Two prototype hydrogen fuel cell-based generators are being developed to support the developing countries of Namibia and Pakistan.
Estonian cleantech start-up PowerUP Energy Technologies today (16th March) confirmed it has received a €150,000 grant for the development of the systems that should be complete by the end of next year (2022).
By the end of 2023, the company hopes to have its innovations tested and validated by Mushi Bio Power in Namibia and the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) in Pakistan.
“In developing countries, the electricity grid is less developed and unstable, and in most regions weather conditions are harsher than here in Europe,” explains Dr. Ivar Kruusenberg, Founder and CEO of PowerUP Energy Technologies.
“When it is extremely important to ensure the efficient operation of communications and electricity networks, in these harsh climatic conditions, the existing energy solutions tend to fail the most. Though diesel generators are an option used in most developing countries due to being affordable, they come with the underlying cost of polluting our environment.”
“The aim of our project is to introduce clean energy solutions in these developing countries with the help of our testing partners in Namibia and Pakistan. Through this collaboration, we are reassuring our commitment to building cleaner and safer energy solutions for everyone.”
Pontianus Mukishi, CEO of Mushi Bio Power, added, “We chose to become a partner in this project as it assists the communities who need electricity in rural areas and ensures to provide clean light by reducing the dependence on candles for lighting purposes.”
“The technology we would be provided through this collaboration is highly in demand in Namibia as some communities are still deprived of basic needs such as having access to clean light at the houses, business premises, churches, and clubs. We look forward to the fuel cell generator being installed in our country and if all goes well, it could even be considered at a large scale.”