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Peppermint’s Forty2. The solar microgrid – made portable and accessible.

September 6, 2012 in Distributed Power, Solar

Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Peppermint Clean Energy is a cleantech startup developing the Forty2, an integrated solar “Utility in a Box” – powerful enough to run an emergency disaster-relief medical facility, compact enough to be carried by a child. The Forty2, with a name that pays homage to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Answer of the [...]

Pavegen. Renewable energy from footsteps.

August 6, 2012 in Distributed Power, Efficiency, Energy Storage, Random Cool

London-based Pavegen builds energy-harvesting tiles based on a hybrid piezoelectric technology that transform footsteps into electricity. The technology is featured at the London Olympics, where 12 tiles have been installed at the West Ham tube station connecting to the Olympic Park.  These tiles generate and store electricity (each has a small battery) in order to power [...]

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 [...]