Compact OffGridBox provides clean drinking water and power where it’s needed most

August 18, 2017 by  
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An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox . Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container cube features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy , as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water . But the system does have drawbacks – including a $15,000 price point that’s hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to scale their innovative solution for maximum impact. According to Fast Company, “Founder and CEO Emiliano Cecchini has sold a few of the units, but he worries he’s not yet found the formula to take his invention to scale.” “We’re looking for the next system to scale,” Cecchini told FastCo. “The idea came three years ago and, yeah, we’re kind of struggling to make it bigger. Back in Italy, it’s not easy to find the right financing strategy, mentors, and accelerator programs.” Related: Desert Twins produce drinking water in the driest place on Earth It’s a pity, because OffGridBox has the capability to serve up to 1,500 people per unit, the company says, and that’s without any upgrades. The basic model comes equipped with 12 solar modules, an inverter and battery storage. This system provides enough power to charge 300 battery packs that can each charge three LED lights for four hours and two cell phones, according to FastCo. OffGridBox also has a built-in water filtration system that produces food-quality drinking water, and a built-in storage tank that holds up to 396 gallons. That’s potentially life-changing for communities that lack good infrastructure. The company is persevering with a new model that will charge end users a nominal fee to use the station. “The new model is pay-as-you-go micro-payments, local contractors, and local empowerment,” Cecchini told FastCo. A family of four will pay 12 US cents per day for water, and the battery packs are subsidized by the company. They’re testing this new tactic in Rwanda , where the company plans to install units in 18 villages. Eventually they hope to equip the boxes with Wi-Fi. Head over to FastCo for the full story . + OffGridBox

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Huge circular windows flood Melbourne’s Cirqua Apartments with natural light

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Huge circular windows flood the interior of this funky apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments as a series of staggered volumes that reference the region’s historical housing while reinterpreting it in a modern way. The block occupies a steeply sloping site in a residential neighborhood in Melbourne. Its exterior is dominated by huge porthole windows that span almost the full height of the six cubes. The openings bring natural light into the interior and maximize the connection of the project to the surrounding garden. Related: 6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light The open-plan interiors feature a lot of natural materials and warm colors, with circular light fittings echoing the circular windows. White walls, marble and wood create a delicate visual balance. Beside its remarkable design features, the project also creates a precedent in the area’s multi-residential market. It was built to appeal to owner-occupiers rather than buy-to-let investors. + BKK Architects Via Dezeen Lead photo by Peter Bennetts

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Africa’s fastest solar power project was built in one year

November 25, 2015 by  
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Rwanda, perhaps best known as a once war-torn nation in the middle of Africa, has garnered the attention of clean energy advocates around the globe for constructing the fastest solar power project on the continent . The solar farm, situated in the famous green hills 37 miles east of the capital, Kigali, has a capacity of 8.5 megawatts (MW), That’s enough energy to power nearly 1,400 homes in the United States. For a rural nation like Rwanda, the same amount of energy has a much broader impact. But it’s not the size of the project that has wowed critics as much as the speed. The entire $24 million solar field went from contracts to connection in just one year. Read the rest of Africa’s fastest solar power project was built in one year

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Rwanda’s capital city has gone completely and permanently car-free

October 5, 2015 by  
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Cities all over the world have been working hard to tackle congestion problems in their central districts. Singapore, London, and Stockholm have instituted congestion charges for cars coming into the city center, while hundreds of cities around the world are experimenting with car-free days. But one month ago, Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, declared its Central Business District a permanently car-free zone. What was once a traffic-choked stretch of roadway is now a tranquil empty space, filled only with pedestrians. Read the rest of Rwanda’s capital city has gone completely and permanently car-free

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Foster + Partners unveils Droneport proposal to help save lives in East Africa

September 16, 2015 by  
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GA Collaborative’s Masoro Village Project Builds Community (and Earthbag Homes) in Rwanda

July 18, 2014 by  
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Chicago Approves Plan for Urban Agriculture Eco-District to Revitalize Southside Neighborhoods

July 18, 2014 by  
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Young Gorillas Use Teamwork To Dismantle Poacher Traps and Protect their Clan

July 23, 2012 by  
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Time and time again, the planet’s great apes have displayed their intelligence through reasoning and even architecture . However last week, two young mountain gorillas in Rwanda showed just how smart they were by finding and dismantling a trap set by poachers that had previously killed a member of their family group. According to conservationists, this is the first time such actions have been seen. Read the rest of Young Gorillas Use Teamwork To Dismantle Poacher Traps and Protect their Clan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gorillas , great apes , illegal hunting , mountain gorillas , poacher traps , poaching , rwanda , snares

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Prisoner Poo Powers Rwanda’s Jails

January 11, 2012 by  
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Officials at Rwanda’s prisons were looking for a way to reduce energy costs, save money and cut down on their conventional energy source: burning firewood harvested from local forests. Their sustainable solution? Recycling the inmates’ own waste to…

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NURU Energy Provides Cheap, Efficient Night Lighting to Rwanda and Promotes Social Entrepreneurs

October 18, 2011 by  
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NURU Energy is replacing expensive, dangerous, and unhealthy kerosene in rural Rwandan households by introducing a cheap, safe, and clean night lighting solution, known as the NURU Light. The for-profit social enterprise believes that the solution to the developing world’s lighting crisis must be market-based with the mission of creating an affordable light that the world’s poor not only want, but can afford. Why does Rwanda Need An Efficient Night Lighting System? Most of Rwanda’s rural population uses kerosene for their lighting needs. Kerosene is hazardous for human health  and the environment. I t is a fossil fuel that burns with noxious fumes and according to the World Bank, 780 million women and children breathing kerosene fumes inhale the equivalent smoke from two packs of cigarettes per day. To make matters worse, in NURU’s countries of operations, kerosene-based lighting systems result in over 25 million tons of carbon dioxide every year.  The Poor Man’s Energy Paradox The kerosene lantern is not only inefficient, it is also EXPENSIVE! Get this! According to NURU, “The amount of light from the lamp is only about 1% of what the people in industrialized countries have for the same price and is only 0.2% as strong as a 60 watt light bulb.” In the words of C.K. Prahalad, University of Michigan professor and author of The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: “[the poor’s] sources of energy are dirty and inefficient, and on a per-kilowatt basis they cost anywhere from 5-100 times more than modern fuels and electricity.  The paradox is that the poor are spending a disproportionate share of their income on a product that richer people can get cheaper and of high quality”. The NURU Light is a Market-Based Solution to a Lighting Problem NURU Bottle Mounted Light The NURU light takes into account the different needs of the rural households it serves, creating a useful product that is: Multifunctional:   The NURU light is very versatile and can be positioned in a number of ways according to the need; It can go from free-standing to being strapped around the neck or head. It can be mounted or hung or even connected with more units to form a room light. It has a 4 position switch for high, medium, low, and off. Efficient:  Rechargeable NiMH battery which when fully recharged produces 25 hours of light (low), 18 hours of light (medium), or 9 hours of light (high) – about 3-7 days of light – in just 20 minutes of charging!  The result is a 375:1 use to charging ratio, compared to just 1:1 with solar. It is bright (uses white LED lights), affordable, modular (the user can use them separately or connect them together to create a brighter light) and durable. How Can A NURU Light be Recharged? Depending on the situation and electricity availability, the light can be charged in three ways – Pedal Power to Recharge Light POWERcycle – NURU Light has developed the world’s first commercially available pedal generator . Unlike wind and solar, the pedal ensures that power is always available .  The POWERCycle can charge up to five lights at once in just twenty minutes of pedaling. Because the POWERCycle is easy to operate, even children can use it. POWERgrid – Almost two billion people have access to electricity for only a few hours a day. With the POWERGrid, a plug-in charging system, customers can charge five lights at once when they have access to electricity and use the NURU Lights when the power is out. POWERsolar-  NURU Light has also developed a solar panel that can charge up to five lights at once.  This clean and efficient lighting system allows customers to charge their lights during the day and use them at night. NURU Light Encourages Social-Entrepreneurs and Makes Lighting Cheap Sameer Hajee co-founder and CEO of NURU Energy says, “We are setting up a network of rural lighting entrepreneurs who sell or rent out NURU lights and then recharge customer’s lights for a small fee using the world’s first commercially available pedal generator” The distribution model is based on helping local residents to start small businesses that rent out and recharge lights. NURU’s practice is to partner with micro lenders — financial institutions that make small loans to citizens— in order to teach and help would-be entrepreneurs become NURU franchisees. NURU Energy is a great example of a for-profit social enterprise, who view the whole picture, thus creating effective, market-based solution s to help communities in dire need. Their innovative ideas are improving the lives of thousands, sustainably, while lowering their footprint. What do you think? Aren’t stories like these truly inspiring? Image credit: NURU Light

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