World Bioenergy Awards goes to North America and Africa

The winner of the World Bioenergy Award 2012 was announced yesterday in Jönköping (Sweden). Harry Stokes, who developed, funded and managed Project Gaia to improve the health, economic status and quality of life of a significant number of families in the developing world, especially Africa, was handed the award by Swedish Minister for Information Technology and Energy, Anna-Karin Hatt [inset].
World Bioenergy Awards goes to North America and Africa

Harry Stokes is the latest clean energy advocate to receive the World Bioenergy Award 2012. He has led a global initiative that promotes alcohol fuel and their technologies for production and end use, for cooking and other household appliances. Stoke’s vision is to provide clean, efficient, affordable and safe cooking for African homes, and the opportunity to move away from dependence on perennially scarce firewood, charcoal, dung, twigs, grass and similar fuels.

“Harry Stokes was one of the finalists also in 2010. The scope of his achievements is vast, and there are several dimensions to the benefits of helping developing communities rely more on clean, renewable and domestic fuels,” comments Kent Nyström, President of World Bioenergy Association and member of the jury.

“This year’s finalists are entrepreneurs, government officials and researchers from India, Russia, Spain, UK and USA. They have all made important contributions to different sectors and disciplines within the global bioenergy sector and they show the diversity of the global bioenergy sector - from small-scale cooking technology for families in poor countries to large scale biofuel production plants,” says Jakob Hirsmark, initiator of the award and member of the jury.

The first award was presented in 2010 to the Brazilian researcher Laercio Couto, who’s implemented research on eucalypt plantations leads to large amounts of saved carbon dioxide emissions when this biomass replaces fossil fuels for energy production.

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