Something simple. Develop affordable solar powered or hand crank powered cell phones or chargers for use in nations with unstable electricity infrastructure.
Energy Access, Renewables, and Infrastructure
What is the model fuel efficient stove for cooking?
What is the model clean, cost-effective energy source for lighting/heating/cooling?
How might we foster innovation in the concept of wireless power transmission?
How might we create new non-energy-intensive cooling technologies for developing economies?
How might we develop new adaptable grids for economies based on distributed energy production?
How might we illuminate deep rural communities in the developing world?
How might we bring internet access to deep rural communities?
How might we develop online power measurement and regulation instruments?
How might we build a simple, lasting, affordable shelter with local, durable materials constructed from a basic design?
The International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that current global market share of clean energy supply (i.e., renewable energy other than large hydropower, biomass, and nuclear) is approximately 1%. The IEA best-case scenario forecasts clean energy technologies may reach nearly 20% global market share by 2030. If efforts to promote and deploy renewable energy technologies are twice as successful as the most optimistic ...more »
A “Smart-Grids for the Developing World” initiative would involve adapting smart meters for system-wide optimization in developing countries. This could be particularly interesting if it made local generation of power through solar PV or small wind energy more practical. A “smart transmission grid” delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital technology to control appliances at consumers' homes ...more »
The most innovative S&T area for urban water, sanitation and electricity services in recent years has been integrated metering and commercial systems for water, sanitation and electricity utilities. This has been all the rage for private sector participation and for reformed public utilities. Getting customers into commercial databases, metering them, issuing bills and collecting bills is a key driver of making services ...more »