Sustainable Energy for Development: People, organizations, and projects active in environmentally benign energy sources for developing countries.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Grants support renewable energy: "USDA is giving just over $2 million in grant money to fund rural renewable energy projects and energy efficiency improvements across the Sunbelt... Nationwide, a total of $21.2 million in grants was approved for 113 projects in 24 states .. Grant funds can be used to pay up to 25 percent of the cost for eligible projects, which include those that either derive energy from a wind, solar, biomass, or geothermal source, or hydrogen derived from biomass or water using wind, solar or geothermal energy sources." 4:34:30 PM
Sunlight Energy Company
: "an emerging new type of solar collector - The solar dish. The dish tracks the sun with curved glass mirrors and concentrates intense sunlight onto the flux capacitor at the focus to make hot water, steam, electricity, and hydrogen fuel... The solar dish is unique in that it is the most cost efficient solar collector in the world. It is designed to be made with off-the-shelf materials, unskilled indigenous labor, and common hand tools. The 360 pound solar dish has a producer cost of about $1,000, delivers the energy equivalent of 10 barrels of oil per year, energy that costs less than a penny per kilowatt hour. " Design info
also available. Apparently relies on a $50 "Black copper coil receiver" for the conversion of heat to electricity; wonder how that works... 4:32:03 PM
An overview of Solar Photovoltaic in Bangladesh
: Reviews market size and channel issues, in light of WB/GEF programs. Interesting note on how NGOs can participate in GEF subsidies and have access to capital, putting them at a decisive advantage over the private sector today. 3:26:20 PM