Leasing models for baby clothes, pedestrian and bike-friendly streets in a bustling Indian city, and solar-charging hearing aids are just some of the innovations shortlisted for the 2015 Sustainia Award.
Today, sustainability think tank Sustainia and partners announced a top-10 of leading sustainability innovations for 2015 including Powering Agriculture’s SunCulture. The 10 projects and technologies are finalists for the Sustainia Award, which identifies groundbreaking sustainability solutions.
Set against the might of climate change, can small measures like solar-powered batteries or drip irrigation make a difference? Innovations involving both are among 10 finalists in the 2015 Sustainia Award, one of which is Powering Agriculture’s Innovator SunCulture.
30 to 40 percent of the world’s food production does not even make it to market. An MIT start-up has developed technology that is dramatically improving the way milk can be stored in Indian communities where access to electricity is difficult and reliable refrigeration is limited.
In 2013, SunDanzer received a grant to develop a refrigerator for dairy farmers in Kenya to store milk. The company modified its vaccine-storage refrigerators so an aluminum milk container fits inside. About 40 of the milk-storage refrigerators have been deployed and about 100 more are planned.
Fields of bamboo can be breath taking in appearance. Reality, however, is difficult and people living in bamboo rich countries like Ethiopia are fighting for their daily food. With the help of this tough plant, though, farmers in the Sidama region are hoping that their living conditions can improve.
Rebound Technologies, Inc. was awarded $748K by the National Science Foundation to continue developing its IcePoint™ technology, a commercial refrigeration system that saves commercial users up to 60 percent on their freezer operating costs.
The University of Georgia’s William Kisaalita discussed the challenges of developing a reliable cold chain in Uganda in a recent article on NPR’s The Salt, “Why You Shouldn’t Take Your Milk’s 3-Week Shelf Life for Granted”
Promethean Power brings a thermal battery system to small dairy farmers in India and Bangladesh. This week, a large milk refrigerator will arrive in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since Bangladesh produces four million tons of milk per year, that’s hardly remarkable; but this is a special kind of refrigerator.
After years of experimentation, Promethean Power Systems finds value in thermal storage for India. India is the world’s No. 1 milk producer. Unfortunately, rural India is not well served by the electrical grid—creating problems for milk producers who need to keep their product cool.
On July 2, 2015, Rebound Technologies met with 20 researchers and farmers at the Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) in Maputo to present the SunChill™ technology and to solicit direct feedback regarding technology.