By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express
The Abellon Clean Energy Ghana, an integrated sustainable energy solutions provider from Ghana has won the best Innovation Company of the Year at the 2015 African Business Awards held in New York.
The Ghanaian company beats International Human Resources Development Corp (IHRDC), Invest in Africa, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, and XYPNET from Zambia.
Speaking to Energy Ghana about the award, Mr. Pragnesh Mishra, the Deputy General Manager (DGM) in charge of International Business Development said at Abellon they believe that Bio-energy has the potential to bring about radical transformation to the economy, environment and social levels, adding that this can be a source of clean, cost effective, safe energy especially in addressing these challenges in developing nations in Asia and Africa.
“Our sustainable value from waste model helps countries to productively utilize their vast biomass resources, while addressing issues such as environmental pollution and its effects on human health, deforestation, energy dependence and providing opportunities for income and employment generation at grassroots levels,” he mentioned.
Mr. Mishra said winning such award generates a very high degree of positive impact at multiple levels. He said such award helps to give voice to their efforts, and more importantly showcases the larger power and potential of the bio-energy sector in bringing about a sustainable change within Ghana and the world at large.
He mentioned that the award serves to reinforce their commitment in supporting Ghana as well as other developing countries to achieve energy self-reliance and larger development goals.
“Our future plans include the development and commercialization of a comprehensive range of pellet based appliances, catering to a wide range of customers for their diverse cooking and heating needs; scale up of existing capabilities through newer projects in pellet and pellet based appliances manufacturing, exploring possibilities in clean power generation including bio-power, solar power, waste to energy, and energy plantation on marginal/waste land; and replication of our integrated bio-energy led model in other developing nations in Asia and Africa,” he told Energy Ghana.
Mr. Mishra stated that Abellon will keep on putting in efforts for Cleaner and Sustainable Technologies for Ghana, which shall further explore to ECOWAS and the rest of Africa. “Abellon will expect Ghanaians and all Africans to take advantage and benefit of this Clean Technology and Fuel,” he reiterated.
According to him, Abellon is a pioneer and leader in the bio-energy segment with focus on biomass pellets and pellet based appliances, bio-power generation, solar power, liquid bio-fuels, and waste to energy generation. The company has a global footprint across India in Asia, Ghana in Africa, North America and Europe.
Energy Ghana gathered that Abellon Clean Energy Ghana was established in 2011 and it’s a subsidiary of Abellon Clean Energy Limited from India.
“Globally, we have over 500 staff. We also provide indirect income and employment opportunities to over 9,000 people including rural/marginal communities who support our decentralized biomass collection model, logistics support providers and marketing and distribution partners,” he noted.
“In Ghana, we have a team of 60 people working directly with us, and provide income and employment to 100 people within the timber industry and allied services, who support our biomass collection, logistics and marketing and distribution operations,” he added.
Other winners were Dangote from Nigeria, African Business of the Year; Mohammed Dewji, the CEO of Mohammed Enterprise, Tanzania for Business Leader of the Year; Daphne Mashile Nkosi, Executive Chairperson, Kalagadi Manganese, South Africa; Most Outstanding Woman in Business; Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria; Award for Good Corporate Governance; The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility; and BIMA, Insurance Company & Initiative of the Year.