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Prince Essel Speaking to the Media After the Competition 1
Prince Essel Speaking to the Media After the Competition

A UMaT BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate, Mr Prince Essel, has again made UMaT and Ghana proud. He is one of three winners of the MakeInAfrica 2018 competition held in Rome in October, 2018. The Organisers received 120 start-up projects from across Africa and the Diaspora for three categories and shortlisted 10 projects for each category and finally 3 top projects, one from each category, emerged winners. Mr Essel was the only Ghanaian among the top three winners.

Mr Prince Essel is the Chief Executive Officer of Maiseville Ghana, a Ghanaian for-profit social business that develops off–grid energy solutions for rural populations in Africa which he Co-Founded. He came up with a sustainable solution for access to energy. His “Solar Pulse Power Hub” project is a portable solar energy generator that supports small rural businesses by providing clean, reliable and cheap energy. The Power Hub has an incorporated, inclusive, flexible and accessible “pay-as-you-go” payment system.

MakeInAfrica, is a contest that is run by Maker Faire Rome 2018 and sponsored by Eni. It aims at identifying, supporting and publicising projects and innovative solutions for energy access in African countries. The Prize has been created from the desire to identify, support and distribute the realisation of innovative technological solutions for accessing energy, for supporting a circular economy and energy efficiency in Africa, which will improve the quality of life of the rural populations.  An overall prize for 3 winners for each category under the Contest was allocated and awarded. The prize included one hospitality package (Intercontinental flight to Rome, accommodation and board) during the Maker Faire Rome 2018 provided by Eni with a maximum value of Euro 15,000.00 (and up to a maximum of Euro 5,000 per winner and one booth in a dedicated area of Maker Faire Rome to allow the winners to exhibit their technology, provided by Maker Faire Rome. The other two winners came from Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Mr Essel Explaining a Point to the Press
Mr Essel Explaining a Point to the Press

The event provided an opportunity to debate new economic models and practical solutions in energy. The topics of innovation and the circular economy were discussed in the presence of guests from schools, universities and institutions, together with the world of makers, incubators, fabrication laboratories and journalists.

Mr Essel, was also the only Ghanaian among ten winners across Africa of the Africa Energy Generation Prize to be selected in October 2016 for the next phase of the competition and won the second prize. This was a Pan-African innovation and invention contest for affordable and sustainable energy solutions. Mr Essel’s "Eco Diesel" project allowed him to produce fuel based on plastic waste. Prince took home 3,000 Euros as his prize money at the Lomé Mini Maker Faire, the first innovation fair to be held in Togo.



Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office