Mr Prince Essel
Mr Prince Essel, a UMaT final year BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering student has been selected among ten finalists for the 2016 maiden Africa Energy Generation Prize and the only Ghanaian.
This is the first pan-African innovation and invention contest of non-conventional energy sources. The competition was organised by the Energy Generation Africa, Paris, with support from Akon Lighting Africa Initiative, Solektra Solar Academy, Bamako, Mali, and Schneider Electric, France.
The competition received several applications from young energy project leaders across Africa but only 40 applications from 16 nationalities were short-listed and ten finalists were selected to be integrated into the Energy Generation Academy for a one year high level training programme.
The Energy Generation Academy is the first training center with the objective to provide young project leaders the required specialised training of excellence in the development of unconventional sources of energy. This is to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa through technological innovation and youth entrepreneurship. Mr Essel will be staying in the pan-African Energy Generation Academy which is based in Lomé, Togo for one year for the training programme.
Mr Prince Essel’s project is to develop a 25 Megawatt greenfield biodiesel power plant known as Komenda 25 project as a remedy for the country’s energy crisis.
Three top finalists who would be selected by a Jury would be rewarded with 5,000, 3,000 and 2,000 Euros each as well as training in the Solektra Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali. The Awards ceremony has been scheduled for January 2017 in Lomé, Togo.
Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar, (University Relations)