Pamoja and ENTRADE to build 100 micro-power-grids in East Africa providing clean energy while saving lives.

After the strong impact of the pilot program, Pamoja has announced to bring carbon neutral power to 30,000 people and 15,000 farmers in rural Uganda.

ENTRADE’s technology, operated by Pamoja, will provide carbon neutral energy as well as access to clean cooking fuel to rural communities in East Africa, empowering growth whilst saving lives.

Los Angeles/ Stockholm/ Duesseldorf - Reducing carbon emissions while improving peoples lives in developing countries is currently the major topic during the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change in Paris. Pamoja Cleantech has been among the leaders in implementing decentralized micro-grid power systems in East Africa funded and supported, among others, by World Bank, as well as United Nations Business Call to Action and the Nordic Climate Fund through a partnership with Norges Vel. Pamoja has been part of a 10,000 hour testing of micro-power units that, for the first time, turn regionally available waste into clean, carbon-neutral energy that can power a micro-grid 24/7 with minimum maintenance. After the overwhelming success of the first two micro-grids, the project which is supported by the Ugandan National Council for Science and Technology and the Ugandan Industrial Research Institute and Rural Electrification Agency will expand to 100 villages by the end of 2017.

By the year 2020, the climate impact of the project will be 150,000 tons of CO2 through replacing diesel generators with a clean-energy alternative while avoiding methane emissions due to the decay of raw biomass. It will promote growth in 100 communities that currently have no reliable access to electricity as well as avoid hundreds of pre-mature deaths, especially women and children, by providing clean cooking fuel based on ENTRADE’s E-Fuel. The ENTRADE- Pamoja-team is very excited about the recent announcements from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the BREAKTHROUGH ENERGY COALITION to invest into further development in this field. The goal is to bring long missing attention to the fundamental challenge of furthering growth in developing countries while reducing carbon emissions.

““ENTRADE’s technology will bring 24/7 base-load power to the people of Uganda, establishing a micro-grid that solar can be a part of when available. We are very impressed with the impact this technology will have for the people in Africa„ Peik Stenlund, Direcor Pamoja Cleantech AB
“ The E3 is a great example of leapfrogging technologies that enables system change in entire communities. This innovation will completely change the way we think of waste to energy. „ Julien Uhlig, CEO ENTRADE AG
Business Model

The business model is an integrated system for generating power from waste materials to create socially and economically thriving communities and sustainable development. ENTRADE’s machinery, operated by the Pamoja engineering team, provides electricity and cooling as well as clean cooking fuels.

This lays the ground work for a circular economy of growing biomass, which mixed with regionally available waste, becomes a clean fuel for power generation and cooking. The ash produced in the process has a high carbon content is used as biochar which improves the soil for crop production. This range of community services provides enormous benefits including low income consumers, especially for women. Pamoja operates agro-processing sites that upgrade agricultural products through processes such as drying, creating better returns and less waste for small scale farming operations.

The Technology

ENTRADE’s E3 bio-waste to power generator has been called the holy grail of active power generation by TW Power Ltd. in the UK. A 20 ft. container can provide enough 24/7 electricity to supply 800 people in East Africa. From the start, the system has been designed to replace diesel used in diesel-generators with carbon-neutral regional energy sources such as wood waste and nutshells as well as plastic bottles. The development has partially been funded by the German Ministry of Technology as well as the Austrian Agency at FFG. Through large scale production, ENTRADE has been able to reduce system prices to an amount that makes the E3 system the perfect backbone of a micro-grid even in harsh environments. E3 systems are currently operational in Scotland, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States of America.

Background information

Around 3 billion people cook using open fires and simple stoves...620 million sub-Saharan Africans live without access to electricity.

Over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels. More than 50% of premature deaths among children under 5 are due to pneumonia caused by particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution. 3.8 million premature deaths annually from noncommunicable diseases including stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),  and lung cancer are all attributed to exposure to household air pollution.- World Health Organization

More than 620 million sub-Saharan Africans live without access to electricity...that is more than any world region and nearly half of the globe total (new IEA Africa Energy Outlook reports) . While more than 99% of North Africa’s population has access to electricity, Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where the number of people increase without increasing access to the electricity. The rate of access across sub-Saharan Africa rose to 32% in 2012 from 23% in 2000, led by Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon, and Mozambique. But the number of people without electricity rose in 37 countries in the region as rapid population growth keeps outpacing the many positive efforts to provide access.- IEA

“Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It‘s the light that children study by; the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It’s the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs. And it’s the connection that’s needed to plug Africa into the grid of the global economy. You’ve got to have power.„ PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, JUNE 2013

ENTRADE was founded in 2009 to develop a small-scale biomass generator to produce electricity, heating and cooling from waste products. ENTRADE is part of Nasdaq Private Market and has recently become a portfolio company of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator as well as part of the German Accelerator program in Silicon Valley. ENTRADE and it´s engineering company Agnion Energy have been funded in over 40 government programs and manages the pop program for the German Development Agency, GIZ in Serbia. 

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Pamoja Cleantech was founded in 2010 in Stockholm in order to finance, build and operate power systems and agro-processing sites in East Africa. With a strong focus on social-impact- and cleantech investments. Pamoja has been supported or funded by the Swedish International Development Fund – Innovations Against Poverty, UNIDO, United Nations - Business Call to Action as well as the Ugandan National Council for Science and Technology. Pamoja successfully operates off-grid renewable power system sites in Uganda. Pamoja is currently establishing a foundation in California in order to raise support for growing the impact technology is having establishing a carbon neutral future in developing countries.

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