Prince Essel making a Point at the Awards Ceremony
Mr Prince Essel, a UMaT final year BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering student has won the second prize of the Africa Energy Generation Prize. This is a Pan-African innovation and invention contest for affordable and sustainable energy solutions. Mr Essel’s "Eco Diesel" project allowed him to produce fuel based on plastic waste. Prince took home 3,000 Euros as his prize money at the Lomé Mini Maker Faire, the first innovation fair to be held in Togo. In 2016 Mr Essel was the only Ghanaian among ten winners across Africa to be selected in October for the next phase of the competition.
Mr Prince Essel 2nd from Left Recieving His Prize
The competition was organised by the Association of Energy Generation in Paris with support from Akon Lighting Africa Initiative, Solektra Solar Academy, Bamako, Mali and Schneider Electric, France. The competition is the culmination of a process to promote the energy sector in Africa. Prince Essel will also undertake a one week training in the Solektra Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali.
More than six months after selecting ten project leaders in a quarantine to integrate its academy in Lomé, the winners of the Energy Generation were nominated for the first edition of this competition dubbed the “Africa Energy Generation Prize 2016”. The contest finally saw six young Africans proposing projects of low-cost unconventional energy generating solutions. These six project leaders were from Togo, Congo, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Chad and Ghana.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Posts and Digital Economy, Togo, Cina Lawson, and the Ambassador of the United States to Togo, David Gilmour.
Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar and Head, University Relations