Social Innovator: Rolf Papsdorf

CEO: Alternative Energy Development Corporation

Why is Rolf a Social Innovator?

Rolf Papsdorf is a mechanical engineer, a maverick, an inventor and the founder and CEO of the Alternative Energy Development Corporation.

He could have pursued the six-figure salary and corner office but, luckily for us, his passion lies with empowering people across the globe to achieve a better quality of life.

In the last eight years, Rolf has invested his skills in business management to provide rural communities with access to affordable basic electricity while stimulating sustainable economic activity in these areas.

His company also provides alternative energy solutions to businesses, assisting them with reducing their costs and optimizing their performance.

At a time when South Africa is facing an energy crisis that threatens to stunt our economic and social growth, it’s good to know we have people like Rolf working on an affordable alternative.

In his own words.

“I’m very passionate about what I’m doing. I believe we come with nothing and we go with nothing and we will be judged by what we did here.”

Fast Facts

  • The AEDC places a strong emphasis on social development, with a particular focus on rural electrification.
  • Zinc air fuel cells are very affordable, can be used 24 hours a day, and are a local product that can be recycled, thus counting as renewable energy.
  • The AEDC’s flagship product is Mr Fuel Cell, a zinc air fuel cell set that is able to operate appliances without using conventional electrical supply.
  • All of the AEDC’s products are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous and safe to use.

How can I learn more?

To discover how zinc air fuel cells can empower your community, visit the Alternative Energy Development Corporation.

Contact the AEDC
Tel/Fax: 011 791 0802

Story published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.
Source: Brand South Africa