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NOKERO and Enèji Pwòp. Bringing solar-powered light to rural Haiti.

October 26, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Solar

The staff of Watt Now is finally back from Haiti! And we’ve got lots of exciting projects to report on.  And yes, we realize as Mark Twain said, that “only royalty, presidents, editors and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we’ “… Anyway, as I previously mentioned, EarthSpark International is a […]

Simpa Networks. Radical Affordability.

September 13, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Solar

Simpa Networks, based in Bangalore, India, provides affordable access to solar energy through a “pay as you go” system for using and eventually purchasing solar home systems (SHS). The fact is – over 2 billion people in the world have unreliable access to electricity, and the majority of these people rely on kerosene for light. […]

Border Green Energy Team. Using sustainability as a model for development.

September 8, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Biotech/ Biofuels, Solar

The Border Green Energy Team (BGET) was founded in 2005 and brings renewable energy and sustainable technologies to refugee, minority, and rural communities along the Thailand-Burma border. BGET has three focus areas: Renewable energy and appropriate technology Technical education and capacity building Sustainability in rural development BGET teams work on energy (solar, micro-hydro, and bio-gas) […]

A Liter of Light. Isang Litrong Liwanag.

September 3, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Solar

Recipe: Solar Bottle Bulb (55-60W) Ingredients: Used plastic bottle (50cl-1l), water, bleach, a sheet of currogated iron. Instructions: 1) Open the bottle, fill it with water and a pinch of bleach. 2) Cut a small hole in the metallic roof of an unlit home, just wide enough for the bottle to fit.  3) Line and […]

Sanergy. Building Sustainable Sanitation in Urban Slums.

June 18, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Biotech/ Biofuels, Recycling

Sanergy was started by a group of MIT grads – a mix of MBAs, engineers, and designers – to develop an innovative model of sustainable sanitation for the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The primary objective of the project is to create clean and affordable sanitation.  Sanergy takes this objective further by developing a model that […]

Promethean Power Systems

May 9, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Solar

Solar Powered Refrigeration.         The market: Dairy industry in India. The product: A hybrid-powered milk chiller. Promethean Power Systems is a for-profit entreprise aimed at cold-chain food distribution in emerging markets.  They spent a month in India doing exhaustive market research to best design their product, so it might sound obscure, but […]


April 18, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Solar, Wind

blueEnergy is a non-profit organization that builds hybrid wind-solar systems for isolated communities.  Mathias Craig, a French-American, developed the idea in a class called “Entrepreneurship in the Developing World” while he was pursuing a Masters at MIT back in 2003. The system centers around a 1,000W wind turbine, locally manufactured and connected to a “community […]

EarthSpark International

April 8, 2011 in Appropriate Technology

Eradicating Energy Poverty in Haiti. Here is how EarthSpark International poses the “issue”: “Poor households and small businesses in developing countries pay a lot for low quality fuels even though inexpensive, high-quality substitutes are being produced by companies around the world.” And I like their approach to finding solutions.  Basically, EarthSpark works at three levels, […]