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Nigerian, 4 other young innovators shine at energy confab

A Nigerian, Glory Esse and four others were the top five young African innovators in the energy sector that were recognised at the 10th Africa Energy Indaba that held in South Africa recently.

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Esse was recognised for his energy efficient PowerStove while Matthew Wainwright, a South African won the 2018 African Youth Energy Innovator Award. Matthew’s innovation focussed on power generation for rural communities in Zambia. He developed a community managed, micro-grid utility that enables the deliverable of digital energy services to rural customers.

Other top innovators at the summit include Tichaona Matte from Zimbabwe with Green Kidney Algae Biofuel and Wastewater Treatment System, Amartei Kisseih for harnessing plastic waste in the build of portable multi-mount Vertical Axis Wind Turbines aiding coastal power generation; and John Magiro  Wangari from Kenya for his desalination project using hydro energy.

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According to a statement from Thembisa, the 10th Africa Energy Indaba has created a much-needed platform for youth talent in Africa to showcase their important work.

It said the top five innovators were chosen during some stringent selection process the past three months. 

“The African Energy Indaba has shown its support and the importance of giving visibility and awareness to the talented youth of Africa. This award provides an important platform for our youth Innovators on the African Continent,” said Deveena Subramony, Project Manager for the African Youth Energy Innovator Initiative.

The top 5 innovators, who hail from across the continent, pitched their products to a panel of judges and after a tough Q&A session, the winner of the evening emerged. 

A Nigerian, Glory Esse and four others were the top five young African innovators in the energy sector that were recognised at the 10th Africa Energy Indaba that held in South Africa recently.

Esse was recognised for his energy efficient PowerStove while Matthew Wainwright, a South African won the 2018 African Youth Energy Innovator Award. Matthew’s innovation focussed on power generation for rural communities in Zambia. He developed a community managed, micro-grid utility that enables the deliverable of digital energy services to rural customers.

Other top innovators at the summit include Tichaona Matte from Zimbabwe with Green Kidney Algae Biofuel and Wastewater Treatment System, Amartei Kisseih for harnessing plastic waste in the build of portable multi-mount Vertical Axis Wind Turbines aiding coastal power generation; and John Magiro  Wangari from Kenya for his desalination project using hydro energy.

According to a statement from Thembisa, the 10th Africa Energy Indaba has created a much-needed platform for youth talent in Africa to showcase their important work.

It said the top five innovators were chosen during some stringent selection process the past three months. 

“The African Energy Indaba has shown its support and the importance of giving visibility and awareness to the talented youth of Africa. This award provides an important platform for our youth Innovators on the African Continent,” said Deveena Subramony, Project Manager for the African Youth Energy Innovator Initiative.

The top 5 innovators, who hail from across the continent, pitched their products to a panel of judges and after a tough Q&A session, the winner of the evening emerged. 


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