Prince Nana Kow Essel is an award-winning energy access specialist with over 4 years’ experience in the energy access and transition sector. He is known for his vision, in-depth knowledge on business models and innovations for access to clean, affordable and reliable energy for last mile populations in Africa.
He is an Alumnus of Energy Generation Academy, Lomé, Togo and Entrepreneur-in-Incubation at the Ghana Climate Innovation Center. He is the Lead Consultant and Co-Founder of Maiseville Groupe Limited, an independent sustainable energy consulting firm in Africa. He is a managing partner of Chartered Electric Limited, is a for-profit social inclusive business that develops off-grid energy solutions and energy services through smart microgrids for last mile population and industries in Africa.
In addition, he is the founder of Econexus Ventures Limited, a social enterprise commercializing innovative clean energy solutions in Africa with the focus on energy recovery from waste using environmentally compatible technologies. He doubles as Renewable Energy Program Associate at Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Solutions, ISEES and a member to the Ghana Coordinating Team for World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders Program.
In July 2018, he became the youngest Ghanaian ever to be selected among 14 bioenergy experts in Ghana by the German Government to attend the annual “Expert Information Seminar on Power Supply from Bioenergy” held in Munich, Germany. He is now a Consulting Fellow at the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WtERT), Germany, an international top-tier-technical group that brings together engineers, scientists, and managers from industry, universities and the government with the objective of advancing the goals of sustainable waste management on a global scale. The objective of WtERT is the global promotion of the recovery of energy and materials from waste.
Awards won includes;
- Africa Energy Generation Prize 2016 in Lomé, Togo, His project focused on designing a non-catalytic batch-type reactor to process plastic waste into industrial diesel fuel for heavy duty industries in the sub-region. Another component of the project looked at using the fuel produced from the plastic waste in modified diesel generators to electrify off-grid communities in Lomé, Togo.
- Africa Energy Ideas Competition 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria, His project was on the design of biomass gasification micro grids for agro processing communities in Africa.
- Winner, Ford College Community Challenge 2018 with a project on production of Ethanol Gel fuel for domestic cooking from sugarcane bagasse, a by-product from alcohol production which is normally burnt in the open.
- Winner “MakeInAfrica 2018” International Contest in Rome, Italy, His project was on a portable solar powered generator set (trade labelled “Solar Pulse”) that supports small rural businesses by providing clean, reliable and cheap energy. The generator set has an incorporated inclusive, flexible and accessible “pay-as-you-go” payment system.