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Anka EnergyX, a sustainable energy company in Sri Lanka, has teamed up with Harnyss USA, a global leader in cutting-edge hydrogen energy storage technologies, to introduce smart grids to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. Anka EnergyX recently hosted “The Power of Hydrogen” – Sri Lanka’s 1st-ever open discussion and knowledge-sharing event on Hydrogen Energy Storage and smart grids, at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. The event aimed to raise awareness and promote conversations about the benefits of integrating hydrogen energy storage and smart grid technology with other, already existent renewable energy sources like solar, hydro and wind – sectors that have already been heavily invested in.
The event was attended by Mr. Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister, authorities from the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and the Ministry of Industries, along with a range of other stakeholders, including CEOs, energy company directors, corporates, SMEs, engineers and entrepreneurs. Smart Grid technology will enable Sri Lanka to better manage its existing power infrastructure, integrate new renewable energy sources, and create a more resilient, reliable, and sustainable energy system that benefits both the environment and the economy. Additionally, it will allow the private sector to better insulate itself against shocks to the country’s power and energy infrastructure.
Explaining further, Kirby Smith – CEO at Harnyss USA, who was personally present for the event said, “Our goal is to bring our state-of-the-art hydrogen energy storage technology, which is scalable and flexible, making it suitable for SMEs and large-scale industrial applications, in Sri Lanka. With smart grid technology, we can help balance energy supply and demand, optimize the power grid, and improve overall energy security. Our solutions can help Sri Lanka’s business sector, and the country as a whole, overcome the challenges of intermittent renewable energy sources, together with other risks in the system, and achieve energy security.”
“We’re excited to partner with Harnyss USA and introduce their patented technology in Sri Lanka,” said, Jude Xavier, Director/CEO at Anka EnergyX, “We believe that this technology will play a crucial role in creating a more sustainable and reliable energy system for the country and make Sri Lanka Energy Independent.”
“The Power of Hydrogen” event marked a significant milestone in Sri Lanka’s energy sector, demonstrating the country’s commitment to a sustainable and eco-friendly future. With the support of industry leaders, Sri Lanka is building a strong and stable platform towards achieving its goal of a reliable, sustainable and dependable energy grid.

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Celebrating a decade of excellence in innovation, Hayleys PLC hosted its 10th annual Chairman’s Awards to recognise the inspiring achievements and initiatives of its teams across 16 diverse business sectors, a company news release said.A total of 205 employees from 25 project teams were felicitated at the diversified conglomerate’s apex recognition platform. Projects included value-added export innovations that continued to drive foreign exchange earnings, cutting-edge digital transformations from raw material supply chains to robotic process automation, and ground-breaking, unique solutions to diverse industry challenges.
“The Hayleys Chairman’s Awards began in 2012 with the intention of building a culture of excellence and recognition across our diversified conglomerate, and is today a highly anticipated hallmark of our corporate culture.
“As a Sri Lankan corporate with 145 years of heritage, we are no stranger to periods of immense challenge. It has been the enduring passion of our people – our greatest asset – that has helped us successfully navigate through the ages to overcome tremendous adversity. This year’s award-winning projects demonstrate the resilience and relentless spirit of our talented employees to create value for our diverse stakeholders,” Hayleys Chairman and Chief Executive, Mohan Pandithage said.
Talawakelle Tea Estates’ Green Leaf Zip Line – Elevating Work Life and Reducing Emissions
A new series of Category Awards recognised top initiatives across Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Innovation, Quality and Lean Management and Service Excellence. Dipped Products PLC (DPL) received the flagship Overall Winner Award for launching patented hand-protection solutions designed with five unique technological platforms for six export markets. Backed by deep customer insights from clients all over the world, DPL delivered a superior solution to differentiate its value propositions in the competitive, global nitrile glove market. The team’s in-house engineering team was also recognised with the Innovation Category Award for their ground-breaking ‘fully integrated robot dipping automation’, created within a limited space.
Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC (TTEL) was acknowledged as the Quality and Lean Management Category Award-winner for its ‘Eco-friendly green zip line’ project. The novel idea was implemented during fuel shortages and escalating prices, to transport fresh leaves to the factory. The initiative resulted in a decrease in emissions anchored to a significant decrease in transportation costs, and has supported a better work-life balance for the team on-ground.
The Group’s leading consumer brand, Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC, won the Service Excellence Category Award for meeting the surge in consumer demand for ‘work-play-and-study-from-home’ solutions during the pandemic. Singer not only successfully met the demands from the work-from-home front but captured the hearts of gamers in Sri Lanka with the biggest and most watched gaming tournament – the Singer Esports Premier League as well.
Hayleys Fabric was recognised as the ESG Award-winner for its efforts to restore the Lagenandra Kalugalaensis, a critically endangered plant species, endemic to a single location on the periphery of the Kalugala Forest Reserve. The collaborative initiative with the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) and the Universities of Peradeniya and Wayamba seeks to conserve the rare aquatic plant from extinction through field research and seed germination.
On this night, employees also had the chance to showcase their hidden talents on stage through four entertaining segments. These included a live instrumental band, group and solo singing, and a fashion show exclusively designed by Hayleys Fabric, featuring garments made out of ocean waste (recycled nylon) and PET bottles (recycled polyester).
The Lost Ingredients Lab program pushes the boundaries of the Sri Lankan organic food and agriculture sector by adding value along the supply chain to locally underutilized ingredients like jackfruit, gotukola and seaweed to be embraced by the world, A Dilmah news release said last week.
“For over eight months, the Lost Ingredients Lab programme (LIL), a Dilmah Tea and Good Life X collaboration, has been mentoring six promising small-medium entrepreneurs and agri-tech companies equipping them with knowledge, strategies, and tools to position their products strongly in the international market,” the release said.
“An exciting highlight of the programme was a recent visit to BIOFACH – the world’s leading trade fair for organic food held in Nürnberg, Germany (14th-17th February 2023). Nowhere else in the world has this many organic food suppliers, partners, products, and consumers gathered in one place to meet, network, and inform.
“It was the perfect environment for the budding organic agripreneurs to pitch their solutions, understand global trends, and form new connections with potential partners. They were further able to glean the ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ dynamics of other brands that exist in this space. On the ground, the six companies received constant mentorships and guidance from programme experts including Bert Jan Ottens, Senior Advisor, ProFound, making the trip focused and productive.”
This year the trends at BIOFACH were “New Glocal”, “Vegan meets Tradition”, “Less is More” and “New Sweeteners”. There was a new-found interest towards food & agriculture, an alternative means of producing food that will have a low or net positive impact on lowering the carbon footprint by improving soil health, improving water quality and even food productivity, which is encouraging to the LIL participants who live this concept coupled with food and agri-tech innovation.
A Lankan company, Lak Nature, a woman-led enterprise, heroes the superfood gotukola in their product line of healthy porridge and cereals. Plant Based envisions plant-based fast food championing young jackfruit.
Others like Ceylon Agri and Aqua is combining community development in Jaffna and Mannar with seaweed harvesting for carrageenan extraction. Saviru Technologies manufactures its own food dehydrators, provides premier dehydration solutions and even has its own line of spices. Niftron is on a mission to simplify blockchain for agri and other businesses to improve trust, security, and ownership. Senzmate Polar promotes technology to keep food safe from farm to fork.
Kapila Weeratunga Arachchi of Saviru Technologies said, “We have been developing and promoting dehydration technologies for 20 years. At BIOFACH 2023, we saw for the first time, what was happening in the world with agro and food processing. We gauged that our local technology and dehydrated products are on par with Europe. There was a keen interest in our dehydration technologies and dehydration services centre model. Development agencies in the African region thought that we are ideal candidates for South-South cooperation for technology transfer. Thanks to the LIL Program we are ready to deliver beyond our shores to the global village.”
Lakmini Weerakkody of Lak Nature International said, “BIOFACH gave me good exposure. I learned so much, identified potential markets and got the best experience about new trends in the international market. The wonderful team of Lost Ingredients Lab guides us on accessibility, opportunities, knowledge-building and many more, always.”
The Lost  Ingredients Lab is an initiative under the ‘Support to Small and Medium Enterprises in the Organic Agriculture Sector’ Programme of the Multi-Donor Action (MDA) jointly co-financed by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The program is aimed at creating investment opportunities in the domestic agri-food sector, emphasising the growing importance of digitalizing the domestic organic food sector, and supporting organic food producers in Sri Lanka to access new markets, particularly in the EU.

Fazla Meyen, Managing Directress of Edutoys Pvt Ltd, a company dedicated to providing premium quality and unique educational toys, was awarded silver under the startup category at the recently concluded WCIC Prathibhabhisheka award ceremony. President Ranil Wickremesinghe and first lady Prof. Maithri Wickremesinghe graced the event that was organized by Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce (WCIC).
Edutoys ( manufactures and distributes high quality educational toys that are designed for imaginative and active play. These products are distributed to montessorys, pre-schools, primary sections at schools, as well for households. The company also produces educational tools for children with special needs. Among the items supplied by Edutoys are preschool furniture, educational toys, Montessori material and teaching aids.

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