The solar direct-drive refrigerators have been transformative, as they have many advantages and require less maintenance. With solar direct-drive, the electricity goes directly to the fridge and the appliance is able to function without a battery.

The energy sector remains one of the least gender diverse industries in the world – only 32% of its workforce is female. Reinforcing gender equality in any industry is key to generating widespread, holistic results.

A team of scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China has developed an efficient and sustainable hierarchical steam generator that, with the help of bacterial cellulose nanocomposites, harnesses solar energy to purify water.

The super-hydrophobic coating using functional nanoparticles repels dust deposition on the solar panels and cleans itself by the action of water on the modules.

A commercial deal in Kenya marks the first application of balloon-powered internet in Africa. The balloons are powered by solar panels and controlled by software on the ground.

The State of the Global Mini-Grids Market Report 2020 looks into the most effective policies for mini-grid development in different countries, including subsidies, licensing, tariff setting and grid arrival.

The most exciting thing about the social finance sector is that it is continuously innovating, with new approaches that range from scaling blended finance instruments to leveraging blockchain for transaction transparency.

The funding has been issued through the Access to Energy (A2E) Fund and will finance projects in Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Malawi.

U.S. startup Orison is ready to test its “energy storage as home appliance” concept in Australia and Europe following an $8.5 million seed round.

The USD 30 Mn investment will go into AfricInvest’s first close of its multi-sector private equity fund, with which Proparco will support the development of strong local and regional consumer-driven businesses.

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