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Solar Energy For Africa

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.

GivePower Foundation Solar Panels For Schools Without Electricity

A big challenge that the community has is that the kids get taught during the day and in the evening the parents don't get an education because they work during the day they can't learn because there is no light in the school. Particularly for the adults they don't get a time during the day to be able to learn and be able to learn how to read and write. A lot of the seniors want to get educated. A lot of elders within the organization want to get educated. And it's also a nice facility in the evenings for them.

To gather and celebrate. And that's why I think bringing electricity to some of these parts of the world that never had it before is so exciting and meaningful. If you can bring electricity to rural areas, people who are once isolated are less so. And I think that if we can do this right and do this well, I think we can do it over and over and over again and really have a big impact on a lot of people. A school like this just will never get electricity unless you have local generation. It needs to change. We need to create electricity.

At the place where it is needed. We can skip the legacy infrastructure and build out the new infrastructure the smarter and better way. So our mission now is to bring light to this community. In the process we are sort of teaching them the skill, they get to see how we are installing, they are participating. There are some dual benefits there. It's simple to use. We have battery backup for the system and it will create a lot of electricity for them that they can use whenever they need to. The average consumer by them taking advantage.

Of solar through SolarCity they are actually helping this community as well. I think the dream is to create a culture within a company that is all about growing and giving. At SolarCity we grow our business by over one hundred percent annually in an effort to really bring alternative forms of energy to the rest of the country. If we can find a way internally to create a culture that is about growing and giving, we're like, yes, we are growing the business. Yes, we're bringing this technology to different parts of the United States. But then how do.

What Countries Are The Most Energy Efficient

As emerging economies continue to expand, their energy needs are set to grow dramatically in the coming years. The International Energy Agency has even predicted that global energy use will increase by 30 percent over the next two and a half decades. With crude oil the source of so much volatility around the world, there is no question that the the future of energy will be based on countries dedicated to alternative, renewable sources. So, which countries are the most energy efficient Well, the American Council for an EnergyEfficient Economy has ranked the world's 16 largest.

Economies, which account for nearly three quarters of global electricity consumption. This is based on 31 metrics, spanning energy use in buildings, industry, and transportation. It includes things like the country's national energy savings goals, vehicle fuel economy standards, and energy consumed per foot of floor space. The United States ranks among the least efficient, at number thirteen. But across the board, Germany saw the greatest energy efficiency, scoring well in all metrics, but especially industry. According to the report, German industry and manufacturing is the second most fuel efficient in the world, with plans to far surpass the current leader,.

Australia, by 2020. Part of the reason Germany is doing so well is a national policy, dedicated to lowering energy use, known as Energiewende, or Energy Transition. The goal of this program is to stop using coal and other nonrenewable energy sources like oil. Clearly, it has been working so far. In 2014, Germany accounted for half of the new wind farms in the EU, and has been leading the world in energy efficiency. In an extremely close second place overall, Italy actually surpasses Germany in transportation. Although they tie with the UK for vehicle fuel efficiency, at nearly 40 miles per gallon.

On average, Italians also travel the least per capita. This low impact, high efficiency makes Italy a world leader in transit energy. Additionally, Italy tends to prioritize its rail system over its roads, leading to more people taking the train, and thereby saving considerable energy. Still, Italy continues to primarily use fossil fuels, and actually scores the worst in terms of commercial building energy efficiency. When it comes to buildings, China takes the lead. Their polluting past and wide range of energy inefficiency may hold them back. But China's residential buildings use less.

Energy per square foot than any other country in the report. This is partially due to strict building codes, and the fact that energy intensity is one of the country's top priorities. And despite being known for wastefulness, between 1980 and 2010, energy consumption increased five times, while the economy grew 18 times. Between Germany, Italy, and China, emerging countries can look at their journeys towards energy efficiency, and fine tune their own programs for maximum output. Still, every country surveyed has a long way to go, and plenty of areas to improve. Hopefully, 2016.

How Bicycle Powered Cell Phones Are Saving Uganda

Worldwide, there are more than one billion people living off the electricity grid and, while, we often hear glamorized stories of millionaires choosing to live without artificial light, they are in the minority. Many don't have a choice. Energy poverty is endemic with about 20 percent of the global population lacking reliable sources to power their electronics, businesses, and plain old light bulbs, which can be a huge problem, especially in our increasingly virtual world. This is why some of Africa's developing nations are looking to the future with solar energy in mind. People and organizations have come together to find solar solutions.

While traveling through subsaharan Africa, entrepreneur Mike Lin witnessed the many off grid families coping with dangerous kerosene lamps.We've been having so many accidents from using kerosene lamps. Children get burnt, said one Ugandan woman. And about 1.5 million people die from kerosene lamp related respiratory illnesses every year. Inspired to build a safe, reliable, energy source, Lin and his cofounder Brian Warshawsky started Fenix International, got people on board, and ReadySet was born a portable energy battery that can be fueled by the sun or pedaling on a stationary bicycle. Its introduction has transformed communities.

Before ReadySet, a Ugandan woman says, I had no hope of getting electricity. But now I just need the sunlight energy to charge my solar panel. It allows her and others to stay connected and has eliminated the need to travel and pay high fees to charge her phone, for example. And for children the majority of whom are unfortunately expected to work during the day light at night means they can do their homework and further their education. These extended periods of light have changed businesses as well, Now I.

Get a lot of customers because I have a bright light. I can even work for 5 hours at night says one shop owner. And hospitals and other facilities can use similar solar energy systems to improve their services. Solar technology is spreading throughout Africa. Partly because of this, Akon, the famous musician, launched a Solar Academy with aims to consolidate African expertise and teach people how to install and maintain solarpowered electricity. And, on a more global scale, the United Nations has decided to name 2015 the Year of Light.

Which Countries Lack Electricity

In 2012, the United Nations launched its worldwide effort to fight energy poverty , marking the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. Energy poverty is considered a lack of energy infrastructure and resources. Roughly one in seven people around the world lack access to electricity, almost exclusively in developing countries. Although things are improving, many have said that too little change is happening too slowly. So we wanted to know, which countries don't have electricity Well, it is estimated that anywhere from 1.1 to 1.3 billion people live without electric.

Power. To make up for a lack of deliverable energy, nearly 3 billion people around the world use coal or wood fuel for heat and cooking, contributing to deadly pollution. This pollution is thought to be responsible for more than 4 million deaths every year. The overwhelming concentration of energy poverty is found in rural India and subSaharan Africa. Over the past few years, India has dramatically improved its power infrastructure, and in 2014, was the third largest electricity producer in the world. Yet, roughly 300 to 400 million people without electricity live in rural Indian states. And even for those who do have power,.

The energy grid is notoriously unreliable. In 2012, a nationwide blackout affected more than 600 million people. Although the Indian government has launched efforts to provide 24hour power to the entire country, some have accused politicians of only directing energy to politically important districts. While India has made some progress, subSaharan Africa is still struggling. Altogether, Africa has about twice as many people without power as India roughly 600 million. The country with the least access to electricity in the world is South Sudan, which also has one of the lowest education and literacy rates. The World Bank notes that in 2012, only 5 of.

The country's 11millionperson population had electricity. In fact, across all of subSaharan Africa only about a quarter of the population has access to electric energy. What's worse is that the lack of electricity means that power is considerably more expensive, with electricity costing three time as much as it might in the rest of the developing world. Additionally, on average, African manufacturers suffer nearly 2 months' worth of power outages a year, severely disrupting economic progress. In the past two decades, as energy dependence has become increasingly important, Africa has only received about $600 million dollars.

Annually in energy assistance from foreign countries. The UN's Sustainable Energy Goals are focused on providing universal access to power and clean fuel, doubling the amount of renewable energy, and doubling the rate of energy efficiency. Efforts like President Barack Obama's Power Africa initiative are focused on bringing foreign advisors and financial help to figure out how best invest in Africa's energy infrastructure. Still, despite these efforts, the World Bank has said that there needs to be considerably more sustained investment to even consider meeting those goals. To see my recent report from Tanzania and the different ways in which the people there.

Quilt Exhibit at the UN Celebrates Womens Empowerment, Solar Energy

Music gtgt MR. MULREAN I'd like to welcome all of you here this evening to the opening of this remarkable quilt exhibition. This is the third quilt exhibition that the US mission has sponsored in the past five years with the American NGO Quilt For Change. Quilt for Change brings together exhibitions which use the art of quilting to raise awareness of global issues affecting women. gtgt MS. LUCEY The theme of the exhibition is Empower Women Light, hope and opportunity. Light, hope and opportunity are the three elements that Solar Sister provides to our.

Women entrepreneurs. I love this opportunity to work with the quilters because quilting is also a traditional women's activity. So finding that the women who are the quilters have been inspired by the women who are the solar entrepreneurs I think is a perfect circle. This is my first time with being in the UN building and it is pretty impressive, incredibly inspiring. The reason that having the quilt show here and being able to spread the story of light, hope and opportunity and the importance of women and energy is because it is a global issue.

1.4 billion people in the world do not have access to energy. It is an issue that disproportionately affects women and girls. gtgtMS. EISENSTEIN The quilts here are entitled Wind to Enlighten. And the turbines in the background provide the light that hopefully will turn the lights in these homes on. The fabric is created by a Shibori handdyed process that creates the design in the fabric. We are so used to having light and electricity that we often forget that there are people who don't have these. gtgtMS. VON MOOS This quilt was made by 38 women from 15 member clubs around the world.

The beauty of quilting is that it brings women together, working for a common purpose, and not just a purpose, but a greater purpose. gtgtMS. LUCEY I do think that women who are involved with crafts are also women who are connected in some way. If you think of the sewing circle is the traditional thought. And that connection is in this expression global. We have women from all over the world focusing on the same issue at the same time but bringing their individual expression to it. I think that is just a fantastic way to approach women's issues.

Kickstarter ReadySet Solar Kit for iPad, iPhone, Android more

Hi! My name is Mike Lin. And I'm Brian Warshawsky. And we run Fenix International, a San Franciscobased startup, where we make renewable energy products for emerging markets. Our first product, the ReadySet, is a renewable energy system that can be charged from solar panels, bicycle generators, or even grid electricity. An estimated 1.5 billion live off the grid, without access to electricity. Incredibly, 600 million use cell phones even while lacking the power to keep their phones charged. They also burn kerosene for lighting, which is dirty, dangerous, and expensive.

We designed the ReadySet to make it easy to start an offgrid phone charging business, as well as provide clean and safe electric lighting. I was able to collect 100,000 from the charging of people's phones last month. Since we launched the ReadySet in Africa, many of our friends have been asking us, when they'll be available here in the US. We're happy to announce, the time is now. While we designed the ReadySet for the developing world, there are just as many applications for the ReadySet here at home. Each ReadySet Kit includes a 15 Watt solar panel,.

A grid charger, an LED light, and a universal clip charger, that can charge lithium ion batteries for nearly any camera or cell phone. We built the ReadySet to power countless devices, from its 2 USB ports and 2 car lighter adaptor ports. You can use the ReadySet to create a lowcarbon digital lifestyle, by powering your iPad, iphone, or Android devices with solar power. If you like the outdoors, you can use the ReadySet to power your campsite, by running lights, speakers, and other devices while you're off the grid.

In case of an emergency, like an earthquake, hurricane, or snow storm, the ReadySet can provide vital backup power for communications, flashlights, portable radios, and even a wifi hotspot. These applications are just the start. We've designed the ReadySet with an open standard input to enable users to design their own sources of power generation, like a microwind turbine our interns designed last summer. We're publishing a power API, and launching an online platform to allow makers and hackers to collaborate and to develop new hardware applications for the ReadySet. Together, we can create ReadySet applications that are useful here at home,.

And hopefully power sustainable development in emerging markets as well. So Kickstarter, here's what we need from you. In order for us to bring the ReadySet to the US and support our developer community, we need 100 of you to buy a ReadySet now. By funding our Kickstarter, you can show your support for renewable energy, and help us in our mission to deliver power to the 1.5 billion people who live without electricity. Check back here for new tutorials and updates, and help us spread the word. Thank you very much for your support.

Korea builds worlds first floating solar power plant that tracks sunlight

The sun is our most important source of renewable energy. but unfortunately we havent gotten round to finding a cheap and reliable way of converting into enough electricity for all of us. However. in a small step toward achieving this goal. Korea has just finished construction of a floating solar power plant. the first of its kind in the world. Won Jihyun reports. This massive solar power plant floats on a reservoir in Gyeonggido Province. And round and round it goes. following the suns movements throughout the day. This gigantic facility. that measures around 75hundred square meters was built last.

Year by a Korean energy firm called Solkiss. The floating plant is made of roughly 16hundred solar voltaic modules installed on a floating deck. that rotates on water. Using a tracking system the deck moves in the direction of the sun to maximize efficiency. Since the floating modules can collect sunlight thats reflected off water developers say this type of plant can generate more power than groundbased systems. The groundmounted rotating system can collect solar energy for an average of 3.6 hours a day. Based on our observation from January until June we found out that the.

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