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Here Are 2 Inventions That Won The Empowering People Award 2013

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated at the World Energy Summit, 2012 that Widespread energy poverty still condemns millions to darkness, to ill health, to missed opportunities for education.”

These ingenious inventions wan the inventors the “Empowering People Award”  in 2013 as they immediately addresses energy and water needs and spurs sustainable economic development of rural off-grid communities worldwide.

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The SOLARKIOSK is a solar-powered autonomous business hub. It utilizes solar power to provide rural off-grid communities with sustainable energy and energy-related products and services such as battery charging, communication, refrigeration, and an unprecedented access to technology and information. A SOLARKIOSK uses the energy it produces as a “mini smart grid”. The structure is a modular and expandable kit-of-parts that can be easily transported and deployed in remote off-grid areas.

Globally, 1.5 million people live without electricity access – 800 million of them are in Africa. Their annual energy expenditures amount to approx. 30 billion USD – about 120 USD per household. The majority of their energy is provided by unsustainable and dirty fuels despite abundant sunshine.

The SOLARKIOSK addresses energy needs and spurs sustainable economic development of rural off-grid communities worldwide. SOLARKIOSK works at the bottom-of-the-pyramid and utilizes an inclusive business model. The franchise model enables a local kiosk owner to meet the needs and challenges of their rural off-grid community by enabling and empowering it.

Optional, fully integrated appliances:  Solar fridge, multiple mobile phone, battery and solar lantern charging board, computer, internet, printer, scanner, television, water filtration devices, battery cabinet for 24/7 use

Components: Aluminum frame; PV system with at least 1 kWp PV; fully integrated and secured electricity and power board (inverter, charge controller, remote control monitoring, battery system);

Optional, fully integrated appliances:  Solar fridge, multiple mobile phone, battery and solar lantern charging board, computer, internet, printer, scanner, television, water filtration devices, battery cabinet for 24/7 use

Costs: Depend on individual configuration.

Link to article: http://www.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org/en/shortlist/projects/solarkiosk/

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The SunSaluter is a dual-incentive passive solar tracking and water filtration system, which optimizes existing solar infrastructure by collecting up to 40% more energy and simultaneously providing clean drinking water. Solar tracking is achieved through balancing the weight on both ends of the solar panel. Controlled water flow adapts the balance of the solar panel, which is secured on a bamboo frame with a rotatable axis, to the direction of the solar radiation. The system is suitable for areas with near zenith angles of the sun, such as tropical and subtropical regions. The SunSaluter does not require electricity and can be manufactured from local materials for less than 40 USD

As an add-on to the system, a filter unit constructed from either silver-coated ceramic or biosand is placed below the water container. Both ceramic and biosand filters trap up to 99.9% of contaminants and microorganisms in the filter pore (according to entrants) . Filter units can be locally procured for less than 10 USD.

The SunSaluter aids  With this invention, a family can increase its access to electricity, as well as, to clean drinking water. The main parts of the SunSaluter can be constructed locally; the system is easy to install and at a price of under 40 USD for material costs, also single families can afford it. The SunSaluter is primarily suitable for small PV systems, generating electricity to charge phones, lighting or operating a small TV. This invention can replace other energy sources which can either be damaging, such as kerosene or filling lamps, or require long distances to be procured.

Material: Aluminium, bamboo, silver-coated ceramic or biosand

Areas of use: Tropical and subtropical regions

Manufacturing costs solar tracking: 40 US Dollar

Costs water filter: 10 US Dollar

Link to article: http://www.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org/en/shortlist/projects/sunsaluter/

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