Electricity challenges a top issue at African engineering innovation competition

Engineering innovations to boost off-grid power and stop electricity theft‚ along with managing heart disease and support for parents‚ have been selected as the four finalists in the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

The finalists from Cameroon‚ Kenya‚ South Africa and Uganda were chosen for their ability to apply engineering to solve problems for people across the continent‚ according to a statement by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

The South African finalist is a team led by Johannesburg accountant Matt Wainwright. It is revolutionising the way energy is distributed and sold in Africa. Standard Microgrid’s first pilot is currently running on a rural test site in Mugurameno‚ Zambia.