TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Temperature-Controlled Logistics Nigeria
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Temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) is vital to deliver fresh produce to markets and to protect life-saving vaccines from spoiling. The sector needs affordable, energy-efficient innovations, but with TCL consuming large amounts of energy and producing significant greenhouse gases, solutions must be climate-smart too.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy, and its nascent TCL market provides long-term opportunities while also paving the way for scaling new technologies, services, and business models across Africa more broadly.
In collaboration with Kobo360—an African digital logistics platform that connects truckers to customers—TechEmerge is conducting 21 innovative pilots that reduce losses in supply chains, strengthen access to TCL-dependent products and markets, and build commercial partnerships.
$432 bn GDP
Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy
Nigeria is among the world’s fastest growing countries
Global market for perishable products
TCL is crucial for both producers and consumers to participate in the global market for perishable products. Currently, Nigeria accounts for a very small slice of that market, but it offers long-term opportunities for those who enter at this nascent stage.
With 206 million people, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. Growing at one of the fastest rates in the world, Nigeria’s rapidly expanding young urban consumer segment is expected to fuel demand for perishable products, such as fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat products, all of which need temperature-controlled logistics for processing, packaging, transport, and storage.
The agriculture sector, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of GDP and 50 percent of jobs, needs affordable, accessible TCL innovations to get produce to markets. The food and beverage sector also requires TCL solutions, and aggregated output is $20.5 billion or 4.6 percent of GDP.
Nigeria, like many other developing economies, is a very cost sensitive market. It needs very innovative, cost-effective TCL solutions capable of kick-starting adoption even for low-value commodities.
From a total of 70 applicants in 19 countries, 11 innovators were selected to partner with 16 leading Nigerian companies to pilot cost-effective, climate-smart technologies to strengthen the country’s temperature-controlled logistics sector. The innovators, which includes four Nigerian companies, were competitively selected by IFC, African digital logistic platform Kobo360, and TechEmerge’s independent advisory panel of cooling experts.
The local adopters are leading companies in Nigeria’s agriculture, food and beverage, retail, refrigeration, engineering, pharmaceuticals, logistics, transport, and distribution sectors. The pilot participants have access to a pool of up to $1 million in total grant funding to support field-testing in Nigeria over the next 12-18 months.
The TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Innovation Program, which is funded by the UK Government’s International Climate Finance, also provides advisory support throughout field testing to help innovators mitigate financial and operational risks, reduce adoption risks for local firms, and facilitate market-entry and tech transfer.
What are we looking for?
Retail chains, logistics, agricultural & pharmaceutical companies need refrigerated truck design, off-grid cooling, and cooling for the production, transport, and storage for temperature-sensitive goods and produce.
|Enabling Technologies for Temperature Monitoring & Control:
Innovations could include GPS-based solutions with data loggers for temperature measurement between -25°C to +30°C, with multiple probes that communicate on GSM/GPRS networks. Supporting software could issue alarms/alerts for deviations from set parameters. Online reporting system could provide live data of journeys, and records for future analysis.
|Other cooling technologies for transport or cold store applications.
- Read more detailed information on types of technologies, sectors, and specifications.
Benefits for participants
- Access a nascent African TCL market of potential users/buyers of cooling technology, products, and services.
- Work with leading adopters operating cold chains across different sectors, such as agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and food distribution.
- Access a pool of up to USD 1 million in funding to support pilot projects.
- Technical assistance from the TechEmerge team and our global network of advisors to develop pilot implementation and market entry strategies.
- Potential IFC investment for successful innovators with scalable solutions.
- Priority will go to proven products installed in at least one commercial setting, but innovations at the product development stage will also be considered.
- Innovators must be privately-owned companies, typically with less than 50 employees and less than US$100M in venture capital funding (with some exceptions).
- Innovations must respond to the cooling needs and challenges of Nigerian adopters.
- Clean, sustainable, resource-efficient solutions demonstrating value for money and scalable potential in the Nigerian market.
- Ability to allocate time and resources to participate in the project, including virtual meetings and events, and implementation of field testing/pilot projects on the ground in Nigeria.
TechEmerge is supported by a network of advisors with vast experience in growing sustainable cooling technology innovation across the world.
Arinze Ike Abiakam
Senior Partner, Kobo360
Dr. Raji Baskaran
Founder and CEO
Senior Director of International Projects
Economist and Project Manager
Dr. Manuel Alejandro Fuentes
Senior Sustainable Energies Expert
Richard-Mark Mbaram Esq
Sr. Management Consultant, Cold Chain Logistics
Co-director, Centre for Sustainable Cooling
Executive Director, Global Cool Cities Alliance
Executive Secretary, Agricultural Fresh Produce Growers & Exporters Association of Nigeria
Our adopters are some of Nigeria’s leading companies in the agriculture, food and beverage, retail, refrigeration, engineering, pharmaceuticals, logistics, transport, and distribution sectors.
Competitively selected from a field of more than 70 applicants from 19 countries, our innovators offer affordable, energy-efficient, climate-smart solutions for temperature-controlled logistics.
Twenty-one pilot projects are field-testing sustainable cooling solutions in Nigeria to improve transport, storage, control, and monitoring of perishable products and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals.
Alyx and Purix
Purix and Alyx are piloting a low-cost off-grid storage solution for use at the farm gate and investigating the benefits of transporting tomatoes in crates vs. traditional open woven baskets
Kobo360 and ATC International
Turkish innovator ATC International is teaming up with African e-logistics company Kobo360 to combine new technologies for long-haul transport of temperature-sensitive goods.
Kobo360 and ChillTech
UK innovator Chilltech is partnering with African e-logistics company Kobo360 to pilot a solution that uses waste heat to cool a 40-foot trailer used for long-haul transportation.
Kobo360 and Tak Logistics
This pilot seeks to extend the shelf life of yams by six months. The solution will deploy a Bitzer compressor with low-GHG refrigerant at a specially constructed insulated storage facility.
Kobo360, GSK and Indafre
Colombian innovator Indafre is partnering with African e-logistic company Kobo360 to field test active and passive cooling boxes for the long-haul transport of frozen and chilled commodities.
Just Food and Mandilas Group
In this pilot, Nigerian innovator Mandilas Group, an official distributor for US-headquartered Carrier Transicold, is partnering with JustFood, a Nigerian dairy processor and manufacturer. Mandilas Group is installing an innovative Carrier cooling unit on one of Just Foods’ all-electric trucks to reduce energy use and generate cost savings during the transport of yoghurt, ice cream and other dairy items.
Fan Milk and Koolboks
French innovator Koolboks has developed a technology that harnesses solar energy and stores it in the form of ice batteries strategically arranged in freezers to maximize temperature retention. In this pilot, Koolboks is partnering with Nigeria’s Fan Milk to pilot this IoT-enabled technology to store milk, ice cream, yogurt and other perishable goods in retail stores.
Tak Logistics, Chill Technologies and Lange & Grant
UK-based innovator Chill Technologies is field testing an absorption chiller that runs on waste heat in partnership with Nigerian insulated container and refrigeration unit provider TAK logistics and engineering company Lange & Grant. Together they are piloting the use of these chillers to maintain differing temperatures for a range of produce stored in cold rooms.
Sonnenschein and Iron Product Industries
Indian innovator Sonnenschein is teaming up with Nigerian insulated container and refrigeration unit provider Integrated Motors Industries and engineering company Iron Product Industries to field test a heat-reflective paint on vehicles, warehouses, and local storage sheds, with the aim of decreasing energy consumption with minimal investment.
L&Z Integrated Farms, Tessol, and Lance & Grant
Indian innovator Tessol is teaming up with Nigerian producer of fresh dairy products L&Z Integrated Farms and engineering company Lange & Grant to field test innovative phase change material (PCM) solutions in L&Z’s vehicles used to transport perishable products.
Fan Milk and Eja-Ice
Nigerian solar-powered refrigeration and cold chain services innovator Eja-Ice is partnering with Fan Milk to improve the distribution of milk, yogurt, and other dairy products, particularly at the last mile, using a solar-powered cooling unit mounted on a tricycle.
Agvest & Ecozen
India’s Ecozen, a manufacturer of energy-efficient cold storage solutions, is joining with Agvest Limitedto field test a solar-powered cold room with water-based thermal storage backup for fruits, vegetables and other agricultural commodities.
Cam Dairy, Tessol, Gricd and Lange & Grant
In this pilot, two innovators – Tessol from India and Gricd from Nigeria – are piloting complementary technologies. They are partnering with Cam Dairy and engineering company Lange & Grant to install Tessol’s PCM-enabled thermal storage solution in vehicles used to transport milk, ice cream and yogurt. Gricd’s real-time cold chain monitor will be used to gauge the performance and efficiency of the pilot.
Amo Farm and Koolboks
French innovator Koolboks is teaming up with Nigerian integrated poultry company Amo Farm to pilot an solar-powered freezer equipped with IoT technology to store frozen poultry produce at the last mile. They are also field-testing a Koolboks vaccine fridge to assess future opportunities for Amo Farm to diversify its operations.
Food Concepts and Eja-Ice
Nigerian solar-powered refrigeration and cold chain services innovator Eja-Ice is partnering with Food Concepts, a quick service restaurant and retail chain company, to field test the use of a solar-powered cooling unit mounted on a tricycle to deliver frozen ingredients to more than 100 fast food outlets across Nigeria.
Kennie-O CCL, PLUSS and Integrated Motors Industries
In this project, Indian innovator Pluss is partnering with transport company Kennie-O Cold Chain Logistics and Integrated Motors Industries, to pilot an insulated container & refrigeration unit provider. They are field testing the application of innovative phase change material (PCM) technology to a small refrigerated ‘reefer’ truck and a new solar-powered cold storage room with the aim of reducing energy consumption by up to 30 to 40% and improving efficiency.
Amo Farm, PLUSS, and KSR Engineering
Two Nigerian companies, integrated poultry company Amo Farm and engineering company KSR, are teaming up with Indian innovator PLUSS to field test a solution that enhances polymer properties and phase change materials (PCMs) to provide passive cooling for small refrigerated ‘reefer’ trucks. The pilot aims to reducing electricity and fuel usage by these vehicles by up to 40 percent.
L&Z Integrated Farms, PLUSS, and Lange & Grant
Indian innovator PLUSS had developed an innovative solution that enhances polymer properties and phase change materials (PCMs). It is partnering with dairy producer L&Z Integrated Farms and engineering company Lange & Grant to improve the energy efficiency and temperature stability of cold storage rooms.
Amo Farm and Tunasha Tech
Two Nigerian companies, innovator Tunasha and integrated poultry company Amo Farm, are field testing a smart IoT-based monitor that enables automated temperature and humidity control and monitoring of cold rooms. This pilot aims to dramatically reduce energy wastage associated with unnecessary cooling, give early warning of system failures, and provide information to further reduce consumption.
Anthorad Nigeria and Enersion
Canadian innovator Enersion is teaming up with Nigerian logistic company Anthorad to pilot the use of innovative nanoporous cooling technology for the last mile delivery of chilled meat. The solution aims to ensure effective cold storage for durations four times greater than that of commonly used solutions.
L&Z Integrated Farms and Eja-Ice
Nigerian innovator Eja-Ice is partnering with one of Nigeria’s top dairy producers, L&Z Integrated Farms, to pilot the use of a solar-powered cooling unit mounted on a tricycle for last mile distribution. They will field test the transport of frozen items between L&Z’s eight depots and retailers nationwide.