Three sustainability organizations have won the 2022 Global Energy Heroes prizes from Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy, announced on May 4 during Stanford’s Energy Solutions Week. The competitive prizes drew 44 submissions across five continents.
组织领导的人年龄在18岁到30年old were eligible to enter, which required submission of a short video about their work. The winning organizations work in Kenya, Brasil and the United States. Mukuru Clean Stoves is figuring out how to get Nairobi’s low-income mothers to switch to improved cookstoves, a huge health problem that has bedeviled decades of international aid efforts. Revolusolar is making residential solar accessible to low-income households in sun-drenched Rio de Janeiro. And ElectricFish is enabling affordable, all-renewable electricity charging to electric vehicles while also making regional power grids less vulnerable to blackouts. Each organization gets $20,000 to advance their enterprise.
“The submissions we received were broad both geographically and topically,” said Yi Cui, director of the Precourt Institute and Stanford professor of materials science and engineering. “The three winners and the other finalists represent the breadth and depth of young people around the world committed to making their communities more sustainable and defending our world from climate change.”
“I hope their stories and the real benefits of their work inspire us all,” said Cui.
The winners were selected by a panel of four energy experts, listed below.
Video entry from Mukuru Clean Stoves
Cook stoves for Kenya
Mukuru distributes its stoves through women in communities throughout Nairobi. The stoves are partially subsidized by philanthropic organizations and carbon credits, but they still come at a cost to clients. The organization works with its distributors on finance. Mukuru says it has sold more than 100,000 of its cleaner stoves.
“We are putting the (Global Energy Heroes) prize money towards the construction of our new production facility,” said Magayi.
她希望该奖项还将使Mukuru Clean Stoves能够吸引更多的投资者和合作伙伴。马加伊说：“在我们旅程的这一点上，没有什么比这更有效了。”
Sustainable, affordable and secure energy for all is the vision for the energy transition. Brazil has increasingly expensive electricity rates and relatively inexpensive solar energy technology, so this is already a vision at hand, especially in Rio de Janiero. Residential solar is a sustainable, decentralized electricity source and a generator of local jobs.
“So far, Revolusolar has been operating a pilot project in Rio de Janeiro. Our next step, starting in 2022, is to expand the solar revolution to new territories, nationally,” said chief executive Eduardo Avila. “The prize money will be entirely used to finance this national expansion, which includes a project in the Amazon region。”
The prize motivates Revolusolar to keep working on the solar revolution, aiming at a more inclusive and sustainable society, said Avila.
Clean charge for EVs
In addition, a significant ElectricFish presence in a given area could improve the reliability of the local electric grid, the founders say. As reliance on intermittent solar and wind power grows, energy storage – both large, centralized capacity and local resources – is becoming increasingly critical to keeping power demand and supply in balance to avoid blackouts.
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该公司的首席设计师Ashleen Blaettler表示：“ ElectricFish计划将这笔奖金投入到扩大我们的社区弹性得分算法的扩展，以帮助我们选择最有影响力的位置来建造分布式存储。”
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