One woman’s mission to repurpose lead batteries in Africa
Businesswoman Marly Diallo was inspired to launch a new venture repurposing lead batteries after her experiences of power outages during her travels across Africa.
Following a discussion with former business school colleagues, she began researching safe ways for lead batteries to be regenerated or refurbished to provide power and back-up, and eventually launched BRT Energy in Lagos, Nigeria
On choosing Rwanda as the site for her hub, Diallo said: “We chose Rwanda because they are very advanced when it comes to green energy.”
The consortium of companies that BRT Energy is a part of, called UNITED, was created by a group of for-profit companies that are focused on aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals such as poverty eradication, good health, and in BRT Energy’s case – clean energy.
The company recently partnered with a recycling company in Rwanda. This partnership allows BRT Energy to regenerate lead batteries that can still serve a purpose or send out for recycling those beyond a useful life.
BRT Energy is also partnering with Koolbox to provide Rwandans with solar-powered freezers. “Rwanda has electricity but the grid is still quite expensive so this allows business owners who transport perishable goods to do so without any issues.”