Improving accessibility of productive-use solar products

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Solar irrigation has many benefits such as supporting energy access, food security, poverty alleviation, climate adaptation and mitigation, as well as responsible water resource management.  However, the technology has faced challenges in its wide adoption by smallholder farmers in Africa who contribute up to 70% of the food supply on the continent. Technical and financial…

Financial innovations are key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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Mobilising capital to fund early-stage innovations is central to Shell Foundation’s five-year strategy. These innovations are critical to advancing the social, economic, and environmental goals, creating technology and services at scale, which can reach under-served customers who are often excluded from the financial system. Social enterprises face a crucial dilemma: How do they generate sufficient…

Insights from a Pilot Programme for Healthcare Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Healthcare facilities need reliable and affordable electricity to provide quality care and strengthen health systems. However, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa lack consistent power supply, affecting their ability to serve their patients effectively. To address this challenge, Shell Foundation, the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office through the Transforming Energy Access platform, Power Africa,…

Current funding trends for health facility electrification is widening the investment gap

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A comprehensive health facility electrification (HFE) report has been published, which highlights the total investment and the subsequent investment gap needed to sustainably electrify health facilities across seven countries in the Global South. Partnerships, strategy, and support In a collaborative project supported by Shell Foundation with UK Aid though the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform,…

Partnering to build Malawi’s premier PAYGo solar company

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Supporting early-stage innovators to develop income-generating energy technologies is at the core of Shell Foundation’s strategy. Alongside the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, through the TIME partnership, we have been supporting VentureBuilder since 2019.   Benefits of in country knowledge VentureBuilder looks to support African-owned and managed off-grid solar distribution businesses. These enterprises know their…

Scaling real-time transport information in Kampala

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Urban Transporters are the lifeblood of cities. They move people and goods in urban settings. This is why Urban Transporters are a critical component to the Shell Foundation’s mission to empower 60 million people with income generating energy access by 2032. Harnessing data and information To achieve our mission, Shell Foundation puts an emphasis on…

How a swappable battery network can support and extend grid infrastructure 

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A swappable battery network has promising potential to transform how renewable electricity is generated, distributed and consumed in sub-Saharan Africa. Shell Foundation’s partner, Kofa Holdings, has produced a white paper outlining the potential benefits.  Benefits to the customer  With funding and support from Shell Foundation and the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, through their…

Addressing India’s Energy Trilemma with Productive-use DRE

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Addressing the energy trilemma of security, affordability and sustainability remains critical for India’s green development. A potential solution could be the use of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) approaches which tend to make use of renewable energy sources, such as biomass and solar. Shell Foundation portfolio partner S4S Technologies supports women entrepreneurs to convert farm losses…

Understanding the Impact of Electric Pressure Cookers in East Africa

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It is estimated that in sub-Saharan Africa, women spend three times longer than men on daily household tasks such as cooking.  This gives them little time to spend on paid work or education. These women, if empowered, could really make a difference to their local communities, but instead seem destined to spend most of their…

Exploring the opportunities and impact of sustainable batteries in East Africa

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Although battery usage across Africa has been increasing in recent years and has contributed significantly to the rise of electricity access in Africa from 25% to 47% of the population, key challenges still need to be addressed in order to serve the remaining 600 million people who lack access to electricity. The high cost of…