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Solar: Off-grid lighting at Lake Victoria

Solar: Off-grid lighting at Lake Victoria | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to public electricity networks and are thus “off-grid.” They use lamps that burn fossil fuels, mostly kerosene. In the process, 77 billion liters of kerosene are burned every year and 190 million tons of CO2 are emitted. These lamps are not only dangerous and hazardous to health but also uneconomical and harmful to the environment. To stop this trend, Osram has developed a sustainable lighting solution for regions without power grids. In April 2008, a pilot project was launched on the banks of Lake Victoria in Kenya. Osram built solar-powered energy stations (O-hubs) where residents can recharge batteries for energy-saving lamps, lights, and other electrical devices like mobile phones and radios at low cost and with low impact on the environment. Using a pawnbroking system, Osram furnishes the residents with the necessary lighting products (O-lamps or O-boxes) that require no connection to a power grid. The only thing they have to pay for is charging up the batteries. The advantages are many: Thanks to the O-hubs, an hour of light costs much less than lighting with kerosene. What's more, the new lights and lamps are brighter, safer, healthier, and much more eco-friendly than the formerly used fossil-fueled lamps.

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Eight19 begins organic solar trials in Africa

Eight19 begins organic solar trials in Africa | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Based on Eight19’s Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) technology, the Indigo solar home systems have been deployed in South Sudan in order to evaluate the performance of the new solar technology in the challenging environmental conditions that are found close to the equator.

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Tanzania should exploit solar energy potential

It is important for East Africans to opt for solar energy to save time spent on firewood collection, save money, reduce work load for women and children and manage the environment because trees are protected and smoke that causes respiratory diseases is not produced.

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Partnership Provides Light in the Darkest Hours

Partnership Provides Light in the Darkest Hours | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
Solar Power Social Enterprise Builds New Partnership to Provide Light to the Victims of Humanitarian Disaster around the World One billion people around the world live without access to grid-electr...
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