Tag Archives: solar energy

Smart Villages News 148 – Energy equality – now or never

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, These past weeks, we’ve witnessed the destruction of hurricanes and flooding from South Asia to the Caribbean. As we all know, it will take not only days but weeks,… […]

Interview with Emal Barekzai, Tecnosol

Saturday October 14th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Vladimir Delagneau Barquero, CEO, Zularistan Location: Kabul, Afghanistan “We worked in areas which were 100% Taliban” Emal Barekhzai came to Jalalabad in 2002. He was living in Kassel, Germany, and he found a two-month role working as an IT technician at a girl’s school there. Only 3% of girls were going to school in the country –… […]

Interview with Vladimir Delagneau Barquero, Tecnosol

- Smart Villages

Vladimir Delagneau Barquero, President and Managing Director, Tecnosol Location: Managua, Nicaragua “20 years ago, some Nicaraguans thought renewable energy was the work of the devil” When Vladimir Delagneau Barquero explains why he launched Tecnosol he brings the story back to an experience he had over a decade in the mid-eighties, during his military service in… […]

Profile: Lilian Alphonce – East Africa

Friday September 8th, 2017 - Smart Villages

What is your off-grid energy business? Our business dries food, such as fruit and vegetables, using solar energy, in order to preserve post-harvest food. Can you give a brief overview? The business mainly deals with drying product by using solar energy. We provide services to farmers and training to customers so as to make them… […]

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,… […]