Engineering for Change

Interest: Energy

When the sun goes down, the day ends. No work after dark, no studying. That’s the reality for one quarter of the world’s population that lives without electricity. Inventive design and the falling cost of solar power is lighting up homes that the traditional energy grid has left dark. Power solutions that can scale are filling in the grid gaps with solar, hydro, wind and biogas. With alternative energy solutions, the world is lighting up.

Interest: Energy

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  • Energy
Bill Nussey

Can Community-Scale Solar Become the Model T of Clean Energy?

December 23, 2017

Every single solar project, big or small, gets assembled one at a time on a roof or in a...

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Macauley Kenney

What Is Impeding the Growth of Improved Cookstove Companies? [A Research Brief]

December 18, 2017

Billions of people around the globe use solid biomass to fuel their daily cooking needs. Most traditional cooking practices,...

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Vivek Patil

The Solution Is in Biology: A Startup Takes Biogas to the Kitchen

December 4, 2017

What if I tell you that, each time you pay for power at your home or for the gas...

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Rob Goodier

The Work Underway Now to Solve Refugee Crises Through Climate Change Action

November 28, 2017

The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman draws a line that he sees from a changing climate to drought...

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Rob Goodier

Latin American Kitchens Clear the Air with Stoves Adapted from African Designs

October 26, 2017

Stove design flourishes where the needs of a culture butt against constraints of the environment, financial resources and distribution...

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Rob Goodier

ISO Standards for Clean Cookstoves Update

September 28, 2017

Diversity in clean cookstove design has climbed sharply as startups, mom and pops, multinationals and even students try to...

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Rob Goodier

A Visual Inspection Guide to Detect Faulty Solar Products

September 18, 2017

Stores in Malawi and likely other developing countries carry defective and even fraudulent solar photovoltaic panels. In places where...

2
Jason Martens

Tackling Indoor Air Pollution in Northern Cambodia with Improved Cookstove Technology

September 5, 2017

Traditional cooking practices in the developing world contribute to poor health, environmental degradation, and poverty. Today, about three billion...

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Eric Verploegen

A Toolkit to Identify Sustainable, Market-Based Energy Solutions in Off-Grid Areas

July 26, 2017

A new package of data-collection and decision-making tools helps communities with poor energy access make informed decisions about how...

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Rob Goodier

Packable solar picnic grills subsidize sales in underserved communities

June 7, 2017

The history of solar cooking as we know it reaches deep into the 1950s, but solar ovens remain a...

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Latest Comments

  • Depending of the desired temperature and the way you want to heat the mealworm. For low temperature, a solar heater (like the ones for water heaters for homes) could be enough; but if you want a higher temperature, a solar concentrator must be used.

    Heating a mealworm farm without Electricity
    eduardo.gmora
  • Interesting solution, some concern about vertical reinforcement being necessary for seismic and hurricane application getting lost -- shown in some drawings not others. All in all, a lot of good technical information and by highlighting the building material in the context of the application -- post...

    Good Earth Nepal Earthbag Construction
    Matt_Advisor
  • No standards in design, requires engineering design. No windows, limited protection, unclear durability. Again, not a solution, more like an example of the use of pallets for construction in limited 1st world applications.

    I-Beam Pallet House
    Matt_Advisor
  • I'm not sure this is appropriate as a "solution". It is certainly a concept and an innovative use of the pallet material. There have been no updates to the pallet house humanitarian design webpage since 2010.

    I-Beam Pallet House
    Matt_Advisor
  • In general, a good concept around integrated services and financing. Still a concept, not a lot of insight for engineers or designers except from a planning perspective.

    Tiguri Green Village
    Matt_Advisor
  • Seems like an advertisement for the company and their product, not an honest description of what the actual solution is. Includes an integrated list of solutions (kitchen sink planning) but does not go into great detail about any of them individually.

    Tiguri Green Village
    Matt_Advisor
  • Nice concept, good they have have a prototype. Good example of a concept around a set of principles and requirements. Limited engineering guidance or information, but could inspire an architect/engineer team to develop something with similar goals in mind.

    Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit (Modular Housing Scheme)
    Matt_Advisor
  • Again, this seems more like an article about a concept or prototype that can serve to inspire designers but has limited value as a solution to be replicated. I guess there are some lessons learned from the failure, but that may be better suited to a different format or different section.

    NLÉ Makoko Floating School
    Matt_Advisor
  • Building collapsed due to poor maintenance in 2 years. Indicative of serious engineering challenges or failures. Interesting concept of a floating house, though I'm not sure it should be advertised as a "solution" to land issues. Perhaps lessons can be learned from the base of the structure.

    NLÉ Makoko Floating School
    Matt_Advisor
  • I would like to see if you are in the trial or final release stages. I distribute glasses and would love to be more accurate in eyeglass matches and want to use instrumentation that is more accurate than the methodologies we use now. Thank you. I am at +1 614-449-1095 or may be reached @ uitsca7@gma...

    Quicksee
    uitsca7

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