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Oorja enters the African Telecoms market with pilot project funding from USTDA
United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) announced today that it has selected Oorja Protonics (Oorja) for conducting a Feasibility Study involving Oorja's Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) for powering Telecommunication towers in Africa.
By: Oorja Fuel Cells
Oorja’s CEO, Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra said, “We are very excited to be part of this initiative because it could be a game changer for the global telecoms industry”. He further explained that “Oorja’s Direct Methanol Fuel Cells hold the promise of offering supreme reliability and much-needed uptime to an industry that is not only mission-critical but could contribute significantly in improving the standard of living of the African population. The partnership with USTDA will allow Oorja to establish the feasibility of this approach and also ascertain a roadmap for an accelerated market adoption and scaling-up of the Oorja solution within the global telecoms world.”
Dr. Malhotra added that this is a very important step for Oorja for accessing the Africa market, which has a huge energy demand.
Funds from USTDA come as part of the $9bn designated by the US government’s POWER AFRICA initiative to provide sustainable electricity to the African continent.
Oorja Protonics (Oorja) is a global energy company working to enable the methanol economy. It designs, develops and commercializes Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs) ranging in power from 0.5 to 100 kilowatts that have a wide range of applications across several industries such as: telecommunications, vehicles and transportation, distributed energy, and micro grid. The company was founded in 2004 in Silicon Valley and is funded by leading Global Investors.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.