Tag Archives: solar energy

Smart Villages News 126 – Victims of Success?

Sunday March 26th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Sustainable off-grid energy has many positive benefits: improved healthcare and sanitation, better education, more productive agriculture, etc. But beyond these benefits, it’s also clear that improved security is at… […]

Solarkiosk: Innovative “connected solar market centres” drive small businesses, solar energy

Wednesday February 15th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Marc Zedler, Project Manager, Connected Solar Market Centers (CSMC), Solarkiosk Location: Berlin, Germany and across Africa “Focus on a core group of entrepreneurs who engage with the community” For Marc Zedler, there is a bigger picture at Solarkiosk, a German solar company operating in multiple African countries. Having a service which provides rural communities with… […]

Solar technologies offer hope in post-disaster Nepal

Tuesday January 17th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Avishek Malla Director of Engineering and Operations for SunFarmer Nepal, a subsidiary of SunFarmer International Location: Kathmandu, Nepal “Farmers in Nepal could never in their lives imagine having a solar-powered pump” In 2015, Nepal was hit by a series of devastating crises. One earthquake was followed by another, and the year ended with… […]

A clean energy crisis: One Burkina Faso social business aims to address it

Wednesday January 4th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Sayouba Guira Director of Nafa Naana, a social enterprise providing clean cooking and lighting products Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso “It’s a crisis, but we are in a country with so many other priorities that people don’t talk about it, which is why we are doing something about promoting clean and affordable energy solutions”… […]

Off-grid 93 – solar shows no signs of fading

Tuesday August 9th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Short URL   Sign up here to receive this weekly bulletin straight to your inbox once a week. You will additionally receive updates on new Smart Villages reports, policy briefs and events.   View this email in a browser Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers…. […]

Smart Villages Podcast 2 – The future of energy storage for smart villages – Interview with Dr Vasant Kumar

Friday August 5th, 2016 - Smart Villages

In Smart Villages Podcast 2, host Sir Brian Heap interviews Dr Vasant Kumar, Head of Materials Chemistry Group in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. Dr Kumar explains that his group research interests relate to materials innovation for “Energy, Environment and Sustainability”, working to help develop technologies for new types of batteries,… […]

Islands and energy: challenges and opportunities

In this short video, you’ll hear from experts who aim to provide rural, remote islands with energy. From Tuvalu to Indonesia to Melanesia and beyond, islands face unique energy challenges. Some of these challenges include: challenging weather and turbulent seas, relying on rainwater for fresh drinking water, and remoteness. Many islands, if they are lucky,… […]

Education and entrepreneurship: How solar energy impacts Tanzanian villages

How has solar energy changed the lives of people in rural Tanzania? In this video, you’ll hear from villagers themselves – including small business owners and students. You’ll also hear from Mobisol, one of several companies active in providing solar energy to rural villages. Video by: Steve Martin Saning’o, Terrat, Tanzania  

What do Perovskites Mean for the Photovoltaic Industry?

Thursday August 6th, 2015 - Michael Price

I once visited my local newspaper printing press. The machinery was immense. Two tonne rolls of paper were fed continuously into the ink rollers at fantastic speed. Conveyer belt contraptions whizzed partially folded newspapers around the factory with a frenetic industriousness. The whole apparatus would spit out 12 newspapers a second. Now imagine that it… […]

Sexual Violence against Women and Girls: Is Energy part of the Solution?

Tuesday January 20th, 2015 - Smart Villages

“It was a degrading life full of humiliation and shame. We were often victims of rape and beatings by the hoodlums who hid themselves in the forest”  ̶  (An Ethiopian fuel wood carrier, Panjwani, 2005). Energy provision and sexual violence appear to be distant problems. However, with the possible exception of rural energy supplies in… […]