Shell and Akon unveil Africas first human and solar powered football pitch in Lagos
I was one of the kids that grew up using kerosene candles, coal, you know for cooking. But we do it because that's all we have. It's hard for anyone to develop in a state of darkness. When you look at the impact that darkness has on people, it brings you down. When you put electricity in areas that don't have, you're impacting people's lives, and you're making a huge difference in how they can develop their whole humanity moving forward. Well, access to energy means a future. It means better education, better healthcare, industry building, agriculture.
Like who would've ever thought that playing on a football field could create energy for the whole community I think an idea like this, it will generate a source of curiosity for people that never thought that things like this could exist. And we have to support all the young entrepreneurs, all the young thinkers, to help them develop those ideas and create those into reality. If this can be utilised to create energy that's actually needed here, that'sthat's a dream come true for me. This is something that honestly I wish it was my idea. Laughs.
Elon Musk Tesla and SolarCity Will Accelerate the Development of an Energy Solution
The reason I put so much time and effort into creating Tesla was because, it's always said to me that the transportation won't go electric and should go electric, but we have an unpriced externality in the negative effects of gasoline and on the environment and also in the wars that we fight and national security and that kind of thing. Whenever you have an unpriced externality you can't quite rely on the market to do the right thing. So in order to have electric vehicles come sooner than they otherwise would.
Electric vehicles were always going to be the longterm transportation mechanism, but to make that day come sooner, you have to bridge the gap with innovation. That was the goal with Tesla is to try to serve as a catalyst to accelerate the day, the day of electric vehicles. And I think when all is said and done, I am hopeful that historians will look back on Tesla and say that Tesla advanced that by at least 10 years, which that would be a huge victory of mine. in my mind.
SolarCity, of course, is on the energy production side of things because it doesn't help if we have sustainable consumption of energy, but then that energy isn't produced in a sustainable way. I feel quite strongly that solar power will be the single largest source of electricity generation by midpoint of the century. In fact, just a simple extrapolation of the growth of solar power would for sure, that that's obviously going to be the case. And also when you consider that the earth is almost entirely solar powered today and that the fact that.
We're not a frozen ice ball at say 4 degrees kelvin and it's just due to the sun. And the whole ecosystem is powered by the sun. There's just an itty bitty amount of energy that we need to do complicated human things. It's a tiny amount of energy really compared to what the sun puts on the earth every day. And we just need to capture a little bit of that and turn it into electricity. So we have to try to accelerate that with innovation. And that's what SolarCity is about.
The President Holds a Bilateral Meeting with the African Union Headquarters Chairperson
The President I just want to express my thanks to Chairperson Zuma and the African Union for hosting here me today and for the excellent work that they are doing across the continent. We've had an excellent discussion about the common concerns that we have for the challenges and opportunities that we see with the youthful, dynamic African continent, where there is just enormous potential. And we want to make sure that we realize that potential. Part of that is economic. We discussed how we strengthen trade inside of Africa, as well as the rest of the world.
I was pleased to talk about the Angola Legislation, which we've now renewed for 10 years. We talked about skills development and investment in human capital, with a special emphasis on women and girls. We've talked about agriculture how we can continue to build on some programs that we are cooperating on together to help small farmers raise their incomes. We've talked about energy and the importance of renewable energy reaching rural areas through our Empower Africa Program inaudible. We also noted that all the development issues depend on peace and security.
And so we had a chance to discuss the good work that the African Union is doing in trying to resolve the conflict in South Sudan, and discuss how we can work together to avert the crisis deepening in Gambia. And we've talked about government's general and how, together, the African community and international community can encourage democratization of human rights anticorruption efforts that will enhance the wellbeing of ordinary Africans. So, Madame Chairperson, thank you for your hospitality and for your leadership. And we appreciate the efforts of your entire.
Delegation, and we look forward to being a strong partner with you for many years to come. It's a great honor to be the first U.S. President to address the African community, and I warned Chairperson, as my speech might be a little long. She indicated that, since they've been waiting 50 years to have a U.S. President here that they would give me a pass on that. laughter The President So I appreciate inaudible. Chairperson Zuma We are very happy to have the U.S. President visiting us. And his dedication inaudible.
Leonardo DiCaprios Powerful Climate Summit Speech
Thank you, Mr Secretary General, your excellencies, ladies and gentleman, and distinguished guests. I'm honored to be here today, I stand before you not as an expert but as a concerned citizen, one of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets of New York on Sunday, and the billions of others around the world who want to solve our climate crisis. As an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way as if it were a fiction,.
Happening to someone else's planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn't real would somehow make it go away. But I think we know better than that. Every week, we're seeing new and undeniable climate events, evidence that accelerated climate change is here now. We know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor. We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland icesheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections. None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community.
Knows it, Industry and governments know it, even the United States military knows it. The chief of the US navy's Pacific command, admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that climate change is our single greatest security threat. My Friends, this body perhaps more than any other gathering in human history now faces that difficult task. You can make history. or be vilified by it. To be clear, this is not about just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car. This disaster has grown BEYOND the choices that individuals make. This is.
Now about our industries, and governments around the world taking decisive, largescale action. I am not a scientist, but I don't need to be. Because the world's scientific community has spoken, and they have given us our prognosis, if we do not act together, we will surely perish. Now is our moment for action. We need to put a price tag on carbon emissions, and eliminate government subsidies for coal, gas, and oil companies. We need to end the free ride that industrial polluters have been given in the name of a freemarket economy, they don't deserve our tax dollars, they.
Deserve our scrutiny. For the economy itself will die if our ecosystems collapse. The good news is that renewable energy is not only achievable but good economic policy. New research shows that by 2050 clean, renewable energy could supply 100 of the world's energy needs using existing technologies, and it would create millions of jobs. This is not a partisan debate it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation if, admittedly, a daunting one.
We only get one planet. Humankind must become accountable on a massive scale for the wanton destruction of our collective home. Protecting our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution of our species. This is the most urgent of times, and the most urgent of messages. Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living. But you do not. The people made their voices heard on Sunday around the world and the momentum will not stop. And now it's YOUR turn, the time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on.
Stanford scientists build solarpowered elephant research camp
. Stanford University. We're here at Mushara Waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia. I've been doing elephant research here for twenty years. This year, we're doing a film on the research, and all of the research and filming, is done by solar energy. Now, one of the really special aspects of, solar energy is it allows us to be in this incredibly remote area. It's closed to tourists, off the grid, and we get to watch elephant society unfold in front of us in a very quiet environment. No generators, no people, no vehicles.
It's, secured with an electric fence, and this electric fence is also run off of solar. And the fence keeps us safe from lions and curious elephants. So we only turn electric fence on at night. So, it's powered by a 75watt electric 75watt solar panels we got here which runs through a regulator and a battery pack that we have behind the wall here. It makes a little ticking sound. Every little tick sends 50,000 volts through the fence. 50,000 volts, very low amperage. The whole point being that it won't hurt.
Anything, it will just scare them away. We film, the elephants for up to eight hours a day. We're trying to capture all the bulls activities. And all the herds coming into the waterhole. So far, we have 34. One hour tapes and each and one single hour we taped has been shot by solar energy. I'm able to use my camera to ID these elephants. We, we run all on ear tags. And different, morphological features that allow us to pick out who's who. And so, my camera runs completely off of.
Rechargeable batteries. Welcome to the INAUDIBLE suite in the sky. Amazing set up. We're able to channel the solar power, convert it into core batteries, DC power. We've got a lot of things to charge. We're able to run two post production stations, so as footage is being shot I'm able to bring it in. As long as the sun's roaring, we are rocking and rolling. This is where we process all the dung that we get from the field. From elephant dung we get information on hormones, DNA, nutrition. Seems we have a very basic lamp here.
We use this microscope that is powered by solar, through this inverter to determine the parasite egg count. Okay, this is really exciting. There's a speaker out there in the pile of brush that we play back sounds to elephants. Now this speaker is driven by this powerful DC amplifier here and we run the sounds through this tape recorder, Play them back through the computer into a sound software program so that I can watch the sounds as we deliver them into the air and the ground, And then, analyze signals that the elephants make.
Solar Energy Graduate Program
University of Rochester's solar energy graduate program gives the tools necessary to not only study solar energy technology, but to become entrepreneurs and leaders in the field. While they earn their doctorate in engineering or science, students are taught the business and politics of alternative energy. Very often scientists and engineers are very good people technically and scientifically but they are fairly ignorant of the economic and business questions as well as the public policy questions. What we want is we want them to become not just players but in fact entrepreneurs in the field..
My research involves looking at the interaction of silver nanoparticles and light, and how that might be used to enhance the scattering of the light into silicone solar cells. It's important because the price of solar cells is obviously a big hinderance to adopting photovoltaic technology and hopfully shifting away from a more fossil fuel based energy economy. We will have two international components to our program. The first one will bring our students to European laboratories where they will learn and practice the technology that has been developed. The second internship is going to be in Africa, in one of three African countries.
We have selected. They will go there to do field work as well as to help teach courses in African universities. In quite a few countries in the developed world we have a situation where the cost of electricity is extremely high which makes some of those renewable technologies immediately affordable, immediately possible. We would like some of our students, as a result of their studies, to actually go in this field and develop solutions that can be used to improve the quality of life of people in those countries. We have focused this program on energy available from the sun.
Because the sun is largest possible source of energy. However, today the technological solutions that have been implemented are not really good enough. They are either too expensive or the technology degrades over time. So there is an enormous potential on the one hand and a very big technological need on the other hand. So this is why we thought this was going to be what we would call a low hanging fruit. Our new program is extremely multidisciplinary and will produce students who are not traditional students. Those students of course will be firmly grounded in the science.
HULT GCC 12 SunCharge Institute of Business Administration, DU
Welcome to africa where only 2 of the population has access to grid electricity with up to thirtyfour blackouts per month and the rest ninetyeight percent is dependent upon kerosene and diesel lamps and this costs them more than onethird of the monthly income depletes nonrenewable natural sources and one person dies every fifteen seconds due to hazards caused by kerosene still kerosene is the predominant lighting source because any businesses providing alternative solutions face these challenges poor roads and infrastructure discourages convenient retailing outlets people do not recognise the need for light.
And finally low household income but opportunity exists too at the status quo of the one billion population of africa six fifty million use cell phones as this is the only way to communicate with the real world whereas four hundred million people do not have access to grid electricity these people get their cellphones charged from vendors. some of them switch off their mobile phones at night so that they can save battery and use it for a longer time mobile phone for them is not a luxury rather they need it for their livelihood.
Our challenge is to provide off grid solar power and light to one million households by the end of 2013 now our take on the solution is to capitalise on selling mobile chargers running on solar panels which also include solar powered lights using the wellestablished servicedelivery chain from our telecom partners in the first phase of activation consumers will notify the cellular network providers that they want to acquire the solar powered lamps by sending text message Telecom partners will then buy SunCharge units from us in bulk Next, our telecom partners will notify.
The consumers about the availability and will sell them at nearest point of sales The consumer s will pay the sum due through a tenmonth installment package each ranging between two to five dollars which is same as the amount of money spent on fuel for lighting and charging their mobile the installments will be duducted from their cellphone credits every month and the entire sum of the product is collected after installments the telecom partners get a fair share and SunCharge continues its reach to the broader mass to ensure sustainability and conitnuous expansion.
Of the business across geographic regions we will use the concept of discount networks for every five people that a customer brings in from his community in a month the customer will get upto 25 discount on that month's installment this will ensure continuous flow of new customers and create a network which extends beyond the reach of touch points we will market our product in four stages we will distribute our lights for free in local community centres which will touch them at their discussion points raise interest by using our community caravans.
Where people learn about the benefits of these lights and the hazards of kerosene through various games ignite desire by making the product available to the neighborhood now these three will lead to massive demands which will be further facilitated by discount chains operated by the community opinion leaders this is project SunCharge affordable safe and sustainable way of illuminating Africa your vote can help us raise one million dollars to be donated by the Clinton Foundation to implement this project what are YOU doing today to make a positive change.
President Obama on Americas Clean Power Plan
Music The President Our climate is changing. It's changing in ways that threaten our economy, our security, and our health. This isn't opinion it's fact, backed up by decades of carefully collected data and overwhelming scientific consensus. And it has serious implications for the way that we live now. We can see it and we can feel it hotter summers rising sea levels extreme weather events like stronger storms, deeper droughts, and longer wildfire seasons. All disasters that are becoming more frequent, more expensive, and more dangerous. Our own families experience it too.
Over the past three decades, asthma rates have more than doubled. And as temperatures keep warming, and smog gets worse, those Americans will be at even greater risk of landing in the hospital. Climate change is not a problem for another generation. Not anymore. That's why, on Monday, my administration will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change. Power plants are the single biggest source of the harmful carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. But until now there have been no federal limits.
To the amount of that pollution those plants can dump into the air. Think about that. We limit the amount of toxic chemicals, like mercury and sulphur and arsenic, in our air and water, and we're better off for it. But existing power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of harmful carbon pollution into the air we breathe. For the sake of our kids, for the health and safety of all Americans, that's about to change. We've been working with states and power companies to make sure they've got the flexibility they need to cut.
This pollution, all the while lowering energy bills, ensuring reliable service, and paving the way for new jobcreating innovations that help America lead the world forward. If you believe, like I do, that we can't condemn our kids and grandkids to a planet that's beyond fixing, then I'm asking you to share this message with your friends and family. Push your own communities to adopt smarter, more sustainable practices. Remind everyone who represents you that protecting the world we leave to our children is a prerequisite for your vote. Join us.
Future of Asia, America, Europe, Africa Impact of Demographics Futurist Keynote Speaker
The second big driver that will transform our future is of course, demographics. 1 billion children are alive today, all of whom will be adults within the next eighteen years. All of them will see your lifestyle on CNN or NBC even, if they don't own a TV, they will see it through the door of the bar. They will see it through the posters on the side of the highway, even if they don't own a car. 1 billion children, all of whom will consume resources. Linked to that, an urbanisation trend. At a.
Pace which we have never seen before. 300 million people in China alone will move from rural areas into cities in the next 8 or 9 years. Another 450 million people will move in Africa off the land and into cities. Most of them, most city dwellers already live in slums. They have no running water, or maybe the very first service they have is access to a tap, a hundred metres away. They have, at the moment, very little access to electricity, but they're there. And they're demanding infrastructure, and their homes will grow from the onestory shack, to.
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