The German government has partnered Nigeria on solar-powered food storage designs to ensure a greater part of the country’s farm yield does not get wasted due to challenges emanating from poor power supply.
In a seminar titled, “Start-ups in Renewable Energy,” aimed at giving young creative German and Nigerian entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and sustainable business models a platform to share experiences and introduce their business models and products, the German government, through its foreign energy policy fund has introduced a design, Cold hub, to support young entrepreneurs who are especially involved in agriculture but record loses due to lack of storage facilities or power hindrances.
The Chief operating officer Cold hub, Mr. Benjamin Igbokwe said the design is essentially built to greatly reduce post-harvest loss for 470 million small farmers in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
He said: “Our innovation, ColdHubs extends shelf life of perishable food from 2 to 21 days. Perishable food especially fresh fruits and vegetables start to deteriorate as soon as they are harvested because they are cut off from their source of water and nutrition. They lose weight, texture, flavor, nutritional value and appeal. Cooling significantly slows down the rate of deterioration, thereby increasing the storage life of the produce.”
Also, the CEO Arnergy Solar limited, Mr. Femi Adeyemo, in his presentation, said that energy is a for-profit mini-utility social enterprise that leverages on credit analytics and prepaid metering technology to deploy solar energy solutions to homes and businesses across Africa.
He said that the product lightens up homes and offices in cities across Africa with innovative solar solutions, offering a broad range of solar solutions tailor-made for residential homes, SMEs and large enterprises.
“Arnergy is a Nigerian startup tackling the growing demand for urban rooftop solar energy in Nigeria. We custom design solar energy systems for commercial and residential clients using tried and tested, intelligent solar energy system ensuring Africans have 24/7 power in their homes while reducing operating expenses of African businesses saving them huge costs otherwise spent on diesel/petrol generator maintenance and increased revenue otherwise lost to cut in production.”
According to him, we are pioneering the frontier in rural and urban electrification through the provision of affordable and highly efficient electricity from solar energy.
“We provide two main solutions: Pay As You Go (PAYG) Solar Home System (SHS) and MiniGrid Solutions for Rural residents and Solar Packages for Urban homes and businesses. ARNERGY has powered 2,000+ Households and small businesses in 5 rural villages in Nigeria with solar.”
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