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In terms of sustainable development, environment and renewable energy, Africa is also a land of innovation. These 3 promising start-ups, supported by the Orange Fab and the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East, prove this daily.
Green Energy (Mali): a smart and sustainable stove
Founded in 2021, Mali Green Energy develops innovative solutions for the recovery of residual waste in renewable energy sources. Its founder Abdoulaye Souare developed a stove intended for the general public which uses 80% of fuels from municipal waste and biomass. The solution eliminates the use of wood or charcoal, energy sources still used by 92% of Malian households, despite the risks to health and the environment.
With your ” ecological stove “, households cook their food four times faster while self-generating electricity. The generated energy can be used to power the house (TV, radio, LED lamps, etc.) or charge phones using the built-in USB and DC ports.
The Green Energy stove is also designed as a smart object. Household consumption data (emissions, biomass, etc.) is sent to the cloud in real time. This connectivity also makes it possible to offer a “Pay-As-You-Go” financing model, where users are rewarded for reducing CO₂ emissions. For its contribution to the production of green energy, Green Energy received the award POESAM 2021 (Orange Social Venture Award in Africa and Middle East).
Kumulus (Tunisia): innovation for more affordable drinking water
Access to clean water is a problem for millions of people in Africa. The technology developed by the startup kumulus wants to provide a solution that is eco-friendly and accessible to as many people as possible.
In a volume equivalent to that of a mini-refrigerator, its system produces between 25 and 30 liters of water per day, at a cost of less than 8 cents per liter (compared to the cost of mineral water of 10 cents in Tunisia and Egypt or more than 15 cents in Morocco). For this, the technology developed by kumulus creates water from solar panels and moisture from the air. The entire system (panels, batteries, filters, mineralizers, etc.) can be fully controlled remotely, and predictive algorithms allow managing the quality and quantity of water production according to weather conditions.
A first “Proof Of Concept” prototype was installed in April 2021 in Tunis and produces 20 to 30 liters of water per day. Other projects are underway in Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal and southern France. Kumulus got the 2and price POESAM in 2021 and participated in the Orange Fab Tunisia pre-acceleration program.
mLouma (Senegal): digital technology at the service of inclusive agricultural development
In Africa, farmers need to strengthen their resilience to economic and environmental issues. Digital can help them. This is the path followed in Senegal by the mlouma.
Since its inception in 2012, the startup won numerous international awards, thanks to its solution that allows producers to declare their stocks and sales prices in real time with a simple phone, even without Internet.
Today, accompanied by Orange Fab Senegal and several international agricultural organizations, mLouma has extended its scope of action to the entire value chain of the sector. Its digital solutions cover all the needs of Senegalese producers, who are directly involved in the entire development of the tools.
Learn more about the support systems that Orange offers for start-ups.