Over 800 million people worldwide don’t have access to clean water, and that number is projected to reach at least 1.8 billion over the next decade. This problem struck a chord with Austrian well-maker turned entrepreneur Dietmar Stuck. His patented solar water pump technology aims to address this problem.
Solar Sister provides women with clean energy technology in communities without access to energy sources, and who are more likely to live in impoverished conditions. Their results include a thirty percent decrease in household kerosene expenses, along with an improved quality and duration of light by an additional three hours.
Indian start-up Science for Society has developed a solar conduction dryer that aims to reduce costs associated with food-processing. While conventional dryers rely on electricity to dehydrate various crops and marine products, this innovation operates sans electricity, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing costs for farmers. The innovation is aimed at increasing incomes for small-hold farmers in India and, ultimately, across the global South.
Over 1.4 billion people – nearly 20% of the world’s population – are without access to electricity, while an additional 1 billion have access only to unreliable, intermittent electricity networks. The non-profit WE CARE Solar has created a portable off-grid solar electric system, the Solar Suitcase, which is providing dependable electricity to clinics, schools and emergency medical centres to help change this reality.
For a region with abundant sunlight – an average of over 320 days per year – the solar resource potential across sub-Saharan Africa remains largely untapped. This potential is paired with enormous energy needs that leave over 600 million without electricity. In response, emerging technologies aim to make solar power development infinitely more feasible. While solar installations are mostly located in arid regions, …
This article is part three of our ongoing series covering innovations in the fight against Ebola. For more in this series, click here. Fifteen minutes. The time it takes you to go through your emails. The ideal length of a power nap. The time required for an Ebola diagnosis? A 15 minute point-of-care diagnostic test is being trialled at the …
TERI, India’s leading energy research institute, started the Lighting One Billion Lives initiative in 2007 to provide solar lanterns and charging stations (which also charge mobile phones) to villages in India that have no or little access to reliable electricity. The centralized stations power the lanterns during the day to make them ready for pickup by villages in the evening.
Germany recently made records — and the news — by reaching the astounding milestone of using solar power for fully half of the nation’s energy requirements. While this only occurred for an hour (and was partly due to decreased usage on a public holiday), it is still significant victory in the quest to ditch fossil fuels.
Solar Roadways is developing an interlocking, solar paneled, LED-lit replacement for concrete that may just change the way we think about travel. The project has the potential to generate three times the entire power consumption of the US with no emissions.