The Energy Venture Forum was established as a Swiss Verein (non-profit association) in 2007 to promote activities and to use its assets exclusively to support clean technology projects and topics. In particular, the Energy Venture Forum will, both in Switzerland and world-wide, seek to support research and development and to carry out educational, dialogue and network development programs in these fields, and to create a platform for the promotion of and investment in clean energy projects and technologies. The Energy Venture Forum may carry out all activities supporting or related to its main purpose.
The Energy Venture Forum does not pursue commercial or self-help activities and is not profit oriented.
The members of the Energy Venture Forum are Emerald Technology Ventures AG (Executive Committee Member representatives Gina Domanig and Charles Vaslet) and Susan Kish (Executive Committee Member). Gina Domanig has been elected as the President of the Energy Venture Forum.
The Energy Venture Forum operates as a non-profit organization
If the annual European Venture Fair generates a profit, we use the resulting funds to support the organization ADES as well as the Project BO.
ADES is a Swiss charitable organization that produces energy-efficient cooking appliances and promotes the use of renewable energies in Madagascar.
Large amounts of wood and charcoal can be saved through the use of solar and energy saving cookers, thus protecting the environment, biodiversity and health, and offering paths out of poverty.
Our financial contribution in 2017 supported the following project:
Truck acts as mobile promotion center
During its first three years of operation, the mobile center provided information on cooking methods requiring less wood, environmental and climate protection, health risks related to open fires, and a healthy, balanced diet to the inhabitants of 15 primarily rural areas in northern Madagascar (approx. 400,000 people). It also provided 16,000 households and other aid recipients (e.g. hospitals and street kitchens) with energy saving cookers and training. As a result, 88,000 people enjoyed a significant reduction in household expenditure for cooking power or the time required to collect wood. The efforts also lowered the users’ risk of becoming ill or dying due to toxic smoke emissions or fire accidents. These actions also protect the climate and the endangered forests of Madagascar: our clean cookers save 48,000 tonnes of wood annually, corresponding to 4,800 hectares of forest and 48,000 tons CO2 emissions per year.
On November 19, 2017 three babies at Bo Government Hospital died when a power shortage stopped their oxygen supply. Project Bo was established to see this never happens again.
Bo is the third largest city in Sierra Leone and home to about half a million people, most of whom live below the poverty line. It also has one of the world’s worst infant mortality rates. Simple, preventable, infections are routinely killing young children and pregnant women. One in 20 babies will die before they are one month old. Hospitals and clinics often don’t have electricity or running water to effectively care for them. Even basic medication is scarce.
What's power got to do with it?
Still rebuilding from the Civil War of 1991 to 2002, when much of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed, the power supply in Sierra Leone remains exceptionally poor, plagued by extreme voltage variations and frequent, long outages. Only 13% of the population receives power and many areas have no grid access at all.
The two main power sources are the oil fired Kingtom Power Station and the Bumbuna hydro-electric power plant. The Kingtom Station is aging and unable to ensure the delivery of a reliable and stable supply. While Bumbuna hydro plant has the ability to generate 50MW, but during the long dry seasons the reservoir often runs low, leaving much of the country without power.
For critically ill babies uninterrupted access to oxygen and/or thermal support are essential. Just a short time without either can, and does, kill these babies. It is truly humbling to see what doctors and nurses can do when given the right resources.