- in hunt for 1 billion jobs that could be occupying youth by now

20 years of developing the first solar-energy-a-billion model starts here

Fall 2014's good news

Our end plastic world citizen lead connector Clara Salina out of Chile has been invited to speak at TEDx on the beach - Tulum Mexico; web recommended by Salina  ; news from UK practice web on valuing led lighting  ... rsvp 

earlier good news grameengreen - summer 2014  spring 2014  ...

 Goal of Norman Macrae "Global village" webs: to find world's most job creating peer to peer instructors (khan academy style: health ) in practice areas vital to future of millennials -in this web's case green foundation ning - associated webs;  blogs youthcreativelab

grameengreen.JPG  "Remembering (my dad) The Economist's  Unacknowledged Giant - can you help host 4th global village Remembrance Party?"

.. just realized 40 years of work-and-search converges on 2013's most exciting challenge- help edit 12 minute online training modules millions of youth urgently need to interact. My father edited pro-youth economics at The Economist; he taught me green energy is most value multiplying entrepreneurial revolution of them all. History shows new energy advances human lot more than all but one other app (provided that energy doesn't drown the planet in waste) .Love to hear who's 12 minute training modules you'd like millions of youth to action network -my maps include: founder of energy prize network - she has the resources and most connected family with my dad's work; muhammad yunus proof that you can get on moore's law installing solar in villages with no electricity - one million up and doubling every 18 months. Now looking for who would be most collaborative out of japan and china on this map...


Which will be the first global market in the knowledge networking economy?

Our net generation is leaving it late to decide. My father's 40 years of work at The Economist projected the last decade of the first quarter of the 21st C as the most exciting time to be alive. Our investment systems would determine the future productivity and sustainability of every human being or quite the opposite. By 1976 father's survey of Entrepreneurial Revolution explained why every type of 20th organisation would need redesign to empower human productivity; he and peter drucker worked hardest on clarifying the post-industrial revolution, They defined the knowledge networking economy as one where all markets were multi-win. By 1983, he was writing a book mapping the 3 billion jobs that the net generation could co-create with a million times more collaboration technology than available in 1960's moon race decade and by investing in co-producing the most human of millennium goals. 

GrameenGreen is where we aim to open source notes from entrepreneurial revolution network diaries from 1976 on all things green and beautiful including solar energy, race to zero carbon world, ending of externalising pollution across a neighbours borders or to an outsourced place where society knows less of the risks, abundance of healthy nutritious foods, whole truth of partnering nature's evolutionary rules ....  & catalogue whose linking in to co-creation of 1 billion green jobs - this tableau links main ashden prize winners up to march 2012; the right hand column makes some comparisons with other sources 





1PanAfrica  Toughstuff InternationalRural Energy Foundation, Sub-Saharan Africa    
GRID1biogasstovesSolarpv &stwaterpwindotherbeyond ashden 
ChinaShaanxi Mothers, Daxu, REDP, China    

US energy inno portal

solar nexus .. ( B corp) ., -Africase

MIT largest student energy competition



Brazil       Imazon
UK  Solarcentury, London, Good Energy, Wiltshire, Kirklees Council, Huddersfield, Willis Renewable Energy Systems, Belfast, UKCarbon Descent, London, UK Ecotricity, Stroud, UKALIEnergy, Argyll, UKRDST, Edinburgh, Cwmni Gwynt Teg, mid-Wales, UKMidlands Wood Fuel, CC: Suffolk Devon ,Notts ,Wood Energy Tiverton, Barnsley MB, BioRegional  London, UKTV Bioenergy, Berks,Rural Energy Rutland,   
Bangla  Grameen Shakti, Shidhulai Swanirvar SangsthaRahimafrooz Renewable Energy, PSL,     
IndiaBIOTECH, SKG Sangha, ARTI, VK-NARDEP, Prakratik Soc, TIDE, Nishant Bioenergy, D.light Design, IndiaAryavart Gramin Bank, IndiaSELCONEST, IndiaAurore, IndiaBarefoot College,MPGVM, WBREDA, GERES, IDEI, India Abellon Husk Power. Saran, ARTI, teri light a billion  renewable project list
Sri Lanka  SEEDS, Sri Lanka    
Pakistan Escorts Foundation,      
NepalBiogas  Partnership, l      
Laos  Sunlabob Renewable Energies    
Philippines   AID Foundation, Philippines   
Cambodia GERES,      
Honduras TWP/AHDESA, Enersol, Honduras    
Guatemala HELPS Intl,      
Nicaragua Prolena, TECNOSOL, NicaraguaECAMI, Nicaragua    
Mexico GIRA,      
Peru  Engineers without Borders Madrid, Peru    
Ethiopia4 Gaia Assoc, Solar Energy Foundation, Ethiopia    
Kenya4Sky Link , RETAP, Solar Cookers International, Kenya    
Ghana Toyola Energy, Deng Ltd, Ghana    solarlite worth watching?
Nigeria CEHEEN, KXN, Nigeria    
Tanzania4 Kisangani , Zara Solar, TanzaniaTanzania AHEAD, Tanzania  Mwanza Rural Housing  
RwandaKIST, KIST,     
Uganda  Fruits of the Nile, Uganda  Kampala Jellitone ,  
Eritrea REC (formerly ERTC),      
Zambia  WSC-ACCBNRM, Zambia    
International Aprovecho SS,  Aprovecho RC SA     

Could your favorite global brand contribute to youth and sustainability goals in a comparable way? Check out whose partnering WholeFoods in helping develop communities all over the world (using the master table we index all global vilage sustainability networks with)


Europe (15.9-1)
China (10.2-3)FlaxBorageOil
USA (14.6-2)
Japan7 (4.2-3)
Germany (3.0-5)
Russia (2.8-6)
TurkeyBay Leaf
India (4.2-4)Cashews
Sri LankaCoconut oil(BRAC)
East TimorCoffee
PhilippinesCoconut Oil
Dominican Rcocoa
El salvadorcoffee
Costa Ricabanana
Paraguaysugar cane
Senegal2hibiscus juice
Kenya4coffee(Jamii Bora)
BurkinaFshea nuts (butter)
Tanzania4chocolate (brac)
PalestineOlive Oil

This site  The Web 

......................................Extracts from 2012 search diary

feb 22 aiming to survey green networks at MIT in boston

feb 29 interviewing founder of ashden microenergy awards in london

1 april party discussing overlap of dad's and japanese Embassy'sinterests in green.

connection with valuechain work of usaid and student 1000 job brainstorms out of atlanta  

GrameenGreen is where we aim to open source notes from entrepreneurial revolution network diaries from 1976 on all things green and beautiful including solar energy, race to zero carbon world, ending of externalising pollution across a neighbours borders or to an outsourced place where society knows less of the risks, abundance of healthy nutritious foods, whole truth of partnering nature's evolutionary rules instead of the inconvenient truth of an age where professions make the most money from advusing on lose-lose modeks rather than the multi-win models of the age connecting 7 billion beings the new millennium's death of distance economy. At the world's end , nature is context up and borderless, it will not be because we didnt have plenty of advance warnings from Eistein onwards if we fail to pass man's final examination and our species becomes the next dodo.


On the jobs front, well over half a billion new green jobs could have been productively energising youth and sustainable communities by now -with at least another half a billion by 2020. Why are we currently on an exponential that is about one twentieth of what it needed to be from the perspective of youth economics?

Green needed to be the new quality- what richer nations invested in but ever since the spreadsheet the quarterly numbers man has interpreted value as lowering cost and extracting . What could possibly be a less sustainable model than counting success as being the biggest side in an exchange taking more and more from every other side of an exchnage every quarter. 

The truth is leading nations of the 21st C - let alone economic ones - will lead on green. They will be smart about such findings as these:

any sector apart from carbon itself can make thriving profits by going progressively zero carbon but this may be a 20 year mission - case interface carpet manufacturing takes the whole supply chain towards 100% renewability

serving solar mainly requires a grassroots community network organisation not the monster top-down ones that excavating oil needed -even quite simple community networking models involve franchises that needed initial testing for several years before everyone comes together in a multi-win whole. The beauty of micro is iteratively test small- once you have a replicable soution multiply big expecting moore's law type doublings to kick in. Grameen's solar energy model (like many other grameen franchises before it) took at lest 7 years to take off but now its doubling on a trajectory capable of sustaining half a million solar units installed by 2010, 1 million by end 2011, 2 million by end 2012 

 governments (including that of one of the most culturally green people we have met, namely the Japanese) havent represented the people when big finance has recommended nuclear and other markets where the risk compounds every year so the next generation will have to pay

many aspects of green such as food nutrition have not been possible for societies or end consuers to check - so one has needed hi-trust delivery chians across the world whereas the numbers guys have mismeasured trust in an exponentally future shocking way - all of this was mathematically known in the late 1990s and reported in the unseen wealth genre (whose component constructs include inatgibles, multi-win models, trust, transparency and sustainability modelled as an expoenetail consequence of the integrity (or lack of) a system. Worse networks are systems**N which explains why the very phrase too big to fail is illogical ; the correct term should be too big to exist

If you see a microgreen solution working in your community do report it on us if it may be a fisrt of kind. At this late junction, we cant aford any extremely economical ecological solution to be thought of as too small to be famous


I first received an invitaion to visit Grameen in an email xmas day 2007.I was expecting to go and see a finacial service institution with a few smart mobile aps. When I got there I fell off my chair to discover that one bank for the poor was installing more solar units than the whole of usa. And that it had reahced a doubling expoential. And that this first green experience had become so visibly successful that village ladies were now asking what other green services could they invest in. Biogas cookers being the next joy. While having electricity's light for the first time has msart impacts, ending cooking with keroesene fumes iterally saves tens of thousands of premature deaths a year with a particular benefit for infants who spend the most time alongisde the mother of the house   


Our books timeline for the net generation enjoying 2010s as youths most productive time started with 2 exponentially rising new jobs that need to be sustained in ever community: the peace dividend (1988-1995), the green dividend through the 1990s. If we had economically progressed those we would have been ready to use the web in wholly smarter and more patient ways than the dotcom and worldcom and enron and sub prime decade. 


When dad and I first saw 500 students using an online network simultaneously in 1973, it occurred to us it might take half a generation before this greatest change converged to make even the printing press look small as a communications revolution and even the steam engibe look small as start of transport revolution. It was also a reason why father's 1976 survey on entrepreneurial revolution recommended we start redesigning and partnering every big type of 20th C organisation - none of which would be what would have evolved if somehow networked media had been innovated before broadcast media.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

summer, spring 2014 - goodnews

hi-trust links built between dc's women4empowerment and london's ashden; women4empowerment is headed by naila chowdhury who was yunus's first female director of grameen phone- her relationships with the best leapforogging expeiments in empowering women vilagers since 2006 are second to none

 great that MIT Dlab - one of top 10 open tech wizard labs in world featured updates on grammen energy-a-billion solar model delivered by nancy wimmer of

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Blessings on your work …. Time to connect  again…to see too if you have been asked to speak at a TED or TEDx event before ..I am Curator of a TEDXTulum event to be held on the beach here on Feb 21 in our new Sanara Tulum studio at our hotel.   Would you like to speak on this subject as it would fit with our theme and of course the  beaches of the Rivera Maya.  

All are invited of course .  And any other ideas for speakers are welcome ? The speakers will be conducted both in Spanish and English. 


  1. Tulum
  2. Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Wikipedia
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Grameen Schneider Electric – a new social business joint venture
  • Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, and Grameen Shakti, a social business dedicated to provide access to energy in rural areas, announced the creation of the social business joint venture Grameen Schneider Electric.
  • Grameen Schneider Electric aims to provide access to electricity and develop associated services for disadvantaged people in Bangladesh.
  • The official signature for the creation of the company took place June 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the fringes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
  • Grameen Schneider Electric aims, by 2013, to equip nearly 200,000 households with home solar systems, based on the solutions already implemented by Schneider Electric in Senegal, Nigeria, India or Madagascar.
  • Subsequently, the company will build on Schneider Electric and Grameen Shakti teams to conceive innovative and adapted solutions for water pumping or renewable off-grid power generation.
  • In this initiative, Schneider Electric and Grameen Shakti is supported by the Schneider Electric Energy Access (SEEA) Fund, which aims to support the development of entrepreneurial initiatives around access to energy. SEEA is funded by Schneider Electric and its employees, as well as institutional investors.
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Monday, July 16, 2012
Richard and Rhoda Goldman awarded the first Goldman Environment Prize in San Francisco in 1990. Each year since then the prize has honored environmental heroes from around the globe for their efforts to protect the natural world.

2012Ikal AngeleiKenya
 Caroline CannonUSA
 Evgenia ChirikovaRussia
 Edwin GariguezPhilippines
 Sofia GaticaArgentina
 Ma JunChina
2011Prigi ArisandiIndonesia
 Raoul du ToitZimbabwe
 Hilton KellyUSA
 Dmitry LisitsynRussia
 Francisco PinedaEl Salvador
 Ursula SladekGermany
2010Randall ArauzCosta Rica
 Małgorzata GórskaPoland
 Lynn HenningUSA
 Thuli MakamaSwaziland
 Humberto Ríos LabradaCuba
 Tuy SereivathanaCambodia
2009Wanze EduardsSuriname
 Maria GunnoeUSA
 Syeda Rizwana HasanBangladesh
 Yuyun IsmawatiIndonesia
 S. Hugo JabiniSuriname
 Marc Ona EssanguiGabon
 Olga SperanskayaRussia
2008Pablo Fajardo MendozaEcuador
 Jesús León SantosMexico
 Rosa Hilda RamosPuerto Rico
 Marina RikhvanovaRussia
 Feliciano dos SantosMozambique
 Ignace SchopsBelgium
 Luis YanzaEcuador
2007Willie CorduffIreland
 Julio Cusurichi PalaciosPeru
 Tsetsegee MunkhbayarMongolia
 Sophia RabliauskasCanada
 Hammerskjoeld SimwingaZambia
 Orri VigfússonIceland
2006Tarcísio Feitosa da SilvaBrazil
 Anne KajirPapua New Guinea
 Olya MelenUkraine
 Silas Kpanan’Ayoung SiakorLiberia
 Craig E. WilliamsUnited States
 Yu XiaogangChina
2005Kaisha AtakhanovaKazakhstan
 Corneille E.N. EwangoDemocratic Republic of Congo
 Chavannes Jean-BaptisteHaiti
 Isidro Baldenegro LópezMexico
 Stephanie Danielle RothRomania
 Father José Andrés TamayoHonduras
2004Rudolf Amenga-EtegoGhana
 Rashida BeeIndia
 Demetrio do Amaral de CarvalhoEast Timor
 Margie Eugene-RichardUnited States
 Libia GruesoColombia
 Manana KochladzeGeorgia
 Champa ShuklaIndia
2003Pedro Arrojo-AgudoSpain
 Julia BondsUnited States
 Eileen Kampakuta BrownAustralia
 Maria Elena Foronda FarroPeru
 Von HernandezPhilippines
 Odigha OdighaNigeria
 Eileen WingfieldAustralia
2002Pisit CharnsnohThailand
 Sarah JamesUnited States
 Fatima JibrellSomalia
 Norma KassiUnited States
 Jean La RoseGuyana
 Jadwiga LopataPoland
 Alexis Massol-GonzálezPuerto Rico
 Jonathon SolomonUnited States
2001Jane AkreUnited States
 Yosepha AlomangIndonesia
 Giorgos CatsadorakisGreece
 Myrsini MalakouGreece
 Oscar OliveraBolivia
 Eugène RutagaramaRwanda
 Bruno Van PeteghemNew Caledonia
 Steve WilsonUnited States
2000Oral AtaniyazovaUzbekistan
 Elias Diaz PeñaParaguay
 Vera MischenkoRussia
 Rodolfo Montiel FloresMexico
 Alexander PealLiberia
 Nat QuansahMadagascar
 Oscar RivasParaguay
1999Ka Hsaw WaBurma
 Jacqui KatonaAustralia
 Michal KravcikSlovakia
 Yvonne MargarulaAustralia
 Bernard MartinCanada
 Samuel NguiffoCameroon
 Jorge VarelaHonduras
1998Anna GiordanoItaly
 Kory JohnsonUnited States
 Berito Kuwaru'waColombia
 Atherton MartinDominica
 Sven PeekSouth Africa
 Hirofumi YamashitaJapan
1997Nick CarterZambia
 Paul CoxWestern Samoa
 Loir Botor DingitIndonesia
 Alexander NikitinRussia
 Juan Pablo OrregoChile
 Funio SenioWestern Samoa
 Terri SwearingenUnited States
1996Ndyakira AmootiUganda
 Bill BallantineNew Zealand
 Edwin BustillosMexico
 M.C. MehtaIndia
 Marina SilvaBrazil
 Albena SimeonovaBulgaria
1995Aurora CastilloUnited States
 Yul ChoiSouth Korea
 Noah IdechongPalau
 Emma MustEngland
 Ricardo NavarroEl Salvador
 Ken Saro-WiwaNigeria
1994Matthew Coon ComeCanada
 Tuenjai DeetesThailand
 Laila Iskandar KamelEgypt
 Luis Macas Ecuador
 Heffa SchueckingGermany
 Andrew SimmonsSt. Vincent and the Grenadines
1993Margaret JacobsohnNamibia
 Juan MayrColombia
 Garth Owen-SmithNamibia
 Dai QingChina
 John SinclairAustralia
 JoAnn TallUnited States
 Sviatoslav ZabelinRussia
1992Jeton AnjainMarshall Islands
 Wadja EgnankouIvory Coast
 Christine JeanFrance
 Colleen McCroryCanada
 Medha PatkarIndia
 Carlos Alberto RicardoBrazil
1991Eha KernSweden
 Yoichi KurodaJapan
 Samuel LaBuddeUnited States
 Wangari MaathaiKenya
 Evaristo NugkuagPeru
 Roland TiensuuSweden
 Cath WallaceNew Zealand
1990Robert BrownAustralia
 Lois GibbsUnited States
 Janet GibsonBelize
 Harrison Ngau LaingMalaysia
 János VarghaHungary
 Michael WerikheKenya

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Watch the Livestream: China and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, from 4:00pm Washington, DC / 9:00pm London

Featured speakers:


Li Bin

Counselor for Economic Affairs, China Embassy


Gina McCarthy

Assistant Adminastrator Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency


Kris Balderston

Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Department of State


Radha Muthiah

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves




Dan Runde

Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, CSIS

Visit Business Fights Poverty at:

3:52 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ashden uk finalists 2012

UK finalists 2012
Ellergreen Managing Director Mark Cropper

Ellergreen Hydro

Creating a flourishing micro-hydro culture

Ellergreen Hydro is harnessing the natural resources of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales with a new approach to building micro-hydro installations. By employing skilled local tradespeople and recycling 1930s Gilkes turbines it’s keeping quality high and costs down, while avoiding harmful environmental impacts. Over the past two years it has constructed 5 hydro projects with a total capacity of 620 kW, with a further 17 due for completion over the next three years.


Communities take ownership of sustainable energy

Energy4All demonstrates how communities can be inspired to take ownership of sustainable energy. This Cumbria-based company manages 8 community-owned co-operatives with 7,690 members, who collectively own the equivalent of over 20 MW of capacity in UK wind farms. In 2011 the wind farms generated over 45 GWh of electricity, saving 19,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

National Trust

Conserving energy and our heritage

The National Trust has cut energy use in its Wales region by a massive 41% over just two years, demonstrating that even the most sensitive buildings can be made much more energy efficient. Secrets of success include a combination of efficiency measures, sustainable heating technologies and culture change. As well as cutting down on energy use it has also installed renewable sources of energy, including solar PV and hydro power.

Parity Projects

A rational approach to retrofit advice

This South West London-based company is helping home-owners and social housing providers gear up for the Green Deal by offering tailor-made advice on how best to reduce their fuel bills while doing their bit to tackle climate change. The team first visits to properties to take measurements and find out how clients use their buildings, then inputs the information in to its own specialised software which projects costs and savings for different retrofitting options. So far Parity has given advice to over 700 households as well as 17 social housing providers covering upwards of 240,000 homes, as well as training over 500 people in retrofit.


Perdiswell Primary School

Using pester power to cut carbon

Since its inception in 2008, Worcester-based Perdiswell Primary school’s ‘Switch Off’ campaign has achieved an impressive 18% cut in electricity use. Policed by pupils, who check people are closing doors and switching off lights and computers, this forward-thinking school is also mobilising parents to save energy in their own homes.

Selwood Academy

New technology, changing behaviour

Selwood Academy in Frome is halfway through a ten-year plan to improve sustainability, with key steps including boiler upgrades, new windows, better metering and changing behaviour to save energy. After installing an energy monitor at school and explaining it to the pupils, over 40 youngsters have now also persuaded their parents to install them. The school has also fitted solar PV panels, with several pupils’ households following suit here too.


Student Switch Off (Neil Jennings Associates CIC)

Keeping a lid on fuel costs

Student Switch Off is harnessing student silliness to take simple steps to save energy, including wrapping up warm, switching off lights and using lids on saucepans, so helping participating UK universities to keep a lid on their fuel costs. Through its inventive use of social media, peer-to-peer engagement and student-focused incentives, this exciting initiative last year helped participating universities cut their electricity consumption by over 7%. Some 43 universities and 18,000 students are involved so far.

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM)

Energy savings release resources for frontline services

By investing money to save energy and winning the hearts and minds of staff, UHSM has achieved a reduction of more than 35% in electricity and gas use over the past five years, this year saving some £390,000 on fuel bills. With new technologies such as biomass boilers, heating system upgrades, new lighting, windows and insulation combined with staff behaviour change, the hospital’s logical approach to retrofit is eminently replicable across the NHS.


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ashden 2012 intl awards

International finalists 2012

Barefoot Power

Flexible solar products for the poor

The social enterprise Barefoot Power is rolling out a wide range of solar power products at speed across Africa, brightening up the lives of those with limited or no access to grid power. Products range from single desk lamps to complete kits for use by community homes, clinics and schools. With good links to microfinance organisations, Barefoot has sold about 350,000 lanterns and lighting kits to the rural poor in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, India and the Americas.



Brighter prospects for rural Afghanistan

The German development corporation GIZ and consulting engineers INTEGRATION are bringing electricity to the remote Badakhshan and Takhar provinces in North East Afghanistan by constructing new off-grid hydro schemes that are capable of weathering the most challenging of circumstances. Responding to local sensitivities, all communities get a share of construction work while training in productive uses of electricity is stimulating the growth of small businesses, offering a viable alternative to growing opium. Working with the Afghan Government, the partners have so far installed six micro-hydro plants with total capacity 1.3MW, providing 24-hour electricity for the first time to 63,000 people,110 public organisations and 645 small enterprises.



Community-owned micro hydro

Off-grid hydro schemes are bringing the benefits of electricity – like good quality light, TV and power tools – for the first time to remote communities in Indonesia, creating new livelihood opportunities and a window on the wider world. The not-for-profit People Centred Economic and Business Institute (IBEKA) is responsible for developing the schemes, which are owned and managed by communities. IBEKA also develops on-grid schemes, which provide an income to communities from selling electricity to the grid. With 61 hydro schemes installed so far, 54,000 people currently benefit and 7,400 tonnes of CO2 a year are being saved.



Protecting health - and Cambodia’s forests

The NGO iDE and its for-profit subsidiary Hydrologic Social Enterprise’s energy-saving ceramic water filters mean rural families have safe drinking water without using wood to boil it – so protecting health as well as Cambodia’s precious forests. With over 226,000 affordable filters sold so far via NGO programmes, shops and rural sales agents, some 420,000 people are benefitting. The impact on the environment is equally impressive: so far 41,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions are currently being saved every year.



Solar bottles light up the Philippines

The MyShelter Foundation is lighting up dark rooms in in poor urban homes in the Philippines through its pioneering use of clear plastic drinks bottles as skylights. A plastic bottle, water and a few drops of bleach are all that’s needed to prepare the bottles, which are then sealed into roofs to enable bright daylight to filter through. The Solar Bottle Bulb is being distributed throughout the Philippines, with skilled promotion through social media helping to enlist volunteer support and generate global interest. With around 25,000 bottle-lights installed so far, MyShelter aspires to light up many more homes in the future.



Enabling the poor to make informed energy choices

Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) in South India is a prime example of the vital role a well-run microfinance organisation can play in meeting the poor’s energy needs. The Karnataka-based NGO provides affordable loans to families in the area, helping them buy renewable energy systems that improve their quality of life. Key to the success of this highly replicable programme, which has so far provided nearly 20,000 energy loans are self-help groups that help people make informed choices on what


Powering up Peru’s rural communities

Family-run business WindAid is harnessing the plentiful and reliable supply of wind along Peru’s mountainous coastline to power up the region’s rural communities and businesses. Their simply designed turbines are made locally: graduate volunteers are trained to manufacture and install the turbines, so building their practical skills and rural development knowledge, while WindAid receives an income from the volunteers which helps it fund community installations. Its installations have a total wind capacity of 57 kW.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Which is your country's number 1 green portal and what collaborative interactions earn it that number 1
Singapore's greenbusiness times is arguably the country's number 1 green portal - other votes welcome - it clearly links to other collaboration networks and published an annual register of green
Green Business Times


Zero Waste Singapore


Low Carbon Singapore






Waste is not Waste


5:38 am edt 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

student competitios are one or the best sources of biilion jobs - in green sector and other sectors we monitor

below are some 2012 green entries in duke's competition - we would love to hear your nimination of best universities in world for studnt competions -
our league tables
1 individual universites- eg MIT, Duke ;
2 regional clusters of universities eg statewide youth 1000 jobs brainstorms
3 totally new university models - ed free universities in system  connected round taddy blecher partners including branson/mandela elders -which in effect are student competitions from beginning to end

Clean Energy Track

  • Durham SciNergy - Durham SciNergy is a start-up nonprofit focused on stabilizing distressed properties in Durham’s transitional neighborhoods. By renovating green, we are helping to revitalize neighborhoods, and make sustainable living options available.
    • Daniel Reiff, Pratt '15,
    • Patrick Mills, Esq, Law School '12,
  • Green Dynamics - We are a team of aerospace engineers and entrepreneurs with expertise in mechanical drive systems and composite structures who are working to reduce the cost of wind power.
    • Timothy Canavan, Fuqua School of Business/Nicholas School of the Environment '12,
  • SafeTNA - We build the tools for trust.
    • Justine Chow, Nicholas School of the Environment '12,
    • Adam Rigel, Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment '13,
    • David Roche, Duke Law and Nicholas School of the Environment '13,
    • Jake Rudulph, Nicholas School of the Environment '12,
    • Paul-Harvey Weiner, Pratt School of Engineering and Nicholas School of the Environment '12,
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Friday, March 9, 2012

please tell us  if you country has a solar news portal - eg UK
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

just found history of rushlight award winners

The following organisations were successful in the Rushlight Awards 2010, either winning an award or being commended and shorlisted for their entry (see Press Releases for the specific results):

AFC Energy plc ( for their advanced alkaline fuel cell which, through their innovative fuel cell and stack design, together with a novel laser-based process for mass manufacture, makes it suitable for the technology to be linked with underground coal gasification so that it can be deployed on an industrial scale for the first time. (Winner) ( is a delivery auction website that matches demand for deliveries, from single items to large consignments, with spare capacity that is available. Transport providers bid on the consignment to be moved and the customer chooses the one they want. Organisations bidding for listings are using spare capacity on return journeys or part loads, thereby reducing the number of delivery trips on the roads. (Winner)

Arvia Technology and Magnox North ( The nuclear energy industry produces quantities of highly radioactive oils and oily wastes that are so heavily contaminated that they are defined as orphan wastes with no suitable disposal route. The oils are emulsified with an organic surfactant and poured into a plastic tank over a non-porous, highly conducting, adsorbent, carbon-based material. The oils are separated by adsorbtion and then destroyed, together with the organic surfactant, by anodic oxidation and the radioactivity remains in the aqueous phase. (Winner)

B9 Coal ( who are developing projects that combine coal gasification with alkaline fuel cells to produce utility scale low carbon electricity from the world's abundant coal reserves. The coal gasification process produces a syngas which is then cleaned up so that the CO2 is captured and the hydrogen fuels the integrated gasification fuel cell power station. (Commended)

Baxi ( Ecogen is a micro-CHP unit that can generate 1KW of electricity and provide all the heating and hot water needs of a typical household. It is a wall-hung boiler that uses a Free Piston Stirling Engine and through intelligent controls it manages the flow temperature to match the property heat requirements. (Winner)

Biomatrix Water Technology. ( Their Dynamic Media Active Island Reactor is an engineered floating island and underwater ecosystem that supports complex biological treatment processes within an attractive feature in the aquatic landscape. It combines ecological engineering with biofilm and traditional treatment processes in an energy efficient and low cost manner. (Winner)

Diverse Energy ( The PowerCube is a low-cost power solution for mobile phone communication towers in remote third world locations, replacing diesel generators. An innovative ammonia cracker produces the hydrogen for the fuel cell with market leading efficiency and in a compact design, which only produces what is needed to produce the required power at any given time. (Winner)

EarthEnergy ( for their HeatPlant ground source heat pump system capable of delivering high temperature hot water and heating in an easily replicable closed loop pump package suitable for large scale adoption in social housing. (Commended)

Ecocamel. ( have developed their InJet multi-venturi system which combines many venturis in a shower head for the first time. This reduces the required water pressure to aerate the water and to deliver today's expected shower experience. This can be developed further for pressure washer and window cleaning applications. (Winner)

EnerNOC ( for DemandSMART which is a comprehensive demand response system that give businesses the opportunity to earn money if they are willing to reduce non-essential energy usage during times of grid instability or peak demand. (Commended)

Geothermal International ( for their innovative combined ground and air source closed loop energy piles, open loop wells and dry air coolers system at One New Change, next to St Paul's Cathedral. (Commended)

Glosfume ( have developed a ceramic filter which can remove 96% of all PM10 and PM2.5 from biomass wood-fired boilers. A number of micro porous tubes are vertically mounted within the filter housing. The exhaust gas is drawn through the wall of the tubes and the sub-micron particles collect on the outer wall and are collected at a preset time through a compressed air driven cleansing. (Winner)

IMC ( have developed the Compod standalone mobile building designed to be a flexible solution to the treatment and processing of caterer's food waste at Imperial College into quality compost in a cost effective way. The food waste is macerated and dewatered before being blended with wood pellets and loaded into an In Vessel Composter. The payback is just 19 months for this facility which can be used in a variety of locations such as shopping centres, hospitals and stadia. (Winner)

Intelligent Energy ( have integrated their proprietary Proton Exchange membrane fuel cell system into the London black cab in conjunction with an electric battery to produce a zero emission vehicle with a driving range of 250 miles, a top speed of 95 mph, rapid refuelling and no loss of passenger or luggage space. It could remove one third of the capital's particulate pollution and 2million tonnes of CO2 emissions. (Winner)

InterfaceFLOR ( for their Zelfo Technology. Cellulose Optimization Resource Efficient technology has been developed to up-cycle cellulosic and ligno-cellulosic waste, without any chemical additives, to create Zelfo, a micro and nano-fibrillated fibre. Waste such as old paper, wood chips, waste cotton, flax and jute can be processed to produce Zelfo using techniques used for synthetic material production, dramatically reducing the amount of water and energy typically used in such processes. (Winner)

Keld Energy( in association with the University of Manchester, have developed an advanced biomass CHP technology that addresses the problems of tar fouling, low process thermo-electric efficiencies and poor fuel flexibility in a scalable form from as small as 100KW up to many MW. It can be fed with a range of biomass fuels and process wastes. (Winner)

Larfarge Readymix ( for Extensia which is a new concrete floor product that does not require steel to manage shrinkage, can be laid in thinner and larger slabs due to the extra flexural strength and reduced shrinkage and has low oxygen permeability and water porosity. (Commended)

Luethi Enterprises ( Silent Wind Turbine, is a vertical axis Savonius type design with a clever mechanical speed regulator that enables it to operate in very high wind speeds, have a low start-up speed, is easy to install and maintain and is therefore ideal for remote locations. It is manufactured using large plastic barrels that are used globally for transporting a wide range of fluid materials, yet they are rarely reused and are resource intensive to recycle. (Winner)

Minesto.( Deep Green is unique in its ability to extract cost-effectively electrical energy from slow water movements in tidal sites. This is achieved through the movement of a kite through the water which increases the flow velocity into the turbine tenfold. The kite moves on a spherical surface and has a wing span of 12m. The kite is tethered to the seabed and the generated electricity runs down the tether along the seabed. (Winner)

ModCell ( for their prefabricated straw bale and hemp panel construction system. The innovative, offsite manufactured system ensures speedy installation for large scale, low carbon buildings. The performance of ModCell and BaleHaus, the domestic building equivalent, meet PassivHaus standards. (Commended)

MWH ByProduct Ltd ( (formerly Biproduct Recovery) have developed a system that takes cement kiln dust, which are fine-grained, highly alkaline materials from exhaust gases, and by-pass dust and recognises their significant levels of calcium oxide, sulphur and soluble potash. They are diverted from hazardous landfill and instead used as a direct substitute for virgin limestone by farmers to neutralise soil acidity. (Winner)

Oxford Catalysts ( use microchannel Fischer-Tropsch and steam methane reforming reactors with a highly active catalyst to produce a high quality synthetic crude or gas-to-liquid product that can be handled through the existing industry infrastructure. Its cost effectiveness on a small scale opens up new markets, especially offshore, as a real alternative to flaring. (Winner)

Pavegen ( for their flexible paving slab that generates electricity from the kinetic energy from footfall. Each step can generate 2W of energy for the duration of the step and involves just 5mm of movement. It can be linked to lighting or a battery for power storage. (Commended)

Recolight ( have developed two collection containers for low-energy light bulbs. Due to the small amount of mercury used in such lights, they are deemed hazardous waste. The Bulbstore Maxi is for outside use and the Bulbstore Mini, designed in partnership with the Open University, is for in-store application. Both are designed to minimise the risk of breakage. (Winner)

Re Hydrogen ( for their revolutionary electrolyser which produces hydrogen 93% cheaper and 13% more efficiently than current systems. Innovations include the elimination of standard elements which are not part of the electrolysis reaction to reduce cost, materials and electrode configuration to avoid catalyst oxidation, and catalyst regeneration. (Commended)

Roger Bullivant Ltd ( and University of Nottingham ( The integration of System First, a pre-fabricated foundation and ground floor system that reduces installation time by 75% and concrete usage by 90%, with Thermafoundation, which extracts ground heat through piles and also stores heat interseasonally with the use of solar technologies, provides significant resource and energy usage reduction through this successful collaboration. (Winner)

Severn Trent plc. ( Severn Trent is using 750 hectares of land which have been used to recycle sewage sludge for over 120 years, and due to elevated levels of heavy metals are unsuitable for food crops, to grow and harvest maize silage. This is stored and then fed into an anaerobic crop digester to produce biomethane, which is used to fuel a combined heat and power plant which supports the process and the adjoining sewage treatment works, serving the city of Nottingham. (Winner)

Surface Power ( have developed a solar thermal product which decimates the time to install, halves the cost, outperforms on heat generated and lasts for twice as long when compared with the current legacy systems. (Commended)

University of Nottingham ( has developed a solar desalination system consisting of a concentrating solar collector which heats the seawater and a desalination core which incorporates the humidification and dehumidification chambers . The key innovation is the psychometric energy core cycle that consists of a multi-channel polymer membrane device which ensures high quality treated water. (Winner)

VerdErg Renewable Energy ( use Bernoulli's venturi principles to convert large low head flows to higher head smaller flows to drive a conventional axial flow turbine which is the only underwater moving part in this marine energy technology. It is suitable for a range of different locations and conditions and is easily scalable. (Winner)

Zeropex ( for Difgen, a micro-hydro generator that fits into the water distribution network and converts excess pressure into electricity. It acts as a pressure-reducing valve that provides either renewable energy under natural flow or recovered energy under pumped flow via a rotary lobe turbine linked to a generator. (Commended)

The following organisations were successful in the Rushlight Awards 2009, either winning an award or being commended and shorlisted for their entry (see Press Releases for the specific results):

Air Products plc ( Air Products' Series 100 hydrogen fuelling stations are fully integrated vehicle fuelling systems that are safe, flexible and easy to install and use. They resemble any other petrol or diesel pump, but offer the user flexibility of hydrogen supply: providing both delivered and onsite-generated hydrogen, with the latter capable of being generated from renewable energy or waste. (Winner)

Aquamarine Power ( Oyster is the world's first grid-connected nearshore wave energy converter. It is a simple mechanical hinged flap connected to the seabed at around 10m depth. Each passing wave moves the flap, driving hydraulic pistons to deliver high pressure water via a pipeline to an onshore electrical turbine. (Winner)

BiogenGreenfinch ( process food and other organic waste by means of anaerobic digestion and use it as a fuel to make renewable energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser. The waste is broken down in sealed tanks by micro-organisms which produce a methane-rich biogas, suitable for a CHP plant. A typical plant generates between 1 and 2 MW of electricity, uses one third of the heat generated within the process and exports the remaining heat to community buildings. (Winner)

Breathing Buildings Ltd (formerly E-Stack) ( for their natural ventilation system which brings fresh air into a room at high level in winter and mixes it with sufficient interior air prior to its reaching occupants, thereby halving heating bills. In summer, fresh air enters at low levels to cool occupants directly and on the hottest days night cooling is used to reduce the temperature further. (Winner)

Brigade Electronics plc ( Brigade's revolutionary "ssh ssh" sound reversing alarms are softer on the ear than the more irritating shrill "beep beep" of conventional tonal alarms. The broad band frequency dissipates quickly so that the sound is contained in the danger area, thereby making them suitable for night time deliveries. (Winner)

Bright Ideas Global ( The ecobutton is a unique power-saving device for computers developed to make it easy for users to activate the most efficient, economical standby mode available at any time their computer is to be left running idle. The ecobutton software ensures that both the computer and the monitor are set to operate in the most efficient sleep mode, typically drawing the same amount of power as when turned off. (Winner)

BuilderScrap ( is an internet exchange for surplus building materials, where construction firms can exchange items with one another and pass on unwanted clean surplus materials to charities and other voluntary organisations, thereby assisting with landfill avoidance, Site Waste Management Plans and resource and cost management. (Winner)

CIRIA ( The SDSPUR Learning Network develops and disseminates good practice on the sustainable management of assets and decommissioning wastes arising from nuclear sites. It focuses on three aspects: the management of low activity solid radioactive wastes, the management of solid non-radioactive wastes and the potential re-use of buildings, plant and equipment. (Winner)

Daikin Airconditioning UK ( Daikin Altherma is a total domestic heating and hot water system based on air source heat pump technology. The product range has three distinct solutions: Split System with indoor and outdoor units which convert low grade heat to high grade heat; the Monobloc which has the pump and heat transfer all preassembled in one unit and the HT System which achieves up to 80 degrees C. (Winner)

Doosan Babcock ( for their OxyCoal Firing demonstration at Renfrew, Scotland. The process separates air into oxygen and nitrogen and the resulting flue gas, comprising CO2 and water vapour, can be compressed to allow the CO2 to be captured, with only a small amount of inert gases being vented. (Winner)

Evo Electric ( have developed an innovative plug-in hybrid electric powertrain concept for use in London black cabs and medium and heavy duty vehicles. The DuoDrive system offers one of the highest torque densities in the world at up to 15Nm/kg. (Commended)

Fostech Ltd ( for Voluflow which improves the gravity separation of solids from liquids by generating horizontal, cross-flow patterns throughout all cross sections of the tank, replacing the upward flows that normally prevail and which are prone to recirculation, turbulence and flow rate sensitivity. The inlet converter smoothly interconnects a small, fixed, upright scroll-shaped baffle in the centre of the tank with a weir box and a scum board at the periphery. (Winner)

Hydro International ( The Hydro Filterra Bioretention System is an enhanced biofiltration system that packages indigenous vegetation with engineered soils into a compact device that provides high levels of stormwater treatment in less than 1/10th the footprint of conventional biofilters. It uses natural mechanisms to remove harmful pollutants and can be newly or retro-fitted. (Winner)

Indigo Pearl Marine ( is a joint venture between Energy Invest Group and Mowat Technical & Design Services. The Mer is like a water-wheel on its side but with adjusting blades. Standing 6m in diameter and 4m tall, or half those for shallow waters, it sits just below the water level and is suitable for river currents and tidal flows. (Commended)

Nexeon ( has developed new anode technology for lithium-ion batteries that will improve the performance of consumer electronics, energy storage and electric vehicles. Nexeon have demonstrated that the poor lifetime associated with silicon in batteries can be overcome and so the ten times greater energy capacity that silicon can deliver compared with graphite anode technology can be exploited. (Winner)

PassivSystems Ltd ( for their Adaptive Occupancy Control architecture that provides a display and an intelligent hub at the heart of the home which, through a mix of sensors, appliances and actuators automatically optimise energy usage. (Commended)

Point of Sport ( A powder impression moulding process is used to take pulverised dirty mixed plastic waste materials and fuses them together through heat and expansion to create a skin which is then shaped into a portable shelter for sports use. These dugouts are offered free to sports clubs and schools and offer the opportunity of significant waste plastic diversion from landfill. (Winner)

RockTron ( uses a traditional mining technology, ‘froth flotation', to wash and separate the components of fly ash from coal-fired power stations to produce carbon that can be recycled by the power station and alumino-silicates for the cement industry. (Winner)

SA Vortex Ltd ( for their hand dryer which heats air without using electrical heating elements. It uses digital brushless technology to compress and spin air at high speed for rapid water evaporation. (Commended)

Terra Vac UK ( is the first company in the UK to apply electric resistive heating (Six Phase Heating) to remediate chlorinated solvent contaminated land thoroughly and in-situ. In particular, the technology has been advanced to cope with varying geology. It involves the use of high-voltage electricity in the impacted soils and groundwater via electrode arrays. (Winner)

TwentyNinety ( has developed Active Array, a low cost wireless technology which embeds into each photovoltaic module in an array, to create the first intelligent PV system. The technology communicates with a central control unit and user PC to enable a significant improvement in safety and PV energy performance. (Winner)

University of Bath ( The team have developed a revolutionary new price charging system which will encourage energy companies to produce electricity locally using renewable sources. It represents the first economic charging system that not only reflects the distance that electricity must travel to reach consumers but also the level of congestion of the travelling paths. (Winner)

University of Kent ( Under a Technology Strategy Board-funded project in collaboration with RWE npower, the University of Kent have developed a technology that is capable of tracking the type of coal being fired in a power plant and monitoring the flame stability in an online continuous manner. This enables power stations to generate electricity from a wider range of fossil fuels and biomass under optimum conditions. (Commended)

The following organisations were successful in the Rushlight Awards 2008, either winning an award or being commended and shorlisted for their entry (see Press Releases for the specific results):

Air Products plc (, Imperial College London ( and Doosan Babcock Energy Ltd ( for their process which removes mercury, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides byproducts of the combustion phase during the compression phase of oxyfuel combustion and captures CO2 for coal-fired power plants. This provides a cheaper and more direct way of addressing these contaminants than the removal technologies for air-fired combustion. (Winner)

Ampair ( for the Ampair 6000, a 5.5m diameter Class 1 wind turbine that is suitable for grid connection or battery charging with a rated power of 6KW. It is a horizontal axis 3-bladed wind turbine of downwind layout with passive yaw control and a direct drive permanent magnet alternator. It has cold weather protection, reduced noise output and is marine grade, allowing installation anywhere in the world. (Winner)

AM Technology ( High value chemicals have traditionally been manufactured in batch reactors. AM Technology have developed a new chemical reactor which allows manufacturers to evaluate large scale processes at low throughputs and make process development simpler and cheaper. The agitated cell reactor has 10 stirred stages within a single module, obviating the need for inter stage pipes, uses loose agitator inserts, vibrates as whole and can be upturned to empty. The process cuts out significant waste coming from the chemical development phase for manufacturers. (Winner)

Artemis Intelligent Power ( for their new hybrid vehicle technology, the Digital Displacement Hydraulic Hybrid. A retrofit of the system on a manual gearbox saloon produces a 50% reduction in fuel consumption on an urban cycle and is much cheaper than electric solutions. The combination of an ultra-efficient radial piston design, electronically controlled poppet valves and synchronized computer control avoids the typical high frequency whine of traditional hydraulics. The Judges said: "This entry incorporates fundamental advances in hydraulics with an innovative application in hybrid transmission. The potential of fuel savings of up to 50% in urban driving conditions means there is great scope for widespread applications." (Winner)

Atmos Technologies (www. for their completely new method of producing photovoltaic power generating devices which can produce electricity at less than one tenth of the cost of existing silicon-based solar cells but at the same efficiency, without requiring a clean room or toxic ingredients. It is based on flame spraying or thermal deposition of semi-conductive transition metal oxides. Devices as large as 2 metres square can be made with this process. (Commended)

Connaught Engineering ( for their HYBRID+ system, comprising an electric motor which is retrofitted to the vehicle drive line via a constantly variable transmission. During deceleration or braking, this motor performs like a dynamo and generates electricity which is then stored in supercapacitors which in turn can assist the vehicle engine when required, creating a fuel/ electric hybrid vehicle. The judges said: "Connaught Engineering has developed a means of hybridising existing vehicles, thereby achieving up to 25% improvements in fuel economy without the need for a heavy battery. Their hybridisation system is easily retrofitted to most existing vehicles and it therefore offers most car owners a relatively inexpensive way to reduce CO2 emissions." (Winner)

Disenco plc ( for their HomePowerPlant, a small and highly efficient micro combined heat and power appliance for domestic and small commercial use. It is based on a kinematic Stirling engine design using helium as its working gas. It reduces energy costs and CO2 emissions and is expected to be available to the market from the end of 2009. (Winner)

Envar Limited ( The GICOM composting tunnel can accurately control and maintain even composting temperatures throughout all of the feedstock. It can therefore guarantee that all of the composting material reaches the pasteurization stage required by EU regulations, even when meat-based catering is included, in one pass through. The tunnels have heated walls and floors from hot water pipes ensuring that there are no cold spots. (Winner)

G&P Batteries Ltd ( G&P Batteries have developed and run a waste battery collection and recycling system ahead of the forthcoming EU Batteries Directive. In the UK, 90% of waste lead acid batteries are recycled, but only 3% of portable batteries are recycled. In order to divert batteries away from landfill, G&P batteries developed the BattBox, a compact and fully recyclable container designed to encourage battery recycling in the workplace which is collected from each location by G&P Batteries' own fleet of vehicles. The judges said: "We consider that their entry shows a whole systems approach to a practical issue. It is timely given the forthcoming Batteries Directive targets and as well as supplying a solution to a growing problem they have taken innovative approaches both operationally and in providing advice across handling, storage, transportation and recycling of batteries." (Winner)

Industrial Noise & Vibration Centre (INVC) ( Quiet Fan Technology is an innovative centrifugal fan noise control technology which reduces tonal noise at source at a fraction of the cost of traditional techniques such as silencers and enclosures. It also requires no maintenance, lasts the lifetime of the fan and can be retrofitted with little downtime. The technology involves fan specific aerodynamic inserts that fit inside the original fan casing and which modify the flow inside the fan by up to 99%. (Winner)

Intelligent Energy ( Intelligent Energy developed a 20KW hydrogen fuel cell power system and helped to integrate it into a light aircraft with Boeing to create the world's first manned fuel cell aircraft which enjoyed its maiden flight in February 2008. The power system fitted into the same envelope as the original engine and met all the performance standards of Boeing and the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority. (Winner)

Mitsubishi Electric (www. for Ecodan, an air source heat pump which runs on a single-phase electrical circuit and which can regulate the energy consumption to ensure that it only consumes the exact energy needed to give a constant supply of hot water and heating. The result is a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50% and 30% on costs. The judges commented on "the ease with which it can be installed, the diversity of residential dwellings it can be fitted to, cost recovery and the opportunity for reaching the mass market". (Winner)

Mitsubishi Electric (www. for their Green Gateway Initiative which is a comprehensive 10-point plan to reduce CO2 emissions, especially in connection with the commercial use of their heating and cooling equipment. (Commended)

Modec ( for their 98% recyclable, zero emission vehicle which can achieve a 100 mile range carrying up to 2 tonnes at up to 50mph on a single night's charge using their zebra or lithium ion batteries, a 400% performance improvement on conventional batteries. (Commended)

Aymeric Girard at Napier University, Edinburgh ( for a software tool that optimizes clean energy technologies for the benefit of building designers. (Commended)

Novacem Ltd ( for their new cement system which not only produces a significant reduction in CO2 emissions in production when compared with traditional cements, but also absorbs CO2 when hardening and so can lock CO2 into construction materials. The production of ~2 billion tonnes of cement every year is responsible for ~5% of global CO2 emissions. Novacem is developing the next generation of cement systems based on magnesium oxide. In contrast to standard cement, its production process causes minimal CO2 emissions. It hardens by absorbing CO2 and therefore offers the unique potential to lock atmospheric CO2 into construction materials. This means that for every tonne of standard cement replaced by Novacem cement, ~1 tonne of CO2 is captured and stored indefinitely, thus transforming the cement industry from a significant emitter to a significant absorber of CO2. The judges commented: "The potential impact of the Novacem technology is huge - providing an exciting opportunity to move an industry from being a significant climate change problem to being part of the solution." (Winner)

OpenHydro ( for their Open-Centre Turbine has a single moving part installed directly on the seabed using a base design without the need for pinning, piling or drilling and deep enough to avoid any shipping hazard. The device then captures energy from tidal streams. Deployment can be completed within a single tidal cycle using their own specifically-designed Installer. The turbine features a horizontal axis rotor, with the rotor blades within an outer housing and having a large open centre, thereby minimizing both marine life risk and maintenance between overhauls. The Judges said: "An innovative approach to marine current turbine design that enhances performance, reduces maintenance, and results in lower adverse environmental impact. It can also be very rapidly deployed due to a novel installation arrangement which eliminates the need for sea-bed construction. The design has been successfully demonstrated at production scale and is on the point of being available for commercial use." (Winner)

Orchid Environmental Ltd ( Orchid Environmental are behind the £13m demonstration centre at Huyton in Merseyside which was commissioned in April 2008. The facility diverts up to 80,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per annum away from landfill and creates a high quality refined biofuel and a range of recyclates. The light industrial style building is kept at negative pressure to manage odours which are then addressed by passing the vapours through a biofilter. (Winner)

Polypipe Civils ( The Polystorm range of modular cells provide an effective method for storm water to be channeled to end up either permeating naturally into the surrounding soil as a soakaway solution or being attenuated and discharged into the existing drainage system in a controlled manner. With a 40 tonne compression strength, it has a number of uses and at the end of its 50 year life, it can be 100% recycled. It provides an attractive alternative to the above-ground solutions to storm water being driven by the Future Water Strategy. The judges said: "This stormwater management innovation can be a major contribution to allowing existing urban drainage networks to cope with extreme precipitation events, which are predicted to become more frequent as a result of climate change. It has been developed in a very nice modular design which can be easily adjusted for use in a range of scales and applications." (Winner)

Polypipe Civils ( Storm-X4 utilises a four-stage, upward flow technology to remove common pollutants such as silt, debris, detergents, hydrocarbons and heavy metals from storm rainwater washing over heavily-trafficked areas. Once the storm water enters the inlet, it is forced into a vortex which removes particulates. As the chamber fills up, the water is forced up through the filter which removes further solids and the filter substrate removes any heavy metals and hydrocarbons by chemical separation. Then there is the oil retention stage before the water is allowed to be discharged to a soakaway, attenuation structure or drain run. (Winner)

Pulse Tidal Ltd ( for their tidal power technology based on twin oscillating hydrofoils which, unlike many technologies addressing this source of energy, can be scaled up even in shallow water. By using two horizontal hydrofoils and controlling the angle of the foils, a single Pulse Stream Generator can interact with more than 5 times as much flow as a single rotary turbine, leading to a four-fold increase in unit capacity. The Judges said: "A highly innovative concept that could significantly extend the application of marine turbines by permitting their use in comparatively shallow waters but at large power levels. Initial laboratory tests have proven the viability of the approach which is now being extended to prototype stage." (Commended)

PuriTech Ltd ( and ACWA Services Ltd ( for their NITREAT process which is a continuous ion exchange system for the removal of nitrates from drinking water. It replaces the fixed bed ion exchange process and enhances performance, reduces costs and minimizes waste. (Commended)

Pursuit Dynamics plc ( for their PDX Ethanol Reactor Tower which increases yield and reduces the cost of processing ethanol through instant low temperature starch activation, minimizing enzyme use and accelerating fermentation times. The tower uses a powerful pressure shock wave induced by injecting supersonic steam to activate all the starch at a lower temperature than conventional cooking. It can be retrofitted onto existing facilities on a small footprint. The judges said: "It enables a fixed volume of bioethanol to be produced from a significantly reduced amount of land or feedstock. This is particularly important at a time when the world is looking for creative solutions that allow us to produce both food AND fuel. The technology can be retro-fitted to existing bioethanol plants - which is important when you note the huge number of such plants already operating in the US and Brazil and Europe rapidly following suit." (Winner)

Pursuit Dynamics plc ( The PDX Wort Heater enables brewers to save up to 50% of their energy consumption during the wort boiling process, which itself accounts for about 60% of a brewer's total energy costs. It produces shorter cycle times, increased control over the stripping of wort volatiles and better mixing of adjuncts, lower steam consumption to remove volatiles, increased hydration and activation improving hop utilization and removes the need for dedicated external wort heater cleaning. (Winner)

REFLATED Consortium ( The REFLATED process treats the waste liquid crystal display screens and recovers the maximum value from the panels, including the liquid crystal, indium metal and glass. The process can be integrated into existing waste processing facilities. As well as being a first as a whole, some of the individual processes are particularly novel, such as the removal of polymer films from the screens and the recovery and fraction of the liquid crystal. The judges said: "The REFLATED consortium have identified a process which forms a novel approach to the entire treatment of waste LCD screens. This is a clear technological advance allowing the treatment of a relatively new waste stream. It combines potentially significant environmental and economic benefits and we look forward to it making an impact soon." (Winner)

Rural Generation Ltd ( Rural generation provided a solution to a milk processing and bakery operation which produced 500 m3 of wastewater weekly from their equipment cleaning. Rather than transfer the waste water by road tanker to local waste water treatment works, it is treated in a surface aerated tank, settled to allow the effluent to be drawn off the top and the rest used to irrigate a plantation of short rotation coppice using a little-and-often methodology through pipes which is automatically controlled. (Winner)

Semplice Energy Ltd ( for their EcoSolutions which combine clean energy technologies in an optimal way for different types of business customers with vastly varying needs. (Commended)

Shaw Water Engineering Ltd ( Shaw Water Engineering have developed a fully-automated system for the real-time detection of cryptosporidium in drinking water to replace the comparatively slow and manual laboratory-based approach used until now. The Crypto Tect platform includes a sub-micron filtration system, auto-focusing microscope system, use of on-line spore-specific dyes and image interpretation software. The judges said: "the integration of several technologies to reduce the lead time and improve the accuracy of detection of cryptosporidium in drinking water supplies is a significant advance, to assure water quality and allow for a more rapid response in the event of a cryptosporidium outbreak." (Winner)

Structure Vision Ltd ( for their Nuplant, a software product that serves to optimize the way in which intermediate- level nuclear waste is removed, packed and stored. It is a 3D modeling software that allows the user to view a 3D image of the plant for waste handling or complete decommissioning purposes. Through a powerful packing/ optimization algorithm which assesses the size and shape of intermediate-level waste, "what if" scenarios are run on various packing methodologies which enable the engineer to choose the optimal decommissioning process. (Winner)

Supacycle UK Ltd ( for their innovative new wheeled bin and collection vehicle system, designed for the sole purpose of collecting household recycling materials. The method enables the recyclates to remain segregated throughout the collection process, eradicating the costly co-mingled MRF sorting process. (Commended)

TRAMPower ( for their CityClass Tram which is half the weight of traditional tram cars, uses off the shelf components and includes an innovative powered bogie where the 3 phase AC motor is body mounted and the power is transferred to the bogie by a modified HGV prop shaft and axle combination. (Commended)

University of Edinburgh undergraduates: Jeffrey Steynor, Nicola Petrie, John Morrissey, David Connolly, Douglas Craig, Cheuk (Henry) Lo, Richard Crosfield Sagivela, Edward Bolam and Jose Garcia. As part of a Royal Academy of Engineering-sponsored interdisciplinary project, this team of undergraduate engineering students developed the Estimator, a unique software tool for rapid appraisal of small hydro developments. It enables the complex range of possible combinations of components that make up small hydro schemes to be optimized on the basis of cost and productive capability, thereby facilitating the selection of promising schemes for further, more detailed design. (Winner)

Watermark Global plc ( for their acid main drainage waste water treatment. Acid Main Drainage is the toxic water left in the voids after underground gold mining which is rich in sulphuric acid and metals. The process treats the water so that it reaches potable standards in an area where drinking water is scarce. (Commended)

Willis Renewable Energy Systems ( for their Solasyphon which is used to retrofit a solar thermal system into an existing hot water cylinder. The device uses a thermo-symphonic effect to provide hot water at usable temperatures within a short period of the sun striking the solar panels. This system avoids the installation of a twin coil cylinder which is normal in new solar thermal systems, thereby reducing the cost of installations by up to 50%. The Judges said: "A simple but elegant means of connecting domestic solar thermal heating devices into existing hot water systems without needing expensive storage tank replacement. It has large potential in the dominant retro-fit market and could potentially reduce system installation costs by up to 50% and so extend the penetration of renewable heat into the domestic market." (Winner)

Wind Technologies Ltd ( for their electrical generator system which can be used with all types of wind turbines. Their technology is based around their patented brushless doubly-fed induction generator, which replaces the more common slip-ring induction generator used in over 90% of wind power applications currently but which also are the source of a significant proportion of turbine down time. (Commended)

WISER Recycling Ltd ( for their closed loop lamp recycling process. By using an onsite crusher, the TubeEater, to reduce volume, transport costs and emissions are minimized. The resulting cullet then is sold on for further lamp manufacture, rather than downgraded to aggregate usage which has been the norm. (Commended)

Zander Corporation ( Zander is an axonic lake sediment which has a high cation exchange capacity. It can therefore capture permanently heavy metals such as lead and cadmium and PCBs and PAHs from liquids such as hydrocarbons and aqueous salt solutions . After 2 years of use, the Zander can be dried to one-tenth of its volume and incinerated to reclaim the metals. (Winner)

The following organisations were successful in the Rushlight Awards 2007, either winning an award or being commended and shortlisted for their entry (see 2007 Rushlight Awards for the category results):

Alpheco for their combined heat and composting solution to food and other biodegradable waste, including sewage sludge cake. The process takes the biowaste and the temperature reaches more than 60C through heat pump technology in the Aergestors which are then loaded as roll on roll off truck bodies for direct compost delivery. The Aergestors can be easily scaled up and are suitable for any location to meet local heating and waste needs. (Commended)

Axon Automotive for their carbon fibre chassis technology which reduces the weight of cars significantly and creates a low aerodynamic drag, thereby improving fuel efficency. Unlike previous carbon fibre in sheets, Axon can produce beams with the added strength and usefulness in an automotive environment, including a 60% weight reduction. (Winner)

The Bobber Company for the Manchester Bobber, a wave device designed to operate in depths of water from 20m to 60m and consisting of an array of 25 floats sensitive to wave motion with each float connected to a 500KW autonomous power take-off drive train housed on the top of either a fixed bed or floating platform. (Winner)

Bracknell Forest Borough Council for their arrangement with Bohringer Ingelheim where industrial grey water is being used for irrigation in Bracknell Town Centre. (Winner)

Connaught Engineering for their HYBRID+ system, comprising an electric motor which is retrofitted to the vehicle drive line via a constantly variable transmission. During deceleration or braking, this motor performs like a dynamo and generates electricity which is then stored in supercapacitors which in turn can assist the vehicle engine when required, creating a fuel/ electric hybrid vehicle. (Winner)

Ceres Power and Centrica for their wall-mountable integrated fuel cell microCHP unit which can provide heating, hot water and electricity in a domestic setting. Using the same water, electricity and gas connections as normal boilers, these new systems can replace conventional boilers and offer 20% reduction on running costs, significant carbon emission reductions and a 5 year payback at current prices. (Winner)

C-Tech Innovation for their WEEE management analytical tool that allows an economic assessment via the waste hierarchy approach of end of life options for electrical and electronic items (from a cost perspective) to be made. (Winner)

Dulas for their solar-powered fridges for children vaccines and blood in the third world. (Specially commended)

Environmental Power International for their biomass system that converts organic matter into high energy gas, a carbon rich char and a distillate oil through a heated, pressured, anaerobic process. (Winner)

Envirotreat Ltd for their stabilization technology E-Clay, which can be used in the remediation of land and marine environments. (Winner)

G24 Innovations for their commercial grade Dye Sensitised Thin Film solar cells, which contain no silicon and are capable of producing electricity in low light. When combined with the proprietary roll-to-roll manufacturing process that they have developed which can accommodate large volume production, this translates into a viable and affordable technology worldwide. (Winner)

Geothermal International for their ground source heat pump solutions in a variety of bespoke locations and situations. (Winner)

Greenbank Group UK for their pulverized fuel diffuser, the H-VARB. This is a fluidic mixer in a geometric shape which breaks particle ropes and so enables there to be an even mix of material and air, thereby minimizing both carbon-in-ash and nitrous oxide emissions. (Winner)

Intelligent Energy for their Emissions Neutral Vehicle (ENV) Fuel Cell motorbike, the world's first hydrogen fuel cell motorbike which is based around their advanced fuel cell systems and produces only pure water at the tail pipe. (Commended)

KIV (Energia Ltd) for their incorporation of a flue gas scrubbing system on to an energy from waste plant. Finely ground sodium bicarbonate powder is blown into the flue gases upstream of the filter where the acid gases, furans and dioxins are absorbed by mixing in some activated carbon powder. The back pressure is computer monitored for automatic clean down with compressed air. (Winner)

Lysanda for their Eco-Log on-board device that gathers performance and emission data from a moving vehicle and then transmits that data back to a fleet management centre. (Commended)

Naturalwatt for their Microgrid system, a microgeneration and storage system which optimizes the performance of conventional microgeneration equipment to produce a "domestic power station" of renewable energy. The system allows both import and export of energy, together with generation and usage data. (Commended)

Norfolk Solar for their Broadsol scheme which provides professionally designed solar hot water systems at lower than current market prices to consumers for self-installation, together with the necessary training. (Commended)

Northern Gas Networks/ United Utilities for their reliable means of recycling spoil from road works into a consistent and commercially-viable material called cement-bound excavated material version 3 (CBEM3) which is used to backfill road works trenches and is being tested with the aim of becoming the first recycled product to be approved for use under the New Roads and Street Works Act. (Winner)

Ocean Energy for their OE Buoy Intermediate Scale Device which is currently being tested at the Galway Bay Test Site, near Spiddal. It is a wave device with a Wells turbine and generator and incorporating an oscillating water column duct which responds to subsurface pressure due to wave motion. The wave energy capture is high in normal conditions and is limited in storm conditions which ensures safe operation. The whole power take-off system has one moving part and sits above the waterline. (Winner)

Quietrevolution for their high-performance, triple helix vertical axis wind turbine, capable of effective operation in a turbulent urban setting with a 30% improved efficiency over "propeller style" turbines and with significant noise reduction. (Winner)

Solarcentury for their C21e solar electric roof tile which replaces four conventional roof tiles and is fixed directly to the roof battens. Installation is undertaken by a roofer with the leads passed into the roof space for an electrician to complete the wiring. The integrated thru-flow ventilation enhances the PV performance which achieves a 22% efficiency. (Winner)

SoundDeadSteel.Com for Sonphonon, their steel or aluminium sheets which absorb noise and vibration. The process involves constrained layer damping and enables a 2mm aluminium plate to reduce vibration by 20db compared with standard products. (Winner)

Synchropulse for their innovative electric motor which uses a quarter of the electricity of a conventional motor, can be manufactured more cheaply and offers variable speed control with the ensuing further energy savings, resulting in a one year payback on investment. (Winner)

TEG Environmental Ltd for their silo cage composting process which copes with all organic waste. It involves a single pass through of waste, a modular design allowing for easy expansion, low odour, no forced aeration or agitation and the ability to process multiple waste streams. (Winner)

Tellisford Mill for their run-of-river micro-hydro electric turbine and 55kW generator at a watermill in Somerset on the River Frome. (Winner)

Thermomax for their Vacuum Tube Solar Thermal Collector which uses vacuum technology to ensure the most effective transfer of solar energy into heat. A row of evacuated glass tubes and a highly insulated water manifold provide perfect insulation from weather vagaries. The design is a simple click together or plug and play fixing and the configuration can deliver up to 30% more energy than a standard solar arrangement. (Commended)

9:52 am est 

reviews wanted of organic solar 100 times more
Eight19 is developing a novel printed plastic solar cell rechnology based on organic semiconductor materials.

Organic semiconductors originate from abundant and therefore potentially low cost materials. Their strong light absorption (100 times stronger than silicon), the tunability of the absorption spectrum by chemical synthesis and their deposition from solution under ambient condition resulting in an ultra-thin solar absorber makes them a highly promising materials class for large scale electrical solar power generation.The unique properties of organic semiconductors in contrast to inorganic semiconductors like silicon allow for the development of

• Low cost
• Highly flexible and
• Low weight solar modules

9:40 am est 

Piloting common register for 1 billion green jobs
In 1984 book of productivity of net generation, The Economist's Norman Macrae first mapped why we should target 1 bilion green jobs as part of 2010s being youths most productive decade

volunteer alumni are piloting whether world's micro-up knowledge networks believe it is feasible to linkin to a common catalogue -our small steps at progress are chronicled at - the types of coordinator we are contacting in this inquiry are shown below - welcome suggestions of whom else to contact washington dc hotline 1 301 881 1655

1 sarah butler sloss (links to prince charles interests and bbc natures interests)

2 coordinators of all mit student competitions and development projects

3 japan-bangladesh at father's 2nd celebration meeting(japanese embassy dhaka)

4 mackeys conscious capitalism and wholepllanet networks

5 eu social solutions networks

6 1000 youth jobs brainstorm competitions

7 africa24 tv journalists linked into ibrahim approach to transparency

8 conference connectors of the main microsummit of the year namely paris'

9 usaid new value chain approach to market sectors with first program fully integrating this being feed the future (same type of movement as cannes b20)

10 microleaders across africa including ingrid munro, peter ryan, taddy blecher

7:51 am est 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The winners were judged by a panel of industry experts and announced in Nairobi, Kenya at the Lighting Africa Conference and Trade Fair. Lighting Africa is helping mobilize the private sector to provide modern, off-grid lighting – such as Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) - to more than 250 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. Twenty-four entrants were rigorously tested and judged in five categories: room lighting, task lighting, portable torch lighting, best value and top performance. No award was made in the portable torch lighting category. The winning manufacturer’s and products in the other categories are: ·         Barefoot Power’s ‘PowaPack’, which won in the room lighting category and also won for top performance·         Greenlight Planet’s ‘Sun King’, which won in the task lighting category and  took second in the best value category·         Barefoot Power’s ‘Firefly’, which won in the best value category for products that cost under $40 and came second in the task lighting category·         SunTransfer’s ‘SunTransfer2’, which took second place in the top performance category·         D. Light Design’s ‘Nova S200’, which took second place in the room lighting category Jean-Philippe Prosper, IFC’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, said, “The awards mark the beginning of a process that will help consumers identify quality lighting products more easily. The awards were designed to recognize off-grid lighting systems that achieve high performance, while remaining affordable for low- income earners in Sub Saharan Africa.”  Lighting Africa, a joint World Bank and IFC developmental initiative, will provide feedback to the five winners and all of the 24 finalists with detailed laboratory test results and user comments to help them refine their products and ready them for the African market. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group.      Lighting Africa was established to mobilize the global lighting industry to help entrepreneurs develop off-grid, non-fuel based lighting solutions for the millions of Africans who lack access to reliable light, and to reduce barriers that interfere with the private sector’s efforts to penetrate the market. Lighting Africa’s technical partners are the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy in Freiburg, Germany, the National Lighting Test Center in Beijing, China, and the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University in California. Comments and questions are welcome at:  For more information on the Lighting Africa program, go to:

The Lighting Global Outstanding Product Awards 2012 winners will be announced in October 2012 in Dakar, Senegal at the 3rd International Off-grid Lighting Conference and Trade Fair, hosted by Lighting Africa and the Global Off-grid Lighting Alliance. Nominations for the awards are now open.

What is Lighting Global?
Lighting Global is the new home for Lighting Africa’s global activities, which include Quality Assurance and the Product Awards.
Winners from the 2010 Outstanding Product Awards competition receive their trophies

The 2012 Awards follow the great success of the Lighting Africa Outstanding Product Awards 2010. The winners of those awards are among the best products in the market.

There has been continued innovation and progress in the market since then; the products that strike the best balance between quality, performance, features, usability, and affordability will be honored in Dakar.

The 2012 Awards will recognize outstanding off-grid lighting products that are available for purchase in countries such as Kenya, Senegal, India, and beyond – a truly global scope.

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