Born in a climate-change affected South Pacific Island, Vaitea Cowan co-founded Enapter to turn back the tide. Just three years on, its green hydrogen technology could change the way we power our world.
We have made huge advances in renewable energy. But we can still go further. With 30% of our energy already renewable, we need to focus on the 70% that remains: non-renewable energy that powers everything from industry to transport.
Enapter provides a clean alternative. Its AEM Electrolyser technology turns renewable electricity into emission-free hydrogen gas. Developed quicker and cheaper than once thought possible, the technology already fuels cars and planes, powers industry and heats homes.
This is just the start. Funding from winning The Earthshot Prize would help scale mass production, which is planned to begin in 2022, while growing the team faster and funding further research and development. By 2050, Enapter’s vision is to account for 10% of the world’s hydrogen generation.
Enapter shows us that, when faced with the greatest of challenges, we can turn back the tide.
We choose to fix the world’s climate by cutting out carbon and building a carbon-neutral economy that lets every culture, community and country thrive. Meet the Finalists who are going to help us tackle climate change with their astounding work.
Olugbenga Olubanjo grew up in Nigeria as one of 600 million Africans without reliable electricity access. He founded Reeddi, a cleantech start-up, to change this. The solution both protects the environment and provides reliable, affordable electricity.
Global demand for electricity is growing. Increased demand, especially in developing countries, means more economic growth. But too often this comes at the expense of the environment, as fossil fuel use grows. Reeddi Capsules provide a solution. Its solar-powered energy capsule, a lithium battery, can be rented and returned for $0.50 a day, cutting energy costs by 30% and boosting local businesses.
The company already provides clean electricity to over 600 combined households and businesses monthly and is on track to adding 12,000 new households and businesses monthly by the end of 2021.
Funding from The Earthshot Prize, however, would help it go global, reaching 12,000 households per month in 2022. At this scale, the company’s production costs per unit would be cut by 30% and Reeddi would be able to successfully utilize data-driven and digitally-enabled systems to simplify customers’ journey to accessing clean, affordable energy.
If Reeddi Capsules succeeds, it will prove clean energy access and economic development can go hand in hand.View Website
Across the world, close to a billion people have no electricity. Without it, they often burn charcoal and wood, with dire consequences for human and planetary health. The world needs new thinking to reduce energy poverty and emissions.
SOLshare provides it. Bangladesh-based SOLshare created SOLbazaar, the world’s first peer-to-peer energy exchange network. Homes with a rooftop solar panel sell any excess electricity into a microgrid network where others can buy it. It helps the environment, but also gives poor communities a new and plentiful source of income: the sun.
SOLshare’s 72 grids have already helped more than 7500 people in remote communities. They also reduce emissions by 30% and make money for its prosumers in real-time. Energy trading has boosted some household incomes by 25%.
Winning The Earthshot Prize would help SOLshare expand its reach and business line, integrating micromobility based on 1.75 million e-rickshaws, the country’s remote transportation backbone. It’s proof that the nations most threatened by climate change — like Bangladesh — can lead the fight against it.View Website