Congratulations to the winners of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy!
The Milken-Motsepe Prize in FinTech is now open for registration!
green energy hero

Africa Business Quarterly: Winners of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy announced

The Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation have announced the winners of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy: a $2-million innovation competition to reward entrepreneurs working to expand access to reliable, affordable and sustainable off-grid electricity in Africa. The winners were announced at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles.

Aftrak, an initiative based out of the United Kingdom and Malawi, was awarded the $1-million Grand Prize for its easily assembled solar microgrid and custom-designed tractors, which have tripled agricultural yield, increased farmer incomes and provided electricity to remote communities. The runner-up award of $250 000 was presented to South Africa-based OMNIVAT for its containerised electricity generation and storage system, which provides clean water, clean energy and Wi-Fi enriched by virtual reality support for remote communities.

The Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy is the second in the Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize Programme: a series of multiyear, multimillion-dollar global innovation competitions and awards aimed at advancing technological progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first competition in this programme, the Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech, was launched in 2021, and focused on addressing the goals of no poverty and achieving zero hunger.

Read the full article here.

More News

News clips

Engineering News: Award-winning Omnivat to roll out pilots of containerised electricity generation and storage system

Renewable energy technology company Omnivat Tech, the creator of an award-winning containerised electricity generation and storage system, aims to deploy three in-field pilot plants in the coming months. The company intends to trial different use cases, including health facility support, backup power and community-owned models. “We are a pan-African team with a pan-African vision. We will deploy our initial systems in South Africa and will be developing a pipeline across sub-Saharan Africa. We are open to public- and private-sector customers and intend to collaborate with both to meet the needs of communities, facilities and businesses,” says Omnivat.   Read the full article here

Read More »
News clips

The Kenya Times: Two African Entrepreneurs Win Ksh261 million Green Energy Global Award

The Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation announced the winners of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy at the global conference held by the institute in Los Angeles. The $2 million (Ksh 261,500,000) innovation competition seeks to recognize entrepreneurs striving to enhance access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable offgrid electricity in Africa. One of the winners is Aftrak, an initiative based in both the United Kingdom (UK) and Malawi. Aftrak received a Grand Prize of $1 million for its solar microgrid which is easily assembled, and custom-designed tractors.   Read the full article here.

Read More »
News clips

Best Mag: Solar and battery powered tractor for Africa gets award

Aftrak, an initiative based out of the UK and Tiyeni of Malawi, a Malawian non-government organisation has won the Milken-Motsepe prize for green energy. Modern farming is energy consuming as most machines are powered with fossil fuels. However, the last decade has seen a strong trend towards a more sustainable agricultural infrastructure. The outcome is an easy-assembled revolutionary solar and lead-battery-powered tractor, supporting sustainable farming in Africa that has won a major international environmental prize, the Milken-Motsepe prize for green energy. The project has been co-founded by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) and the global lead battery manufacturer Clarios, based in Wisconsin, and owner of battery brands like Varta and Optima. The team is led by Loughborough University in the UK.   Read the full article here.

Read More »