International winners 2009
Ashden Energy Champion Award
Aprovecho Research Center and Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer, USA/China
Making affordable, efficient stoves for the masses
The Aprovecho Research Centre in the US and Shenghou Stove Manufacturers in China have pooled their rich experience and skills to produce a cheap, robust and efficient stove for mass production to developing countries. The stoves replace dirty and polluting kerosene and open fires saving up to 50 percent of fuel wood and reducing 70 percent of dangerous emissions. SSM has sold over 60,000 stoves since 2007, producing them at a rate of 12,000 stoves a month and selling them to distributers. The main customer is Envirofit International, which markets stoves in India supported by the Shell Foundation. Other customers are in South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar, Argentina and Chile.
The 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award
International Development Enterprises India
Pedalling farmers out of poverty
The ‘Farmer’s Friend’, a simple treadle pump developed by IDEI, is changing the lives of poor farmers in Eastern India. The low-cost device, used for pumping water for irrigation, has trebled farmers’ incomes so they can now save and send their children to school. Three quarters of a million pumps have been sold, with sales boosted by promotion campaigns using Bollywood-style films. IDEI is scaling up production fast aiming to sell up to two million treadle pumps by 2010.
Energy Enterprise Award supported by Zennström Philanthropies
New energy leapfrogs the old
ECAMI’s family-owned business has installed thousands of renewable energy systems in rural communities across Nicaragua since it began in 1982. A company with strong social commitment, it provides PV light and communications for schools; vaccine refrigeration for clinics; pumps to supply village water; entertainment and battery-charging for tourist facilities; and power for mobile phone masts. It also installs micro hydro and solar water heating. Now ECAMI is growing fast, setting up regional branches to meet the growing demand for renewable energy.
Award for Improving Nutrition
Greenhouses bring better nutrition to the Himalayas
GERES has worked with local NGO’s in Ladakh to design a robust greenhouse that captures and retains the sun’s heat. It has built 600 greenhouses that enable villagers to grow vegetables throughout the year - even when temperatures drop to -25°C. Greenhouse owners eat eight times more vegetables than before and their incomes have increased by 30 percent. The project is leading to better nutrition and health for over 50,000 people – a quarter of the local population.
Award for Avoided Deforestation, supported by The Waterloo Foundation
Kampala Jellitone Suppliers, Uganda
Fuel from waste fires up Uganda
Kampala Jellitone Suppliers is Uganda’s first producer of briquettes made from agricultural waste. Made mainly from dried and compressed sawdust, peanut husks and coffee waste, the fuel replaces wood and charcoal helping protect the rich biodiversity of the area. Schools, hospitals and factories across the country are buying 130 tonnes a month of briquettes, along with efficient stoves for heating and cooking. The business is set to double over the next two years and hoping to expand to other African markets.
The Renewables for Economic Development Award supported by DFID
Saran Renewable Energy, India
Business finds green solution to black-outs
Saran Renewable Energy in India has set up a biomass gasifying plant in Bihar to supply energy to local businesses plagued by constant electricity cuts and reliant on noisy, dirty diesel generators. One hundred local farmers now have a secure income supplying the plant with biomass made from a local plant and along with businesses nearby they now have stable, clean power for eight hours a day. The gasifier saves around 100 tonnes of CO2 a year from diesel.
Award for electrification of remote areas supported by The John Ellerman Foundation
Solar Energy Foundation, Ethiopia
Solar scheme sets communities alight
The Solar Energy Foundation has opened up new horizons for 10,000 villagers in Rema, Ethiopia and nearby. Their homes now have electricity for the first time thanks to 2,000 new solar home systems costing families just 75 pence a month. Young people now have the chance to train as solar technicians in an International Solar School. Graduates of the scheme have opened four Solar Centres in other areas of Ethiopia with a further 8,500 solar home systems due to be installed by the end of the year.