Student Energy Fellowship
The Student Energy Fellowship provides core energy systems education and builds project and leadership skills for young people to take action on the energy system, through a 8-month virtual program paired with mentorship and a project.
Applications for the 2024 cohort will open in October!
To meet the world’s emissions reduction targets, address the climate crisis, and implement low carbon technologies, we need a capable and diverse workforce motivated to accelerate the energy transition. A high-level overview of energy systems and project development skills, the Student Energy Fellowship is a program for young people who are looking to take the next step on their energy transition journey.
The Student Energy Fellowship Program is designed for young people interested in and passionate about the energy transition who can commit to developing a project idea with a team or individually over 8 months. As a multidisciplinary program, the Fellowship aims to help participants find their unique path towards accelerating the energy transition through the many possible career paths available today. We hope that Fellows will continue to use their skills, networks, and experiences from the program to continue accelerating the energy transition beyond the Fellowship. The program consists of peer learning, project and leadership skills development, mentoring sessions, and networking with Fellows from around the world.
Whether this is your first foray into the energy world or you have already started working in the field, we encourage all experience levels to apply! The program curriculum teaches the foundations of project development, providing skills that apply to any level.
The Fellowship program attracts youth from across the globe
Past Fellows are well equipped to pursue energy projects in their communities
Accelerating youth innovation
The Student Energy Fellowship program consists of specialized coursework and mentoring sessions paired with a chance to implement your learnings and make an impact through a project. The course is broken down into two tracks:
Track 1 is the energy knowledge component of the program, where we dive deep into the basics of the current energy system, and the different systems that influence it;
Track 2 focuses on project and leadership skills, and allows participants to learn and practice these skills in relation to their projects.
Each month you will be assigned a module from both Track 1 and Track 2. Each unit is packed with information, knowledge checks, interactive elements, and dive deeper resources. The skills you learn in each unit not only help you launch your project but are also core project and professional skills.
The project portion of the Student Energy Fellowship is designed to help you apply and practice your learnings and skills gained throughout the program. Over the 8-months of the fellowship, your coach will help you through the processes of problem identification, early-stage project development, and community engagement to name a few.
Whether you have a concrete project idea or simply an issue you’re passionate about, the Fellowship coaches will help you and your team to develop a project plan and narrow down your ideas. So long as it is in some way related to the energy transition – the sky is the limit!
Subarna Subedi is a final-year undergraduate mechanical engineering student with a major in energy at the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University. With experience advocating for climate change and the requirement for an energy transition at various national and international conferences. The project is about gaining more knowledge about the key obstacles to the adoption of electric cooking and how to overcome them successfully, by encouraging the government to make necessary policy changes so that the Nepalese people will embrace more environmentally friendly cooking practices, as Nepal is lagging behind the adoption of electric cooking as most people still use conventional biofuels and LPG.
Ahmed Abi Abdi Warsame
Ahmed Abi Abdi Warsame holds a Bachelor’s (BSc) training from the University of Bahri (Sudan), which was funded through a government scholarship. He further pursued his master’s (MSc) studies in Uganda, through the RUFORUM@MasterCard scholarship. Ahmed’s through his project “PowerUp”, which is an initiative aimed at addressing the problem of frequent power cuts in remote cities, aims to provide a sustainable and long-term solution to this problem by using renewable energy sources, through the use of a combination of solar, wind, and hydropower sources to generate electricity. The project will involve the installation of solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric generators in strategic locations throughout the city. These sources will be connected to a power grid that will distribute electricity to the community.
Rock AGON is a senior technician in renewable energy and energy systems who is passionate about climate change and conserving the environment. His strong passion for climate change made him pursue a bachelor’s degree in renewable energy and energy systems at the University of Abomey Calavi. He chose renewable energy because he wants to be part of the problem-solvers in Africa who are taking initiative to combat the effects of climate change. Rock believes that with renewable energy and responsible agriculture, the disastrous consequences of global warming can drastically be reduced. He is currently honing his skills as a promoter at SEFAID, a company specialising in engineering and energy services. Rock intends to gain as much experience as possible through internships and volunteer work. The project aims to manufacture a hybrid bike that uses gasoline and electricity and can be rechargeable with a solar energy system.
Susan’s passion for energy started with her time with the Ondiek Ten Top Youth Group during her undergraduate studies where she volunteered on projects related to waste management at the household level, which involved the support of women through educating them on proper waste segregation, as well as her partnership in 2021 with M-taka team as the face of their app, that aimed at creating an app that offers incentives to households on every recyclable they delivered. Through these experiences, her passion to create a sustainable environment for her community grew, which is why she aims to use this program to enhance her understanding of organic waste to find ways to create clean energy, through waste management.
Naphtali Akudung is a social entrepreneur and a climate activist who works at the intersection of climate change and its impact on businesses and social development. He is a physicist by training and the founder of Climrenew, a social enterprise that creates climate change awareness and provides consultancy services on renewable energy, plastic waste, and sustainable agriculture.
Climrenew aims to provide awareness of climate change by providing consultancy services on renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and plastic waste while helping small business owners build sustainable products by connecting them with green tech solutions. As part of the project, Climrenew aims to provide corporate advice on energy utilization, provide sustainability plans for industries and businesses, and help design projects that can suit energy needs in a more sustainable manner.
Simon Apil is a final year student of Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience and Production at Makerere University Kampala. For the program, Simon will be working on a research project on the “Pyrolysis of a mixture of bio-waste to generate a low carbon emission fuel as a driver for a cleaner economy.” This research study digs into deeper pyrolysis findings regarding the conversion of bio-waste wastes into usable fuel to be able to run vehicles and trucks, with the objective of improving the study about waste in Kampala capital city regarding bio-waste distribution, as well as improving pyrolysis products already in the market and aim to lower carbon content by an impactful margin.
Fowedlung Asongseuh Ashiangwi
Fowedlung Asongseuh Ashiangwi
Fowedlung Ashiangwi is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He is passionate about making the planet more livable by joining efforts in the fight against climate change through long-lasting policies. Being an enthusiast of PV systems and adequate waste management, he wishes to share his knowledge with other youths on how to convert domestic waste into various forms that aren’t harmful to the environment, as waste Management still stands as a major problem in developing countries. This is due to the lack of knowledge and how to go about separating wastes to be handed over for different recycling processes. It’s on this note that he proposes a project that will build a well-customized platform that will educate the local population on how to go about separating their wasted and what can be done with the various constituents. As a means of encouraging the entire community, the project is aimed at buying their respective separated waste and handing it over to the recycling companies in charge. This will help in reducing land, sea and air pollution by waste products that can be used for alternative purposes.
Ashwin is a material scientist with aspirations of building a social enterprise around agriculture and waste management. He aims to build a SYSTEM to utilize agricultural residues for energy applications. In the short term, he wants to create a supply chain to economically bring waste to a central treatment facility, and in the longer term, he wants to get funding to set up Chemical recycling biorefineries to manufacture fine chemicals.
GREEN WAY TRANSFO
BOUA SIDOINE KADJO
Kadjo is a PhD student in Renewable Energy and Climate Change at Institut National Polytechnique Felix HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY (INP-HB), Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire. He is a graduate of a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management at the University of Nangui Abrogoua in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He is passionate about environmental management and renewable energies, he worked on an end-of-cycle project about the energy recovery of organic waste, particularly household waste, through the production of biogas. After graduating BOUA worked as an expert in Environmental and Social Safeguarding for two years. Through his research ideas in Waste-To-Energy, he started a start-up in high-added value waste valorization, called GREEN WAY TRANSFO, which is currently incubated at the World Bank African Centre of Excellence in High Added Value Waste Valorization (CEA-VALOPRO) of the INP-HB.
BOUA is also a trainer in Bioenergy and has coordinated a research project funded by CEREEC/ECOWAS and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). He is also a member of several global and international organisations such as the World Youth Parliament for Water, the ELIT Association (France) and the African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development (ANYL4PSD (Cameroon). And has participated in several international conferences and symposiums: in Benin, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Morocco. BOUA is currently doing research at the Laboratory of Fluid and Energy Systems Engineering (LIFSE). His project is to valorise agricultural and agro-industrial waste into biofuels, compost and biopesticides.
Cynthia Nekesa is a software engineer who graduated from the African Leadership University and has a massive passion for impacting people’s lives, from individuals to communities. The G.C.G.O.s close to her heart include agriculture, climate change, and women empowerment, all brought about from her life experience in the rural area where her folks always carried out agriculture but were still facing massive challenges from food insecurity to malnutrition to poverty. This is what brought the project Ukulima+ to life. Ukulima’ is a Swahili word meaning agriculture. The project with the tagline ‘Agriculture for better livelihoods’ aims to improve and transform the lives of farmers in her community, through an IoT device for farmers to use while preparing for plantation by measuring the soil components to determine the right crop to grow and the method of farming they should employ for that planting season.
Israel has a major in industrial chemistry and is currently undergoing capacity training as a CO2 removal operator in the ammonia production plant of Notore Chemical Industries (A Urea fertilizer-producing company). Israel is a greenhorn in the area of sustainable energy fueled by his interest in championing a transition to sustainable energy in providing clean and affordable energy, in his local community, nation and the world at large. Through “iNERGY” he aims to tackle access to energy and energy poverty, to help his local community by teaching, carrying out energy campaigns and making solar-powered lamps that will spur the interest of the kids to see education as a potent tool for individual and nation building. He is motivated to bring positive change in his community and be a champion of the SDG 7 & 11 goals as regards energy and climate.
Ellen is a passionate advocate for sustainable energy and the power of Artificial Intelligence to optimise energy storage systems. With a background in Electrical Engineering, Ellen was inspired to pursue her interests, working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and energy storage. Her goal is to develop cutting-edge solutions that leverage AI, to optimize energy storage systems, making them more efficient, reliable and cost-effective. With a deep desire for continuous learning and self-improvement, she is uniquely positioned to tackle the complex challenges facing the industry today. Ellen is passionate about creating a sustainable energy future and believes that her work has the potential to transform the way energy is stored and used around the world. Artificial Intelligence and Energy Storage.
CLIMATE JUSTICE AND DISASTER RESILIENCE: ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING THROUGH EFFECTIVE POLICIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Anthonia has a background in law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She currently works as a policy analyst and lawyer and is passionate about climate justice and how effective policies and commitment by the international community and various governments of the world can salvage the environmental footprint of consumption which has gone up excessively in today’s world. Her project will be a catalyst for other greater projects which will promote the view of the climate crisis through the human rights lens. This will be done by insisting on a civil rights movement involving the people and communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and not just the usual discourse around green gas. Her project seeks to create an impact by ensuring that governments of the world keep their obligations in the international covenants and ensure that people and communities most affected are not meant to suffer the inequalities caused. Her project will be embedded in human rights/welfare and security.
Mapping the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals to Different Renewable Energy Technologies to Reveal Complementing and Counteracting Effects.
Clifford is currently pursuing a graduate certificate degree in Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage. And describes himself as analytical, self-motivated and curious. These qualities were mirrored during his internships and leadership roles. He is also passionate about international development, where he co-led a team towards the implementation of 4 humanitarian projects in Bauchi State.
Clifford is also passionate about data analysis, especially energy and climate data. After completing a data analytics nano degree with Udacity, he aims to dedicate his time to analysing authoritative energy and climate data.
Growing Perils: The Learning of Weaponisation of Trade through Energy Markets
Dyuti has a background in international trade law from the School of Maritime Law, Policy, and Administration, at Gujarat Maritime University, India. During her master’s studies, she started to understand how trade was progressing on the pathway of being weaponized, due to ongoing political turmoils and precarity between nations. She felt that nations were drifting away from the idea of free trade, thereby marking a fundamental rethinking of the global order. Her involvement with the libertarian movement over the years has shaped her understanding and interests in why there needs to be free trade and markets. Her project is inspired by Rebecca Harding’s book, “Weaponisation of Trade” and through her project, Dyuti hopes to further research in this area that can allow her to come across solutions that can help neutralize energy as a weapon in trade. Through policy writing, the project aims to bridge knowledge gaps in trade and energy weaponization, while highlighting the impacts of the same if not realized sooner.
Characterization and Utilization of Agro-processed Biomass for Clean Cooking Solutions in Tanzania
Erasto Bebego Fundichuma
Erasto aims to become a reputable renewable energy expert in addressing community energy through problem intervention in Tanzania, his home country. and elsewhere by utilizing a variety of platforms that have a significant impact on his career. Amongst other subparts of sustainable resources in Tanzania, he still sees that access to clean cooking has continuously become a problem for the majority of Tanzania; however, the government itself has tried to show up, and still, more efforts are required to replace the traditional cooking methods.
Promoting a circular bio-economy
Faizan Aurangzeb has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Punjab. He belongs to Lahore, Pakistan, which has been declared one of the worst polluted cities in the world. His past experiences include developing a working model of a soil microbial fuel cell and successfully simulating the production of Biodiesel from Algae with a production rate of 19,000 U.S gallons/year. Realizing the environmental challenges his city and his country face, he is determined to combat this problem effectively by engaging stakeholders such as the public, local government, and Non-Governmental Organizations. He is an environmentalist and believes that going green and utilizing renewable sources is the answer to the global energy and climate crisis. He is a researcher and likes to write and translate articles on green energy, the circular economy, and climate change. His ambition is to promote a circular bio-economy in his country and develop low-cost energy-efficient bio-based fuels and bioproducts.
Ibrahim is a finance expert with over a decade of experience in investment banking and private equity. He is passionate about using his expertise to create positive social and environmental impact through innovative financial products and services. Greenovation is a team of passionate individuals committed to creating a sustainable future through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Greenovation team is dedicated to creating a platform that makes it easy for individuals and institutions to invest in climate-friendly projects and support the transition to a low-carbon economy. They are committed to creating a more sustainable future for Pakistan and the world. Our platform will use blockchain technology to provide a one-stop shop for investors who want to finance the transition to a low-carbon economy. We will offer green bonds and impact investments, which are financial products that aim to generate a positive environmental impact, in addition to financial returns. The platform will enable individuals and organizations to pool their funds together to finance renewable energy projects.
Nimra is currently pursuing a Master’s in Energy Systems Engineering at the prestigious U.S Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, her field of expertise entails extensive research and development projects aimed at exploring the fourth generation of small modular reactors, with a specific focus on clean hydrogen production. Her research work in this area is of immense significance, as it aims to revolutionize the energy sector’s landscape by developing clean and sustainable energy solutions to meet the world’s demands. With the interdisciplinary approach of Energy Systems Engineering, we are focusing on the development of advanced, innovative technologies to curb emissions and reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources. Her project is a fourth generation of Hydrogen production. This project is all about the production of clean Hydrogen through the splitting of Hydrogen from Water using SMR, Small Modular Reactor.
Nnenna, holds a strong academic background in Petroleum Engineering, having graduated from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. And is passionate about leveraging her expertise to foster clean and sustainable growth in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Her commitment to this cause drove her to seek out innovative and ethical solutions that prioritize both the industry’s growth and the environment’s health. She is currently working on a project that combines geothermal carbon capture and storage (GCCS) with AI-enhanced wellbore design to enhance energy production and facilitate CO2 sequestration. And her focus is on exploring the potential for CCS technology deployment in the Niger Delta region, which holds a substantial portion of Nigeria’s oil and gas reserves. The adoption of CCS technology in the Nigerian oil and gas industry could significantly reduce the industry’s carbon footprint while creating economic development and employment opportunities.
Solar Powered Absorption Refrigeration System
Ayomide is an award-winning researcher and founder of Solarance energy, Nigeria’s fastest-growing renewable energy company. His work promotes clean energy usage in Nigeria and West Africa, through research and knowledge creation in the field of renewable energy, as well as the deployment of solar technology for electricity and cooling, which currently serves over 100 users. Currently, in his final year of PhD, Ayomide currently works with the sustainable energy research centre (SERC) at his university, where he serves majorly as a research advisor to the government on energy policies, including the adoption of his multi-time electricity tariff policy recommendation which was fully adopted by the government in 2021. Ayomide has made over 6 peer-reviewed scientific publications in international journals and attended several conferences, including being selected as a youth delegate for the 2023 International renewable energy agency (IRENA).
Oluwanifemi has a background in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Landmark University. Having had first-hand experience with energy poverty, Oluwanifemi developed a deep-rooted desire to contribute to eradicating energy poverty while mitigating climate change in Nigeria. Fueling this passion she was selected as a fellow of the Climate Leadership Fellowship, where she trained students in secondary school on climate change. The question that sparked in her is “How can Nigeria’s education system be better utilised in unleashing innovative energy technology solutions.” This reinforced her choice of the project which is on educating senior secondary school students on energy transition in relation to the most urgent global challenge (Climate Crises). Oluwanifemi believes in the massive contributions the maximised potential of these young ones can make in accelerating energy transition while also mitigating climate change.
Amos is a final year student of Mechanical Engineering, at First Technical University, Ibadan. He is passionate about sustainable development goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, with a strong interest in renewable energy such as wind, solar, biogas etc. and the use of artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of these energy sources. He states, that data has shown that the northern part of Nigeria has the highest wind speed (average of 6 m/s) which makes it the best place for installing wind turbines in Nigeria, these data only showed the natural wind flow. Therefore his project aims to explore and analyze vehicle-induced wind flow on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the possibility of installing a mini turbine to generate energy from vehicle-induced airflow to power streetlights and traffic lights.
Waste to Wealth: Transforming farm waste into biogas and fertilizer for sustainable income in rural India.
Sidhant is an economics major specializing in development economics with a passion for sustainable development, particularly in improving local energy systems and waste-to-energy systems in India. He believes that efficient waste-to-energy systems can address both waste management issues and provide a sustainable source of energy for rural communities lacking access to basic amenities. Through his project, he hopes to tackle the waste management problem while simultaneously boosting the circular economy in rural areas. Sidhant’s project aims to turn waste into wealth by using co-digestion to create biogas and slurry for fertilizer. By addressing knowledge gaps in sustainable energy and waste management, the project seeks to raise awareness about the urgent need for climate action and mobilize local communities, particularly those disproportionately affected by the increasing prices of LPG. The project highlights the interconnectedness of environmental, social, and economic issues in rural India.
Developing Solar PV-based critical power supplies supported through energy storage systems
Sheikh Suhail Mohammad
Sheikh holds a B. Tech degree in Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering with distinction from BGSB University (State Public University, J&K, India) and a masters (M. Tech) degree in Power System with distinction (Silver Medalist) from Amity University (Research University, NAAC A+, New-Delhi, India). At present, he is pursuing a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar (Public Technical University ), India. His objective is to learn, implement and develop new technology in Renewable Power and Energy sector. This will help in the transition towards clean, affordable, reliable and secure power for all. It will not only allow people to participate in Energy and Power markets, but this transition is key for human survival. “Global Warming” is a big issue in the twenty-first century, hence the transition towards Renewable Energy should be made a topmost priority by all nations.
Wilhelmina Kamati holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from Cape Peninsula the University of Technology and a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Namibia Business School. She also holds a certificate in Project Management from Stellenbosch University. Wilhelmina has years of experience in the Mining industry specifically Uranium and Cement production. She recently joined the Electricity Distribution industry and one of the major challenges they are facing as the world transition to Renewable Energy is the possible loss of revenue when self-generating customers disconnect from the Grid. My thesis will be: The impact that self-generating customers have on the Electricity Distributing Companies’ revenue as they disconnect from the grid and recommendations to mitigate the possible revenue loss.
Integrated Solar Powered Water Supply and Purification System: Improving Affordable Clean Water Supply to households in urban and rural communities
Janet Ojeniyi, Kabir Atobatele
Kabir has a background in Water Resources Management and Sanitation, and has an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences (majored in Applied Geophysics) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso. He is a junior data analyst in the water and energy niche. Janet also holds an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences (major in Applied Geophysics) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso. She is a well-versed student researcher on groundwater exploration, she contributes to the investigation and resolution of the huge environmental problems in the karst region of southwestern Nigeria. She is also recognized as a renewable energy enthusiast.
The project idea comes as a result of the poor household quality drinking water challenges in Nigeria, as actions and support have been inadequate or non-existent over time. As young enterprising leaders consistently craving for measurable impacts, taking action which adds incessant values the team recognized this challenge faced by people in this context and are keen on taking charge by contributing their knowledge, skill-set and expertise to achieve sustainable impacts.
The Thermal Titans
Muntaha Anjum, Syeda Fardees Fatima, Syed Muhammad Aun Ali
The Thermal Titans is a team of three final-year students who are passionate about energy and determined to bring about change in the energy system and policies in Pakistan. Their aim is to promote the use of renewable energy sources, such as geothermal energy, to reduce Pakistan’s reliance on fossil fuels and mitigate the negative impact of climate change. They are committed to creating a sustainable energy future for Pakistan and improving the lives of its citizens, by exploring and developing a project to fully assess how Pakistan can utilize the country’s geothermal resources. The hope is to accomplish cleaner and better access to sustainable energy, energy reliability, and economic stability in such a way that we find a middle ground between fossil fuel energy consumption and sustainable energy, by securing the hydrocarbon reserves of Pakistan.
Mahutondji Cédric AGBESSI, Iyabo Angélique GNONLONSA
Green Biofuel is a startup made up of a team of young graduates who are well-versed in entrepreneurship and very determined to achieve energy transition and efficiency in agri-food processing units and in households. It has therefore initiated the green biofuel project which consists of providing modern and sustainable energy to women agro-processors and households at a relatively low price. Our green charcoal solution under the name “Akàn Zômanchi” is the product of a technology proven effective by a recent study that was conducted by our team. It is proposed to replace the wood energy excessively used in our tropics for cooking and allows to solve the problem of excessive use of deforestation and energy insecurity in rural and peri-urban areas. The team is gaining notoriety and was the winner of the TEF 2021 programme with a seed capital of $5000 USD with which they made a summary investment in kind. This has indeed enabled them to generate products and be identified as one of the 10 young innovators in West and Central Africa by the UNDP in 2022. Through this project, the team intend to facilitate access to effective and efficient energy that respects the environment through the valorization of food production and processing waste to produce ecological coal with high calorific value and hydrogen. The team would like to work on this project by refining the technology of producing biochar and hydrogen from biomass and being able to make this technology available directly to the grassroots community for direct impact.
Zackaria SAWADOGO, Djasndial TENODJI
Zackaria is a graduate in Electrical and Energy Engineering Engineer from the International Institute for water and environmental engineering (2iE) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. And currently works as Junior Energy Efficiency Engineer at Endeavour Mining in Burkina Faso. Djasndial is a graduate of electrical and energy engineering from the International Institute for Water and environmental engineering in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The general objective of their project is to build a 1 MW thermal storage system using local materials. The main goal is to promote Concentrated Solar Power Plants (CSP), encourage the development of thermal energy storage systems at the expense of electrochemical storage (batteries), and help accelerate the energy transition.
Penda and Vanessa
Penda Fall, Amalan Evora vanessa kakou
Penda and Vanessa are two young ladies from Cote d’Ivoire with a background in Physics obtained during their bachelor’s degree at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny University of Abidjan. After their BSc, they got a scholarship for an international Master’s program in Energy and Green Hydrogen Technology. Vanessa is studying Economy, Policies and Infrastructures for green hydrogen technologies at the Cheick Anta Diop University of Dakar while Penda is studying Photovoltaics for green hydrogen technologies at the Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey. Looking around them and thinking about their country in this context of climate change, they realized that actions need to be taken in local communities and as they share the same vision, they decided to work together on a project that will benefit their country and the world in general. They are driven by the goal of making the world a sustainable green space.
The team’s project idea is to train and sensitize people on today’s energy challenges mainly the transition to clean energies, energy efficiency and energy saving with regards to climate change mitigation in order to overcome the mental and social barriers in the achievement of sustainability. This project aims at achieving SDG 13 and building confidence in renewable energies as energy sources of the future.
OluwaFunmilola Oloyede, Kaosara Adekunle
OluwaFunmilola and Kaosara are passionate about climate education and sustainability. In Nigeria, climate education is not given enough attention, and many people don’t have a basic understanding of it. By creating this project they aim at creating awareness for young children, adults and older ones, on how to live in a sustainable community. Climate Education is a project meant to tackle the bridge gap between people and climate crisis, as climate education has received little attention, although the Climate Crisis remains an urgent global issue. Therefore through this project, the team can enlighten people about climate change, its effect and mitigation and how they can reduce the climate crisis.
Solar Photovoltaic System for Green Hydrogen Production: A Sustainable Solution for Decarbonizing Industries in the Global South
Gypson is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Science, with a focus on sustainable energy solutions. His passion for environmental sustainability and renewable energy technologies has led him to specialize in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems for green hydrogen production, a sustainable solution for decarbonizing industries in Kenya and the globe at large.
Gypson worked as a Renewable Energy Consultant at a local firm, where he gained valuable experience in renewable energy project development, energy efficiency audits, and feasibility studies. He was involved in the design and installation of several solar PV systems, and biogas plants, providing technical assistance to clients in various sectors. His goal is to provide a feasible and scalable solution that can be adopted by various industries to reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainable development.
Climate Technology Solutions
Hayatudeen Mustapha, Chizoba Nzeakor
Climate Technology Solutions creates blockchain-assisted Intelligent Energy Management System software that monitors and predicts energy usage to balance the consumption and distribution of renewable energy to ensure the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) possible. With their work, they aim to contribute to the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goals. This would also help commercial and industrial consumers of energy from a variety of Industries to increase cost savings and energy efficiency while reducing their carbon emissions.
Bachirou, Hassane, Mohahamed and Rayanatou
SIDI Mahaman Aminou Rayanatou, Ibrahim Tanimoune Hassane, Issifi Mohamed, DJIBO BOUBE Bachirou
Bachirou, Hassane, Mohahamed and Rayanatou studied at Abdou Moumouni University, that form part of the WASCAL family. The idea of the project is to produce tomatoes in greenhouses using the solar irrigation system throughout the year, except for the months when tomatoes invade the market. Through this project, they expect to contribute to overcoming these challenges, the temporary scarcity and the cost of tomatoes, by producing them and making them available to the population of Niamey. But after 1 year, they would like to expand the production to many vegetables such as peppers during the same period of tomato production, and onions during the cold weather in order to fill the gap of the onion and pepper scarcity during this period.
Bachirou graduated with a Master’s in Renewable energy and Sustainable Rural Transformation respectively at the University of ABDOU MOUMOUNI of Niamey, and at the West African German Excellence Center in Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT). He is currently a PhD student, at the West African German Excellence Centre in Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT).Hassane is a master’s student in Green Hydrogen technology and production at the University of Felix Houphouet Boigny Abidjan. He is one of the co-founders of the West African Green Energy development organization (WAGEDO). And currently occupies the post of Health Safety and Environment Officer in this organization. Hassane graduated from the University of Abdou Moumouni of Niger with a bachelor’s degree in electronic Electrotechnics and Automatic.
Mohamed is currently doing his second master’s degree in the international master’s program on energy and green hydrogen at WASCAL Niger and is also a chemist by training. Rayanatou is currently doing her MSc in energy and green hydrogen technologies specializing in economics, policies, and infrastructure of green hydrogen. Rayanatou graduated from the University of Abdou Moumouni of Niger with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
Promoting the Use of Renewable Energy by SMEs in Ghana (RE4SME)
Josephine Tweneboah Koduah
Josephine holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Kumasi, Ghana. She is an alumna of the ACEP Next Generation Resource Governance Leadership Program and a founding member of Lucid Future Initiative – Africa, a youth-led and youth-focused organization promoting sustainable development in Africa. She is currently a Policy Analyst at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy.
Pursuant to her interests, she decided to undertake a project to increase awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy adoption among small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana. Identifying the challenge, Josephine believes that leveraging renewable energy technologies such as standalone PV systems would provide an alternative solution to these SME’s which would provide an environmentally friendlier, long-term, cost-effective solution for these SMEs. Therefore, her project focuses on advocacy and awareness creation of Renewable Energy Technology options available for SMEs.
Sally Raduk, Joshua Oduor
Anchoring themselves to the 2015 Paris Agreement and SDG 7, the energy transition will play a crucial role in the race towards net zero. Currently, about 770 million people globally, do not have access to electricity. The World Bank estimates that in Africa 590 million people still do not have access to electricity. From a study done by IRENA, energy is regarded as a driver of economic growth. It is in this context that their research focuses on a last-mile clean energy solution plus a sustainable transport solution. They recognise that to achieve net zero, sector coupling is key. This project, therefore, aims to bridge the technology gap as well as the skills gap in the pathway to energy transition in the off-grid areas. The project title is “Catalyzing smart mini-grids through transport: Feasibility study of the off-grid areas.”
Joshua is an E-mobility and Green H2 researcher in Kenya. He has a background in Renewable energy with 1-year experience in the Kenyan energy industry. Joshua has participated in various seminars on the uptake of E-mobility and the Productive use of energy. He is also an MSc student pursuing a Master’s in Physics.
Sally is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Physics specializing in Energy Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. With the vision to create a world where clean energy is available to everyone through sustainable technologies.
Ghana and Nigeria
Kokoutse Gawou, Fauzia Tanko, Joseph Amoah, Ifeoluwa Akomolafe
The project shall centre on producing green hydrogen from solar energy and water. Their project seeks to showcase the sustainable production of green hydrogen and ammonia from renewable sources, demonstrate green hydrogen applications, and pilot a green hydrogen economy with export potential for hydrogen derivatives while creating research opportunities for local and international students.
Kokoutse Gawou is currently in his second year M.Phil. in Petroleum and Energy Studies at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana. He has been trained in Petroleum Energy and Management. Currently, he is the President of the Student Energy Chapter, at the University of Cape Coast.
Joseph is currently a PhD candidate in Petroleum & Energy Studies at the Institute of Oil & Gas, University of Cape Coast where his research is focused on policies to manage the energy security risks of West Africa. His interest in this project stems from the many socio-economic benefits that can be obtained from green hydrogen and how innovation can bridge the energy access and affordability gap for sub-Saharan Africa.
Fauzia is currently an MPhil Candidate in Petroleum and Energy Studies at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), groomed in various fields such as Energy Resources, Oil and Gas Sector Issues and Applied Economics for Business Decisions.
Tshepho Makgale, Khutso Fenyane
The team will be working on developing an energy-tracking system for households and various organizations. Because South Africa is currently experiencing load-shedding which affects households and business operations, their solution will be focusing on helping customers reduce their energy consumption, project their utilities, integrate energy-efficient appliances, maintenance of their appliances and induce a transition to renewable energy sources. Through their energy management system households can track their utilities, and then make optimal adjustments.
This will also help organizations to comply with Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings (EPC), which gives limits to the energy consumption for public sector buildings. This system will be utilizing a machine learning algorithm to learn from the appliances and report their power usage. With this project, they hope to help people to remain cautious, meet energy target/efficiency and conveniently monitor their utilities.
Innovation for Clean Cooking
Sushma kata, Arpit Kaur, Krishna Vamshi Rajalingu
The Innovation for Clean Cooking project aims to solve the global challenge of clean cooking for the 2 billion people who lack access. The project’s objectives are inclined towards working on the fuel side; to design locally sourced biofuels and establish women-led small enterprises which produce biofuel using a hand-operated machine, improving fuel efficiency and reducing drudgery, smoke, and health impacts. Arpit has a background in economics from Delhi University and has long been passionate about the climate space. To deepen her understanding of the development sector, she pursued a diploma course in Development Management at the Indian School of Development Management in Delhi. Currently, she works at CARE India, where she focuses on equipping adolescent girls living in slums with 21st-century skills. Her dedication to creating a sustainable future stem from a long-held curiosity about why climate issues were often ignored.
Krishna is a development professional who initially pursued a degree in commerce. However, his career path took a different turn after he left his corporate job and embarked on a journey across India. During his travels, he gained a deeper understanding of the pressing need for young people in the development sector, which ultimately led him to transition into social work. To further his knowledge and skills, he pursued a diploma in development management from the Indian School of Development Management, Delhi where he learnt to apply the Design thinking framework. He started working with CARE India, as a Design thinker where his journey in the energy sector started. His focus currently is to design a bio-fuel solution run by local communities in India, the project sought to reduce carbon emissions, improve household health, and reduce drudgery associated with cooking.
Purvasri Das, Srujan Gupta
The team identified the lack of reliable access to electricity in semi-rural communities in India, which impacts the quality of life of residents but also hinders economic development and growth. To address this issue, their project aims to provide a decentralized source of electricity to these communities through the use of bush burning and biogas. By subsidizing the practice of bush burning and utilizing the resulting biogas as a source of energy, they hope to create a self-sustaining system that can provide a consistent source of electricity to these communities.
Srujan is a data scientist with a background in mathematics who enjoyed the solitary pursuit of figuring things out. After a few years of consulting for marketing and fintech companies, they wanted to put their skills and time into a more purposeful direction and started working in the climate space, helping EV companies and getting involved in UN-facilitated events like UNLEASH Hacks and UNLEASH. They believe that access to clean energy needs to be a human right, and the only way to create a truly sustainable world is if everyone in society gets at least enough energy to survive, if not thrive.
Purvasri has a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and a natural inclination towards empathy. She has consistently demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, compassion, teamwork, and the ability to inspire and motivate others. She has had the privilege of serving as the chairperson of the international chapter of WIE (Women in Engineering) at my university, as well as the vice-chairperson of the national technical team GeeksforGeeks. These leadership roles have allowed her to cultivate a collaborative and inclusive environment, as well as develop her communication and problem-solving abilities. She was awarded the best participant at the International Student Conference in Japan and the first runner-up for best teamwork at the Hack the Innovative Future Ideathon, organized by the Indian and Japanese embassies. She has had the honour of participating in the UNLEASH global innovation lab and the Jakarta Youth Summit.
Mahima Arora, Anushka Sharma, Pranay Agarwal
Pranay Agarwal, Mahima Arora and Anushka Sharma are students Majoring in Commerce from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Their project topic of interest is the Scalability and Adaptability of Solar Technology in India. They are interested in the said topic due to the fact that this area still continues to be largely untapped even though the availability of an abundance of sunlight in maximum parts of the nation. The potent energy through sun radiations is mostly untapped and radiates back producing no impact. Thus, to bring the potent loss of sun radiations to Mass usage, we intend to dig deeper in this area through this project.
Pranay is the Founder of Hussky- India’s First NFT Gallery. Being a leader at a young age and starting out while still in College, Pranay imbibed the growing need for a sustainable future. While he has engrossed himself in studying the advancements in the NFT space, he was drawn towards the element of balancing advancements and environment protection and talks about how we can build a more sustainable future at the intersection of both.
On the other hand, Mahima Arora is a woman of many talents. She has been practising Bharatnatyam- a very revered Indian dance form and has performed at several noteworthy platforms. She has also been learning Japanese for well over 9 years. She’s professionally interested in the domains of Research. Her keen interest in the field of Environmental Research has drawn her towards the fellowship.
Lastly, Anushka Sharma is into creative writing for Corporates and Businesses. She’s inclined towards Marketing for her professional pursuits. She recently volunteered for an NGO based in Delhi, India where she wrote Content on Endangered Animals, All SDGs and DEI( Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). She was inspired to learn more about the same and create an impact that counts. Thus, the Fellowship would help her put to use her learnings from her time at the NGO and create an impact as a global citizen.
Shaurya Mohan, Namrata Upreti
Re_Earth is an abbreviation for Namrata Upreti and Shaurya Mohan’s team. Both of them have a background in Chemical Engineering. Both of them are currently pursuing doctorates from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. The project was funded by the Ministry of Petroleum, India. The project was in collaboration with Indian Oil (IOCL). Throughout the previous four years, they have been conducting extensive research on carbon capture and biogas upgrading. They have a strong background in solvent designing and analytical methods. As a part of their research, they have also worked on pilot plant and optimisation parameters. Eventually, they created an energy-efficient solvent that captures CO2 efficiently, and it is currently being patented.
Through their idea they aim to fulfil three main objectives: 1) provide innovative, multiuse, and effective colour-coded dustbins to every household so that the waste can be segregated at the source itself. 2) To manage solid organic waste and convert it into energy (biogas). 3) To upgrade biogas (produced by organic waste ) with their novel water lean solvent that can be used to replace the existing fuels for vehicles, household, and industrial applications. They would also like to set up a small Biogas plant in every society that uses their novel energy-efficient solvent to upgrade biogas (produced by organic waste) and the same can be used to replace the existing fuels for vehicles, household, and industrial applications.
Nizamuddin Iliyaz, Sheryl Shaina Prasanna
Sheryl is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Her undergraduate research project focused on purifying crude glycerol from biodiesel plants, sparked her interest in renewable energy. She strongly believes that renewable energy holds the key to the future, and is passionate about pursuing a career in this field to contribute to this vital transition towards sustainability.
Iliyaz completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and during his Bachelor’s degree, he worked on a project that focused on reusing waste flowers that were being dumped in lakes and landfills. He and his team found a way to transform the waste flowers into a valuable product using renewable energy to run the project. This experience further solidified his commitment to sustainable energy solutions and finding innovative ways to reduce waste and promote circular economies.
Their project is based on how to use hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative to fossil fuels, as this process is highly efficient and produces zero harmful emissions, making it an environmentally friendly energy source. One significant benefit of hydrogen fuel cells is their versatility. They can be used in a wide range of applications, from powering cars and buses to providing electricity for homes and businesses.
Overall, hydrogen fuel cells offer numerous benefits for both the present and future generations, including reducing emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and promoting energy independence. While hydrogen fuel cells are highly efficient, there is still room for improvement in terms of their overall performance. Research is needed to develop new materials and designs that can enhance the efficiency and performance of fuel cells, making them more competitive with other energy sources.
Tejas project is focused on the ‘electricity grid imbalance’. Due to the imbalance of the electricity grid, there are major issues that users and energy providers face. This significantly includes but is not limited to, load shedding, unstable electricity supply, excessive use of non-renewable energy sources, as well as the need for peaker electricity plants kept operational. This results in higher emissions and higher costs of electricity production. The goal is to build solutions that help balance the grid, which is part of Decarbonizing the utility power grids and working on efficient energy efficiency.
Oluwaferanmi Balogun – A chemical engineering student who is deeply interested and invested in a net zero emissions future. He is passionate about engineering sustainable solutions, especially in the energy sector. He also considers himself a finance enthusiast with knowledge of ESG frameworks, corporate social responsibility, impact investing and in general sustainable finance.
Greeenalytics is an ESG consulting firm that offers services such as environmental audits, environmental and social impact assessments, corporate sustainability and climate change, sustainability reporting solutions and ESG assurance services. And is aimed at helping companies on their sustainability journey and also provides relevant reports that show their commitment to sustainability. It also aims to offer free training services for young persons to help them get started on a sustainable career, with a focus on unemployed Nigerian youths.
Hamlet graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from Delhi Technological University in India. Hamlet is someone who works to make sure the community around him benefits and wants to work on a project to determine the limitations of renewable energy in Zambia especially in rural areas. Especially because, hydroelectric Power is hugely affected by climate change i.e drought, there is a need to diversify to other sources of energy that can sustain us even for the years to come. Having been born and lived in the village in his early childhood, Hamlet was able to see the different areas that needed and still need development in rural areas and how far from civilisation rural areas were. He believes this contribution will help accelerate development in these areas. His dream is to see an energy-efficient Zambia.
Aduragbemi holds a B.Agric degree in Soil science and land resources management with a focus on pedology from Obafemi Awolowo University. Aduragbemi is a tenacious and passionate problem solver with keen interests in Carbon Capture & Sequestration, Ecological Restoration & Biodiversity Conservation. Aduragbemi’s interest in the Student Energy Fellowship sparked from his drive in developing a deeper understanding of the environmental challenges we experience in our society today and also to collaborate with other Energy enthusiasts & experts to promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly world.
ECOGREEN INITIATIVE is a project that seeks to promote land rehabilitation & remediation of organic pollutants from exploration sites. This project will evaluate the possible management practices that can be adopted to mitigate the current and potential future environmental impacts of climate change, and also the need of investing in improved energy systems for a sustainable environment.
UNISC International is a UN ECOSOC Special Consultative Status NGO, that has been engaged in multifaceted activities in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa, such as education for engineers, environmental policy, and human rights protection activities, with the aim of achieving the 2030 Agenda, SDGs, and universal compliance with the UN Charter. Through several UN conferences and international meetings, the organisation has been presenting counter proposals that emphasise economic rationality and feasibility by advancing policy proposals. The team is interested in building a disaster-resistant and sustainable renewable energy supply system by advancing the energy transition in the Asia-Pacific region from both technical and policy perspectives. Today, energy shortages in the Asia-Pacific region have become a serious problem. In order to solve this problem, Jin and his team hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure a stable supply of energy, and even produce chemical fertilisers using nitrogen, thereby solving these problems all together. On top of this, the team would like to build a new sustainable social infrastructure by promoting activities from a technological perspective, such as the establishment of a special economic zone for a nitrogen production system that utilises ammonia.
Lights ON: Energy Access
Ainina Sofia Adnan
The Lights ON: Energy Access project in Malaysia seeks to promote energy access and equity among urban communities through social media and campaign approaches. The project aims to educate Malaysians about the importance of affordable and reliable energy for rural communities, as such issues are often overlooked in discussions on basic human rights within urban communities in Malaysia. Through dissemination of information and engaging events, the project seeks to foster greater understanding among Malaysians on how access to clean energy can help promote social and economic development in the country. Lights ON aims to empower all communities and create a platform for meaningful dialogue towards achieving a just energy transition in Malaysia, with a focus on dignified livelihood among different communities, especially minority groups. By prioritising rural electrification in discussions on basic rights, the project seeks to raise awareness and create a more equitable energy landscape in Malaysia.
Trinidad and Tobago
Jashobeam King currently resides in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where he is pursuing an MBA in Renewable Energy Technology at the department of Physics. He has an undergraduate degree, double major in Environmental and Natural Resource Management, and Agricultural Technology. He is passionate about the natural sciences, and how human activity affects the wider environment. Jashobeam has a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility and hopes to acquire much experience and knowledge through the process of developing this Bioenergy Project. This project will involve the development of a Biogas Digester System on the University of the West Indies’(UWI) farmland. The biogas digester would mostly utilise animal and plant waste materials as feedstock.
Clayton Bolton is currently finishing his Masters in International Public and Development Management at The University of The West Indies, Mona. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Policy and Management. He was selected as a Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program Fellow in 2021 and since then he has had the opportunity to work with dynamic global networks of innovators and communities to address critical 21st Century issues. His areas of interest include project management, law, peace building, conflict resolution, management, strategic leadership, policy planning and data analysis. Outside of policy he has extensive experience in youth engagement, Art and Science of Youth, Mandated Reporting, and knowledge of Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research. His project is dedicated to harnessing the power of policy development to respond to climate change.
Diego Alejandro Reyes Ramos
Diego Reyes is a Mexican sustainability enthusiast, passionate about sustainable development and energy sustainability who holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development Engineering. He developed an interest in sustainable development and energy sustainability at a young age due to the pollution in his hometown and the lack of energy access in vulnerable communities. During his studies, he developed a keen interest in IT tools in energy grids, tools for citizen participation, and thermal batteries. He is working to collaborate with organisations and communities to develop IT tools that enable better monitoring and management of energy consumption, as well as tools for citizen participation to increase community involvement in energy sustainability efforts. He has also studied the development of thermal batteries that can store energy from renewable sources, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, focus of the project he is working on.
Safe Earth and netfarm
Lionceau Clovis Agre
With a Degree in Fundamental Physics and a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Physics, Lionceau AGRE is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. He is also the founder of youth for Safe Earth and netfarm, platforms for the protection of the environment through gamification and the collection of weather data. Currently working on his project with his team on the development of an autonomous and transportable solar power strip for hiking.
Clean Energy in Rural Communities
Estefanía is a Mechanical and Industrial Engineer who is enthusiastic about energy, believer of sustainability and the potential of it to contribute to the development of rural communities. Her project is focused on creating a hydrogen microgrid for a rural community, looking to have a positive impact on small villages that are using decentralised systems.
EcoLake Power Initiative
Ibrahim Modu Aji
Ibrahim’s journey began in the epicentre of the Lake Chad region, where the combined effects of the Boko Haram war and climate change have destroyed an environment that was once thriving. With a degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Maiduguri, he realised the potential of renewable energy to give a long-term solution to the region’s challenges. Ibrahim’s project idea of designing and simulating a solar mini station to electrify both urban and rural communities intends to not only supply clean energy but also address the core causes of insecurity and climate change. With the project, he intends to supply the community with a sustainable and economical source of energy by harnessing the power of the sun. The EcoLake Power Initiative reflects his vision for a brighter future. He hopes to bring to his community through the EcoLake Power Initiative, illuminating a way toward a more safe and more sustainable future.
Team Name: Uoma Solutions
Passionate about environmental sustainability, Chinonso Ihuoma is a product manager who develops innovative products to fight climate change and promote sustainable living. He conducts research and develops products that tackle problems with access to dependable energy as well as a sustainable urban transportation system and agriculture. In addition, Chinonso is the CEO of Uoma Solutions, a climate technology firm that uses community-driven solutions to promote inclusive economic development in Africa while addressing climate change. He is passionate about achieving net zero carbon emissions and ending hunger in Africa, leads talks about including vulnerable populations in the sustainability sector, such as smallholder farmers, women, youths, and rural communities. With his project working on recycling of plastic waste and electronics waste to make solar powered lamps and home systems.
Reduction of Green Housing Gases (GHGs) emission in the construction industry
Inzimam Ul Haq
Inzimam Ul Haq is a Civil and Structural Engineer from Pakistan, currently pursuing a PhD in civil engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. His research focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from the construction industry, from the beginning stages of cement manufacturing to the maintenance of infrastructure. In Inzimam’s field, the cement industry alone is responsible for about 7% of global GHGs, while the building industry is responsible for approximately 28% of CO2 emissions in the construction sector. Additionally, about half of Pakistan electricity is consumed by residential households. Providing green, affordable, eco-friendly, and sustainable construction solutions is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the demands of the public for facilities to support daily activities. Inzimam’s work aims to contribute to the development of a greener infrastructure that is both sustainable and accessible to all. Seeking to provide green, affordable, eco-friendly, and sustainable construction solutions is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the demands of the public for facilities to support daily activities. Inzimam’s work aims to contribute to the development of a greener infrastructure that is both sustainable and accessible to all.
Jennifer Andrea Ochoa Prieto
Jennifer Andrea Ochoa Prieto
Jennifer is an Environmental Engineer with more than seven years of experience in the pharmaceutical, post-consumer waste, health care, and manufacturing sectors. She also is a specialist in Environmental Law and Master in Environmental Law and Management. She has achievement-oriented skills for the projects she has undertaken, and is a helpful, creative, proactive and dynamic engineer. Her project is focused on biogas generation from animal manure or waste for the generation of electricity in a vulnerable municipality in Colombia.
José Luis Tituaña Gualoto
José Luis is an Energy Engineer trained at the Latin American Federal University, Brazil. His areas of knowledge and interest are in renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy prospective (LEAP model), sustainable mobility, SGEn ISO 50001:2018 internal audit, STEM training, energy use, data analysis, and energy indicators and their relationship with the socio-environmental axes, economy, and sustainable development, SDGs 7, 11 and 13. K’RONA is an APP that seeks an agile, safe, efficient and comfortable mobility throughout the Metropolitan District of Quito through the use of private shared vehicles and thus face the great challenges of the city such as traffic, air quality, transition to more sustainable transport, and others. Atool that aims to provide solutions in shared mobility to increase the average occupancy vehicle and strengthen community links between inhabitants of the same sector.
Bahamas Energy Storage Systems
Lorenza has a background that spans from electrical engineering to project management. He is currently an engineer at The Bahamas Power and Light Company in the Grid Solutions & Support Services division focusing on the integration of renewable energy onto the utility power grid. The Bahamas geographical location has allowed photovoltaics to become the preferred choice to generate electricity. As photovoltaics create solutions, problems will arise due to its intermittent nature. Therefore, the integration of energy storage systems onto the grid will become a vital part of the clean energy transition solution. Throughout the SE Fellowship Project, Lorenza’s goal is to gain a deep insight into the electrochemical and chemical storage technologies to ensure The Bahamas is on the cutting edge as it relates to the future of energy storage systems. Thus, allowing the continued integration of resilient microgrids throughout the islands of The Bahamas.
Climate Change Awareness Program
Luiz Felipe Lamarca
Luiz Felipe graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ) in Brazil and works as an Associate at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Since university, he has been engaged in sustainability-related hackathons and research, a theme that motivated him due to the complexity and the global aspect. Inspired by the target 13.3 from the 13 SDG (Climate Action), he believes that bringing the knowledge of the phenomenon, causes, impacts, and solutions of Climate Change is a very important action towards creating a leadership capacity to make hard but right decisions toward the Net Zero targets. His project focuses on bringing discussions about Climate Change to university students by getting through the main topics of Climate Change, from the Phenomenon, Causes, Impacts, and Solutions (Adaptation and Mitigation). This project is based on IPCC reports and aims to bring the discussion to a local level by supporting the participants to feel how they are suffering from Climate Change or will suffer if the world does not manage to contain it. As an outcome, this program aims to incentivize students to get into a career in sustainability and be decision-makers in favour of the Climate Action Agenda.
TRANSFORMING AN ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY INTO AN ENERGY ASSET
At age 17, Marcela made the decision to work on solving what she felt was the biggest problem in the world, environmental degradation. As an environmental engineer, Marcela had the opportunity to work in an industry association, ABiogás – Brazilian Biogas and Biomethane Association. With the proposal to promote biogas and biomethane in the country, working on the preparation of technical notes and calculations of the potential for generating biogas by waste, to being present at public policy discussion tables, laws and strategies at a national level. Today, she seeks to unite the knowledge acquired in different companies with the teachings of Student Energy and review a consolidated public policy for the generation of biomethane as a way to replace diesel and natural gas in industrial processes and transport.
CLEAN COOKING NOW
Zebia Catherine Nankya
Catherine Zebia, a graduate of Agricultural Engineering from Makerere University in Uganda, East Africa, has a deep-rooted passion for SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). Growing up in a remote village in Iganga District, East of Uganda, she witnessed the devastating effects of household air pollution caused by the widespread use of biomass-fueled cookstoves. She realised that women, children, and youth were the most vulnerable groups in the cooking chain, and this inspired her to develop a project aimed at improving the adoption and accessibility of cheap clean cooking technologies in Uganda. Despite several cheap clean cooking alternative interventions, adoption rates have been disappointingly low in Uganda. Catherine focuses on empowering women, children, and youth through capacity building, training, awareness-raising, and workshops, among other strategies, to make a significant impact on Uganda’s sustainable development.
Christian Leigh NOUDJIMTI
Christian Leigh Noudjimti
Fascinated by great scientific discoveries, Christian started his undergraduate studies in the mathematics-physics-chemistry department at Adam Barka University in Abéché, Chad. In 2017 he was admitted to the AfDB’s program of excellence to join the engineering cycle at the 2iE Institute in Burkina Faso. This rich academic course is currently continuing with a thesis in doctoral training in Physics and Engineering Science at the University of N’Djamena. In addition to a master’s thesis on climate studies, his current research work focuses on numerical weather prediction for intelligent management of electricity networks with a high rate of renewable energy. His project aims to support the energy transition by offering an intelligent management tool for electricity networks with a high rate of renewable energy. Given the intermittency of renewable energies, it is necessary for energy managers to have an intelligent management tool.
Ndifreke Sam is a graduate of Physics, from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. During his second year of studies, he was introduced to a course “Energy and its environment”, which inspired him and increased his love for Energy and Education. Presently, he worked with an energy organisation and felt the desire to see schools in Sub-saharan Africa revolutionise clean energy on a greater scale. Focusing his project in bringing electricity to schools across Sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNDESA in December 2014, 90% of children go to schools that lack electricity and collectively, 188 million children attend schools that are not connected to any type of electricity supply. However, revolutionising school electrification to clean energy encompasses accessibility to affordable and modern energy (SDG 7.1) & (SDG 7.2).
Microbial degradation of dye wastewater using microbial fuel cells
Chiwetalu is a fellow with a background in Applied Biochemistry from Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT). Her journey into renewable energy started over a year ago after a colleague spoke of the possibility of producing fuels from algae. Utterly intrigued, she delved into bioenergy for her Masters program in ACEFUELS- African Center of Excellence in Future Energies and Electrochemical Systems, under a scholarship from World Bank. Having a desire to remediate her immediate environment inspired her to focus her research on the bioremediation of water bodies contaminated with dye waste while simultaneously generating bio-electricity using microbial fuel cells. Chiwetalu strongly believes that clean, affordable and reliable energy is possible in every sphere of the Earth, which will inevitably mitigate climate change through her project focused on microbial degradation of dye wastewater using microbial fuel cells with a simultaneous generation of bio-electricity.
Kevin Niyonkuru is a young Burundian who graduated from electrical engineering at Burundi Higher Institute of Education in 2021. He is the founder and CEO of Soselect Enterprise Ltd., a company manufacturing the solar and electrical dehydrators that are used in drying vegetables and fruits and the Founder and CEO of Spota Company, an agribusiness company processing the sweet potatoes into flour for porridge, flour for baking and chips to contribute in reducing the rate of malnutrition especially to children below 5 years, pregnant women and breastfeeding women.
After realising that Burundi is among the top African countries registering a big loss of production on agricultural products he started a project of manufacturing the solar and electrical dehydrators that are used in keeping the food for a long time.
Rural solar mini grid project
Precious Mafunga is a Malawian young leader, renewable energy enthusiast, and a 2022 NDI’s (National Democratic Institute) Next-generation Leadership Academy alumni where he served as a president and received a best student award. He is also a youth policy advocate and he co-developed Quota4Youth policy which seeks to create space for meaningful youth participation in decision making processes in both civic and political spaces. Precious is a 2018 graduate of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has attended both leadership and business conferences where he spoke on youth inclusion, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Currently he is working on a project focused on a rural solar mini grid project. According to available data, only 15% of Malawi’s population have access to electricity, meaning that the majority 85% do not have access and most of these live in rural areas. He is seeking to implement a rural solar mini grid project which will improve access to clean, sustainable, and reliable electricity to businesses, households, schools and rural hospitals. This project idea, if implemented, will create jobs for both women and youth, improve social, economic, health and education outcomes in the targeted beneficiary rural areas.
Precious is a 26-year-old Zambian female with a chemical engineering bachelor’s degree. While Zambia is quietly taking up green responsibilities more each day, there is still a lot to be done. With matters such as the global energy crisis, key world players cannot win the fight alone. There are a lot of hands to be added to the fight and a lot of voices to be heard for a better integrated and more universal participation in the energy transition. She is inspired by the various technological advancements that are being propelled into today’s modern world at blink and you miss it rates. Precious is behind Nova Energy, a startup aiming to provide clean and sustainable energy solutions with a particular aversion to Lithium-Ion batteries for the e-mobility industry and also for clean energy storage in homes, enterprises and beyond. It takes a project approach to various green energy solutions with tailor-made aspects catering to specific needs of unique audiences. The startup aims to include as many groups of people as possible to the energy transition.
Advancing Clean Energy Access in Displaced Persons Camps
Precious Bernadette Esogbue
Precious Bernadette Esogbue works to advance clean energy access and climate solutions in Africa. As a Research Associate, Energy Access at the Clean Technology Hub, Precious develops projects and strategies to empower women through the adoption of clean energy technologies, where she manages the Clean Cooking and Livelihoods Program portfolio. An achievement in this work has been her contribution to Nigeria’s National Clean Cooking Policy as a member of an inter ministerial task force. Precious holds a degree in Law from the University of Benin, Nigeria. Outside of her work at the Clean Technology Hub, she is actively involved in communities and causes related to clean energy, social justice, and inclusion. She has volunteered with local organisations supporting displaced women and youth leadership development. Her project is focused on developing and implementing clean energy access solutions for displaced persons living in camps or informal settlements. This could include the deployment of solar lanterns, solar home systems, or other decentralised renewable energy technologies tailored to the needs of displaced communities.
Bioreactor landfill in Tropical Climates
Trinidad and Tobago
Rayann Gilbert is an aspiring environmental engineer with interests in environmental journalism. She has a background in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology which she majored in at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Trinidad. Inadequate waste management is a huge issue on the islands of Trinidad ranging from citizens to large scale companies which jeopardises the beauty of this twin island republic and aids in global warming when GHGs are released from landfills where inadequate waste management is also a factor. Rayann has therefore made it a professional goal of hers to gear her research and future endeavours towards promoting waste management on her island as well as the idea of circulation, where nothing becomes waste as the waste is used to create energy via its production of methane gas or biomass. Thus, the Caribbean Waste to Energy Project (CWEP) – Chaconia X is something she is well invested in. She is seeking to focus her research on Green Engineering, Waste to Energy, the ultimate design for a bioreactor landfill in Tropical Climates.
The Ôraure Initiative
Assibi Rosalie Gado
Assibi is a young professional graduate in Geological Sciences of the Earth and holder of a Master 2 specialised in management of companies active in renewable energy. She is currently working as a waste management trainer for an NGO in Lomé, Togo. She is currently developing an entrepreneurial project related to the energy recovery of organic waste called Ôraure. This project consists in setting up decentralised mobile or fixed green energy production units in rural and peri-urban areas of Togo using livestock and agricultural waste. It contributes on the one hand to the achievement of the objective n°7 of the SDGs in a vision of global access to sustainable, reliable and affordable energy by 2030, and on the other hand to contribute to the fight against climate change. Through this initiative, access to electricity in rural areas will increase the success rate in schools and the creation of income-generating activities through electricity to increase their income. The use of biogas for cooking contributes to the empowerment of women who will no longer have difficulties to look for firewood.
Micro wind turbine for commercial/rural utilisation
Bhekani is a driven and ambitious individual from South Africa, with a keen interest in renewable energy. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Energy Studies from the prestigious University of Johannesburg. Alongside his academic pursuits, Bhekani is also working as a technical intern for the South African Wind Energy Association, where he is gaining invaluable experience in the field of renewable energy. With a strong passion for sustainable and environmentally conscious solutions, Bhekani is determined to make a positive impact on the world through his work in the renewable energy sector. He is constantly seeking new opportunities to expand his knowledge and skill set, with a particular focus on the latest developments in wind energy technology. Bhekani’s dedication to his studies and work is matched by his enthusiasm and drive to make a meaningful contribution to the field of renewable energy.
Fatoumata is an electrical and energy engineer with interest in energy projects particularly on renewable energies (solar and bioenergy) through internships in private companies. Then, she moved to a consulting career in the fields of sustainable energy, climate and sustainable development. Between September 2020 and December 2022, Fatoumata participated, with Jiri Services in the support and technical assistance of actors/clients for the realisation of renewable energy and sustainable development projects. In January 2023 with the Young Expert Programme, she joined FRES MALI as a young expert. Fatoumata also leads the association JAE MALI (Jeunes Acteurs de l’Énergie), which aims to enhance the contribution of young people in achieving energy self-sufficiency in Mali. The country has a strong potential in biomass from agricultural transformation. The idea of the project is to propose to the Malian population, an alternative sustainable and clean fuel with agricultural residues that can replace wood and charcoal.
Sofia Luna Quispe
Sofia Luna Quispe
Sofia Luna Quispe is a 19 years-old climate and gender activist, and an anthropology student at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Sofia is the grandchild of a Quechua indigenous and immigrant family living in Comas, Lima, Peru which is a semi-urban social sector that is the third biggest and most crowded district in Lima with one of the highest poverty rates in the capital city of Peru. She grew up observing how inequalities and the consequences of the climate crisis affected her community directly and this inspired her activism and since she was 14 years old she has advocated for social justice, gender equality, food security, and clean energy. As a result, in 2018 she received the Civic Medal of Honor of the Comas District for her leadership in the community. Currently, she’s part of organisations such as Re Earth Initiative, Ollas Sostenibles, Latinas For Climate, and was elected as representative of the metropolitan city of Lima at the Youth Environmental Commission of Peru, where she is also the youngest member. Her project is focused on the water-food-energy nexus strengthening grassroots action and climate resilience in peripheral sectors of Lima. Especially, focusing on those sectors located in fragile ecosystems or with no access to biodiversity and basic services.
Trinidad and Tobago
Stefon Ramsubhag is an Electrical and Computer Engineer from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago. He has a keen interest in renewable energy, internet of things, smart grids, and smart homes. His interest in renewables was sparked by looking at ways of how electricity is produced, seeing it as something in its early stages with lots of potential for research and development. During his university studies, he learned about Student Energy from the University’s Chapter where he became a member and was a delegate at the Student Energy Summit in 2019. His project idea is to foster educational awareness about the global energy transition and the energy systems context in Trinidad and Tobago by targeting secondary school students, hoping to inspire students to form energy clubs in their school and reach out to their communities on speaking and sharing guidance on topics of energy. He sees this as a measure to help guide and comfort consumer energy behaviour in a dynamic energy environment where implications are likely to arise. Stefon also plans on collaborating with the school energy clubs to hold fundraisers and partner with solar energy providers to sponsor solar, energy efficient and smart products to households in need.
Solar technologies for sustainable agriculture
Dimitri Wendpayangdé TIENTEGA is an engineer in applied solar technologies and passionate about actions against global warming. He founded in 2019 the association of Young Energy Actors, the first youth organisation specialised in renewable energy in Burkina Faso. In 2021, in order to further bring the voice and advocacy of youth to the government authorities of his country, Dimitri was appointed Young Minister of Energy within the Youth Government of Burkina Faso. That same year, the UNICEF regional office in Africa identified him to join the platform of young climate champions that it had just set up. In 2022, Dimitri co-founded PIC ENERGIE in order to contribute to the energy transition in Africa. In a concrete way, he accompanies farmers with smart solar technologies allowing them to practise precision agriculture in order to boost their yields while progressively eliminating the use of gas and diesel powered motor pumps.
Adnan Hasyim Wibowo
Adnan Hasyim Wibowo
Adnan Hasyim Wibowo is a bachelor’s degree student in geophysics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Indonesia, and he believes he can explain the urgency of the energy transition to 5-year-old children. He is trying various opportunities to experience working directly in the energy sector. His project is focused on developing an Archimedes screw, a tool that is practically used to lift the flow of water from a low place to a high place, which is usually used on ship hulls and highlands that are not reached by water (Lashofer et al., 2012). The mathematical concept of the Archimedes screw uses Archimedes’ force with the factors of fluidity, gravity, and volume of matter. This project will be implemented in rural areas—especially in areas with a geographical position at a high elevation, seeking to have a major impact on the electric lighting of village streets as well as ponds and/or residents’ rice fields as well as local tourism.
Gomer David Lavado Palacios and Kevin Acero Roncal
Gomer and Kevin are both from Nuevo Chimbote, in Peru, both bachelors in Energy Engineering. Nuevo Chimbote is famous for its beaches and sea products. There is a beautiful cathedral in Nuevo Chimbote, and there are a lot of good restaurants and small shops in the centre. In their city, fishing has been one of the most important activities since ancient times, however, along with modernity, the pollution generated by fishing has been increasing significantly. Aware of this, both being classmates at the university, they understood that they could become agents of change by seeking to introduce renewable energies in fishing activities, to positively impact the reduction of polluting emissions and the energy transition for the city. Typical boat systems use diesel engines for main propulsion. Furthermore, traditional vessels have not had significant technological advancement for many years. They believe it is necessary to introduce renewable energy to small-scale fishing, so for their project, they want to investigate the possibility of charging battery electric boats at fisheries using solar energy.
Irvine Koech and Arnold Sawe
Irvine Koech is an Energy Engineer by profession, passionate about Energy Efficiency. Through his travels, Koech has witnessed firsthand how access to clean and reliable energy can transform people’s lives. He is always open to being part of projects that give him the opportunity to leverage his skills and talents to transform the lives of others. Arnold Sawe is a Finance and Strategic Management professional. He is passionate about crafting effective novel solutions to incentivize impact investment, especially in rural areas due to the high risk involved, which has been his driving force to develop and implement adaptation and mitigation solutions. Their project has a de-risking component through incentivizing educational institutions to implement renewable energy solutions in their processes with incentives (through financial support) from partners seeking to offset their carbon footprint through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits or their equivalent. Arnold and Koech met while working on a UNFCCC Youth Policy Case Contest. They emerged as finalists with their policy case on “Addressing Climate Data Gaps Through the Use of Local Radio Shows to Influence Policy Making at the Devolved Government Level in Kenya”.
Fiona Tjandra Bunnardi, Hayfa Felicia Taqia Wijaya, and Octa Prasetya
Fiona, Hayfa, and Octa are first year students of the Bandung Faculty of Technology at the Bandung Institute of Technology. They have a vision to guide changes that can improve the welfare of the Indonesian people and the world in the field of industrial technology. Their mission is to create, share and apply knowledge and technology in the field of industrial technology and produce superior human resources to make Indonesia and the world better. Their team wants to focus on research on the use of heat waste management in industrial machines. They intend to develop an integrated system that uses wasted energy (heat) to become the energy source that runs a machine. The team’s area of interest is optimising industrial systems for maximum production with existing resources, focusing on one particular industrial machine that generates the most heat waste and then optimising its efficiency by using said wasted energy (heat).
Jacinto Sitoe, Antonio Mausse, Camila Luzia, Fernando Massunda Júnios, Joao Matos
Jacinto, Antonio, Camila, Fernando, and Joao, form a Mozambican organisation , with the aim of creating links for the interconnection of young people and actors in the energy sector, with a view to accelerating universal energy access and guaranteeing a fair and sustainable energy transition. With their project, they seek to create a link for the interconnection of young people and actors in the energy sector (Government, private companies, and other institutions) with a view to elevating the role of young people in decision-making and capitalising resources to support energy solutions led by young people.
Energy for Humanity
Lia Cetera and Nelly Cetera
Lia Florencia Cetera is a 19 year old Argentinian student of Environmental Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. She is the team leader of her team at the Student Energy Fellowship and is extremely interested in ecology and fighting global warming. Nelly Julieta Cetera is a 22 year old Argentinian woman studying International Affairs. She is currently a member of different youth networks focused on creating impact projects. She currently works at the biggest NGO dedicated to financial literacy and the economic empowerment of youth. Their objective is to help vulnerable communities develop energy autonomy so that they can improve their standards of living, having a reliable energy source for cooking, the sanitation of water, and other basic household activities can greatly contribute to a family’s health conditions and overall life quality. For the project using hydroelectric energy, they plan on utilising running bodies of water (mainly rivers) adjacent to underserved neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, to provide them with accessible, reliable, renewable energy. As well, they plan to use solar energy creating hand-made solar panels from disposable materials to provide a heating system for water.
Green Mother Innovations
Zulqarnaini is an MSc. Carbon Management student at the University of Edinburgh, UK and an assistant lecturer in the department of Chemistry at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Nigeria. Through learning and reason, he has come to understand that true knowledge is that which benefits. That is how he came to study climate change and then venture into energy. Zulwarnaini is currently running a small scale business in the renewable energy sector. Green Mother Innovations provides solar installation services and energy efficiency consultancy. The vision for the business is to make energy accessible to all classes of society by providing curated community-based solar financing structures to help assist people in Nigeria surmount the challenge of high capital cost of this reliable energy source. He also intends to become a large scale energy generation company dealing with combinations of different renewable energy sources readily available in the region.
Alvin Putra, Angelina Yosephine, Andi Rosita Dewi, and Asratul Hasanah
While the world is shifting towards renewable energy sources, energy poverty still exists in many rural and traditional communities. This situation heavily impacted young women in such areas across Indonesia. The team believes that access to sustainable energy is mandatory for every woman to improve their well-being. Girls and Women in Renewable Energy Academy (GAWIREA) is an initiative aiming to equip women of Samurukie Village with basic knowledge of renewable energy while implementing a real project to give better access to their basic needs and boost their productivity. Their areas of interest range from alternative and contextual education, food security, and entrepreneurship; all wrapped up and supported with our background in renewable energy to help empower women in rural communities.
Future Fuel Femmes
Nana Esi Pobee-Quaynor, Plangnan Damshakal, and Samantha Salimu
Samantha Salimu, Nana Esi Pobee-Quayno, and Plangnan Damshakal are three young women from Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Nigeria, respectively, who are passionate about improving energy access in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. They are tackling the problem of dependence on firewood for cooking fuel by working to make biofuels accessible to rural communities. Plangnan is a professional GIS analyst, Climate Adaptation Specialist, with experience in research, administration, project development, and management. Samantha has an Honours in Agricultural Economics and Extension. Nana Esi Pobee has an MA in Global Studies with an emphasis on Peace and Security in Africa. Their project idea is to use their expertise in technology, including GIS tools and media, to analyse the most suitable sites for the commercial cultivation of the Jatropha plants used for biofuel production, hoping to make the production process more efficient and cost-effective by pinpointing the best locations. They are aiming to create an awareness tool to educate rural communities on the potential of these plants and their other economic values.
Jehovah’s Solar Cooperation
Smith Vitumbiko Nthakomwa, Boston Khonje, Moses Promise Nthakomwa, and Victor Ngwira
The Jehovah’s Solar Cooperation (JSC) is a clean energy and sustainable agricultural production focused non-profit non-governmental organisation founded in November 2022. Their mission is to transition Karonga District of northern Malawi from its primitive rain-fed agricultural production system to extensive solar irrigation agricultural production system in 24 years. Their vision is to achieve youth led and gender inclusive sustainable food systems for the entire northern Malawi through extensive solar irrigation by 2073. JSC’s project has developed an initiative to empower farmers in Karonga District of Northern Malawi to achieve sustainable food security, economic stability, improved health and enhanced environmental sustainability. The team seeks to resolve the issues faced by the community by vigorously implementing several potential solutions to reduce the effects of climate change in Karonga district with a focus on adaptation to climate variability and energy related impacts through reduction or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions, improvement in energy efficiency and energy conservation and increased clean energy supply.
Alphonce Haruna, Dorice Ambrose, and Regina Kilima
Alphonce John Haruna, graduated from Ardhi University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and management in 2021. He is currently a master’s student pursuing a master’s in integrated sanitation management at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). Regina Kilima is a graduate in environmental science and management. She is currently working as an environmental consultant at a private company named Eco Services (T) Ltd. Dorice Ambrose Hanspop is a fourth year student at Ardhi University, where she is taking a bachelor’s in Environment Science and Management. The team’s project idea is to produce briquettes from agricultural waste. Briquetting can be defined as the process of compressing together carbonaceous material, mainly with the addition of binder material. Biomass briquettes are of greater advantages as briquettes intended to provide an easier way of accessing energy supply for domestic applications especially in cooking.
Diah Nur Oktavia, Dyah Sekarwati, Novia Amanda, Prayoga Rasyid Sudrajat, and Thio Fahrizqi
Diah Nur Oktavia, Dyah Sekarwati, Novia Amanda, Prayoga Rasyid Sudrajat, and Thio Fahrizqi
Coming from various backgrounds, the team was brought together by the same goal: tackling the issue of water pollution in Indonesia. The group consists of students with diverse backgrounds: physics, biology, and chemical industry technology. They recognize the urgent need for action, as water pollution threatens the health and well-being of millions of people and endangers the nation’s biodiversity. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds and expertise, they are working together to develop and implement effective strategies for reducing water pollution. Through community engagement, research, and innovative solutions, they aim to create a more sustainable and resilient future for Indonesia and its people. Their project idea is focused on reducing water pollution in Jelegong Village, which is one of the villages in West Java that is experiencing water pollution. They realised the importance of clean water as basic needs for human health and well-being. Indonesia is an agrarian country meaning the need for clean water is increasing.
Khamis Muniru, Jill Amondi and Gideon Osoro
Khamis Muniru is a dedicated and ambitious electrical engineering student approaching graduation from Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya. He has a strong passion for technology, particularly in the field of renewable energy. Jill Amondi is a student at Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Her current interest is on Energy Transition which she looks forward to learning more of and being part of the change by coming up with innovative solutions. Gideon Osoro is a humanitarian at heart, ever seeking innovative solutions to better the lives of the less advantaged in the society. Currently a Solar Field Engineer at Nirav Agencies. The team’s project is focused on a street food trolley that uses solar technology as an alternative to charcoal, to power the trolleys. They target the low-income street food vendors in Kenya to reduce their energy costs while eliminating use of carbon fuels. Ultimately, this solution ensures provision of safely cooked food to their customers. The team envisions being a recognizable brand in the renewable energy industry by delivering innovative solutions that have a positive environmental impact.
Financier, Pan-Africanist, Environmentalist, Gilles-Christ ADJAGAN is passionate about leading a brighter future for Africa and for Benin. Trained in banking and finance, his objective is to participate in the dynamization of the African financial system. Trained in Banking and Finance, his sense of leadership and my strong desire to get involved in the social development of Africa pushed him to develop knowledge and skills on the issues and challenges of sustainable development in Africa. Gilles-Christ believes that African youth in particular must participate in discussions and collective or individual actions in favour of sustainable development. His dream is that the African youth can contribute to the construction of a united Africa, stronger by its institutions and its culture. Gilles-Christ’s career goals include becoming a businessman, creating the first green bank dedicated to sustainable development projects in Africa.
As an Erasmus Mundus scholar from the European Union, Ajmal has gained a vast knowledge base in Decentralised Smart Energy Systems. He has a deep passion for energy digitalisation, green buildings, artificial intelligence and smart cities, all of which are essential for creating sustainable and smart communities. Ajmal firmly believes that sustainability should be at the forefront of all energy practices and is working towards creating awareness about the importance of sustainability practices. For the Fellowship, Ajmal is working on the Smart World project, which aims to revolutionize the way we use energy through the application of digitalization. This innovative project employs a data-driven approach to analyze building data collected from various sensors. By collecting and analyzing this data, the Smart World project seeks to identify energy usage peaks and provide recommendations on how to avoid these peaks and extreme energy usage. Through leveraging digitalization and data-driven approaches, the project aims to promote sustainable energy practices and reduce energy consumption.
Atinuke is currently studying Process, Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering at Technische Universität in Berlin. Her studies focus on Stationary Energy Storage Technologies, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable energy supply in on- and off-grid systems Energy Systems Modelling, and so on. For the Fellowship, Atinuke’s project focuses on the coupling of the Food and Energy Sector to reduce Food waste and provide Energy through the production of biogas from waste. Atinuke is working on a modular Biogas plant that is set to a capacity of accessible feedstock amount, with room for expansion. She hopes to drive the Energy Sector in Africa using my passion, prior skills and the fellowship experience to achieve clean and affordable energy in Nigeria.
Zara’u Ali Zargu
Zara’u Ali Zargu is a final year chemical engineering student at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria with a strong interest in biofuels. She is passionate about finding innovative solutions that can help address the issues related with Greenhouse gas emissions. For the Fellowship, Zara’u’s project aims to produce bioethanol from agricultural waste to help some of the challenges that accompany agricultural waste burning and utilizing it for the production of fuels with low carbon emission.
Mohamed is a technical engineer from Algeria pursuing a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Management in Germany, giving him the opportunity to focus on the financial issues and barriers that can arise when establishing a green and sustainable electrical grid. Prior to this, Mohamed gained two years of professional work experience in Algeria where he gained a deep understanding of the Algerian market and the challenges the country faces with respect to energy supply and the green transition towards renewable sources of energy. Mohamed is also passionate about the emerging technology of green hydrogen which he believes can play a major role in helping to decarbonize the planet and protect the rights of future generations to a clean and healthy planet. Mohamed is currently working on a techno-economic study that will analyze the pathway the Algerian government must take to establish a green hydrogen industry, identify the obstacles, and suggest possible solutions. His project aims to highlight the role that green hydrogen can play globally as the next energy carrier, particularly in fields like industry and transportation.
Katarina is a master’s student of International Relations at the Central European University in Vienna (Austria), where she emphasizes the energy perspective of global affairs. Her focus is exploring climate change’s impacts and identifying global strategies and frameworks for reducing these impacts. Her knowledge of the issues was developed through education at CEU, Sciences Po, and Masaryk University, but also through professional experience in various international, governmental, and non-governmental institutions. She dedicated her bachelor thesis to EU energy and environment policies, where through three-method research in Brussels, she examined the negotiations of the legislative package Fit for 55. Katarína is dedicated to further focusing her research on investigating energy and environment policies and she intends to write her master’s thesis about carbon taxation focusing on Europe. Her Fellowship project is therefore intertwined with her studies and primarily targets the new legislation of the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism – a highly complex measure which connects various policies, with an expected significant impact not only within the EU but also outside it. In this regard, she is eager to conduct research based on both quantitative and qualitative data and hopes to gain deeper knowledge about carbon pricing systems worldwide.
Koami Kpoto is a PhD student working on the diagnosis of electrical power systems in vehicles in Lyon, France. He is very interested in the energy transition and is engaged in several associations like “Electricien Sans Frontiere (ESF)” which works to bring easy access of energy and potable water to people in developing countries. Koami’s Fellowship project consists of building a platform giving the state of energy access of Africa countries based on relevant indicators. This project aims to help decision makers, NGO’s, and the international donor community to have an accurate view on energy access in Africa as well as the energy transition level of individual countries so that one could quantify the remaining work to do. Consequently, this project will facilitate decision making and accelerate sustainable energy development.
Hala is a soon-to-be architect with a passion for combining heritage and the latest technologies. She grew up with a keen interest in art and design and pursued a degree in architecture, where she gained a deep appreciation for historical and cultural heritage. Hala’s work always approaches the past with respect and looks toward the future with an eye for sustainability, bridging the latest technology with old construction techniques. This way, Hala believes we can understand how sustainability has always been among us by natural locally sourced materials, hygrometry, natural ventilation, and so on. For her Fellowship project, Hala is working on the restoration of a Kasbah in Fes, Morocco. She has already created the 3D model and aims to design a traditional system complemented by solar panels while still respecting the authenticity and aesthetics of the heritage building.
Accessing Community Energy (ACE)
Larissa Jane Houston. Graz, Austria
Larissa Jane has a background in Economics and Law from Rhodes University, South Africa, a Masters in International Trade Law from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and is currently in the process of completing her doctorate in Climate Change and Energy Law at the University of Graz, Austria. Larissa Jane is a South African living in Austria and has experienced the energy access issues of South Africa experiencing the energy crisis in the EU first hand. As a result, her research focuses on energy access and the legislative frameworks necessary to address energy insecurity. She has expertise in the legal intersections between climate change, energy and sustainable development. Her Fellowship project is inspired by empowering individuals and communities to take energy access issues into their own hands by utilizing renewable energy through energy communities. The “Accessing Community Energy (ACE)” project aims to develop a network and database of energy communities (ECs) from across the globe to advance and promote the sharing and exchange of knowledge around ECs and energy access utilizing renewable energy. The database will contain an overview of ECs related legislation and frameworks from countries worldwide thus improving opportunities and insight into EC establishment, maintenance and reporting.
Omoniyi Akinpelumi is a current post-graduate research student at the University of Manchester (UoM) and a big advocate of energy systems education. He believes that the more people are sensitized on the latest developments in the power and energy space, the greater the odds of realizing our net-zero carbon goals by 2050. Omoniyi is passionate about translating his research studies to actionable solutions and policies that would help improve the energy sustainability levels in our society. For the Fellowship, Omoniyi’s project GridML aims to leverage on machine learning (ML) algorithms and statistics in addressing large grid network issues in selected sub-Saharan countries based on data availability under the following areas – forecasting supply/demand and network reliability assessments. He hopes to develop probabilistic models that would help system operators determine where and when renewable energy plants should be built relative to demand projections. The outcome of this work would entail the presentation of results in the form of technical papers at leading IEEE conferences and a submission of recommendation reports to governmental authorities in countries in which the study was done.
Shubham holds an MSc. in Electrical Power Engineering and an MSc. in Wind Energy Technology, while having his minor (annotation) in Entrepreneurship studies. Coming from India and gaining majority of his experience in Europe, he is involved in several non-profit initiatives owing to which he had the opportunity to attend COP27. While engaging with various Stakeholders at COP27, he realized the knowledge gaps between the youth of Global North and Global South. The youth in Global South lack many of the resources the youth in Global North have access to, while, at the same time, the youth in Global South have access to the many practices associated with Circularity and Recycling that seem to be lost in the Global North. Shubham’s Fellowship project “Bridgers” is focused on bridging this knowledge gap and facilitating a shared learning environment. One initiative working on this issue is led by the Swedish Environment Institute which aims to provide knowledge base and capacity building workshops to the youth from countries like India, Morocco and several other countries in Africa. The idea behind “Bridgers” is to build up on that available process and structures around such programs and partner with organizations such as the Swedish Environment Institute to increase their outreach.
Vanooshe, Seyed Ali, and Ali Akbar
Energy Rebels consists of Vanooshe, Seyed Ali, and Ali Akbar, three students of Energy Engineering based in Iran currently completing a masters in Renewable Energy Engineering. Their goal is to find a sustainable approach for securing water, energy, food, and environment. For the Fellowship, Energy Rebels is working to provide a better design for their faculty building by integrating renewable energy technologies and implementing vertical farming. The aim of their project is to provide sustainable food and energy on campus and design a system that could be scalable for larger designs.
Ananda, Sesia, Abraham, and Naufan
Green Shifters is a group of four people from Indonesia, consisting of Ananda, Sesia, Abraham, and Naufan. Ananda and Naufan are both Master’s graduates from the University of Manchester, while Sesia and Abraham are currently studying at the university. Despite their different backgrounds, they all share the same goals: to learn more, contribute more, and support businesses in becoming more sustainable, raising awareness to reduce carbon footprints, and ultimately preventing any further damage from the impact of climate change. Together, they aim to fight climate change by developing a framework for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to transition towards more sustainable practices in their supply chain, having observed a lack of synergy between SMEs and policymakers in managing energy transition. SMEs are a vital and enormous sector in Indonesia’s economy and they believe the project will greatly encourage the development of the green economy in the country. This project aims to provide a framework for SMEs (especially in the agriculture and fishery sectors, which make the biggest contribution to Indonesia’s economy) on how to use sustainable materials and renewable energy, conduct clean manufacturing, and improve waste management. This project will focus on energy justice, which is the fair and equitable distribution of energy resources, costs, and benefits. This issue is particularly relevant in Indonesia, where the distribution of energy, climate change efforts, and access to reliable and clean energy are major challenges.
Isa Balogun, Primrose Vurayai, Zulykhat Bukola Wasiu, and Hafsa Mohamed Ibraahim
Team W2E is a group of highly motivated Masters Students studying Energy Engineering at the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Engineering (Including Climate Change). This team is composed of four members who are committed to achieving a common goal of ensuring increased access to clean cooking and modern forms of energy: Isa Balogun, Primrose Vurayai, Zulykhat Bukola Wasiu, and Hafsa Mohamed Ibraahim. They are passionate about delivering high-quality work that exceeds our clients’ expectations, and we are dedicated to achieving success by increasing access to clean cooking. For their Fellowship project, Team W2E is working on “Artificial intelligence driven Biogas Production from Food Waste”. This project is a waste management project that aims to use food waste from markets, farms or any biodegradable waste to produce cheap cooking gas for the residents of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria. The use of artificial intelligence will help in optimizing the biogas plant through real time monitoring thereby predicting hazards and production rate even before it occurs. Also, the slurry which will be the waste from the biodigester will be sold to the rural farmers as fertilizers at a very cheap rate to increase their productivity.
Maryem ZENNO and Walid MOUACHA
Maryem ZENNO and Walid MOUACHA are two students in Fez, Morocco working on a project aimed at saving time and energy with a sustainable solution. Maryem and Walid aim to design and implement a series of solar powered drink distributors in the urban center of Tinghir, Morocco. They hope to provide coffee and other drinks to the urban working population of Tinghir through this sustainable solution that will include an app that informs the administrator of the distributor about the remaining quantity inside. This project simplifies many things and can be applied on a large scale.
Chisola Nyala and Ngosa Bwalya
Zuba Power is a dynamic partnership between two dedicated Zambian engineering students, Chisola Nyala and Ngosa Bwalya, who share a passion for promoting sustainable and accessible energy in Zambia. Chisola is pursuing a master’s degree in Renewable Energy and the Environment at the University of Strathclyde to contribute to the transition towards sustainable energy. Ngosa is pursuing a Master’s degree in Energy and Nuclear Engineering at the University of Padua, where he is working on cutting-edge research projects to develop innovative solutions for the energy sector. “Zuba Power – Solar solutions for a sustainable Zambia” is a project aimed at enhancing access to and affordability of renewable energy through rural electrification in Zambia. The project employs three approaches: decentralized solar microgrid technical solutions, renewable energy education and training, and renewable energy financial consultancy services.
This project is a green initiative that focuses on utilizing solar energy to provide lighting, clean water pumping, irrigation, and other electricity needs for rural communities in Zambia that are not connected to the traditional grid. Furthermore, Zuba Power presents an opportunity for the government and other stakeholders to work towards a net-zero carbon economy by decarbonizing the grid and adopting renewable energy options hence helping mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Sustainable and Renewable Energy based Communities. GFA(Green For All)
India and Africa
Prajwal Shandilya completed his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and is currently studying his Master’s with the Inno Energy Program in Europe. Much of rural India and Africa are still not electrified and some places have people living in very low financial conditions which restricts them in the usage of electric power. Having a student-level experience in Microgrids, Prajwal is developing a model which will allow for Green Energy for all people in a selected community. The model will include renewable energies which will produce the electricity designed as per the load. The sustainable community model will also include other sustainable technologies such as Biogas and Composters which can be produced with kitchen waste. The GFA project also tries to explore the ways in which the youth from developing countries and regions around the project sites can be involved in order to give them work experience. With the above roadmaps, Prajwal’s project aims to lessen the gap in quality of living between people while addressing the issue of climate change and global warming.
Fateme, Fatemeh Sadat, Mohammadreza, Sima, and Tayebe
Team 118 consists of 5 members with different educational backgrounds. Three members graduated from electrical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, and two students in the fields of architecture and management. Originally from Afghanistan, Fateme, Fatemeh Sadat, Mohammadreza, Sima, and Tayebe now live in Iran and are interested in the implementation of solar cells in Afghanistan which suffers from a lack of energy. Despite the fact that the geography and climate of Iran are very suitable for different types of renewable energy, the extent and variety of oil and gas sources and their low prices compared to renewable energy sources have caused these energy sources to allocate the major share of energy consumption, and do not pay special attention to renewable energy sources, especially solar energy. Team 118’s Fellowship project focuses on using small scale solar energy, evaluating the expenses of installing solar cells in houses and offices. One of their goals is to raise awareness about the advantages and disadvantages of solar cells and inform people about the costs being saved in each house by using solar panels.
Abdoalnaser Ibrahim obtained his BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from University of Khartoum in Sudan. His project looks to investigate the current state of energy transition in 3rd world countries and help reimagine better alternatives through the development of a set of policies to improve energy access and achieve energy justice especially for regions like sub-Saharan Africa. His project also looks to dive deep into the topic of hydrogen to help mitigate climate change through the promotion of this technology.
Adrian Riives holds a B.S. in Chemistry from San Jose State University and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. For the Fellowship program, Adrian’s project idea is a comprehensive research project on how to transition modern society to a fully green renewable society. This review will include analysis of currently available infrastructure for new technologies, financing new technologies, political hindrances to these new technologies, and the potential of emerging renewable technologies.
Aravind Ganesan is a biotechnology and climate change mitigation aspirant, with a clear acumen for contributing to a sustainable and decarbonized global economy that facilitates combating the climate crisis. Aravind holds a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology (B.Tech) from SRM University, India, and a Masters (M.Sc.) degree in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Aravind is now working as a Ph.D. researcher at UQTR, in the stream of sustainable biofuel production processes for long-haul transportation. He is also working on a novel Pyrolysis technology with a Quebec biomass-based company that aims to produce biochar for use in the mining and minerals sector in the province of Quebec to gradually phase out the usage of fossil coal/coke for manufacturing metals like Aluminium, Silicon, Iron, and Titanium.
Bryan Yau is currently a 4th-Year Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration candidate at the University of Toronto – Faculty of Law and the Rotman School of Management. Previously, he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business. His project focuses on educating Canadian young professionals about energy policy, industry dynamics and opportunities in Canada’s natural resources sector to help deepen the conversation in Canada and build off his interest in learning more about the intersection of business, policy, energy, and climate change.
Akwesasne Mohawk Territory
Brayden Sonny White
Brayden Sonny White is of the Bear Clan of the Kaniehkeha:ka/Mohawk Nation and lives on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. Brayden currently works with Haudenosaunee Communities to help them combat environmental issues as well as serve as a liaison between environmental organizations. For the Fellowship program, his project looks to bridge the gap between traditional knowledge and the understanding of renewable energies. “For a good amount of time, renewable energy has not been viewed with a traditional lens and many older folks will say it is a western system of power. I say that renewable energy is closer to our traditional values than anything else”.
Megan has a background in environmental sustainability and global development. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Labour Geography from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Megan’s project idea is at the intersection of Just Transition and Canadian fossil fuel workers. A Just Transition is all about centring the voices of workers and ensuring no one is left behind in an energy transition. She is interested in understanding the perceptions and understandings of Just Transition policies among those who engage in fossil-fuel intensive industries.
Francine NGIRENTE is a graduate from University of Rwanda with a bachelor’s degree in Water and Environmental Engineering. Francine’s project aims to raise public awareness about environmental and climate change action while educating students in primary and secondary schools.This initiative will help close the knowledge gap in the transition to renewable energy sources and ensure that environmental sustainability is achieved.
Femi is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Saskatchewan. While pursuing his studies, he noticed that there was a lack of interesting and engaging resources for students and new industry professionals to learn about Canadian energy policy. With his passion for the industry and commitment to education, Femi is determined to bridge the knowledge gap and make energy policy accessible to all. His team’s project idea is to create a website which aims to educate students and new industry professionals about Canada’s energy policy in a clear and accessible way.
Gift Muoneke is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri and is the co-founder and CEO of Greenera Technologies, a fast rising energy startup that enables access to electricity in rural communities.His startup has directly impacted over 200 small businesses and homes since inception and growing. For the Fellowship program, his project looks to create a platform that allows the public to fund and earn from solar projects in Africa and enable businesses to get solar power at zero upfront cost.You can learn more about his project at www.mysunswitch.com.
With an extensive background in working with young people, team 132’s project looks to develop youth empowerment by equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to invest in areas like the promotion of high value crops that generates income and contributes to the production of biogas. Their project looks to help mitigate the environmental impact of deforestation in their community and help empower young people to become self reliant and entrepreneurial.
Granny has an academic background in engineering and economics from the University of Missouri in Rolla, USA. Granny is the founder of Clauseph Enterprises – a social enterprise with a vision to industrialize rural communities through eco-friendly, sustainable and scalable manufacturing projects to impart practical change. The team is working on providing clean, reliable and accessible heating and cooking fuel to rural and suburban communities that still heavily rely on firewood.The team intends to do this through manufacturing of clean, solid biomass fuel (wood pellets, charcoal briquettes) from encroacher bush and manufacturing of energy efficient biomass stoves for complimentary use.
Herine is an electrical engineer with further training in energy management. She is passionate about solving the energy poverty challenge in rural communities through decentralized energy systems to advance clean energy transition. Through Tilah Energy, Herine seeks to promote affordable and sustainable energy access in remote settings to fuel socio-economic development by working with communities to co-design and implement sustainable energy ventures. This project entails setting up a demonstration plot for smart farming powered by solar to showcase the opportunities in adopting a Water-Energy-Food nexus and supply training to the locals.
Inutu Katoti is passionate about renewable energy and sustainability. She has studied both in Zambia at Copperbelt University for a Bachelor of Science in Physics and in the United Kingdom at the University of Leeds for a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems. Her project looks to ensure a circular economy is established in her country, as Zambia is a developing country that does not sustainably dispose of their electronic waste. The end goal of this project is to ensure that each town in Zambia has at least one recycling site for green energy equipment.
Jael Wafula has a background in Control and Instrumentation from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Growing up in rural Kenya in the early 2000s, electricity was unheard of, and despite the efforts of the Kenyan government to electrify rural communities, most primary schools have not been beneficiaries of this initiative. It is her vision that schools in rural areas have access to affordable and reliable electricity and is working to sensitize rural communities on solar energy as an alternative energy source and create feasible ways of implementing solar PV systems in rural schools in Kenya.
James Paek has a background in political science from the University of Georgia for Bachelor degree and earned Associate degree from the University of North Georgia. James realized the energy system needed a structural overhaul since experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout of the Ukraine war that has created an urgency to propose alternative energy methods that are affordable, reliable, and accessible to ordinary Americans. His project looks to craft a sustainable energy policy that supports alternative energy methods to meet the guidelines on SDG 2030.
Jana Sasakamoose is completing her Masters of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations on Mathematics and Statistics, Geographic and Social Justice. Jana is the first ever First Nations woman accepted into the Math and Stats and is hailing from Ahtahkahkoop First Nation. Jana’s project looks to develop an energy efficient year-round greenhouse to promote food and energy sovereignty in the community and at the local school. The main goal of Jana’s project is to reclaim ancestral knowledge, offering traditional teachings through gardening, hide tanning, medicines, Elders circles, and Ceremonies.
Kely Melania Alejo Apaza
As a MSc.Candidate of Water Resources Engineering at the University of Guelph, Kely has always been passionate about the intersection of geoscience, engineering and data science. She also works as a research assistant with the group Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, where she assists in field and laboratory projects of groundwater contamination. Kely’s project is based on the study of wastewater, specifically on the conversion from ammonia to energy.
Delroy Kute is a passionate Environmental Scientist with over seven years working experience in the chemical, construction and electricity generation industries. He is an Environmental Science and Technology graduate from Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe and is currently based in South Africa. His team’s project idea is to set up an electricity generation plant that harnesses the power of waves through the use of wave energy converters on the shores of South Africa.
Laura Hohmann is the Associate Director of Sustainable Supply Chains at CDP North America. At CDP she oversees the strategy and engagement with the UNFCCC, 120+ buying corporations and their ~30,000+ strategic suppliers on climate change mitigation, water security, and deforestation. For the Fellowship program, her project is to launch a Green Energy Working Group which intends to drive better energy disclosures and provide a unique convening space for a multi-stakeholder audience, which includes customers, suppliers, and utilities.
Okafor Loveth holds a bachelor degree in Agricultural and Bio resources Engineering and is currently a master degree student in Renewable and New Energy Systems under Africa Center of Excellence program, both in University of Nigeria Nsukka. She is passionate about SDG 7, 8 11 and 13 and is looking to advocate and create awareness of some abandoned non-edible oil seeds that can be used for biofuel production, which will be important for transportation and heating.
Trisha Malangalanga is a driven individual who has always been passionate about the environment, climate change, and nature. This passion led her to pursue a career in engineering, where she has developed a strong interest in renewable energy technology. For the Fellowship program, her project aims to provide communities and individuals with easy access to information on renewable energy solutions, their associated costs, and payment options. By doing so, she hopes to empower them to make informed decisions about transitioning to renewable energy and to combat the impacts of climate change.
Trisha Malangalanga is a driven individual who has always been passionate about the environment, climate change, and nature. This passion led her to pursue a career in engineering, where she has developed a strong interest in renewable energy technology. For the Fellowship program, her project aims to provide communities and individuals with easy access to information on renewable energy solutions, their associated costs, and payment options. By doing so, she hopes to empower them to make informed decisions about transitioning to renewable energy and to combat the impacts of climate change.
Melody has a chemical engineering background from her undergraduate studies. She has experience working in the space of innovation, clean energy, and business development for several years before pursuing her Master of Public Administration and concentrating on energy and environment, at Columbia University. In her current studies, she is focusing on the intersection of green transition and ESG practices, especially in developing countries.
It took Melody 5 hours of flight and a 3-hour ride to her father’s hometown to find her passion in life – going all the way from the capital city of Indonesia to a secluded place in the Eastern part of Indonesia. The experience of living with the locals who were experiencing electricity cuts every night intrigued her to work on a project that aims to raise awareness of green & affordable energy for better development of the region. She believes in the power of local communities’ involvement in enabling climate justice and infrastructure development.
Miswar is a first-year master’s student at the University of Waterloo. Through his entrepreneurial background, he identified that upcoming entrepreneurs in the clean energy space find it challenging to validate the technical feasibility of their ideas, and founders with an MVP face difficulty in finding the right investor or funding sources for their projects. To help eliminate this gap, he is working on creating a platform that connects CleanTech entrepreneurs with technical consultants, green investors, and funding sources so it becomes super easy for entrepreneurs to conduct a feasibility analysis of their projects and raise investment all in one place.
Project name: “Lighting up Nigeria, one community at a time”. This project idea is a digital solution which seeks to bridge the gap in sustainable energy access in Nigeria and globally. It is a platform that hosts a wide range of sustainable energy products and services that address the issues of climate change and some key UN Sustainable development goals. This inturn will make it easy for customers to choose the most suited sustainable energy product with the best quality and pricing without the hassle of going to the market blindly.
Growing up in Alberta, Canada, Nadia identified rampant greenwashing and became disillusioned with instances of “green” initiatives that acted as a smokescreen for further perpetuated harm. To help prevent corporate greenwashing, Nadia’s project is twofold: 1) evaluating climate initiatives end-to-end (or “cradle to grave”) to assess overall environmental impact – from sourcing of materials and manufacture to end of life disposal, and 2) utilizing this information to enable impactful change to be made through public policy.
Patashi Pimms is a Nlakapamux, Yakama, & Stl’atl’imx youth from TLKemchEEn (Lytton BC). In the summer of 2021, Patishi’s family was evacuated from their home town for a whole year because of a devastating wildfire, and was placed in a city with no access to fish and harvest of their traditional foods. This experience inspired her project to create temperature adaptive green houses that are able to grow foods in extreme temperatures and create space for knowledge keepers to share their wisdom of growing and processing food/medicines and make harvesting traditional foods and medicines more accessible.
Team 151: Ridwan Abdulaziz graduated with Honors in Political Science and Environmental Science from Carleton University, where he developed a comprehensive understanding of the policy and governance challenges associated with environmental sustainability. His project aims to implement microgrids in remote areas to enhance the lifestyles of those without access to renewable energy sources, including indigenous communities. The project’s primary objective is to research and mitigate existing challenges, increase access to renewable energy, and improve energy reliability, thereby ameliorating the living standards within rural communities.
Ridwan Abdulaziz is a highly motivated individual who has always been fascinated by the complex and dynamic relationship between politics and the environment. Ridwan graduated with Honours in Political Science and Environmental Science from Carleton University, where he developed a comprehensive understanding of the policy and governance challenges associated with environmental sustainability. As part of my Student Energy Fellowship, his project aims to implement microgrids in remote areas to enhance the lifestyles of those without access to renewable energy sources, including indigenous communities. The project’s primary objective is to research and mitigate existing challenges; increasing access to renewable energy and improving energy reliability, thereby ameliorating the living standards within rural communities.
Serene has a background in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.Serene’s research project will combine her interest in policy analysis and her passion to respond to climate change, by identifying efficiencies in the transportation sector. She believes that there is immense potential to integrate energy efficient practices in the transportation sector and infrastructure. The research will highlight the opportunities of transitioning to an ecosystem that uses renewable energy and less oil or gas to meet Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, Serene’s research will recognize the barriers countries and governments may face to transitioning towards an energy efficient transportation sector.
Shadrak (Shak) Gobért is an Indigenous (Frog Lake, FN, Treaty 6) IT specialist who currently works in the field of local Government Technology Transition for community development departments. Shak’s project looks to adapt burgeoning tech for “Digital Twin” assets, by using Building Information Systems (BIM) modelling (VR, AR, XR) for small, and large, infrastructure projects in the field of energy. The “Digital Twin” combines various concepts, technologies, and data sources to give a clear, meaningful view of the subject and show how it can and will change over its lifespan.
Tannia has a background in Health Policy and International Development from the University of Toronto. Tannia’s research looks to ensure the adverse health impacts of displacement attributed to climate change is mitigated and accounted for. She hopes to achieve this by unpacking the relationship between an individual, community and place, and how the relationship is subject to change based on socioeconomic status and climate change. The end goal is to develop an action plan for diverse populations to advocate for urban renewal strategies and be agents of change within their own communities.
Ficus Innovations is a company that is dedicated to building climate resilience and promoting sustainable development. Ficus’s mission is to create affordable and sustainable communities that are able to respond quickly to disasters and provide relief to those in need.
To achieve this goal, their project is a techno-economic analysis that looks at the possibility of building 100% renewable and affordable communities in rural areas of Canada, integrating geothermal, solar and wind energy as energy systems, and incorporating geologic carbon sequestration in the community.
Naomi Maxwell and Olugbenga Ezekiel
Bio: Team 156 is a startup that’s on a mission to transform the energy crisis and waste management dilemmas facing not just their country, but the entire world. With a team of highly-educated and passionate founders, they’re harnessing the power of waste-to-energy technology such as anaerobic digestion, along with other energy solutions to facilitate energy security, clean cooking and safe waste management practices. This innovative approach tackles energy poverty head-on, while addressing the critical waste management problem and promoting sustainable, climate-resilient cities.
Aine NurAizza Nuruddin and Aman Virani
Project Title: EcoTile – Transforming Footsteps into Energy. Aine and Aman are working to enhance the transition to sustainable energy by creating energy-generating floor tiles that could power small neighborhoods through an everyday activity such as walking or jogging. The motivation behind the project is to reduce the load on the grid by identifying localized sources of power generation. Their team is committed to developing the energy infrastructure within Toronto that can benefit both utilities and customers in a seamless manner.
Francis Egwu, Cloria Chinwe Irobuisi, and Kerry Iheanyichukwu
Francis is a law student at the University of Nigeria with a special interest in energy law and the environment. Francis’s project, “Info-energy”, looks to educate and build awareness of the communities rights to energy access and the importance of its adoption to protect the environment. He hopes to achieve this by creating webinars, workshop training, community awareness programs and reliable social-media integration into a designed mobile application, which looks to build active awareness and participation among youth and the community he serves.
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TRANSITION AMBASSADORS (SETA)
Njimoluh Fomban Ismael Majer, Khan Sonia Tewah, Fola Thalya Deloris, Nick Anye Atanga, and Ndzelen Salome
SETA is a team of 5 members from the University of Buea with an Environmental Science background and a passion for the Energy transition. The team is a derivative of the Student Energy Chapter at the University of Buea. SETA’s project looks to promote the energy transition by conducting research on renewable energy technologies, developing educational resources and campaigns to raise awareness about the issue, and designing and building their own small-scale renewable energy systems.
Omiwole Felicia, Oke kolade, Anibaba Hafsah, Ganiyu Babatunde
FLAIR is a team of undergraduates from the University of Lagos with an interest in clean energy, climate change and reduction of carbon footprint. Their project looks to minimize the impact of flaring from the oil and gas sector in Nigeria, a common practice used to dispose of excess natural gas by burning it off. Flaring is used for various reasons, including safety and operational requirements, but it also has a significant environmental impact. Project flair is aimed to reduce the flaring of gas in Nigeria and promote the proper utilization of natural gas.
Elizabeth Kananji and Elizabeth Nyanja
El-soarTech is a team of two engineers passionate about improving the energy sector through renewable energy. El-soarTech is working on optimizing the efficiency of solar modules by accounting for the losses encountered during absorption of solar radiation due to reflection and the stationary position of the solar panels. We aim to come up with an alternative design that would maximize absorption through tracking the sun’s position and capturing the reflected irradiance.
Chidinma Okereke and Frank Egba
Chidinma has an academic background in Mechanical Engineering from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University of Anambra state, Nigeria. Her colleague Frank Egba is a student at Babcock University where he studies Biochemistry. Their project looks to accelerate the net-zero target set for Sub-Saharan Africa and mitigate the effects of climate change in the area. They hope to achieve this by developing a low-carbon technology solution that drives on non-biodegradable material and a renewable energy mix – particularly solid wastes that pose a threat and great challenge to the environment – to generate quality, affordable and reliable energy.
Chidinma Oduenyi, Chioma Ukoha-Kalu, Daniel Oguejiofor and John Achimugu
Team Bolster is founded by students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Together at Bolster the team is committed and motivated to play a role in creating efficient energy systems. To help achieve this, the team is developing a digital platform called Bolster, which serves as an intermediary between consumers and the nearest plastic waste recycling centers. The goal is to inculcate a culture of waste collection and sorting while promoting the growth of recycling agencies. Through the widespread and consistent utilization of this application, we aim to establish a sustainable environment, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate the creation of new products and materials.
Omoko Abimbola Chukwudi, Esan Oluwadamisi and Oludele Olaitan
SUCSYD is a team project targeted to bridge the gap between the Oil Industry and the Renewable Energy Industry to allow both industries to work together towards a clean and sustainable future. A simple example of things they plan to achieve is finding more sustainable ways to transport produced gas to the shore and cease flaring; consequently reducing the carbon footprint caused by flaring. The team hopes to act as a conduit to both industries and ensure that the energy transition is done sustainably and meets the energy demand in Nigeria.
Borel Moute Fotso and Ulrich Cabrel Tokam Tingang
Cabrel Tokam and Borel Moute are co-founder of the startup Dream Solar Energy based in Cameroon. For the Fellowship program, their project aims to empower and capacitate 10,000 women and girls in Cameroon with the skills to install and assemble solar panels, with the goal of creating a more sustainable and climate-resilient future. By promoting gender equality and social justice, as well as contributing to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we believe that community mobilization and education are key to achieving lasting change.
Omoko Abimbola Chukwudi, Esan Oluwadamisi and Oludele Olaitan
This team consists of 5 engineering students from the University of Calgary Student Energy Chapter. The team aims for the SE Fellowship program to help bridge the gap between their technical knowledge and how to actually build a project idea that can lead to a minimum viable product. The team started their fellowship journey by evaluating the SDG7 goals and choosing where they wanted the focus of their project to be. After careful consideration during team meetings, they decided to work on developing a product that can help improve the usability of solar panels.
Living in Calgary, Alberta, the sunniest city in Canada, the team believes that solar panels have a lot of potential and should be more widespread commercially and in industry. Also, Calgary receives a lot of snowfall throughout the year that is, a lot of the time, followed by sunny skies. Therefore, they decided to design a device that can be installed alongside the solar panels that will automatically clean them after a snowfall. In future iterations, they believe the device can be also useful in sandy conditions.”
“Mali Oil” Hillary Reagan is a budding creative mind with a passion for social entrepreneurship. During his time as an undergraduate student at Moi University, Mali Oil was birthed at the Venture 4 Change Idea Competition 2022 as a solution to waste management in open air markets in Kimilili Municipality, Kenya and other rapidly rising urban areas. Mali Oil seeks to produce sustainable bioethanol using agricultural residues from large farms, Agro- processing industries and municipal open air market-wastes.
SESEFA (South East Sustainable Energy for All) is based in Ebonyi, Nigeria, and is focusing on providing affordable and sustainable renewable energy solutions by installing stand alone solar pv for their clients. The team’s target is to increase the number of people using stand alone solar pv to 50 users in South East NIgeria in 2023 and over 150 by 2025. By implementing the SDG7, the team hopes to provide the stand alone solar through “BNPL” package (Buy Now, Pay Later) where home and business owners will be able to own stand alone solar pv with at least 30% upfront fee and the rest spread-out in 12-24 months.