Founded by Geoffrey Ssekatawa, startup Brent Technologies that aims to help stop the harmful dumping and burning of used motor oils, and instead create recycled oil products for sale in Uganda has won $50,000 Innovation Prize at the African Entrepreneurship Awards.
In Uganda, imported lubricating engine oils are expensive. And, when their effectiveness is depleted, they are dumped. Just one liter of oil can contaminate up to a million liters of water. And when dumped on soil, Geoffrey says it “leads to a loss of up to 90% in agricultural yields.
Geoffrey developed in-house Surfactant Technology as well as a yet to be patented technology for recycling used motor oil. This technology meets an urgent need in Uganda, where Geoffrey says, “We have only two recycling facilities and their turnover is very low.”
This entrepreneur demonstrated a passion for transformation of used products into new products. He invented a technology that transforms used motor oil into reusable oils, thus also reducing pollution by way of used oil spillage into landfills – Presidential Jury
Winning the $50,000 prize, Geoffrey says, will increase his “ability to scale up the amount of waste oil extracted from society thereby increasing our impact in the community.” In the near future, he hopes to take Brent Technologies up to 50,000-100,000 liters a day of production.
Source; African Entrepreneurship Award