Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Access to electricity and clean water are huge challenges for developing countries. Governments lack the will or the resources to build a national grid that is both reliable and complete. This leaves many people without reliable service or completely disconnected. Worldwide, 2 billion people have no access to electricity, and another 2 billion have only limited access. In addition, access to potable water is especially difficult to address in rural areas where only 27% of people have direct access. Is it possible for people in developing countries to gain access to these resources?
SaEnergy answers with a resounding yes, claiming that, “Access to power and clean water need not be a utopia for a large segment of the population – it only needs to be affordable.” SaEnergy was founded in 2007 by a team of German and Russian scientists passionate about environmental technology projects. The Power and Life Container is the result of their collaboration. It is a shipping container providing renewable energy and clean water in one easily transportable and versatile package. The container collects energy from both solar panels and a wind turbine, using energy storage and a backup diesel generator to ensure the lights never go out. It also holds a water treatment and desalination plant to provide safe drinking water.
The Power and Life Container is a great solution to provide energy and water treatment to communities off the national grid. It can also allow communities to compensate for times when the grid is down, or unable to service their area. In addition, it is a quick and efficient way to make energy and water treatment available for disaster relief operations. For their innovative solution, SaEnergy received a sponsorship award from “NEMO,” the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology’s support program, which works to create networks between SMEs and researchers in East Germany. How would you use a Power and Life Container?
Environmental impact: Efficient energy use, avoided water contamination & avoided use of fossil fuels, including avoided emission of GHGs and harmful substances
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