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16 March

Sunisthefuture Team At Kiva As A Catalyst

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Dear friends and readers,

Few days after my meet at San Francisco, CA, with Milepointer-Kiva DOers, I emailed one of Kiva’s strategic planners.  I see Kiva (a microfinance global organization) as a vehicle to help magnify development of businesses, particularly for potential solar or renewable energy businesses for countries/locations with less developed infra-structures.  Below, is the letter/email I’d like to share with you:

Hi, Michelle,

It was wonderful to meet you at Kiva’s DO in SF, CA, even if only for few minutes.  I was so energized by all the positive energy that I started a Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva.
Since I am also running a site, http://sunisthefuture.net to bring greater awareness to general public about solar energy, I have come across many projects and feel  that these projects will work beautifully with/Kiva and help to speed up the process of conversion of our planet into the renewable, cleaner, and safer world.  So, I’d like to share some links with you:
1.  One Laptop Per Child  (solar education, Jan. 28, 30, 2012 posts of http://sunisthefuture.net) at: http://sunisthefuture.net/?m=20120128

http://sunisthefuture.net/?m=20120130

The company (One Laptop Per Child) that works on One Laptop Per Child may be able to work cooperatively with Kiva to help
more people in developing countries to have access to education and information.

2.  Solar Cooker (Jan. 5, 6, 7, 9, Feb. 18, 2012 posts at http://sunisthefuture.net) at:
There are several already established organizations that used to provide basic solar cookers…but may have stopped.
Making solar cookers available (at low costs) will solve much fuel, pollution problems, not to mention protecting women and children (who are usually the gatherers of firewood, often late at nights or going to places where they may become victims of rapes or harm). Solar cookers also help to solve much of the problems associated with water borne diseases.  There is E4C (Engineers For Change) organization that had come up with different solar cooker designs that will work at night (in the fifth post/link above).

3.  Haiti Empowerment Project-Solar Energy Project via Michigan State University (Jan. 23, 2012 post of http://sunisthefuture.net):
I am hoping that educators from various universities working on empowerment projects will help to educate Kiva’s field partners about
potential solar energy business ideas and help to spread the use of solar energy and starting of solar businesses.  The Kiva lenders will be looking forward to helping to fund these businesses.

4.  University of the People, the world’s first tuition-free online university at: http://www.uopeople.org/
It may be tuition free, but interested students still need to provide a small fee (this is where Kiva may help).  Providing education is the most efficient way to bring people out of poverty and find ways to solve world problems.  Kiva and its lenders will be able to help students/people from all over the world to cooperatively reach the goal of obtaining education for these students/people who otherwise would not have been able to achieve this goal.

5.  Fistula Foundatioin at : http://www.fistulafoundation.org/
Even though this is not a serious problem in developed nations, obstetric fistula is still devastating in developing countries and need help.
Here is a link explaining what is fistual: http://www.fistulafoundation.org/whatisfistula/
The mission for Fistula Foundation is to raise awareness and funding for fistula treatment, prevention and educational programs worldwide.
Helping these recovering women to start their own businesses will be a great service for these women and their communities.

6. Startup businesses entrepreneurs in USA also need help: http://startupweekend.org/contact/
I see the potential of these organizations/businesses cooperating with Kiva and magnify the ability for Kiva to do a great deal of global good.
Finally, I’d like to invite you and your friends to read/listen to over 120 posts/video clips about solar energy at http://sunisthefuture.net so we can all spread more sunshine across our planet.
~have a bright and sunny day~
sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker
I hope this letter/email will serve as a catalyst to many future cooperative businesses/projects at Kiva to spread more sunshine across our planet and increase the chance of a cleaner, safer, and more prosperous world for all of us.  If you have any suggestions/ideas/comments for potential solar/renewable/green energy businesses, please feel free to email me at sunisthefuture@gmail.com  .  Please keep in mind that I am soliciting for business ideas that may be applicable to any part of the world.
~let’s spread the sunshine~
~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Any comments and suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

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18 February

The Challenge of Designing a Solar Cookstove That Works at Night

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Dear Readers,

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If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
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Dear Friends and Readers,

Do you remember our January posts (Jan. 5, 6, 7, 9, 2012) regarding solar cookers ?  Take a look/read of them to refresh your memory.  Then, I will discuss a new challenge with you.  As some of you may have tried and  found out, solar cookers only work for a few hours in the middle of a sunny day, but not at night or in the mornings when people actually want to cook.  If we can use solar cookers any time of the day and night, it could replace open fires, solve dire deforestation, and indoor air pollution problems in developing countries.  So, last year, the Climate Healers, an international development technology organization, issued a design challenge after their traditional solar cookers failed to catch on in mountain villages in Rajasthan, India.  The Climate Healers is designing a new cooker that stores the solar energy by day to release it at night.  Students at the University of Iowa, working with Climate Healers, surveyed the women (who would use such a cooker) and found that they were enthusiastic about a new design that will enable them to use solar cooking during nights.

The starting point is a modified Blazing Tube solar cooker that serves as a baseline,

but it needs improvement. So, the Climate Healers has turned to the E4C (Engineering for Change) for help.  The baseline design places a three-gallon glass cylinder in the crook of a compound parabolic reflector-basically a tube on the bottom of a half pipe.  The tube filled with one gallon of oil and an air bubble, warms throughout the day and releases heat at night or the next morning through a heat pipe that the chef controls.  Climate Healers replaced the oil and air with three gallons of table salt.  The salt heated to 626F (330C) at the center of the tube, enough to yield 1KW hour of energy, enough to cook flat bread and lentils for about an hour.

 

The head of Climate Healers, Sailesh Rao, feels more needs to be done before reaching the final design because of the requirement for transporting large, fragile tubes to remote regions and the need to store adequate energy without leaks all need to be met.  So these three aspect need to be considered: 1. Energy capture 2. Energy storage 3. Energy delivery.

Just think that these designs have the potential to contribute to better health and healthier forests in India and many parts of the world.  Since early 2011, many teams of people have accepted the challenge of making a solar cookstove that works at night.  By Dec. 25, 2011, ten designs meeting this challenge had surfaced.  I would like to invite you to visit these ten designs of solar cookstove that works at night . These ten designs are: iHawk Cooker, Heat delivery system, PETE induction cookstove, CARES stove, Scheffler cooker, Solar box cooker, Parabolic cooker with steam, Box cooker with steam, Molten-salt solar cooker, Solar cooker with oil.

My hat off to Climate Healers and Engineering for Change (E4C) !  Again, we see the importance of the cooperative effort in solving our world’s problems, meeting our world’s challenges.

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Engineering for Change (E4C) is an online platform and international community of engineers, scientists, non-governmental organizations, local community advocates and other innovators working to solve global development problems. The organization’s founders are the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders USA.

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~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Any comments and suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

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