How far can you get in an electric milk float only powered by renewable energy? Well Tim, Thom and Trevor, stars of Channels Four’s current documentary series ‘Three Hungry Boys’, are taking a trip to find out just that - and they’ve been shedding light on some interesting clean energy projects in the process.
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Anne Wheldon, our Senior Adviser, has been visiting Uganda for the 2011 Awards. Along the way, Anne caught up with 2008 winner, Fruits of the Nile.
Fruits of the Nile buys and processes dried fruit (mainly bananas and pineapple) from a network of small farming businesses that use solar driers on their farms. A lot has happened since I visited their factory and farm business in 2008. At that time, much of the production was ‘organic in conversion’ but now 90% is certified organic. Getting organic certification is no mean feat for anyone, but it’s a huge achievement when your supply chain involves over 800 individual family farms.
The Recycled House has 2.1 kW of solar PV panels on the roof, feeding surplus electricity into the grid, and 7 m2 of solar thermal panels. The large amount of solar thermal is intended to provide a portion of the space heating during cold but sunny weather. It feeds into a 450 litre thermal store, up in the loft, which is also heated by an efficient woodburner.
The store supplies hot water and also runs underfloor heating on the ground floor. The upper floor has no heating - it is so well insulated, with external insulation as well as cavity wall insulation, that it should not need it - some heat will drift up from downstairs anyway.
Here's the owners, John and Helen:
Read the full story on allAfrica.com
WHEN Angelo Ndyaguma decided to venture into the solar fruit business in 1992, he hardly knew his idea would attract global recognition.
Although it was registered in 1993, Fruits of the Nile (FON) started production in 2007. The company operates in Njeru town, Jinja district and helps small-scale farmers to dry fruits using solar power and to export them.In recognition of its progress in harnessing solar power, FON recently won a prize of £20,000 (sh65m).
I couldn’t get away from sustainable energy even in a remote part of the Indian Himalayas, so thought I would share these photos.
Solar home systems have been spread throughout the Ladakh region through programmes sponsored by the national and state government, international donors, and a number of NGOs (including the 2003 Ashden Award winner Barefoot College). I heard about exciting plans for further roll-out of solar power, and other sustainable energy opportunities including wind and geothermal power. This region has huge energy challenges as it is cut off by snow for half the year, not connected to the national grid, and has little in the way of wood resources. So with the right support and implementation it should be a great sustainable energy success story - watch this space for another Ashden Award!