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SunFunder. Invest in Solar Energy. Light up the World.

November 2, 2012 in Appropriate Technology, Solar

SunFunder, based in San Francisco, is  a social enterprise building a crowdfunding platform for individual investors to finance solar projects around the world. To put it briefly, over 1.5 billion people (over 20% of the world’s population!) do not have access to electricity.  In many cases, these same people live in sun-abundant regions where as SunFunder [...]

Mera Gao Micro Grid Power. Solar-powered network systems for rural off-grid villages.

July 6, 2012 in Appropriate Technology, Distributed Power, Solar

The world’s off-grid population – who are also the world’s poorest – not only rely on dirty and unsafe sources for their energy needs (kerosene for lighting, charcoal for cooking), but they are also paying a much higher price for energy needs than their grid-connected counterparts. We’ve seen a number of off-grid projects respond to [...]

BioLite. Energy everywhere.

June 27, 2012 in Appropriate Technology, Biotech/ Biofuels

Brooklyn-based BioLite has developed a cookstove technology that provides heat and electricity, fueled simply by wood or found biomass.  Targeting both the 3 billion people in the world that cook using open fires on a daily-basis, as well as the market of hikers and campers far from ovens and electricity, BioLite provides an efficient, clean, [...]

Eight19. Transforming lives with flexible solar technology.

June 14, 2012 in Appropriate Technology, Solar

Cambridge, UK-based Eight19 combines an innovative technology (organic solar PV) and an innovative business model (pay-as-you-go solar electricity system) to provide a low-cost solution for clean energy access to rural off-grid communities. Eight19 is a technology company.  They develop and manufacture a novel printed plastic solar cell technology based on organic semiconductor materials.  As compared to the [...]

TinkerToys. E-waste to e-toys.

April 2, 2012 in Appropriate Technology, Recycling

Designer/engineer Dhairya Dand is the brain behind ThinkerToys, an open-source project to recycle and convert electronic waste into fun, educational toys. Dand, a researcher at Singapore’s Keio-NUS Cute Center and Mixed Reality Lab, developed the idea for ThinkerToys during a trip to Cambodia, where he witnessed a landfill site just outside of Phnom Penh brimming with [...]

Supply chain distribution: The major “roadblock” to eradicating energy poverty.

February 6, 2012 in Appropriate Technology

This blog post will be entered in the World Environment Day Blog Competition, organized by UNEP and  Treehugger.   Over 1.3 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity.  In order to light their homes, these people generally use kerosene lamps. At the same time, numerous exciting distributed technologies have been developed [...]

sOccket. Harnessing the passion.

December 21, 2011 in Appropriate Technology

sOccket, a project developed by four female students as a class assignment at Harvard, is a unique, eco-friendly soccer ball that generates and stores electricity to power small electronic devices.       30 minutes of playing soccer can power an LED light for three hours.  Or a phone charger.  Wattnow has document similar technologies [...]

OsmoPure. When clean water is this easy, nobody should go thirsty.

December 14, 2011 in Appropriate Technology

OsmoPure, based in Boston, MA, designs a water filtration cartridge that fits easily into a plastic soda bottle to provide a lightweight and inexpensive solution for access to clean water.       I realize that OsmoPure is neither energy nor recycling related, but a) clean water is interrelated with the energy ecosystem, and b) [...]

Waste2Watts. Solutions-based recycling.

December 13, 2011 in Appropriate Technology

Waste2Watts, based in Atlant, GA, is a for-profit social entreprise with a mission to address energy poverty in the developing world by creating innovative products from repurposed electronic waste. W2W’s flagship product is the ENZI interface, a low-cost Uninterruptible Power Supply, manufactured using a recycled computer power supply or power cord coupled with a recycled [...]

The Blue Economy. A new way of designing business.

November 28, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Random Cool

I consider myself to be pretty up-to-date on interesting energy companies and initiatives, and then sometimes I find myself feeling like a kindergartener in the world of energy – like with 350.org which I only discovered a couple weeks ago.  How did I not hear this massive international movement before? And that’s today how I [...]

LuminAID. An inflatable solar light.

November 8, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Solar

Incubated at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, the LuminAID solar lamp is an ultra-portable, water-proof, solar-powered lamp.   The LuminAID lamp’s solar system is designed for people without regular access to electricity and for victims of a natural disaster.  In other words, the lamp is designed to be robust, portable, waterproof, and … a safer and [...]

EGG-energy. Building the Portable Grid.

October 28, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Energy Storage

EGG-energy is a for-profit social enterprise, targeting the off-grid market in Tanzania to provide a battery subscription service.  As they put it, EGG-energy is the “netflix” of power. 86% of the population in Tanzania is not connected to the grid.  Ironically, of those 35 millions without electricity, 80% live within 5km of the grid.  EGG-energy’s netflix [...]