St Helena Awarded OCTA Innovation Grant
The St Helena Innovation Board is pleased to announce that St Helena has been successful in securing an Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union Association (OCTA) Innovation Grant of EUR 148,607.00 (approximately £130,000.00).
After a series of meetings, the board which is made up various community & private sector representatives namely Dr Niall O’Keeffe, Cherie Dillon, Dr Corinda Essex , Councillor Gavin Ellick, Liz Idan-Johnson, Colin Anthony, Paul Cherrett, Anne Dillon, Martin Joshua, Kerry Yon, Trevor Graham, Justine Green and Ian Rummery generated a range of innovation ideas that was felt would benefit St Helena, each of which was investigated to determine the feasibility and cost. Following this process it was determined that the Anaerobic Bio-digester was the most feasible choice.
The St Helena Innovation Board submitted an application to OCTA Innovation last year for a Anaerobic Bio-Digester for St Helena. An Anaerobic Bio-Digester is a piece of plant which converts organic waste into fertiliser and bio-gas which can be used as an alternative source of renewable energy. A consultant is also due on island before the end of the year to carry out research into the best model for St Helena.
Janice Panton, the chairperson of the TSI Project Steering Group (PSC) said “OCTA congratulate St Helena on the endorsement of their pilot project. This project is a perfect example of what OCTA aims to achieve with EU support that is to make a visible contribution to the sustainable development of each of the OCTs. The process was at times difficult and required cooperation and determination on all sides OCTA, the St. Helena Innovation Manager and the support of their St Helena UK representative and OCTA Innovation team.”
Niall O’Keeffe commented “This announcement is particularly pleasing as it is potentially a game changer for environmental waste management on St Helena and also because of the collaborative nature of the project. Apart from the Board there was significant support and input from Kedell Worboys, Dax Richards, Robert Midwinter, Derek Henry and Mike Durnford, elected members along with Milan and his team at OCTA Innovation in Brussels.
There is much work left to be done to bring this project to fruition by a number of stakeholders but it will be an exciting challenge.”
14 June 2017