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Directory:Clean Energy Technologies for the Developing World

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Featuring technologies available or soon to be available for the developing world.

Tags : indigent, poor, third world, undeveloped, nations, communities, villages


Do It Yourself

William Kamkwamba: How I built my family a windmill

Compressed Air Tricycle Plans


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Directory:Biomass > Pritchard Powerdrive S5000 - This biomass-fueled, low tech steam engine has a chance of being manufactured for a realistic cost and operates at reasonable pressures to help it last longer. The S5000 was designed to be a small-scale, multi-utility, enterprise energy system, capable of delivering mechanical power and electricity, hot water, space heating and steam all from the lowest grade fuels.

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Directory:Pedal-Power > Bikes Power Computers - The non-profit company, Inveneo, is offering inexpensive ways to install and power networks in remote third world areas. Solar and wind systems are backed up by pedal power. (VOA News Aug. 9, 2006)

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Directory:Humdinger Windbelt - Invented by Shawn Frayne, the Windbelt is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between coils. Designed for low wind speeds and budgets, the device is 10x to 30x times more efficient than the best microturbines, and its cost is proportionately small.

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Directory:Matteran Energy - An experimental small scale power plant is producing electricity and refrigeration temperatures fueled simply by the heat in warm water - typically 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The device would find favor in isolated communities where conventional power sources are not available.

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Latest: Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics / Directory:Clean Energy Technologies for the Developing World > OS:Human Hair Solar Panel by Milan Karki > OS:Human Hair Solar Panel by Milan Karki - Despite the heavy skepticism, after hearing of a group of teenage students from Nepal who claim to have replaced expensive doped silicon with human hair to produce a solar cell capable of generating 18W of electricity, curiosity got the better of Gizmag's Paul Ridden, who contacted the inventor to find out more. (PESWiki Oct. 16, 2009)
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Directory:Balkee Tide and Wave Electricity Generator - Raj Balkee of Mauritius, has invented an energy conversion device that uses a floating buoy to advance a unidirectional generator, harnessing the up-and-down motion of waves and tide. Seeks participation to further advance the design and project. (PESWiki)


: ''See also Directory:Solar Cooking

Solar Cookers International Wiki

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OS:Steven E. Jones Solar Funnel for Cooking - Prof. Steven E. Jones (of 9/11-demolition fame) presents a method for building a cooking device that is safe and low-cost, easy to make, yet very effective in capturing the sun's energy for cooking and for pasteurizing water. Requires cardboard, tin foil, black paint, and a mason jar.

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] - The "Stove for Cooking, Refrigeration and Electricity," or SCORE, could help improve the health and quality of life for the two billion or so people in the world who cook over open fires. The SCORE thermoacoustics technology promoted by a multi-institutional project converts heated gas into sound waves which can be used to cook, cool, and/or generate electricity.

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Black carbon soot mitigation may be rapid piece of solution - Black carbon soot emissions (much from third world cookstoves) may cause up to 18% of global warming, and 50% of arctic warming, but are relatively easy to mitigate with donations of new stoves to third world countries. (NY Times April 15, 2009)


: See also Directory:Lighting

Solar Powered Flashlight: Bogolight (video)

D.light Design: Lights for homes without lighting


See Directory:Home Generation:Refrigerators - separate index page

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Llamadas Pedaleadas - bike system is made of old parts such as a car alternator, car battery and computer battery backup UPS to convert the electricty generated into 110V. Electricity is generated by pedaling from location to location or in one place by dropping a kick stand to elevate the back tire. The electricity is stored in a car battery which takes ten minutes of pedaling for one hour of use.

Water Purification

See also Directory:Water

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Directory:Water > Directory:Aquaduct Mobile Filtration Vehicle - Designed for third world applications, the vehicle combines the work of pedaling a bike with the work of transporting and filtering water. Mobile pedaling option possible with simple clutch. Will this western idea prove plausible where it was intended? (PESWiki Jan. 19, 2008)

Research and Development

Pneumatics: Compressed Air Technology

: See also Directory:Air Cars

AIRPod: MDI unveils air-engined trike

Other Resources

Bottom of the Pyramid Ideas

Acumen Funds investments support some of the world’s most innovative businesses. Yet, even if we reach our goal—$100 million in investments, touching 50 million lives—98% of the world’s poor will be unaffected by our work.

GreenMicrofinance Center - (GMfC) is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to address climate change and environmental justice by providing education and sharing knowledge on 'microfinance and climate change' and 'clean energy for the poor'.

SELCO Solar Pvt. Ltd - a social enterprise established in 1995, provides sustainable energy solutions and services to under-served households and businesses.

Directory:Investment Resources > Question:Is there a New Energy Development Application of the Microfinance Model - In considering the microcredit model in which small loans are given for business development in the third world, I couldn't help but wonder if there might be an application to funding New Energy prototype development. (PESWiki Jan. 27, 2008)