Jeremiah Thoronka, a green energy pioneer from Sierra Leone, has earned his Master of Science Degree in Sustainability Energy and Development from Durham University.
Thoronka is a passionate advocate for renewable energy and has dedicated his life to finding ways to make green energy more accessible to people in developing countries especially his country Sierra Leone. Thoronka‘s journey began when he was just a child growing up in Sierra Leone. He was inspired by the potential of renewable energy and wanted to find ways to make it more accessible to people living in poverty.
He grew up in an environment that has zero access to electricity so he founded Optim Energy Optim Energy transforms vibrations from vehicles and pedestrian footfall on roads into an electric current. It is different from established renewable energy sources including wind or solar because it generates power without relying on changeable weather. At the same time, no battery and no electrical connection to an external power source are needed.
After completing his undergraduate degree in Global Challenges at African Leadership University in Rwanda, Thoronka decided to pursue a Master‘s degree in Sustainability Energy and Development at Durham University.
During his time at Durham, Thoronka worked on several projects that focused on making renewable energy more affordable and accessible for people living in developing countries. He also conducted research into the potential of his darling project Optim Energy, his work has been praised by experts in the field, who have described him as a “true pioneer“ in the field of green energy. Thoronka‘s dedication to making renewable energy more accessible has earned him recognition from both local and international organizations.
He has been invited to speak at conferences around the world and has been featured in numerous publications. His work has also been recognized around the world as he won the Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2021 worth $100,000.
With his Master‘s degree now complete, Thoronka plans to continue his work towards making renewable energy more accessible and affordable for people living in developing countries. He hopes that his research will help create a brighter future for those living in poverty and inspire others to follow in his footsteps.