For farmers in Mozambique, every harvest is bittersweet. That’s because up to 40 percent of their crops can spoil, as there’s no way to keep them cool. It’s a common and costly problem in countries that lack reliable power grids—or have no access to electricity at all—and that can ill afford to throw away food.
Motivo’s list of current projects is mind-boggling: a hybrid tractor being developed in partnership with USAID, wearable technology for law enforcement crowd control, hybrid military vehicles, and a driving simulator geared towards distracted teens for use at auto shows.
Grid-connected solar projects are benefiting urban populations worldwide, yet hundreds of millions of people in remote areas continue to languish in energy poverty. We look at how PV manufacturers can turn around this crisis.
A University of Georgia engineer has received $1 million to continue working on a milk cooler designed to help dairy farmers, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to refrigeration, according to a news release from the university.
USAID announced the award of two grants to a start-up Ethiopian enterprise, African Bamboo, after touring the company’s testing facility. Acting Deputy Feierstein was in Ethiopia as part of the official U.S. Government delegation to the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.
We’ve turned to some of the world’s leading environmental experts and design luminaries to get their predictions for 2014. Discussing hot topics ranging from climate change to global infrastructure to design resiliency, read on for what these 15 eco-minded pundits predict for 2014!
Colorado-based Rebound Technologies was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop IcePoint, a refrigeration cycle using energy storage to help save supermarkets 65% on their low-temperature cooling costs.
Getting milk from cow to customer is straightforward: milk the cows, collect the milk, transport it to a processor, package it and distribute it for sale. But in developing countries, the process breaks at its earliest stages, depriving people of valuable nutrition and food security.
USAID has announced that the Sustainable Engineering Lab has been awarded a two-year, $1.1M innovation grant to establish three smart solar irrigation pilot projects in the Millennium Village of Potou, a rural area in northern Senegal.
In Haiti, a country where 75 percent of people lack electricity, a new project by Powering Agriculture winner, EarthSpark International, combines smart meters, solar panels, and a micro-grid to power a downtown and jump-start local agriculture. Could the model work elsewhere?
In an effort to encourage innovative and environmentally friendly solutions in emerging markets, USAID today announced the 11 winning organizations that will collectively receive US$12.1-million in funding via the Powering Agriculture initiative.