Mw Project Emerge Best in African Science, Tech and Innovation
A project on biogas and solar by a local firm, High Impel Energy Company, an arm of Nyasa Engineering Consultancy Limited has been selected as the best in the 2023 Fifth African Science, Technology and Innovation Forum held recently.
The firm’s Founder Peter Ngwira, while expressing gratitude for the recognition, said this will act as a motivation for his company to do more innovations that would help Malawi’s local communities to have improved livelihoods.
“This is something worth celebrating; our innovation focused on biogas and solar. We had a lot of participants from countries such as Kenya and Tanzania and emerging as the best, we don’t take it for granted,” said Ngwira.
He said the outstanding project focuses on using biogas integrated with solar to power irrigation systems, targeting smallholder farmers to help them use systems that are efficient and cost-effective.
“As a company, we believe biogas will be the main source of energy moving forward since it is cheaper as it uses waste so we believe investing in biogas is the way to go,” added Ngwira.
Nyasa Engineering Consultancy Limited is run by a group of youths, mostly fresh graduates from both public and private universities including Malawi University of Science and Technology and Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences.
Meanwhile, High Impel Energy Company managing director Tusalifye Kanyika has disclosed that the company intends to introduce a one-gigawatt biogas plant in the country as part of efforts to increase sustainable sources of energy in Malawi.
“We need to be thinking outside the box; our main focus is to have a plant that will be producing one gigawatt of electricity which will help to minimize challenges the energy sector is facing. So, we are implementing mini projects. With the income we are getting, we are financing the big project,” said Kanyika.
“This project was inspired by what Total Energies based on what they have done in France where they have introduced a 160-gigawatt plant and we believe we can start with a one-gigawatt biogas plant. Grants and partnerships to fulfill this plan are welcome,” he added.