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The Star Early Edition: Dr Jack Fletcher is shortlisted for the Africa Prize

  • The Star Early Edition & Cape Argus
  • 2 Feb 2022
  • GIVEN MAJOLA Business Report multimedia reporter

DR JACK Fletcher has been shortlisted for the 2022 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation (APEI) with the Hyena Power Pod, a fuel-cell based hydrogen generator that converts LPG gas into usable electricity, all within one device is one of the technologies that have been shortlisted for the prize.

Hydrogen fuel cells

Fletcher is the 11th innovator from South Africa to be shortlisted for APEI since it started in 2015. The Africa Prize is run by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering and awards crucial commercialisation support to African innovators who are tackling local challenges with scalable engineering solutions.

The fuel-cell based hydrogen generator runs on LPG gas, and a mini-grid monitoring system to help utilities and mini-grid operators manage solar installations.

Fletcher’s device is a diesel generator replacement technology that produces on-site, on-demand and reliable electricity.

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