Northern Pakistan making a Cleanleap with off-grid solar

The provincial government of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan has an ambitious solar energy plan to electrify over 5,800 homes in 200 different villages.  The plan is part of a government-backed project called the Green Growth Initiative, founded by Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan.  In a country like Pakistan that faces blackouts lasting 4 hours a day in rural areas that are connected to the grid, the answer seems obvious– the traditional centralised energy system is failing rural communities, can off-grid be any worse?

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Extracting energy from air - is this the future of fuel?

Researchers in the UK and US are working on new techniques to create fuels like methanol, diesel and even petrol  from the atmosphere around us - the key component being used is CO2. Bloomberg has a light overview video  of the work being done by a UK company called Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS).  The process involves pulling in air and extracting the CO2 component (.04% of our atmosphere and rising).  

 

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Packaging solutions to minimise food waste in Africa

The amount of food we waste is a growing issue worldwide, especially with population growth and the shrinking availability of water and arable land. One way to combat food waste is the use of effective packaging. What type of packaging that is needed varies where the food is wasted along the supply chain, and this depends on what market the food is grown in. The Save Food Initiative produced two reports, Global Food Losses and Food Waste, and Appropriate packaging solutions for developing countries. 

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Get ready to make a Cleanleap

Our mission is very big but straightforward: we want to help create more Cleanleaps - particularly in the emerging economies of Asia and Africa. The way we’ll do this is by sharing knowledge online from some of the world's most important companies, NGOs, governments, universities and interested citizens in clean technology.

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Croton plant offers some hope for biofuel enthusiasts

The Croton tree, which is commonly known as Mukinduri in Eastern and Central part of Kenya, is now a good known source of biofuels and that is being practiced. It grows in a challenging environment and unlike jatropha and palm, it won't bring food and fuel competition. It has no chemical additives and burns cleaner than traditional diesel fuel, with no sulfuric content. It can save our environment from carbon emissions and help in better land usage.

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Using lean data to improve the solar power sector

Many companies use traditional methods to measure the impact of solar power investments such as quoting the many dollars invested, number of people using their kits and areas covered by their product, which are inadequate tools for measuring social impact for solar power investments if we have to get it right. Traditional approaches of gathering data are not only expensive, take time to give results and complicated to use, but are also not helpful in terms of boosting solar power funding. The lean data approach proposed by Acumen could, not only bridge solar power funding gaps in developing worlds, but will also help companies to understand emerging markets.  

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