Press release 19.5.2021

Peter Vesterbacka introduces how to solve climate change challenge by cooking.

Peter Vesterbacka, who is active in Ambitious.Africa, acquired the first Afstor solar-electric system, which also integrates a micro base station developed by Karugrid Oy.

Hi Peter, what is Ambitious.Africa?


Ambitious.Africa is an association founded by Finnish Youth, which aims to promote the position
of Africans by providing opportunities for young people in Africa for
education, entrepreneurship and entertainment.

How does
Afstor link to Ambitious.Africa?

I got
acquainted with the solar-electric system developed by Afstor Oy last summer.
That’s when I found that this complements very well ambitious.Africa’s
activities. The use of Afstor Oy’s equipment enables young people to no longer
have to collect trees, but they have instead time to study.

addition, the Afstor solar-electric system is revolutionary because it allows
the life of an African family to be transformed from the Stone Age to the
Digital Age, and afforestation in Africa. The hardware is quite simple, it
includes solar panels, a battery, an induction cooker and a power outlet for
lighting and charging the mobile phone. This allows you to plant trees or do
anything more productive.

In other
words, afforestation in Africa is technically and economically possible, this
is no longer a matter of desire and ambition.

1. The
African family uses an average of 4,000 kg of firewood per year, which produces
6.4 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The price of a one ton of CO2 emissions is
over € 30. In other words, in 20 years, this is worth more than € 4,000.

2. Families
living in slums spend more than € 200 a year on fuel, which is also worth €

3. More
than € 100 billion a year is spent on development aid. Such a one-year sum can
be provided to every African family (800 million people) who use wood for
cooking with the Afstor solar-electric.



How does
digitalization and the micro base station relate to this?

summer, we started a discussion that Afstor Oy’s system would also have
internet. I was very surprised that such an additional feature was obtained so
quickly. The system was implemented by Antti Pinomaa, Postdoctoral
Researcher in Electrical Engineering, LUT University in Lappeenranta.

Antti has
founded Karugrid Oy, a company that implements systems.

internet is very useful for studying, but it also improves the life of locals
in many ways. Below are some practical examples:

1. An
integrated telecommunications connection, as part of an Afstor product, can
bring a school digitally to villages without a school or far from the nearest
school. Especially during the corona, schools have been closed and school
materials have increasingly gone online.

Telecommunications and electricity also provide opportunities for local small
businesses such as restaurants (cold chains, and food preservation for longer),
and artisans, etc., who can market their own products online locally to the
local area or over the Internet worldwide. Similarly, the unemployed can become
entrepreneurs, and this can also be provided through online entrepreneurship

3. Coders,
application developers and content producers can train and run a business from
the countryside from their own home village and sell their services anywhere. Digitalization
removes the place-based nature of doing work.

4. IoT
service layer: with the help of communication, the stove also collects
consumption data on the use of the stove as well as the condition data of the
stove. Automatically and digitally in the cloud databases.

5. Based on
the usage data, the solution can be integrated into the emission trading and
compensation scheme.

In addition
to wood burning and forestation, the vitality of the villages can be improved
through an integrated telecommunications connection and the digital service
platforms enabled by the solution. This way, people will no longer have to move
from the countryside to the edges of growth centers and cities to slums, and further
into the refugee flow towards Europe in search of a better life. Conditions for
running a business: electricity, telecommunications, digital services are
exported to the countryside lightly home, school and village at a time. This
will prevent rural depopulation and combat urbanization in Africa.



In this
way, it is possible to move the village by one leap from the Stone Age to the
Digital Age