The World’s First DIY Solar Water Pump is… Free?

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.[1] This problem struck a chord with Austrian well-maker turned entrepreneur Dietmar Stuck. His patented solar water pump technology aims to address this problem.

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Solar Sister: Bridging Gender and Clean Energy

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.

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Get Patched Up with a Clinic in a Can

Shipping containers provide more uses than holding supplies. The practice of “cargotecture” has taken off in recent years, and refurbishes old shipping containers by turning them into sustainable housing options. An organization that formed in 2002, called Clinic in a Can, is transforming shipping containers and utilizing them in a new way: to provide medical attention to those living in remote and rural areas, far away from hospitals or clinics.

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Solar-Powered Dryer Reduces Wastage and Increases Earnings for Indian Farmers

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.

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Solar Suitcases to Light the World

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.

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Solar Panels That Can Self-Clean

  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, …

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A Portable, Solar-Powered, 15-Minute Ebola Test

  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 …

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Lessons via Satellite Bring New Meaning to Distance Education

A UK initiative is seeking to change teaching methodologies and streamline curriculum across the Greater Accra region in an attempt to empower girls to own their education. UK’s DFID has teamed up with the UK private sector bring solar-powered computers to classrooms, which will deliver math and English lessons via satellite that are taught remotely by teachers in the capital.

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