jirogasy, based in Madagascar an Tanzania based SimuSolar are among the 20 finalists who will share the US$3.7 million fund.
Among the projects developed on the African continent and selected by Efficiency for Access is “Jirodesk V2”, a solar computer project led by the Malagasy start-up Jirogasy.
The project aims to develop a solar-powered, all-in-one, energy-efficient computer that can be assembled locally.
Once the pilot project is completed, the company aims to provide solar-powered computers to more than 10,000 Malagasy students each year.
According to Jirogasy, the choice of its solution for access to education via solar energy has enabled it to develop a new generation of its “more efficient” solar computers.
Jirogasy says the new computer will enable accelerated digitisation of education in Madagascar, especially in areas that are not connected to the national grid or have a low electricity supply.
In the assembly of the laptops, Jirogasy favors the use of recycled components of African origin.
“The start-up is thus part of a circular economy approach to strengthen the local and continental economy throughout its value chain,” explains the young company based in Tananarive.
Simusolar’s solution, on the other hand is called “PAYG Bridge” and is used facilitate data synchronisation and the distribution of solar-powered pumps.
These pumps and are accessible to low-income populations through pay-as-you-go systems and enable smallholder farmers in Tanzania to irrigate their plantations.
Within the framework of Modern Energy Cooking Services, six other start-ups have received funding from Efficiency for Access.
The startups will implement their projects in sub-Saharan Africa in an initiative supported by the British cooperation and the IKEA Foundation of the late Swedish billionaire Ingvar Kamprad.
Efficiency for Access is a global coalition working to promote high performing appliances that enable access to clean energy for the world’s poorest people.
It is a catalyst for change, accelerating the growth of off-grid appliance markets to boost incomes, reduce carbon emissions, improve quality of life and support sustainable development.
Efficiency for Access consists of 15 Donor Roundtable Members, 12 Programme Partners, and more than 30 Investor Network members.
Some of its coalition members include; United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, USAID’s Power Africa initiative, Acumen, The Clinton Health Access Imitative, among others.
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