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…

Shell Foundation supported S4S Technologies claims Earthshot Prize

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Shell Foundation portfolio partner, S4S Technologies, was announced last week as a winner of the 2023 Earthshot Prize in the ‘Build a Waste-Free World’ category. S4S was awarded £1 million to help scale their innovative solutions and growth in India and beyond.   Impact of S4S Technologies  S4S Technologies (S4S) is an Indian food tech…

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…

Kofa’s multi-purpose battery tech is increasing transporter and business productivity across Africa

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Shell Foundation partner Kofa’s multi-purpose battery network has recently featured in articles in both CleanTechnica and Medium demonstrating how urban transporters and micro-entrepreneurs across Africa can lower costs and increase productivity through access to  clean energy tech. Based in Ghana – with funding from SF and UK Aid from the UK government under its Transforming…

SF & BII sign MoU to work in partnership to increase access to finance for clean energy businesses in Africa and South Asia

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Shell Foundation (SF), the UK-registered charity supporting energy access market solutions in Africa and South Asia, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with British International Investment (BII), the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, to work in partnership to support the just and inclusive energy transition in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Through…

HavenHill Synergy Ltd

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KEY FACTS Deployed mini-grids to 30 off-grid communities in Nigeria currently serving the energy needs of over 15,000 households and businesses. Raised commercial debt funding of $4.6 million to electrify 22 communities in 2021 Electrified 38 healthcare facilities with a combined capacity of over 1MW of Solar-Hybrid Systems Havenhill Synergy Limited is committed to providing…

Promoting banana farming in Tanzania 

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Bananas and plantains form the staple food in the high rainfall areas of Tanzania.  Over 900,000 farming households in the country are engaged in banana production.  In particular, in the areas of Kilimanjaro, Kagera and Mbeya, up to 95% of households grow bananas for food and/or economic reasons, contributing more than 60% of bananas grown…

Unlocking Sustainable Livelihood Opportunities for Rural Women

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The POWERED programme launched by SF, the UK Government and DST Government of India in 2017 supports social enterprises in India to expand their businesses and in so doing, increases the economic empowerment of women-owned businesses in the Indian energy space. Under the POWERED umbrella, SF partners CEEW and Villgro have established Powering Livelihoods, a…

Exploring avocado pomace and briquettes as alternative fuel sources

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Firewood remains a highly important energy source for small businesses across Africa but it is, of course, highly polluting. One of the ways in which small-scale food production enterprises are reducing their CO2 emissions is through transitioning from traditional fuel sources to biofuels as a means of powering their production processes. Supported by funding from…