Accra, July 3, GNA - Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has reiterated government’s commitment and readiness to support and upscale innovations that seek to address societal challenges in the country.
He said the world thrived because it was driven by innovation, knowledge and science, hence the need to embrace technological innovation and advancement.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng said this during a meeting with Mr James Ansah and Mr Kwesi Ansah - two brothers from Koforidua, Eastern Region, who have used cassava, a popular West African root crop, to generate electricity.
The Minister said government heard about the innovative development by the two brothers about two weeks ago and invited them to discuss ways for upscaling the technology.
While praising the brothers for conceiving and demonstrating such a technology, he said it had the capacity to address a problem in society and asked them to think through and present a proposal for the government to support them.
“Just like the innovators, who had come up with this application, each and everyone has a unique gift from God that no one has. To explain this, look at how these two young men, who found themselves in Koforidua, have been able to develop this to serve the world,” he said.
Mr James Ansah explained that the electricity challenges, the country faced some years back motivated them to come up with an innovation that could be used by small communities, hospitals and schools to augment the power from the national grid.
He said they had monitored and wondered why fireflies could generate power without any batteries or other energy sources of power.
The cassava generated electricity power, tagged as the ‘JK2 table power’, could be used to power home appliances, including standing fans, fridge, blender, television and radio sets.
Mr Kwesi Ansah said they had been able to develop another technology using vehicle batteries to power small household items.
He noted that the second innovation called battery generator with the capacity to power mobile phones, bulbs, and radio sets, derived it rechargeable power source from solar and had been designed purposely for emergencies.
“We have designed it in such a way that the battery generator charges while been used. With support, we can increase the capacitors and make other fabrications to increase the power, to be able to power an air-conditioner, electric iron and computers,” he said.