Off-grid 87 – Are Global Goals to End Energy Poverty Doomed With a Centralized Approach?

Thursday June 23rd, 2016 - Smart Villages

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Cooling is crucial in off-grid villages throughout the developing world: water, refrigeration for vaccines, cooling for Maasai cheese, and even spaces, whether for productive uses of energy (cold chains for fish or agricultural / dairy products) or homes and community spaces.

In our next webinar, we will hear from several speakers regarding the challenges and opportunities for cooling in off-grid villages. What innovative solutions have they discovered? How can keeping cool improve the lives of people throughout the developing world, particularly the hottest places?

The Big Chill: Off-grid Cooling for Water, Refrigeration, Spaces, and More..
(Thu, Jun 30, 2016 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CEST)


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